My niece and I went to Christmas tea Rosemont Manor, using Groupons. The Groupon was $29, but we had to pay an additional $15 each to go during Christmas time. We were shown to the carriage house where we were given a fizzy beverage. The owner came in and gave us a bit of history of the property before taking us to the manor house. He took us out on the veranda and explained more of the history of the estate. I imagine in the spring the grounds are quite beautiful, but was sort of dreary looking since it was December! The tour continued in the house and he took us to some of the rooms (manor house is also a B&B).
We were seated at a table with two other ladies. I was not informed that we would be sharing a table with anyone else when I booked the reservation. The table was a bit crowded with four of us sharing a somewhat small table. There were three courses, and three teas, served. Some of the finger sandwiches had festive shapes - Christmas trees and gingerbread men. Pots of tea were not left on the table, so we had to wait for the server to come back and refill our cups. The food offerings were good, but some of the sweets were way too sweet.
The owner's son came around to show us some Civil War artifacts. He explained that this was part of his public speaking requirement for home schooling. He was very polite and did a good job. The chef came out towards the end and was introduced to the attendees. The gentleman who did the decorating also came by to the table to chat. We each received a Rosemont Manor Christmas ornament.
I felt there was a hard sell for booking weddings, or other events. A number of times there was mention of having any bride-to-be that we might know come out for a free tea.
For the money, I'll go back to the Ritz - Less of a drive, outstanding service and food, no hard sell for bookings, and no table sharing with strangers. Might be nice to see the grounds during the spring when flowers and trees are in bloom.
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