Silver Fountain Inn & Tea Parlor

4.7
205 reviews
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$30 and under
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Afternoon Tea
Serving Luncheon and High Tea, from soups, quiches, sandwiches, and salads to the fancy 3-tiered "Duchess" featuring delectable mini-sandwiches, scones w/Devonshire cream & lemon curd, finished with petite fours - for a full menu please see our website - you can reserve from there as well. Come enjoy our relaxing atmosphere in our beautiful 1871 Victorian Bed & Breakfast in historic Dover, NH. We also sell gift certificates, Bee House tea pots, over 22 flavors of loose leaf tea, tea wallets and cozies plus jewelry, 18" doll clothes and other fine gifts! Reservations are preferred to be able to offer optimum service and availability.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Afternoon Tea, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch:

Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(603) 750-4200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Pamela Pidgeon
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Private party facilities
Private functions such as Wedding or Baby Showers, Birthday or Tea Parties, Bereavement Luncheons
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Private party contact
Pamela Pidgeon: (603) 750-4200
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cushing St.
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Parking details
Maximum on property is 15, on street parking available as well
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Public transit
UNH, Coast
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Entertainment
Soft music playing, live piano occassionally
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Special events & promotions
Please see our website for these dates and additional information
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

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Wed 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM
Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM

What 205 People Are Saying
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MM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and ambience outstanding had a great time, a place from another era

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DM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

Meh. Great atmosphere. Food disappointing for the high price point. OK for a special occasion. A one shot deal; won’t return.

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KG
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my mother's 81st birthday with her kids and grandkids. We had such a lovely time and will cherish the memories!

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous tea room! Excellent food. Excellent service, and they are willing to adjust their offerings for individual dietary issues if you give them advance notice. Beautiful dining room and lovely old house.

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AS
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful place for an afternoon tea and conversation. I highly recommend it for a special outing and for anyone who want a place that is quiet but still fun and with people who enjoy tea and know how to serve it.

Thank you for a great tea. I took my sister here for her birthday and it was perfect.

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DR
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time here. I enjoyed the atmosphere. Loved the ambiance. Which entry to use was confusing. Food was delicious. Did not feel rushed. Very nice

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MA
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is an experience you can't find many other places. Every detail of a Victorian parlor seems to be covered and beautifully so. The food is very good and the service excellent, the presentation something not to be missed if you'd like a step back into a different place and time. I've been twice now and plan to go periodically for the sheer pleasure of it

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DS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The inn is so quaint and elegant. Have been there several times and will be back again. I love it there!

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S
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

When my two friends and I came in there was no one there to greet us; we were a bit early for our 2 Pm reservation so we went into the sitting room and still no one came to greet us; finally I had to ask someone if we could be seated and we were, promptly; everything else was wonderful including the lovely lady who served us, but it was a bit disconcerting to not be greeted. I have been twice before and each time someone did greet us so I assume this was just a fluke.

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C
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a genuine, authentic high-tea room. Everything fits, from the ambiance, to the Inn itself. My favorite place to take friends for a wonderful experience.

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KO
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took best reindeer for lunch and was extremely pleased. Good ambiance, good food, good time! Will definitely be returning!

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C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you have been looking for a wonderful afternoon tea place then THIS is it. Wonderful ambiance, huge selection of delicious teas, lovely sandwiches, tasty scones, marvelous miniature desserts. Everything done to perfection. Teas are also available to take home, and plenty of tea supplies available. Entire house has been lovingly restored, and the staff will gladly give you a history of the house if asked.

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TM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed at the inn and booked an afternoon tea. It was a lot of fun!

Cozy and quiet, great for an afternoon date. Definitely worth a trip to!

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NM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While on holiday in New Hampshire, we thought it would be fun to go for afternoon tea. We were staying in Meredith and Googled "English tearoom in NH". This tearoom was over an hour away but that was no deterrent! We easily made a reservation for the next day and had a DELICIOUS tea. We ordered The Duchess (3-tiered server). We have been to several tearooms over the years, in Ohio and New England. The offerings at this establishment were the freshest and were definitely the most home baked goodness we have ever tasted. The hostess/owner was very friendly and welcoming. Recommend you consider making a reservation for this tearoom. You won't regret it. We will definitely be going back!

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VW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want to experience afternoon tea, this is the place! All of the sandwiches were tasty and the treats were divine. The scones outstanding.

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PT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, mouth watering food, and friendly service.

