Restaurant review: Polly Claire's tearoom is a genteel getaway for ladies who lunch

Lobster bisque and a scoop of chicken salad are served in fine china at Polly Claire's tearoom in the historic Dent House off Bonny Oaks Drive.

The historic Dent house, built in 1854 as the plantation home of railroad contractor Jarrett Dent, has seen many reincarnations over its 163 years. It's been a military field hospital, bed-and-breakfast inn, office building for nearby Chattanooga Church and, most notably, the Bonny Oaks Children's Home for 90 years.

Four months ago today, the antebellum mansion off Bonny Oaks Drive reopened as Polly Claire's tearoom. After seeing a lot of chatter about it on Facebook, a friend and I decided to check it out.


Rashelle Stafford bought the Dent House in summer 2015 and has made extensive renovations to its seven dining areas while keeping the integrity of the antebellum home. She named her new restaurant in honor of her daughters, Polly and Claire.

If you go

› Where: Polly Claire’s, 6178 Adamson Circle.›