Between Us Tea Room marries two visions from sisters Karen Holbrook and Renita Bayliss: a tea room and a wine cafe.
By day, Between Us is a tea room with both traditional British and Texan features. The tea room serves traditional fare, such as tea, scones and finger sandwiches, with Texas elements, including tortilla soup.
“It’s a British tea room with a Texas twist. I mean, how do you have a British tea room and a taco soup?” Holbrook said. “That’s our vision—the classic foods, but we have thrown in some other things to set us aside.”
Popular dishes include the chicken salad sandwich and the pumpkin bread and cream cheese sandwich, as well as many of the soups, especially the chicken pot pie and broccoli cheese.
By night, the tea room converts into a wine cafe with a shift in decor, music and food. While some menu items, such as the adult grilled cheese, are served all day, others, such as the charcuterie board, crab bruschetta and ahi tuna poke bowl, are served only at night. Wine is available both day and night.
“I want it to be something you might find in Midtown—something trendy in Houston, but you don’t have to go out there. It’s going to be here,” Holbrook said.
Holbrook and Bayliss, as well as Holbrook’s daughter, Sasha Simpson, opened the tea room in August. Since then, they added Sunday brunch and hope to add live music and wine tasting. The space also holds a boutique, which sells some of Bayliss’ jewelry.
“My sister is a huge jewelry-maker, and her pieces are amazing,” Holbrook said. “The boutique was always really close to our hearts.”
Since opening, the business has received excellent reception from the community, Holbrook said. “Typically we have a full house here. I think we are doing something right,” Holbrook said.