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p
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We brought our granddaughter from California for a tea party and she was thrilled. She ordered the "Dutchess" and it was beautiful and so delicious. Fancy Sandwiches, Scones with Clotted Cream and Lemon Curd that were amazing!! And tiny sweets on the top that were pretty and so yummy. There are so many choices for tea...my favorite was the Winter Pine but everyone else swooned over the Blackberry Maple! Fancy table and teacups, individual teapots and lots of choices for both food and beverages. Easy to get to and free parking in the back. What a wonderful place to spend an elegant afternoon or special occasion! Be sure to check out their special events too...they have special teas and classes!

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PP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I took my daughter and granddaughter to celebrate her 10th birthday. The selection of teas was interesting and varied and the food was very good and plentiful. We spent a lovely afternoon feeling like royalty. Thank you.

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SG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I brought two of my daughters and 3 granddaughters to an afternoon tea. The ambiance was fabulous in this lovely Victorian Inn. We each had our own pot of tea from a multitude of choices, which we had with spring salad, tea sandwiches, quiche, and fabulous scones topped off by sampling wonderful petit desserts. We took pictures out front by the fountain and on the garden swing. A great find for a fun afternoon.

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D
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a quaint location!! The ambiance was grandeur. The attention to detail !
What a wonderful luncheon was had by all of my family.
Thank you for such a special day!!

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HL
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were delicious - including gluten-free items! They do not specifically list GF options on their menu, but you just have to ask. I had a fresh salad with grilled chicken and GF dressing, a very moist GF scone, and sampled the GF chocolate cake. My friend had a chicken salad sandwich on a croissant, which came with a side salad, and she enjoyed the rest of the GF chocolate cake. They offer a huge assortment of teas. We chose the ginger peach tea. I highly recommend it!

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CB
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I had asked, online,to have a card on the table wishing g my friend a happy birthday with her name on it and it was not done.

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JL
New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place ever since I found it last year. The food is delicious and the service is great. There were many kinds of tea to choose from, and it's all served in old china with old silverware. The place is beautifully decorated in a Victorian style. I have been there several times since, and I can't wait to go again.

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I really loved the elegance of the place and the atmosphere. It was a little confusing when you come in the side door as to where you were supposed to wait. Otherwise, it was wonderful.

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KO
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a special time with a dear friend . The food was wonderful and thae atmosphere was just lovely . I will be back soon

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TW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful Inn and the tea room was so pretty. I loved the tea options and the scones were perfect.

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BB
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful tea room! My mom, three children and I go there every year for a special treat when we visit from Texas. I only wish is that I lived closer.

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JG
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to go for any special occasions or anytime with a group of people. The atmosphere is beauteous and extremely relaxing. The food is fresh and delicious, I had the quiche with a spinach salad and it was yummy. My Mom had a 1/2 of sandwich with a garden salad and hers was good as well. The staff is very friendly and you can ask any questions you like. Highly recommend !! Worth the experience.
Thank you

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JG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite lunch time spot. Excellent creative menu changes every month.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing and it was great experience! Tea was amazing and the strawberry bisque was delightful

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JO
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was wonderful and the service was fantastic. Lots of options for tea and the food was delicious. Elegant and a calm, quiet atmosphere. If you wanted, there was the option to take some food home, dessert was amazing! Reasonable prices and well worth it!

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JW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven been several times for afternoon tea. I really enjoy the atmosphere and food selection. The homemade sandwiches change periodically and are always delicious! If you live in the area or here for vacation, I would recommend after noon tea at The Silver Fountain Tea Parlor.
Keep up the good work Pamela and James!!

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MA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Like stepping into another - and very charming - world. The Victorian parlor setting was lovely for dining and filled with "oh look at that" details. The presentation of the food was also unique and classy. The menu was ample with both sweet and savory offerings. We enjoyed everything was had and intend to return!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was fun and enjoyable. Had lunch with friends and family and the staff made it enjoyable. They had so many flavors of tea to choose from and our lunch was delicious.

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EW
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tea Parlor at The Silver Fountain Inn is an extra special destination experience. A lovely period room with beautiful vintage decor, wonderfully fancy place settings, and relaxed atmosphere one would expect for afternoon tea. Delicious menu changes monthly and Pam, Innkeeper, is very accommodating to dietary restrictions. The scones are the best I've ever had and the "Duchess" tea is a delightful indulgence. Whether a baby "Sprinkle" for 10, get-together with friends, or special birthday tea for a 4-year old, the Tea Parlor at Silver Fountain Inn has never disappointed.

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LG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is beautiful, the tea selection excellent and the food is delicious. Staff is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the entire menu. Always a memorable visit!

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ML
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My granddaughter and I love the Tea Room...the food is great as is the atmosphere. Pam makes you feel very welcomed.

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NF
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a very nice way to spend an afternoon with good friends. They make everything seem special!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a lovely time!

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating Mothers day early and both enjoyed our high tea. Wonderful selection of teas. Food was delicious and fresh. We look forward to returning.

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