Mini Review

Tea Time

The Lincoln Room is West Chester’s newest sanctuary for the weary shopper. Housed in one of the borough’s most historic structures, the Lincoln Building, this quaint tearoom was once the site of the Chester County Times, which published the first biography of Abraham Lincoln.

Light fare is prepared both in-house and by local caterer Delightful Desserts & Culinary Creations. Buttery pound cakes, carrot cake, scones, chicken Waldorf salad and assorted tea sandwiches add an elegant, classic touch to the petite menu, which is rounded out by heartier turkey and roast beef sandwiches, and a quiche of the day.

Twelve varieties of loose teas from Harney & Sons Fine Teas are served in lovely china teapots, ready to soothe and take the chill out of your bones. The ambiance is just right, too—décor that’s feminine, but not frilly or kitschy; a soft, earthy, unobtrusive color scheme; plenty of natural light; classical music; and the building’s original 1833 beadboard walls and molded tin ceiling.

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And if tea’s not your thing in the morning, fill up and drop your money in a jar at Honest Abe’s Coffee Cart.

28 W. Market St., West Chester; (610) 696-2102,

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