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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, June 8, 2001

Lunch Break
Going beyond a soothing cup

By Catherine E. Toth
Advertiser Staff Writer

The Winterbourne Tea Parlor serves breakfast and lunch in a cozy and sophisticated environment.

Jeff Widener • The Honolulu Advertiser

Your "in" tray is full. Deadlines are looming. The phone won't stop ringing.

You could scream any second now.

Get yourself out of there — immediately — and head straight for the Winterbourne Tea Parlor.

Nestled within the Mission Houses Museum at 553 S. King St., the charming tea room oozes civility. A decorative bird cage hangs above the order-here window and framed artwork, including a Hawaiian quilt, give the place a sophisticated, homey feel. Even down to the pest control, which is an ornate folding fan.

With about 15 seats and six tables, customers will feel more like guests at the Winterbourne. Each table is fashioned with English-style bowls of sugar cubes and fancy creamers to give you the illusion you're not really within walking distance from the office.

Originally just a spot for afternoon tea, the Winterbourne has been offering lunch for a few weeks, serving up a limited selection of sandwiches, salads and desserts.

One Wednesday we tried the turkey croissant ($5) and spinach salad ($5). Both were simple but appetizing, especially when accompanied with iced tea or freshly squeezed lemonade.

They also serve breakfast 9-11 a.m., with homemade waffles ($1.25 each, $1.75 with berries), scones with cream and jam ($1.50) and coconut or chocolate swirl toast ($1.50).

The only disappointment: Knowing that in half an hour you'll be back at work.

Lunch hours: noon-1:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Reservations recommended. 537-3806.