May 11 – May 17
Tea Room Ventures and VenuesShare all about one of your favorite tea rooms. Use photos and descriptions to tell about the decor and ambiance, menus, service, and what makes this tea room special to you. Does this tea room have a gift shop? What kind of special treasures does it contain?
Another rather stark post from me, but…
Keswick Hall is the only local source I’ve used for a nice tea out with friends. The hotel is grand and the service is first-class, but it’s a bittersweet reminder that the place has changed tremendously from the memories of my childhood in pools that have since been filled in. The horseshow grounds are across the (dirt) road, and this weekend, I’m betting both the show grounds and the hotel will be packed.
I’ve borrowed this photo from Keswick’s “afternoon tea” page, but the last time I went, it was for a weekend brunch tea. Nevertheless, if you have a chance to “do tea” at any of the Orient Express Hotels, you won’t be disappointed. With a top price of $28 per person for tea, I think it’s a very affordable way to enjoy the luxury and refinement of a world-class hotel. If ever you’re in these parts, let me know and I’d be delighted to have tea with you at Keswick Hall!
There’s not a gift shop in the tea treats sort of way, but if you’re in the area, don’t miss The Happy Cook or The Virginia Shop. The Happy Cook has a great selection of loose teas and accessories to the far right when you walk in, and The Virginia Shop has my beloved Carriage House cheese straws and lots of other goodies.