Victorian Christmas Afternoon Tea
to Jan 1

Victorian Christmas Afternoon Tea

Victorian Christmas Afternoon Tea is a lovely adult and child-friendly annual tradition at the Historic Dent House in Chattanooga. Christmas is special at Polly Claire’s, and the decorated mansion boasts with bells and bobs to delight every guest. The house will be fully decorated and our Christmas Menu will be served November 15-New Year’s Day.

Four courses of unforgettable holiday fare including annual favorites like our Beef Wellington and Crab Cakes, Spiced Myan Drinking Chocolate with Coconut Cream and more. Four lovely courses including scone service, Nibblers, Tea Sandwiches, and Desserts. Every item is handmade to order in our historic kitchen. Reservations are necessary to secure a table and groups of ten or more may choose a private space. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options available but may vary from the VCAT menu slightly.


First Course:

Polly Claire’s Signature Scones with cream, jam, and curd.


Maryland Crab Cakes

Deviled Eggs with Black Truffle Salt

Warm Pimento Tarts topped with crispy bacon and scallions

Sourdough Hot Buttered Crumpets

SANDWICHES to include:

Cucumber Dill Stack

Classic Greek Madame (back by popular demand)

Cranberry-Walnut Chicken Salad

Miniature Hot Beef Wellington

Benjamin Bunnies

Desserts to include

Spiced Myan Drinking Chocolate with Coconut Cream

“Santa”s Lost Hat” Berry and Chocolate Delight

Peppermint Meringue Kisses

Pecan Scottish Shortbread

Fancy Macarons

Hot Tea of Choice

Offered Monday through Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm

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 Colonial Candlelight Christmas Feast
to Dec 28

Colonial Candlelight Christmas Feast

Five spectacular nights experiencing traditional Christmas fanfare in true historic holiday fashion! Saturdays November 30- December 28 by reservation.

Candlelit rooms, ample fixings served family-style in bowls to pass, live music, fully costumed staff, and a bit of drama will reel you back to a time when Christmas was a one-day event and all the townspeople stopped in wonder to celebrate together.

Saturdays November 30 through December 28. Three available seatings; 6:00pm, 6:30pm, and 7:15pm
Children welcome at 6 pm seating only.


Everything on the menu is served to the table for all to enjoy…
Garlic Herb Rubbed New York Strip
Succulent Sugared Pork
Country Style Fried Chicken

Hasty Pudding, Spiced Pears, Cinnamon Apples, Nut and Celery Salad, Confetti Beans, Mashed Potato Boats with Gravy, assorted bread, and rolls

Soup Choice:
Vegetable Barley or Seafood Chowder
Dessert Choice:
Blueberry Cobbler or Figgy Pudding with warm Bourbon Sauce

Guests will be seated at their table according to the number in their party. The table will be served everything on the menu in passable and sharable quantities. Large groups of ten or more may reserve a private room.

This event SOLD OUT last year. A waiting list is expected. Don't hesitate to join the list if you are in the Chattanooga area unexpectedly, last year we were able to seat a few parties on the list when cancelations were made.

Adults $65/pp + tax
Children under 5, No Charge.
Please be advised; children under 13 years old are welcome at the 6:00 pm seating.

A credit card is required to make a reservation, Cancelations within 48 hours of the event will be charged the full event price.

Holiday Attire, Dressy Casual, Costuming Welcome

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12:00 PM12:00


Healthy Lunch + Helpful Learning=

Happy Ladies

Join us as we

Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, January 15

12:00 pm

Prepaid Tickets Required

TOPIC: Nickels and Sense

with Chele Bible Sherwood

Tickets Now available

Lunch: Polly Claire’s fabulous BRUNCH PLATE!

Warm Quiche Lorraine (available gluten free or vegeatrain upon request)

spinach, bacon, green onion, mozzarella cheese, egg custard in a pastry shell

Chicken salad with pecans and grapes

fresh seasonal berries

savory herb scone bite

dusted shortbread

Hot or Iced Tea included

Bring plenty of business cards to share and see your card again on Polly Claire's Facebook page following the event.

Speaker: Chele Bible Sherwood, Wife, mother, relator, instructor

Your reservation is secure when a nonrefundable (but fully transferable) ticket is purchased. This event is limited to 28 guests on a first come first serve basis.

