Midwest Living Review
The Kensington Tea Room and Butler's Pantry Coffee Shop are sister stores, located back-to-back in a restored Victorian home in downtown Seymour. Owner Ray Harris recently emigrated from England, so you're sure to get an authentic tea room experience -- or just a great cup of joe. The layout of the building is a bit confusing at first. If you're looking for the tea room, use the front door. If you want the coffee shop, follow the path to the back door. The two shops share a kitchen, which divides the spaces and prevents customers from walking back and forth between the two. In the tea room, try traditional specialties like chicken velvet soup, spinach salad and chicken-salad sandwiches. Or, with 24 hours' notice, splurge on an elaborate tiered tea service, complete with scones, jam and cream; sandwiches; and sweet treats. Tea is served at small tables in the house's original rooms, decorated with Tiffany lamps and teapot collections. Not your cup of tea? Try the Butler's Pantry, which offers coffeehouse drinks in a more modern setting. You'll find Starbucks-style options here. The coffee shop has just a handful of tables, but on a pleasant day, you can snag a spot on the little porch behind the building. The coffee shop is open until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday, but the tea room closes much earlier. The stated hours are from 11 a.m. "until the last person leaves," Monday through Friday, and Sunday by appointment only. If your heart is set on tea, call ahead.