The Ginger Room, The “first” ginger tea room in the south has opened in Alpharetta’s historic Skelton-Teasley House, a Greek Revival-style home dating back 165 years, according to a press release Tuesday. Owned and run by the same entrepreneurs that founded the specialty ginger drink company Ginger Yums, The Ginger Room’s focus in on ginger teas, coffees, and Ginger Yums juices.
The Ginger Room features more than 30 house blends of local, national and international teas ranging from Chai Box, Jayce Isaac Tea Collection and Claire Tea (all local teas) to blends like Ginger Peach Cobbler tea, Earl Grey Crème, Liquid Jade, Bloody Mary or Chamomile & Bee Pollen.
Co-owners Angela Avery and Dr. Karl Walbrook modeled The Ginger Room after the “finest British High Tea experiences from across the pond and chose décor that highlights modern, local artists and historic collectibles like antiques from the 1800s, British Crown sconces, and crystal chandeliers,” according to the release.
“After visiting and falling in love with a very special tea room in London, England we knew we had to bring the experience to Atlanta,” Avery said. “And who better to host a proper British High Tea than Dr. Karl, since he’s originally from Central London and enjoyed tea growing up? Finding the Skelton-Teasley House was pure providence because it’s the perfect location to marry the tradition and history of High Tea with our 21st century, modern, innovative and healthful ginger menu.”
Ginger is most commonly known for calming digestive issues and soothing an upset stomach, but has also been reported to possess anti-inflammatory properties helping with colds and flu, blood circulation, arthritis and cholesterol. In fact, it was Avery’s longtime digestive discomfort that was the impetus for creating Ginger Yums in 2018.
“My entire life I was plagued with stomach issues which all came to an end when Karl went into the kitchen and created the most delicious juice I have ever tasted — using ginger,” Avery said. “Not only was it wonderful, it actually made me feel better.”
A month later, Ginger Yums was born. Billed as “The Feel Good Taste Good Drink,” Ginger Yums has been a staple at Atlanta-area farmers markets and festivals, and the brick and mortar boutique in Peachtree Corners transitioned to online ordering, delivery, and take out during the pandemic.
British High Tea at The Ginger Room includes a centerpiece beverage, a tea tower featuring finger sandwiches and scones with housemade clotted crème, strawberry preserves, and fresh Ginger Yums pineapple ginger marmalade. The tower’s top tier is an assortment of desserts including local macarons, petit fours, Belgian truffles, and Bakewell tarts, Dr. Karl’s signature creation.
The 1,200 square-foot Ginger Room features the Parlor, the Parterre or patio, and The Walbrook Room, named after Dr. Karl. In addition to its food and beverages, there is a retail area with tea, coffee, local honey, toffee, chocolate, candles, and fascinators available for purchase.
The Ginger Room is located in the heart of downtown historic Alpharetta at 61 Roswell Road and is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.