Tea and Strumpets FAQ
Q. Can we buy our tea in a china pot?
A. We only serve on china during our seated tea events at 1pm and 4:30pm, or at a tea-themed catered booking through TRF Group Sales. Groups@texrenfest.com
Q. Is a TRF festival ticket included in the price of a seated tea?
A. No, you will need to buy tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival separately. https://www.texrenfest.com
Q. How long does a tea event last?
A. Our tea events are designed as a time for you to visit with friends, new and old around your table. They last around one hour. We will refill your teapot should you need it. Our signature cocktails are available for purchase as well.
Q. Can we buy tickets to a Tea on the day of our TRF visit?
A. Maybe. It would be best to check online to see if there are seats available on the day you want to come. Tickets are date and time specific, so it is possible that someone has purchased all the tickets available for any specific date. If you are unable to check online, or you simply woke feeling lucky, we recommend stopping by shoppe #7 early on the day of your festival visit to try and purchase tickets for that date. Please know that we cannot properly accommodate all dietary restrictions with this smaller lead time.
Q. Can you make accommodations for a Gluten Free or Vegetarian diet at one of the tea events?
A. Yes, though we need 24 hours advance notice. We cannot offer discounts on our ticket prices in regards to these diets.
Q. Is there a different price for a Child’s Ticket to a tea event?
A.We do not have a separate children’s menu, thus all servings and ticket prices are the same regardless of the age of the consumer. The two daily events are priced differently from each other, as they have different menus (one “meatier” one “sweetier”).
We do have a more kid-friendly event, and have altered the menu a bit for our Sunday Afternoon Teas. It has more “fancy yet familiar” items, such as a Nutella and banana sandwich instead of a cucumber sandwich … and Alice (of Wonderland fame) joins us at that tea with another cast member of her choosing. Children get in to the festival for free on Sundays, so this was the ideal time slot.
Q. Can we just reserve a table for a period of time on this fabulous deck?
A. Yes, through the TRF Group Sales department at Groups@texrenfest.com. There are restrictions on the times available, due to our scheduled teas, and the occasional Wedding Reception.
Q. Can we call and buy our tickets to a High Tea? This internet stuff is hard.
A. Yes, though there is an additional $5 charge for phone bookings, and no discounts can be applied via phone.
Q. What about a question not answered here?
A. Email your questions to info@TRFtea.com and we will get you an answer as soon as we can. ** Please be aware that emailed correspondence is only viewed between 9 and 5 during the week then just prior to opening and upon closing during festival days. Any changes made by email or voicemail are not secure until a staff member has contacted you and confirmed the change.
Q. Do the Tea Events happen rain or shine?
A. Yes, we have a substantial roof over the Tearoom dining area and are able to comfortably serve during rainstorms. The Texas Renaissance Festival is an outdoor event that is open rain or shine as well.
Q. What is the refund policy?
A. No refunds or exchanges.
Q. Who is behind this Tea and Strumpets endeavor? Enquiring minds want to know!
A. Several of us, including:
The Queens Pantry Crew:
The QP team has long been fantasizing the many different puzzle pieces that came together to become Tea and Strumpets. Some of the familiar QP employees have new positions in our newest shop, and some of our key back-of-house crewmembers have moved to more visible roles at Tea and Strumpets. We are all looking forward to serving up a different type of festival experience.
An Air Force Brat with a restaurateur father (someone has to run those NCO and Officer’s Clubs on base); her first job on the renfest circuit was as a carpenter’s helper, which evolved into festival building design that had to meet 4 different building codes. The restaurant group for whom she did most of the design hired her as a manager, and the seeds were sown, … readying her for opening food businesses that were eventually noticed by TRF management. She has owned and operated the Queen’s Pantry for the past 12 years.
The creative opportunities available to a food vendor within the largest and greatest Renaissance Festival in North America cannot be overstated. Nowhere else could she design and create both a building and an experience ready for such an exacting clientele.