*Guests will be seated in small tables of four and the learning time will be approximately 15-30 minutes. Conversation cards on each table will provide ice breakers. Invite a friend or coworker and enjoy an afternoon of lunching and learning togther.

Lunch and Learn are scheduled monthly. If you have a helpful topic or area of expertise you’d like to share with this group, contact Rashelle Stafford for speaking opportunities at

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Father Daughter  Candle Light Tea
4:00 PM16:00

Father Daughter Candle Light Tea

Every girl has two special dreams…fancy tea parties and her first hero being her dad. Fathers and daughters of every age are celebrated as we hold our first father-daughter candlelight tea. With special attention to a man’s palette and all the care and delicacies of a lady’s, this event should present a perfect pairing to please.

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ALL tReATs NO TricKS Halloween Tea
to Oct 31

ALL tReATs NO TricKS Halloween Tea

ALL tReATs NO TricKS Halloween Tea!

Fully costumed staff and amazing fun treats disguised as something fabulous on each three-tiered afternoon tea tray. Regular menu pricing.

A FUN FILLED TWO days, our second annual costumed Halloween Event. Friends of every age welcome to enjoy the festivities, with or without costuming.

Please reserve a table for this event.

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11:00 AM11:00


Guests aged 90 and over are invited, along with their friends, to our first ever 90's Club Par-TEA!

Brunch, trivia, bingo, gift bags, prizes, teatime etiquette, and fabulous food are on the menu.

ALL GUESTS 90+ eat for just 99 cents! All other guests; $22/pp

Gather your gowns and grans and let's celebrate together!

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to Nov 7


October 7 is the first day of FALL BREAK for Hamilton County Schools- and when school is out, Polly Claire’s offers an incredible offer to honor Mothers and. Daughters! ANY TWO PEOPLE are welcome to use our Mother-Daughter special pricing:


Fresh Scones and Condiments
Hot tea
Five varieties of Sandwiches
Four varieties of Desserts

Reservations are necessary and tables fill quickly for this one-day event.

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12:30 PM12:30


This will be so fun! And here are a few simple details! Keep these logistics in mind! Thank You in Advance!

  1. Parking. All of the area businesses around us will be closed and traffic is at a minimum. Please feel free to park around Adamson Circle along the curb, but only on the right-hand side of the curb. DROP OFF GUESTS at the mailbox directly in front of the house. Grassy areas are always open for additional parking. The back garage has a paved area and you can block the garage doors on Sunday! If you’re able to walk a little way, save closer spots for people who made need them. The handicapped lift will be open, alert us ahead of time if you need assistance by calling 423.521.4832.

  2. Gratuity. 18% gratuity will be automatically added to your check for ease and event purposes. Every table will receive one check for the final payment. Your reserved credit card will not be charged. This card is kept encrypted and will automatically delete at the time of your reservation. Please collect monies in advance from your party to ensure that check out is easy and efficient for all, especially those heading to a matinee. Apps are made for “cashing” each other and may prove a bit useful.

  3. Dress Code. We’ve received calls asking if period clothing is fair game. WHY OF COURSE! Have all the fun you can! We will have hats available as always. During the Edwardian era, a lady would have her head and shoulders covered during afternoon tea, however, you may dress as eccentric as you dare.

  4. Alcohol. A complimentary flute of champagne is included, as well as a prechosen hot tea. Your server will gladly bring a nonalcoholic sparkling beverage upon request. Refills are $4 on the flute only, tea refills are complimentary.

  5. Gift Shop. Open 12:00-4:30. 10% off your entire purchase Sunday only. We plan to overbake. If you taste anything you are exceptionally fond of Sunday, the chances are good it is available packaged in our gift shop on this one day only. We also have autographed copies of THE ART OF AFTERNOON TEA, During the Downton and Titanic Eras by Penelope Carlevlato. This book contains recipes (we are using all recipes from this book for this event!) as well as traditions and is a delightful and fabulous read, priced at $15, a few dollars less than Amazon.

