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Spafford tea room offers ‘pampered peacefulness’ to its customers

Inside Grammie's Pantry, customers can experience a full English tea service and also browse the gifts and antiques for sale.

Inside Grammie's Pantry, customers can experience a full English tea service and also browse the gifts and antiques for sale.

— A typical Grammie’s menu begins with customers being served a beverage, either tea or coffee, followed by a fresh fruit cup with Greek vanilla yogurt. Next are served scones with sauce and Devonshire cream, and then crackers with feta cheese spread. Soup is served right before a “surprise entree.” Last is dessert.

The special February “Heart to Heart” menu might include cherry scones, chocolate-covered strawberries, heart-shaped butter cookies and a chocolate dessert. Everything served is home-made from scratch, including the cheese spreads. Smith also makes baked goods to order.

The gift shop side of Grammie’s Pantry is made to be charming and Victorian, Smith said. The Smiths have many items on sale around the shop, including some antiques and many china sets. They also sell up to 75 bulk organic teas during the summer.

The property around the old schoolhouse is as delightful as the tea shop itself. A creek runs by the house and there are boarded walkways through the woods that guests can enjoy. “In the summer we have the deck open,” Smith said, and they serve tea in the garden under an awning. “There are lots of flowers,” she said. “Everything is beautiful.”

Julie Leaf, a customer of Grammie’s Pantry for four years, comes with her family and friends for the Mother’s Day tea every year.

“We’ve done it several years in a row and the group just keeps getting bigger because we all like it. It’s a very nice day out. The food’s excellent and the presentation’s amazing,” Leaf said. She said it gets better every year and her favorite offering is Grammie’s feta cheese spread. “I don’t eat feta cheese, but I eat that,” she added.

Marylin Richardson of Baldwinsville expressed her experiences at Grammie’s “like stepping back in time.” She said there is always a serenity and calmness about her visits there, especially in the spring and summer when the windows are open.

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