I found this place on an exploratory trip to Wilmington and it was one of the many places that sold me on the city. It’s right on the wood-slatted river walk, in the dancing light of the Cape Fear River, near a wine shop, several restaurants, the farmer’s market and other amenities of Historic Wilmington. The service and management are all really friendly and knowledgeable, or will ask whomever they need to when necessary. Call ahead, for you may not have to reserve but I imagine it doesn’t hurt. The day after Thanksgiving they were open. The “places” details page only allowed one category as to when tea could be served, so I checked “afternoon tea” but it’s much more versatile. “Places” also only allowed one category of establishment, so be advised that it’s not only a tea room as I checked, but a shop with teapots, accessories and bulk teas. Tea can be served in the chic, European-style, old-fashioned indoor tea room, though it has a modern feel as well, with its ambient light from the River, and a lime, periwinkle and white decor. As feminine are the surroundings, I’d still take a guy there! Tea is also served riverside, where you can sit in wicker chairs around a wicker coffee table with a glass top, which we did, or small metal tables with those tiny ice cream parlor type chairs. People walk by but there’s just enough distance that they’re not right on top of you, keeping the space somewhat private yet friendly. When I found the Wilmington Tea Room, I reserved some seats for the next late a.m., and invited my Wilmingtonian girlfriends. We all loved it! The light and tasty scones and Devonshire cream added to the ritual and contrast but, more than that beauty, the teas (Earl Grey and Assam) were delicious. It was unanimous. One of my buddies is Australian with an English background, really knows her tea. I’ll go back as often as possible!