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Silver Fountain Inn & Tea Parlor

4.7
157 reviews
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$30 and under
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Afternoon Tea
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Great for Lunch
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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
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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 157 People Are Saying
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4.9
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4.5
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Lovely tea experience! Set in a gorgeous bed and breakfast, the dining room is at once both elegant and cozy. The place settings were lovely and the teacups were adorable. They have a vast selection of teas, served to you in individual infuser pots, complete with timers for steeping the perfect cup. We opted for the "duchess," a sampling of the monthly menu served on the cutest tiered tower. The food was tasty and offered twists on classics, which I love. My dining partner did say the crab salad croissant tasted overly fishy, but that it wouldn't stop her from returning. The desserts residing on the top tier were delightful and the perfect little bite to finish off the meal. The hostess was incredibly accommodating, she made us feel right at home and was very attentive and ensured we had a lovely time. I look forward to visiting again in the future!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

I would recommend the Silver Fountain to anyone who appreciates victorian antiques and a wonderful afternoon tea. Food was outstanding and the selection of tea very impressive. Pam was very welcoming and answered all our questions about the menu and history of the home. Can not wait to return and try next months menu. How have I missed this jewel of a place? So happy to have found it. You must go and experience it for yourself. You will want to return again and again.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

My guest was sooooo impressed. She kept using the words "elegant" and "so delicious." I wanted to say thank you to by taking her to the Silver Fountain. She can't wait to bring her daughter.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Excellent! My favorite lunch time restaurant! Great food and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Took my mother to afternoon tea. It was simply delightful! There was a great selection of teas. The food was delicious. The strawberry scones were some of the best I have ever eaten! We even got some to take home. I like the menu changes monthly and keeps things fresh and different. The inn is like stepping into the past, and is beautifully decorated per the time period the house was built.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

The perfect place for affordable class and grace while eating a delicious meal.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We had a delightful time at the inn. We loved the food and tea. It was a perfect afternoon!

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

This lunch was a special treat. The Inn has a fun atmosphere, it is unique, and the service was excellent despite being busy. That said, for a lunch it was expensive when compared to other tea houses (Chester, Vt) and frankly the food was nothing special for the price, nor was there a lot of it for the average eater.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

This very special Inn has such history and beautiful architecture, and Pam especially caters to us “gluten free” diners. You can also peek into available rooms at the Inn, to see how wonderfully they have been restored! A great value amd the Themed dinners are a very special evening!!

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Fantastic, as always! I have come to expect nothing less. Pam & Jim Pidgeon are the consummate hosts!

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

We come here frequently and it is always a great experience. Such a great setting. Wonderful tea, food, and service!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We had such fun. The service was wonderful and the food and tea were excellent. The Silver Fountain Inn's tea room is very Victorian and the architectural details are lovely. A great way to spend an afternoon.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

My Mum, College Freshman daughter and I booked a table for tea. It was a Friday at 12:30pm and we had the dining room to ourselves until a pair of friends walked in.

The setting was glorious with the original woodwork etc...still intact and in very good shape. Note: we were welcome to walk around and explore the house, which we happily did! Well worth the visit alone.

We ordered The Duchess...a three tiered presentation of sandwiches, scones and sweets. The Duchess came with a large pot of tea each, but the tea selection was huge making one single choice impossible. Happily we were able to get two small pots each and choise two different types a piece. I highly recommend the Pomegranate Clove. Perfect.

The sandwiches were yummy and satusfied all three if our tastes. The scones were cinnamon and served with clotted cream and lemon curd. And the sweets were eaten quickly by the youngest of us, with the remainder brought home in the offered pretty pink boxes.

This isn’t an inexpensive endeavor, but the entire experience is worth every penny. Wear something just a bit special, bring the perfect person (or people) and be certain not to have a rigid schedule so that you can enjoy the tea, the food and the company to the fullest!

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2018

I always enjoy the Silver Fountain Inn. It's a great place to have lunch or tea with a girlfriend or to mark a special occasion. This time we both had quiche and a lovely salad with small asparagus and hazelnuts. Both were delicious and left us room for a "sampler" dessert which had 4 yummy small cakes. With our tea, it was a cozy, relaxed afternoon where we could chat away to our hearts' content.

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2018

My two sisters and I enjoyed an informal high tea in a pretty Victorian environment. The sandwiches, scones and mini dessert items were very tasty and filling. Popular mini series music, in the Downton Abbey genre, played in the background, adding to the relaxing and comfortable ambience. Our experience was a little like stepping back in time and retreating from the noise and hustle and bustle of the world outside. We look forward to our next visit!

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2018

Beautiful Victorian home built in 1800's and now a bed and breakfast inn and tea house in an area of other similar homes. We had a delicious lunch, opting for the Duchess high tea for the full experience. Hugh selection of teas. Service was excellent and you can explore the inn when done.

