On Wednesday, April 4, the Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for newly opened restaurant, The Mad Batter Tea Room.
Based on the high tea services popularized in the Victorian era, The Mad Batter adds an element of historical grace to the community and offers families a chance to enjoy a cultural exposure to a bygone era.
“Having a new restaurant in Blue Point will be a great addition for the community,” said councilman Neil Foley (R-District 5), adding, “a tea room adds a family-friendly option to our great town.”
Originally opening in February, owner Delia McKernan was ecstatic to open her doors.
With over 14 years of experience as a tea master and event planner, McKernan knows what goes into a good high tea.
“I am an artist and baker by trade,” said McKernan. “We bake everything fresh daily and are sure to provide a variety of tastes for repeat customers.”
With classic English china and tiered pricing, The Mad Batter is all the best of the afternoon tea experience, with some added bonuses like salads, soups, and a full bar. (“You can have some wine or a cocktail with your tea!” said McKernan.)
“There’s a real element of the whimsical,” said McKernan. “It’s also loosely based on ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ because I love the idea of a tea as an adventure.”
And for the young ones just learning about the fun of a tea party, The Mad Batter has a whole lineup for them that can be accommodated to fit the ages of the attendees.
For the very young tea celebrants, such as those aged under 6, there is an array of melamine “fine china” and iced tea (strawberry lemonade, apple juice, lavender lemonade) served.
A beautiful, French-inspired armoire holds lace gloves, feather boas, and miles of pearl necklaces for dress-up (albeit not limited to young tea drinkers).
While McKernan advises to call her directly to inquire about tea parties, the average party maximum for children aged 5 to 8 is eight people, and for adults, 40 people for two and half to three hours, with different savory and sweet packages.
“This is a delight for the neighborhood, with many fond memories to be made in the space,” said camber president Carol Seitz-Cusack.
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