Monday, January 7, 2013

Crest Hill Antiques and Tea Room - Downton Abbey Tea

This past weekend was a busy one for me.  I met up with my friends on two occasions.  On the Saturday we went to see the televised live performance from the New York Met of Hector Berlioz's Les Troyens at our local movie theater.  We always arrive an hour early to get our favorite seats at the back, and with the performance and two intermissions later, were in the movie theater from 11.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.  It was marvelous, though I think I can almost hear a collective grown from the audience as we all get out of our seats.  I for one always feel very stiff after sitting for so long, even with being able to stretch during the intermissions.  We head out to a restaurant afterwards where we discuss the performance and also catch up on each other's news.

Normally we don't get together twice in one weekend but the next day was a special outing.  We went to this absolutely wonderful place in the small village of The Plains called The Crest Hill Antiques and Tea Room.  Not only is it an antique store with a splendid collection of items for sale, but it also has a tea room.  Yesterday they were having a Downton Abbey Tea, and as many of us Downton Abbey fans in the U.S. know, last night was the start of the third season. 

We had the most delightful time.  The ladies who took care of us were just the kind of people you love to meet in such a place, very warm and friendly.

As you can see we're all having a great time....

and at our place setting was a "Free John Bates" button which we wore with pride.  We also signed a petition to get Mr. Bates out of prison, and yes you have to watch the show to know who he is and why he is in 'the Clink'.  The names we signed were fictitious, the Duchess of.....

Here's the menu.  Don't forget to enlarge any of the photos if you want to get a clearer look.  

I forgot to take a photo of the salad.  We had a choice of Creamy Butternut Squash Soup and that was very tempting, but we all opted for the Spinach Salad which was delicious with the freshest of ingredients.  Our second course was also very tasty.

We had a choice of Tweeny's Tipsy Cake for dessert.....  
(I learned something new yesterday, "Tweeny" is the name given to a maid who assists two other members of a domestic staff).  

or Mrs. Patmore's Madeira Pound Cake.
Both were scrumptious!

And then of course there was the tea. 

We had a choice of the Downton Abbey Blend, Lady Grantham's Diamonds and Gold or Carson's Elixir.  Again, each would have been an excellent choice but we opted for the Downton Abbey Blend.  

I bought a packet of the Downton Abbey tea to enjoy at home, and no doubt will be going back to try the many selections of other loose teas, as well as to enjoy browsing around the other items for sale, including the vintage jewelry that I loved looking at and for the first time ever bought myself a set; pendant, bracelet and ring.  The photo doesn't do them justice, they are exquisite!

If ever you find yourself in The Plains, Virginia, I can highly recommend the Crest Hill Antiques and Tea Room.  I might add that I am not receiving any benefits for advertising their store nor will I ever expect any, but as you've seen before on this blog, when I have had a very pleasant experience at any of the places I have been to, I like to give credit where credit is due and I can honestly say it is one of the nicest tea rooms I have ever been in.