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“Too Much Money, Not Enough Food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Millstone Tea Room

Millstone Tea Room
9058 Big Island Hwy, Route 122, Bedford, VA 24523-5271
540-587-7100
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Ranked #1 of 52 Restaurants in Bedford
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Bedford, Virginia
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“Too Much Money, Not Enough Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

The last time my wife and I went, which admittedly was several years ago, we found the entrees to be quite pricey for the amount of food they put on the plate (good food by the way) - we decided not to go back again - was a nice atmosphere - a little out of the way place - staff was friendly.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Fresh, Local, Friendly, Focused, and Intimate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Millstone Tearoom is a gem in an otherwise dusty area of restaurant choices. In the Bedford and Lynchburg areas, the options for locally-owned dining experiences are few. While there are plenty of places to get mediocre Mexican fare, generic chicken dishes, or a large slab of meat labeled as steak, there aren't many places where they know your name, welcome you with hugs, yet consistently put out fresh, exquisitely prepared food that is as unique as the environment. Nestled in between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the range of hills running along the James River, is a little cabin with one and half rooms of rustic charm. If you're looking for intimate and easy, this is the place. In the winter, the wood stove is churning and the lights twinkle off the copper tables. In the summer, the crickets thrum, the cows across the road, snuff and moo and the birds sing. Melanie and crew are welcoming and easy, but don't let the down-home Southern charm fool you. This place in the country is anything but country and the simple setting belies the complex flavors presented in their food. Even the most simply prepared pork chop is perfectly cooked and seasoned in a way that enhances, not disguises the flavor of the locally-sourced meat. A small ramekin of macaroni and cheese is the perfect amount of a very rich, broiled-on-top treat. The bread is homemade, as are the dressings, barbecue sauce (their own Sauce #11), and exceptional, decadent desserts. Melanie has a knack for making ice cream, the cinnamon being her best we've had anywhere. Bread puddings, profiteroles, pie and even homemade sugared donuts are just some of the desserts we've sampled here. Even when you're trying to apply the "one bite" rule, it's impossible not to clean your plate. The portions are not tremendous for some dishes, but I must say you won't leave hungry. Every meal comes with a soup or delightfully fresh salad and their appetizers range from homemade (to-die-for) gnocchi, to tempura prawns, to artisan flatbread pizzas. There are homey comfort food dishes like shrimp and grits, pan-fried trout, hominy, and fried oysters, but everything has a twist to accommodate sophisticated "city" palettes. As a self-proclaimed food snob, there aren't many places I'll choose to eat, instead cooking myself most nights. But when it comes to special occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries and Valentine's Day, this is first on my list. This year, we waited too long to book for V-day, so we chose to eat there the following night and were not disappointed that we waited. Highlights for the hearty eaters include: the pork chop, short ribs, and poutine. The mussels are delightful and they do a great job with duck and crab cakes. For those who have had poor experiences here, I cannot imagine where their tastebuds lie or from where they are writing, because as someone who has travelled all over and eaten at some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco, Italy and Paris, I can honestly recommend Millstone as a terrific dining option in an otherwise drab landscape of dining choices.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
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“Scenic drive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

This is out in the country but it's good food. However, bring a small flashlight to see the menu as the lighting is dim for ambiance.

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“The best around!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011 via mobile

Millstone Tea Room is the kind of place you think about visiting on your next vacation. Fortunately, it's a peaceful drive from Bedford, Lynchburg, and Roanoke. And it's worth the drive from even further away. The menu is seasonal and if you think you're going to be served something that you can get anywhere else, you're going to be pleasantly surprised. Each menu selection is unique.

The service is friendly and thoughtful. The decor is eclectic and the atmosphere is delightful. Ask for a table on the patio on a warm spring evening or after the sun goes down on a hot summer night. Perfect for enjoying a glass of one of Jared and Melanie's chilled selections.

Sunday brunch will not disappoint before or after a leisurely drive along the Parkway. (Get directions first or use your GPS if you're not familiar with the area.)

My favorites are the shrimp and grits, fried oysters, or steamed mussels, swimming in a sauce which requires dipping with the fresh bread.

You will want to return...often.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tucson, Arizona
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239 helpful votes 239 helpful votes
“A long drive from anywhere and worth every mile”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2010

Millstone Tea Room is a gem. My remarkable dining experience explained how a place that is so far from any major population center (40 minute drive from Lynchburg) could be so busy on the Wednesday night that I visited.

You don't have to be a 'foodie' to enjoy this restaurant, but if you are, you will. Some highlights for me: 1. a smoked sausage appetizer served with homemade sauerkraut and a fig syrup dressing. I grew up with this kind of smoked sausage served with sauerkraut, but had not previously enjoyed it with something sweet to counter the sauer. Wow. 2. Heirloom tomato salad, using 3 varieties of heirloom tomatoes grown in the restaurateur's garden. Fantastically ripe, meaty tomatoes (one slice had to be 4 inches in diameter) and a well balanced balsamic dressing. 3. A red rainbow trout, locally farmed, that looked and tasted somewhat like salmon. It turns out that trout are related to salmon (I looked it up for this review...), this particular strain is presumably more related than others. Delicious at any rate. 4. The bread pudding and home-made cinnamon ice cream. Probably the best bread pudding I've ever had. Another dessert, buttermilk ice cream with blackberries sounded really intriguing, wished I could have fit more.

The service was attentive, but not suffocating. They seemed like sweet people. The decor is difficult to explain. It's a farmhouse, okay. But a bit tacky in certain respects, and what wasn't tacky was somewhat all over the place. What's difficult to explain is I didn't care. At least it didn't look like it was trying very hard to be farmhouse chic, whatever that would be. The food was fine. All the parties there in this cozy space were having a great time, the waitstaff were friendly. What more could one want? Maybe a more extensive wine list, but then again, my glass of French malbec worked for me.

Finally, while it was a long drive from Lynchburg, it is a beautiful drive. The house is backed up by the Blue Ridge Mountains. On the other side of the road from the house is a pasture, where various breeds of cows grazed contentedly as the light fell. Kind of like us customers, come to think of it.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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