As legend has it, the lovely tradition of afternoon tea began with Anna Maria Stanhope, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, who was a lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria. During the 1800's, lunch was a light meal and dinner was served late in the evening. The long afternoons without food left Lady Bedford with a "sinking" feeling around 4 pm. She began requesting that her maid bring her a cup of tea and a light snack each day. She soon began inviting friends to join her, thus creating a new social event that became an important part of British society that is still enjoyed today.
When Pinehurst resident Marian Caso decided to bring her love of afternoon tea to the Sandhills, she was welcomed with open arms. Lady Bedford's Tea Parlour & Gift Shoppe, located in the heart of the Village of Pinehurst, is a place one can gather with friends for a unique dining experience. "I've loved tea and the ritual of afternoon tea for as long as I can remember," Marian says. "This is my way of sharing my passion. I wanted to create a place where friends could meet and enjoy afternoon tea in an elegant atmosphere of gracious hospitality that will warm the spirit and soothe the soul over a cup of tea." With over 60 varieties of loose leaf tea available, customers are sure to find just their "cup of tea".
For the fourth year in a row, Lady Bedford's Tea Parlour has been presented a Diamond "A" Healthy Dining Award from the Moore County Board of Health. It is a Certificate of Excellence presented in recognition of exemplary contribution to the health of the citizens of Moore County. Only two of these awards were presented to the over 500 restaurants in Moore County.
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