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Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room

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American, British
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Lunch
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Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed July 1, 2020

We have long been customers of the Cresthill and we set out for a visit in this pandemic-time with some trepidation that it would have changed...But, aside from the fact that it has adapted beautifully to its new location AND the demands of the current...pandemic phase, it is still the same lovely spot--small, cozy, with wonderfully flavorful teas and delicious small lunches. They have adapted to our new normal-- We were greeted by miniature pots of hand sanitizer gel. Their curried chicken salad (my favorite) is as tasty as ever. The chocolate "mask" cupcake was rich rich rich. (It comes in vanilla as well,) Their July white chai is lovely, especially when it has steeped enough for the flavors to emerge. And the gentle semi-classical music background makes for a relaxed atmosphere that is rare these days. While its displays of antiques are somewhat less than before, it is always a good place to browse and admire the English items old and new scattered around the small dining room. As always, we'll be back.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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CrestHillAntiques, Owner at Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2020

Thank you very much for posting this lovely review! We're so glad that you enjoy your time with us; we have always tried to create a welcoming atmosphere, but even more so now in these crazy times when people need a pleasant escape. We look...More

Reviewed November 10, 2019

Such a lovely place and Sally is friendly and sweet, as is her staff. Great ladies' lunch or high tea place, with cute antiques and ambiance.

Date of visit: November 2019
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CrestHillAntiques, Owner at Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2019

Thanks for posting this review! We're very glad you enjoyed your visit with us, and hope to see you again.

Reviewed September 14, 2019

My daughter and I visited last month before she headed back to college. We read the reviews and had high expectations. We have been to several other tea rooms before and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. This one was close by so we thought we would give...it a try. Like the other places we have been to, we were able to 'sniff' the various jars of teas that were available. Truly, the tea was by far the best part of our visit. We loved our selection and they kept the pot hot and filled. Following one Review's suggestion, we ordered the Full Monte. The food was not good at all. In fact it was extremely disappointing. We had a cheese sandwich, which was truly nothing more than anyone could throw together at home. Sliced cheddar between bread - nothing more. The cucumber sandwich could not have been more lacking of flavor. Even a pinch of salt would have brought it up a notch! There was either a chicken or turkey salad, which was probably the only item we would say was actually 'average', but nothing special. The pastries - we read from some reviews were the highlight. I truly don't how that could be! One scone we ordered was very good - I believe a butterscotch. The cranberry scone I had could not have been more bland. We found ourselves slathering on the cream and jam just to give it a bit of flavor. There was a few pieces of shortbread - but nothing exceptional. And there were a couple of chocolate mint cookies that without a doubt were store bought (seeing that actually made me embarrassed that I brought my daughter there for a special occasion.). I am always EXTREMELY hesitant to post a negative review, but when we had high expectations based on some reviews, and were so looking forward to a nice afternoon together, I feel compelled to caution others to at least look at other options. I see some good reviews, so perhaps we just hit on an off day, but we were both extremely disappointed and could not recommend this tea room. It doesn't even compare to the others we have enjoyed.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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CrestHillAntiques, Owner at Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2019

We are very sorry that Ann and her daughter were so disappointed with their experience. As other reviews indicate, most other guests enjoy our tea service. We do not recall any complaints at the time of their visit; had they brought their concerns to our...More

Reviewed August 10, 2019

This being my favorite tea room, I keep going back and bringing new friends -- who then bring their family and friends. It's a fun and delicious way to spread the word about this wonderful little tea house. Here is why it is different: you...get to choose your tea by smelling many varieties brought out on a tray in little canisters. Sally keeps adding new teas, so even for me there is great variety. Then there are the mouthwatering scones. Mmmm! And the delicious little sandwiches. And the fun atmosphere. And the option to order a tea cosy of your own design. Remember to make a reservation so you're not disappointed, as this place gets very busy. If you have dietary restrictions, call more than a week ahead, if possible, so they can arrange with their baker. Now that you've done that, go and have a wonderful, relaxing little break. No hats required.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Salvatrice D, Owner at Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2019

Thanks so much for posting this review! We're always glad to see you and very grateful to you for spreading the word. It's long-time faithful customers and friends like you that keep us going -- looking forward to your next visit!

Reviewed July 19, 2019

Of the three Tea rooms I've visited in the northern Virginia area for Afternoon Tea, this is the best. The ambiance is inviting; the hostess is friendly; you have a large selection of tea to choose from; and the food is delicious and fresh and...ample. I had the best scone and tea sandwiches here. I am so looking forward to going back.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Salvatrice D, Owner at Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2019

Thanks very much for posting this review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit with us and hope to see you again!

Reviewed May 24, 2019

This is my 4th or 5th time for tea at Crest Hill, and again it was a delicious and lovely experience. Would recommend that if you want the full "tea experience" that each person order "The Full Monte" (you may end up taking some things...home, but that just extends the delicious treats!). I love that they have little jars with all of the different teas so you can sniff them before you decide which one you want. Also, they said that weekends were usually busy, so you can make reservations and they are quite responsive in getting back to you. Wasn't aware that they had moved to Main St. (grey building immediately to the left of the intersection), but like their new location much better! A real gem in The Plains, and very close to I-66 - so if you're in the area be sure to check it out...or plan a little "road trip" and enjoy the tea room and then enjoy the unique shops in The Plains. Look forward to returning soon.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Salvatrice D, Owner at Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2019

Thanks very much for posting this review! We're so glad you enjoyed your tea experience -- will look forward to seeing you again next time!

Reviewed May 8, 2019 via mobile

Visited here today with my best friend! A late Christmas gift. My favorite was the scones but everything was excellent. Liked the way we picked our tea. Super nice staff. We got to linger as long as we liked. Definitely recommend a stop!

Date of visit: May 2019
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CrestHillAntiques, Owner at Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2019

Thanks very much for posting this review and we're very glad you enjoyed your visit here. Hope to see you again!

Reviewed April 11, 2019

This who have't been to Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room are missing out on life! A gem of a find in a languid little town called The Plains.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Salvatrice D, Owner at Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2019

Thank you very much for posting this review! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

I love this place! I’ve been to many tearooms throughout England and Crest Hill would fit nicely in any of the villages I visited. The staff was nice and the food was good. Especially the cinnamon/pecan scones.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Salvatrice D, Owner at Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2019

Thank you for your review! We're very glad you enjoyed your time here -- will look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed November 18, 2018

After reading the glowing reviews, we had high expectations for a special tea experience. I had reserved in advance since we were 4 adults and 3 children. They were prompt in response and agreeable about serving a couple of alternate choices for the children and...at slightly reduced price. But although I asked for turkey and cheese for both children and adults, there was no turkey to be found. On the adult tea, 3 of the sandwiches were cheese, one cheddar, one gouda and one herb with cucumber slices. They were mostly bland. There was one curried chicken with very little filling. The desserts were also disappointing - all seemed to be store purchased; nothing homemade in sight. And again, bland. The highlights of the tea were the scones, but they were served with butter, not the clotted cream we expect. They were flaky and tasty with dried cherries or cranberries in them. The tea was also served in an interesting way - little jars allowing you to smell each one prior to ordering. Then your choice was brought out in a pot with a cosy to keep it warm. The tea was also refilled about half way through.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Salvatrice D, Owner at Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2018

Barbara is absolutely right that we missed the mark on this one. She had clearly communicated her menu choices in advance; instructions were left for the staff, but they were apparently unclear and as a result Barbara's party did not get the order they were...More

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