  6. Timing. It looks like Sunday will be a beautiful fall day! Arrive early and take pictures in the park. Seating will be prompt at 11 and 2, and we will be glad to take pictures at your table. You have your designated table space for two hours. We will run your tickets 60 minutes after you've been seated to ensure we don’t hold those of you up who have movie tickets.

  7. Drawing. Please take as many photos as you like, we will help. Tag POLLYCLAIRES on any social media site for your chance to win afternoon tea for two! We will only enter the person who tags us, so each of you may enter by posting a picture, even if the photo is the same. The drawing will be Wednesday, 9/25 so you have a few days to share and post!

  8. Etiquette Guide. Something extra special I wrote and have had printed for you. I will not go over the guide with you, it is a take-home gift. A very limited supply of extra copies are available in our shop for $2.00, please feel free to share the information but not copy it. Thank You!

  9. ENJOY! This event is the first of this magnitude for Polly Claire’s. If we have overlooked something we will do our very best to rectify it immediately. We hope to see you enjoy yourselves to the absolute hilt! Thank you for coming to our Downton Event! Because of your loyal support we are three years old this week! We have the best guests ever! I cannot understate my thankfulness and gratitude!

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11:00 AM11:00

Downton Abby Afternoon Tea Event

It’s hitting the silver screen and The Dent House too!

It’s hitting the silver screen and The Dent House too!

What better way to celebrate the Downton Abby movie coming to the silver screen Friday September 20 than by having Afternoon Tea in high fashion with your chums?

One Day Only Exclusive Afternoon Tea Event!
Sunday, September 22,
Two seatings;
11:00am and 2:00pm

Afternoon Tea from the Downton Abby Era. All recipes taken from THE ART OF AFTERNOON TEA by Penelope Carvelato. Autographed copies will be available for sale.

$55/pp includes all food and beverage +one complimentary flute of champagne or non alcoholic bubbly, and etiquette guide (my how times have changed!)
Menu includes appetizers, sandwiches, and desserts with one time extravagant extras and never served before British Faves like Scotch Eggs and Cornish Pasties. Wear your favorite frock and hat or choose one of ours. Reservations Necessary. Private rooms available for parties of ten or more.
A credit card reserves your space. Reservations canceled after Thursday September 18, 10:00am will incur a fee of $8/per person.


Scotch Eggs

Cornish Pasties

Deviled Eggs with Black Truffle Salt

Bacon and Tomato Tartlets

Curried Chicken

Triple Decker Cucumber Sammies

Spicy Ham

Benjamin Bunny Finger Sandwiches

Fruit Tarts with Orange Liquor

Chocolate Berry Trifle

Coconut Wine Cake

Lemon Blueberry and Lavender Vanilla Scones

Unlimited Hot Black Tea, Yorkshire Gold

and complimentary Champagne

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Hats Off to A Good Cause, FUNd Raiser to Benefit Bethel Bible Village
to Aug 24

Hats Off to A Good Cause, FUNd Raiser to Benefit Bethel Bible Village


In honor of the former Bonny Oaks Children’s Home, Polly Claire’s is pleased to hold our second annual FUNd Raiser for Bethel Bible Village, HATS OFF TO A GOOD CAUSE! Enter and vote for your chance to win afternoon tea for two and support local children and families of greater Chattanooga.

Polly Claire’s will accept HAT DONATIONS until August 21, 2019. We need creative people like you to design, embellish, or buy a fantastic hat for this auction. Six hats will be selected of those donated for the auction. All donated hats that do not make make it in the auction will be sold in the gift shop to benefit BBV.

Voting will take place August 22-24, 2019. The final six hats to make the auction will be displayed in the restaurant foyer and online. Be sure to follow us on FACEBOOK or visit us in the restaurant for voting in the auction.There are TWO ways to participate and win a tea for two:

The hat to receive the most votes will win Afternoon Tea for Two and the hat that brings in the largest dollar amount will also win Afternoon Tea for Two!

Hat donations are eligible to win prizes from Polly Claire’s for the following categories:







Winners will be announced Sunday, August 25 by 8:00pm. All hats donated should be no larger than two feet wide and two feet tall, and display ready. Please TAG with a name, phone number, email, and full description of the hat (when applicable; year, genre, theme, artist or designer, any interesting facts or ingredients used to create the hat) Hats will be sold in the auction and will not be returned to the owner.

