And You Thought We Just Served Tea
Established in 1912, the Wenham Tea House is one of the oldest Tea Houses in the country. The Wenham Tea House is owned by the Wenham Village Improvement Society, a philanthropic organization which turns profits back to the community through scholarships, summer programs, and other philanthropies. The Tea House is operated by Christopher Keohane from Danvers, Massachusetts.
The year was 1893, Queen Victoria was still on the throne of England and Grover Cleveland occupied the White House. It was in this year that a small group of spirited women met and formed the Wenham Village Improvement Society. Its original purpose, to contribute to the welfare of the town's people, has continued through more than one hundred years of private effort.
The Wenham Tea House continues the traditions of delicious food, quality tea, gracious hospitality and the community involvement lives on. The Wenham Tea House has played an integral part in "downtown" Wenham, joining Town Hall, the Wenham Museum and the First Church of Wenham as a cornerstone of the town square.
The annual profits from the Wenham Tea House have been used to reinvest in the business and provide funds for the WVIS to contribute to the life of the community by making gifts to local organizations including Wenham Museum, the joint library, Acord food pantry, the local schools and the Hamilton-Wenham Community house. The WVIS annually provides college scholarships, the summer park program, and maintains town tennis courts and the Tea House Playground. From the stewardship of its members, the Society has made our town a wonderful place to live and raise our families.
Just recently, the Wenham Tea House was being led into a new direction by another long-established business, Henry's Fine Foods, Inc. of Beverly, Massachusetts. Under the direct supervision of the Keohane family (the owners of Henry's), the Wenham Tea House operated as "The Wenham Tea House featuring Henry's Fine Foods".
The Wenham Tea House, under this new direction, offered an elegant yet traditional dining experience. They also offered a delicious breakfast assortment, interesting lunch ideas, traditional afternoon teas and excellent weekend brunches.
The Wenham Tea House featuring Henry's Fine Foods also offered a wide range of unique and interesting catering events for your next outing. Be it a bridal shower, birthday party or bachelorette tea party, the Wenham Tea house offers a cozy and inviting atmosphere that is sure to impress your guests. Our professional catering staff will not only indulge your palette, but impress your eyes with eye-catching presentations.
An outdoor patio was planned and built adjoining Tea House, so guests can visit and enjoy tea in an outdoor setting.
Nowadays, the Wenham Tea House is operated by owners Christopher Keohane, Jason Keohane and Peter Capalbo of Fresh Food Catering. In addition the Tea House, Fresh Food also operates the Fresh Food Cafe in Lynnfield and is the exclusive caterer for the Community House of Hamilton.
Fresh Food Catering continues to honor the traditions of the former successors and will continue on the elegant and welcoming experience that has made the Wenham Tea House successful for over one hundred years.
Wenham Tea House in the News9/20/16 - Town Focus: Hamilton & Wenham
2/26/15 - What is it like to live in Wenham?
12/16/14 - Essex County tourism leaders at awards ceremony
11/25/14 - DECA students fearless in funeral home 'Shark Tank' Challenge
11/09/14 - Crosby's to buy Henry's Market
9/22/14 - Tea Time Magazine: Taking Tea in Boston
6/23/13 - Accents, the Business of Dining: All 'Decked' out in Salisbury
6/8/13 - Boston Globe: Times Are Changing at the Wenham Tea House
5/24/13 - Patch.com: Friday Night Dinners Continue at the Wenham Tea House
1/31/13 - NorthShore Magazine: Tea Time On the North Shore
1/31/13 - Wenham Tea House Offers 'Friday Night Dinners'
1/21/13 - Salem News: Wenham Tea House Hosts Author Visit
1/19/2013 - Chicken Pot Pies North of Boston
12/28/12 - WVIS Hosts Holiday 'Shop & Sip' at the Wenham Tea House
10/20/12 - Wenham Tea House to Pour First Drink with New License Saturday
9/26/12 - Finish Line In Sight for Tea House Liquor License
8/15/12 - The Family Behind the New Wenham Tea House
8/15/12 - Not Just Tea and Scones
8/10/12 - From Danvers to Wenham, Family Achieves Success
8/1/12 - The Wenham Tea House, it's not just for tea anymore
7/26/12 - Tea House Works Towards Liquor License, Hopes to Have it This Fall
7/23/12 - Wenham Tea House Adds New Patio, Increases Seating by 60%
6/19/12 - Wenham Tea House Pouring License on Track
5/29/12 - Wenham Tea House celebrates 100 years
3/30/12: Getting it down to a "T" at the Teahouse
3/30/12 - VIDEO: A sneak peak into the new Wenham Tea House
3/28/12 - Wenham Tea House set to reopen this weekend
2/17/12 - Henry's owner to take over Wenham Tea House
2/15/12 - Henry's owner signs Wenham Tea House lease
2/13/12 - Wenham Tea House seeks pouring license.