We visited the tea rooms as a family of four from England along with cousins who live in Lynchburg.
The atmosphere is welcoming,calm and elegant, a quiet oasis from the heat, hustle and bustle outside.
English ornaments, pictures and artefacts to add to the authenticity.
While they also do lunches, we ordered the traditional afternoon tea of sandwiches , scones and cakes. It arrived on a three tier cake stand and looked very grand. The sandwiches were traditionally thin, crusts removed and daintily sized
The scones were freshly home baked and still warm -traditionally served with jam and clotted cream.
The cake selection was plentiful, varied from Eccles cakes and Victoria sponge to little daintily iced fancies.
As far as we could tell it was all fresh and home made.
Portion size is generous. Six of us ordered afternoon tea for four and still had several cakes to take home.
We spoke to the charming English born lady owner who said while she could bluff her way and tell Americans it was authentic, she couldn't do that with the British and was worried what we might think.
She needn't have worried. We have had tea at the Ritz in London (many years ago now) and at Betty's tea rooms in Harrogate, England fairly recently, arguably two of the most traditional places for afternoon tea in the world, and the food here was better, fresher, just as authentically English and more plentiful.
A splendid afternoon, highly recommended
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