Burdett’s Tea Shop and Trading Company in Springfield

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Burdett’s Tea Shop and Trading Company, Springfield, TN

You haven’t had a scone until you’ve been to Burdett’s Tea Shop & Trading Company in historic downtown Springfield.

You may have had a thawed-out, mass-produced wanna-be scone at a coffee shop chain (we’re not naming any names), but you haven’t truly savored one of these biscuit-like British specialties until you sink your teeth into one of Burdett’s warm-from-the-oven, slightly moist, perfectly sweet handmade scones.

“A lot of people advertise fresh-baked scones, but ours really are handmade with our own family recipe,” says Sandy Ramsey, owner of Burdett’s Tea Shop & Trading Company. “Everyone seems to love them.”

Burdett’s specialty is the Raisin Scone, served with fresh whipped cream and strawberry preserves, and another favorite is the Ham & Cheese Scone. Other choices include more exotic varieties, such as the luscious Pineapple Coconut Scone with a powdered sugar glaze.

 

Burdett’s Tea Shop and Trading Company, Springfield, TN

Opened by Ramsey and her daughter, Erin Whited, in 2001, Burdett’s is the kind of place you feel lucky to have found. Sophisticated yet unpretentious, the inviting atmosphere of this shop wraps you up like a warm blanket the moment you step inside. The floors are made from rich pine, wooden dining tables are dressed up with ivory lace tablecloths, and strands of white lights twinkle around the shop, reflecting in at least a hundred shiny tea pots and tea cups that serve as both décor and inventory.

“We sell a lot of tea sets, unique serving pieces, loose tea and gifts, and people enjoy that as much as the food,” Ramsey says. “It pleases me when people say, ‘I’ve never seen this anywhere else.’”

While scones are what Burdett’s is known for, the menu also features handmade soups, quiche, salads and sandwiches, such as the Turkey-Ham Melt and the Red River Reuben.

One of the most unusual things Burdett’s offers, however, is its Tea Plate, which can be prepared for one or two people. It includes scones with cream and jam, mini sandwiches, cheese and crackers, fruit, peanut butter balls, brownies, tarts and other homemade sweets served on a two- or three-tiered plate with a pot of steaming-hot tea.

Speaking of tea, Burdett’s appropriately has lots of it. The tea menu features more than a dozen varieties of black and green teas, from the flavorful and brisk Lover’s Leap to the light and bright Countess Grey.

And the customers, Ramsey says, are what makes her job a labor of love.

“When someone says, ‘This was so wonderful and I love coming here,’ ” she says, “It makes you feel like maybe you did something right.”

The Dish on Burdett’s

Burdett’s Tea Shop & Trading Company is located at 618 Main St., Springfield, Tennessee. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.burdettsteashop.com or call 615-384-2320.

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