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Back To School Tea
7:00 PM19:00

Back To School Tea

New grade? New school? New shoe size? Back to School Tea invites moms, grandmoms, and students to celebrate and collaborate over hot tea and fabulous food.

Please reserve a table for our Regency Afternoon Tea during our Back To School Tea. Based on past experience, we expect these date to reach full capacity quickly. At the lowest price of the season, everyone can enjoy a three tiered tray with hot tea, sandwiches, and our signature crafted desserts. As an added bonus our own local artist and author, CMT Illustrations will be with us signing books and asking students for inspiration as she paints live! Its all fun, fabulous, and upon us…make your reservation early and join us for memory making at it’s best.

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10:00 AM10:00


Charm for tweens Tuesday June 18, ages 8-12  Charm for Teens, Tuesday June 25, ages 13-15  Charm for Young Ladies Wednesday, June 26, ages 16-19

Charm for tweens Tuesday June 18, ages 8-12

Charm for Teens, Tuesday June 25, ages 13-15

Charm for Young Ladies Wednesday, June 26, ages 16-19

One full day of creative fun to help us learn, mind, and remember all of our P’s and Q’s.

Guests will be able to remove awkwardness in social situations by learning etiquette in conversation, dining, hostessing, social media, and more!

When we know how to behave in new and curious situations, it helps us to stop thinking about ourselves and be present with others, enjoy the event, and grow in beauty and grace.

Class includes creative demonstration and interactive tutorials, a full afternoon tea experience, and a make it and take it DIY project, from decorative hats to jewelry.

Class is limited to 12 guests, opening another afternoon, Thursday, June 20 is a possibility when class limit is met. Second class must meet minimum of 8 to open.

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A Mid Summer's Afternoon Tea with Wine Tasting
to Jul 27

A Mid Summer's Afternoon Tea with Wine Tasting

The Mid Summer’s Afternoon Tea is a seasonal menu bursting with the flavors of summer! Come try the all new delicacies and selections, as no tea menu is ever repeated at Polly Claire’s, you are guaranteed to partake of an array of tasty treats. This Afternoon Tea experience lasts approximately one month, 11:00am-4:00pm, closed Sundays. Enjoy our latest addition if you so choose; Wine Tasting. Three 2.5 ounce pours of wines from New Zealand, California, and Italy. Full details in the menu below.

Reservations are required for tables but it is NOT necessary to PREORDER or PREPAY for any afternoon tea experience!

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Mother Daughter Tea for ANY Two, $20!
11:00 AM11:00

Mother Daughter Tea for ANY Two, $20!

On those Significant Monday Holidays, Polly Claire's offers the LOWEST HIGH TEA PRICING of the year. For any two people, for only $20/pp, for only one day.

March 18, Spring Break
May 15, Memorial Day
September 2, Labor Day
October 4, Columbus Day
January 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 2020 President's Day

Call your banker, hairdresser, baker, and gather all your daughters-its a day to rejoice and celebrate the Art of Afternoon Tea!

Enjoy Hot Tea and Scones, Cut Finger Sandwiches, and Lovely Dessert Bites. Hot cloths brought to your table, elegant tablescapes, hats for you to wear, Royal Albert China, and pampering awaits your visit.

Make a reservation as these events fill quickly.

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Valentine Friendship Tea
to Feb 23

Valentine Friendship Tea

Valentine Friendship Tea is back!

The perfect way to make a lasting memory with those special friends you cherish! This all new HIGH TEA menu lasts for two weeks with fabulous pairings and amazing flavors. Grab a friend and make a reservation for this February event. No need to preorder your afternoon tea in advance, anytime you visit Polly Claire’s during these two weeks VFT will be available! As always, vegetarian and gluten free options can be made. Don’t forget to post a picture of your Polly Claire’s visit on any social media site with hashtag; #VDAYPOLLYCLAIRES for your chance to win afternoon tea for two!

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Date Night!
6:00 PM18:00

Date Night!

Date Night Happens EVERY third Saturday Night of the month. Join us for candles, and relaxation as you dine fireside in this amazing historic house! From Beef Wellington to Crab Cakes, date night promises to be unforgettable.

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