Gryphon Tea Room

We arrived in Savannah at noontime. I had seen an ad for a tea room named Gryphon. We went straight to it and had lunch. Gryphon is a different tea room, not your usual froo-froo. Originally this building was a corner drugstore and still has some of the original fixtures such as mahogany panels and fixtures and Tiffany glass globes. Along the walls are more stained glass, inset mortars and pestles from the original shop. At the apex of the room is an elaborate floral stained-glass skylight lit from within and from it hangs an ornate brass and crystal chandelier. The table are marble-topped, and some chairs are schoolroom with bookracks on the back. The floor has original apothecary tiles and the pharmacist’s cabinets are on one wall. We sat in the front of the room at the floor-length picture window. The many servers were all male, the place was packed, but service was efficient. In addition to lunch they also serve breakfast, and high tea is at 4 p.m.

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