By Charleston Mercury Staff

One of the most anticipated annual spring events in Charleston is the opening of St. Philip’s Church’s famous Tea Room. The opportunity to catch up with friends and simultaneously support many important causes returns this April, offering daily Lowcountry lunch and delicious desserts.

Longtime Lowcountry residents know that the deal is this: You get out your calendar and book lunch every day — just so you can try all the options — for the week of April 18-22. The operating hours run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Tea Room is located in the Parish Hall at the corner of Church and Cumberland streets in Downtown Charleston.

Lowcountry luncheon favorites will return, such as Charleston Receipts okra soup, classic chicken salad and shrimp salad. Stop-the-train desserts, made by parishioners, include hummingbird cake, Grand Marnier cheesecake and Huguenot torte, as well as a wide variety of other options.

The church will provide several dining venue choices for guests. Due to its popularity, patrons may choose to take advantage of the Tea Room’s original 1952 outdoor format, which allows them to either dine outside in the beautiful courtyard or on our Parish Hall’s veranda; the Parish Hall will also have plenty of indoor seating. In addition to in-house dining, those pressed for time will have the opportunity to place take-out orders with delivery provided to downtown locations. To place a take-out order, please call (843) 722-7291.

Throughout the week, homemade items, baked goods and St. Philip’s souvenirs will be sold in the Tea Room gift shop. The sanctuary and grounds will also be open for tours. Proceeds from the Tea Room benefit St. Philip’s missions overseas, including those helping Water Missions International and others in Honduras and Haiti. In addition, funds raised will support home missions such as the St. Philip’s choirs and the junior and senior high youth ministries. For more information, log onto


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