I've been thinking a lot lately about starting my own tea house. I have no culinary experience and only some restaurant/events experience from working at a country club in college.
Here's my question for now-
I have a vision for the look and feel of the place but I get hung up on the menu & kitchen operations. I would love to keep it to Victorian Tea service only and specialize in the "experience" rather than expanding it to a full menu thus becoming a full restaurant. Possibly partnering with a local bakery & candy store for some items so that it's still fresh but no necessarily all on my shoulders. I would also focus a lot on small special events (showers, birthdays, club events and some other special occasions I had in mind tying into charities, etc.)
That being said, does anyone think it's odd to not offer a full food menu and keep it very limited? It would only be open for lunch & High Tea. Sometimes I think people like simple menus as long as they're good selections & smart choices. In this case it would the typical variety offering of a Victorian Tea 3-tiered tower and maybe a few other options, plus a nice variety of teas. I feel like it's such a unique experience that it would be OK to keep it different than a full menu offering like you would get at most restaurants but I could be completely wrong. Please let me know your thoughts. Your fresh perspective would be very helpful. Or if anyone has been to a place that is limited like this - let me know what you thought. Thank you!