For a girls' day out (my 2 daughters, my sister and me) we made arrangements for full "tea" at the Coach & Horses, and our expectations were FAR exceeded! Be prepared for one of the most delightful dining experiences ever. The historic building, surrounded by encroaching housing developments, is located on the outskirts of Winchester, VA. The tea room, expertly run by Mick Mallin and chef, Jane Nelson, dates back to the Colonial era, and has been refurbished and decorated to a "T" (pun intended!). We chose to have the full tea services, which included sweet and savory items as well as our choice of over 50 different teas. The table service was gorgeous, and the entire atmosphere of the rooms is delightful. The tea service included sweet and savory items (see picture below, but the picture was taken after we had eaten a lot of what was on the tiered tray), all of which were delicious. We started with scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam that were amazing. The savory tea sandwiches included pimento cheese, chicken salad, egg salad, cucumber, ham and cheese paninis, and there was also a leek quiche (the only disappointing thing we tasted - too many leeks). The sweets included chocolate mousse with a lady finger and strawberry, shortbread with lemon curd, dark chocolate cups with almond filling and fresh strawberries (my mouth is watering just thinking about these!), several flavors of mini cheesecakes, and apple tartlets. My sister also ordered a green salad, which came with a raspberry viniagrette and she said it was delicious too. The 4 of us tried to eat everything that was presented to us, but we were just too full to finish it all! The tea service is $19 per person, and the salad adds $4, but it is an absolute STEAL of a deal. Other diners near us had the Shepherd's Pie and a sandwich/salad combo that also looked really good. I can't wait to go back, and have a list of friends who I know would absolutely love such an elegant and relaxing meal. For a restaurant that's just a few months old Mick and Jane are doing it right. Thank you both for an absolutely perfect way to start our girls' day.
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