Opened in 2021 in Alpharetta’s oldest home (built in 1856), The Ginger Room is run by husband-and-wife Dr. Karl Walbrook and Angela Avery, who know that hosting a memorable afternoon tea is in the details. Preserving the original floors and mantles, the couple made each of the three rooms inside picturesque with light robin’s blue trim and ceilings, antique chandeliers and furniture, and fresh flowers everywhere.
To help guests choose their teas (served in mix-n-match bone china), Angela writes up detailed descriptions, including flavor profiles and caffeine levels for each tea in their selection, which changes seasonally. It helps to know the couple started out on the local farmers market scene with their all-natural ginger juice business. This explains their passion for locally sourcing their products, from teas to pastries, and the unique addition of fresh ginger juice and ginger preserve to their afternoon tea menu (whose dainty finger sandwiches are delicious and plentiful: smoked gouda pimiento, Angela’s own coronation chicken, smoked salmon, and more).
Dr. Karl, raised in Central London, is both the Sconemaster — treating guests to a proper British scone, warm from the oven — and the master of ceremonies, coming out of the kitchen to introduce the afternoon tea service and share a bit of tea etiquette. A spacious outdoor patio houses large parties, while groups of six to eight privately take tea in the perfectly sized Walkbrook room.