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

The Silver Fountain Inn & Tea Parlor is so welcomed for lunch as opposed to a frantic chain/fast food restaurant. There is a very relaxed ambience plus excellent selections for lunch.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Super special place the lady waiting on us was wonderful!! My 13 year old daughter loves tea and loves this place. Food was great and place so pretty. Can't wait to go again.

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2017

We had our 50th Wedding Anniversary lunch at the Silver Fountain Inn Tea Room. It was wonderful.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

The antique house is very unique and was perfect for a tea parlor setting. The food however was terrible, especially for the price. I ordered the Duchess. The croissants were stale, the bread of the tea sandwiches were nothing special and the pastries were old. I felt like I was eating leftovers. The only good part was the tea and the scone I was served which was obviously made that day. Too bad I though I found a good spot for my daughter and I for a Christmas treat.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Lovely to introduce a new friend to "tea" and spend time with old friends. We enjoyed our lunch and tea!

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Worth our drive for a fantastic afternoon tea. Three tiers, sandwiches, scones and dessert.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2017

The Silver Fountain is my favorite tea parlor and I happily bring friends and family with me there!
When I was there on Monday, a friend had to cancel so I texted my son's fiancee just in case - she was free and we had a wonderful time!!
Thank you!!
Gloria Beachy

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

We have had lunch here before & enjoyed it so much that we returned for more. Would like to give a gift certificate to our daughter for Christmas. Great job, Pam!

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2017

A lovely place to have lunch and enjoy tea. Great service with wonderful information about the history of the Inn.

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2017

Beautifully decorated Victorian Tea parlor in a old Victorian Inn. Had a lovely time. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2017

We were visiting in Exeter NH and had happened on this tea venue earlier in the month. Decided we should also go for a leisurely fun break while packing to go back home to Midwest. Since it was Nov 1, we got to try a new menu. Equally enjoyable as our first time. The pumpkin Struesel cake was the top fave.

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2017

Wow! What a great place to have tea! My daughter wanted to go to tea for her Birthday. I picked the Silver Fountain Inn off the internet mainly because it was close. We all ordered the Duchess and were blown away! Great venue, great food, wonderful china, and a good hostess,
My daughter, who frequently has tea back home in Texas, said that this was the best tea that she ever attended. I would highly recommend this Tea Parlor.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2017

Enjoyed the Queen's high tea here with one of my best friends. We are visiting from the Midwest and were thrilled to locate it. We had a great time and are trying to schedule another visit before our departure home

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2017

Went here for an afternoon lunch date with my boyfriend, we had a great time! The grounds and the building itself are absolutely beautiful. The inside is splededly decorated and really puts you in the Victorian era. So many teas to choose from as well as an excellent wine list. The food was delicious and tastefully presented. Very quiet, light atmosphere with music playing. I recommend this for romantic dates as well as fun lighthearted lunch dates with friends or family! Staff is very friendly as well, please check it out!

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2017

Delicious food, great atmosphere, my favorite lunch spot!

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2017

My Granddaughter and I loved it!!! We enjoyed the ambiance and food, and of course the tea and scones

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

I and my cousins stayed here for the weekend. Great accommodations, food, service and ambiance. Would highly recommend. Pam & Jim are awesome hosts w/a great knowledge of the beautiful home that is theirs. The food and tea is delectably delicious! Thanks for sharing it!

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5.0Dined on October 4, 2017

I took my 87 year old mother and my childhood friend of over 50 years to lunch at the Silver Fountain. We all love tea so this was right up our alley. Decor is like stepping back in time. Food was delicious and tea was piping hot! Innkeeper was delightful and allowed us to visit some of the unoccupied rooms. My Mom now wants to bring her 2 sisters back for a stay! We lingered on the rocking chars on the porch since it was such a delightful day ...I don't think any of us wanted the afternoon to end!

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

We adore Silver Fountain Inn & Tea Parlor. I was able to spend cherished time with my 13 year-old daughter and 62 year-old mother. We are truly blessed to have such a memory of 'tea time' and the rooms are gorgeous and quiet too. Pam is fantastic. The Inn & Parlor is a true gem. ❤️

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

A very special place-beautiful table settings; great selection of teas; our waitress was exceptional-very knowledgeable and entertaining-made it a fun experience. Coming back for Christmas!

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2017

Our experience was amazing. I made a reservation and then called with a request for my sister's birthday which Kelly accommodated beautifully. The atmosphere is stunning and food was incredibly delicious . The tea selection was such a fun part of the experience. Thank you to Kelly for such a memorable experience :)

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

Love love love this tea parlor! Great for girl dates, afternoon tea, lunch or any occasion for that matter! Have been several times and will keep coming back!

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2017

Perfect spot for a quiet relaxing lunch with family.

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2017

Excellent atmosphere and food. Staff very friendly and pleasant.

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