Last month my mom and aunt came to Pittsburgh for a visit and being a girls-themed trip, afternoon tea seemed like the perfect activity. As we’d already done tea at the Omni William Penn Hotel in the city’s downtown, I had to expand my search for afternoon tea spots and that’s how I came across the Inn on Negley. Located in the Shadyside neighborhood in a beautifully restored Victorian house, it seemed the perfect thing to do and so reservations were promptly made.
The Inn on Negley is actually a bed and breakfast but luckily for guests not staying there, its dining options are open to the general public. Afternoon tea is served daily from Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 4 PM. It costs $25 per person and seems standard with other afternoon teas I’ve done both here in Pittsburgh and elsewhere.
We had a reservation at 12:30 on a Friday and save for one other female group of three who were already seated and left well before us, it was just our trio which was nice and allowed for an extremely intimate meal. Our waitress was also incredibly lovely which always contributes to a a great experience.
A nice thing I liked about afternoon tea here was that you got to choose two tea selections apiece. Other places I’ve been to, you had only one. So all three of us had our own two selections, in addition to sampling the first selection of the others.
I went with a Ginger Peach black tea for my first go-round and a tropical green for my second. The ginger peach was fantastic-the flavors complemented each other perfectly although ginger does go well with so much. Green tea is green tea; however, I could also really taste and smell the pineapple that was in it.
For her selections, my mom went with the black currant and Darjeeling. And my aunt ordered the vanilla black and an assam-style tea for her second choice. She didn’t really care for the latter (a bit too plain).
Food selections were your standard afternoon tea items including sandwiches and treats. There were three types of sandwiches-chicken salad, egg salad, and cream cheese. The chicken salad was my favorite as it had a bit of (friendly) spice to it, followed by the egg salad, and then the cream one. It wasn’t bad but eating a sandwich, albeit a tiny one, with nothing but cream on it was just too much taste wise.
The next tier on the food caddy held the scones and some fresh fruit. The scone selections were ginger peach and vanilla which perfectly matched my aunt and my tea selections. These were accompanied by fresh jam and creme fraiche.
And for the sinfully delicious, calorie laden treats, there were lemon bars, chocolate macarons, and something that was akin to peach pie. I’ve always adored lemon bars so these were my favorite although honestly, all of the desserts were amazing.
Afternoon tea at the Inn on Negley was a real treat and the perfect “girls’ outing.” The service was impeccable and the ambiance perfect (nothing beats tea in a restored Victorian era home, I’d say). If you’re looking for that unique activity, look no further than here.
The Inn on Negley
703 South Negley Avenue | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | 15232