76 West Street, Pittsboro North Carolina 27312 888-643-2017

Afternoon Tea at Rosemary House

There are two topics of conversation that I try to avoid talking about with our B&B guests: religion, for obvious reasons, and politics, ditto.

But–bear with me ’cause I’m going to violate that second conversational ban.

In August, the North Carolina State Legislature passed HB 74, a hodge-podge of legislation that repealed regulations, many protecting the environment. Can’t say I’m happy about that.

But one part of HB 74 (Section II.(a) G. S. 130A-247 amended) is a little ruling that has me cheering LOUD!

LET BED AND BREAKFASTS OFFER THREE MEALS/DAY

Since we opened in 2000, we’ve been prohibited from serving any foods to guests after breakfast, since we don’t have a commercial kitchen. Cookies are OK (we got Agricultural Department approval) but after breakfast, water, tea, and coffee had to go into paper cups. Until now, when we are legally free to offer meals to our guests.

Are we going to offer THREE MEALS/DAY? No, only breakfast, like always. We won’t compete with the great little restaurants in Pittsboro. But we will be able to serve Afternoon Tea to B&B guests.

Afternoon Tea is the perfect meal to offer at a bed & breakfast. Afternoon Tea at Rosemary House is vegetarian, with English bone china, individual teapots tucked into cozies, filled with fresh-brewed tea of your choosing. Assorted little sandwiches, different kinds on varied breads. A tiny quiche. Fresh-baked scones with lemon curd and jam. Tiny desserts – tea cakes, pecan tarts, fruit to be dipped into cream. Silver utensils, linen napkins.

Alas, for guests only. But isn’t this a good reason to make your reservation now? Plan to stroll around Pittsboro, come for Afternoon Tea (especially nice on the porch when the weather is good), enjoy a good night’s respite at Rosemary House away from the to-list, followed by a special breakfast. You can loll on the porch and watch the world go by, or head out for one of many things to do around Pittsboro. Hope to see you soon!

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