Silver Fountain Inn & Tea Parlor

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220 reviews
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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.

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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

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EC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful way to spend a quiet afternoon.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A little too much bread for me. The sandwiches could have been quartered and add some fruit, veggies or pickles. The waitress seemed a bit overwhelmed but was very pleasant. Never introduced herself. Very enjoyable, tea was delicious. Scones and spreads were scrumptious.

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love coming to the Silver Fountain Inn & Tea Parlor because this is the only way in all of Dover, Rochester, and Portsmouth whereby I can enjoy a quiet eating experience. The server is very respectful of keeping her voice down and other patrons are mindful of tea room ediquette. The food is superb! This is the only place I will take my hard-earned money and go out to eat! The food is important but the atmosphere is just a important the Tea Parlor meets both of those items which are important to me!

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BD
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. This would be the perfect place to bring my mother for lunch and tea.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I went during the week day. The inn is beautifully decorated in mid 1800s furnishings. The service was friendly, the food was very good with many selections for lunch. The ambience was perfect for a relaxing afternoon tea and lunch.

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New England
27 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We enjoyed the Duchess Tea and loved everything. If you order it, go hungry! We brought a lot of food home for later.

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ML
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place for lunch or afternoon tea. My granddaughter and I go whenever she is home from college.

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c
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am very fortunate that I have been able to introduce the gem to many people.

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KT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely establishment. Great service, beautiful ambiance.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Meal was yummy. Tea was weak and watered down. Small dining area with not too much space. Harp music was beautiful and added to the charm of the dining experience but was loud and made it had to have a conversation. Meal was interrupted by having to move our car for some tree service. Another table had to move their car a few times while we were there.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to spend with friends-yummy food and many loose tea choices-will go back!!!

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JG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! My favorite lunch spot! My seven friends and I go every month. The menu changes every month.

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NS
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the Christmas tea. The atmosphere was wonderful there was even a violinist playing while we ate. The variety of teas was tremendous and each one that we chose was delicious as was the food.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time. Cozy, relaxing and quiet tea time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I stumbled upon this place and loved it! We really enjoyed the tea and food. It was a bit pricey, but worth it.

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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
10 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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