“Welcome to the Gryphon Tea Room. I’m Sarah, a photography major here at SCAD. What can I start you off with to drink?” As I settled into my banquette seating, I was pleasantly reminded that the Grypon tea room is run by SCAD and employs students in this newly reworked space.
The newly revamped Grypon Tea Room was once an apothecary – you are reminded of this with the backlit mortal & pestle stained glass windows that surround the space. More recently, the space was a bookstore – evidence of which the designer had fun with!
I had been to the Gryphon years ago when it was a more sterile version of its now lush & layered self. The space was more modern & clean offering little more than its white tiled floors & bright tangerine lacquered chairs as visual stimulation. Whoever completed the transformation, I’d love to give you a great big hug. Now can you come decorate my house?
I went to wash my hands and found this inside – witty & fun!
And the food! My homemade pimento cheese sandwich on lightly grilled thick and crusty bread was delicious and rich with bites of bacon and sautéed onion inside. My side of green goddess-kissed greens was perfectly dressed.
My dining partner enjoyed a green salad with local shrimp, bacon, and other goodies. Our service was fast and professional – a delight to have such a put together student as our server.
To wrap up lunch, our server brought a little tray with two coconut macaroons & – wait for it – our bill was in a book. Stop it – too charming.
I forgot to mention that the Gryphon actually does serve up varoius teas, including a High Tea. I will report back soon. View the menu HERE.