Drinking tea is not only for the Queen of England! In fact, there are several local tea houses where you can savor various teas in an elegant setting, while partaking in each venue’s unique tea-time ritual. Richmond is home to charming tea houses with stunning interiors that create the most relaxing ambience. Winter holiday get togethers are a great time to visit Richmond’s tea houses. And a gift certificate can makes a special holiday present. Here are a few with varying price points. As always, be sure to check websites or call first to verify information.
Blue Willow Tea Room,102-104 W. Old St., Petersburg
This lovely teahouse was formerly a 19th century Federal Townhouse. Located in the heart of Old Towne Petersburg, Blue Willow Tea Room offers a traditional English tea, luncheon tea, Victorian tea, or full afternoon tea. Teas are from Harney & Sons and The Republic of Teas. The Half Cream Tea starts at $7; this is the most affordable tea option we found in all of RVA! Prices go up to $49 for the Full Grande Tea. Reservations are recommended. (Wednesday – Saturday: 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M; Sunday: 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.)
Hobby Hill Farm, 2652 Anderson Hwy, Powhatan
Offering sandwiches, scones, sweet pastries and cakes in addition to your tea, Hobby Hill Farm lets patrons pick their own tea and enjoy a peaceful afternoon. The afternoon tea is $24.95; menus are available on the website. Special teas, like Valentine’s Day and Holiday Tea are available as well. Tickets for the holiday tea can be purchased now on the Hobby Hill Farm website. Reservations are required for all patrons.
Queen Bee & Co., 21 W. Main St., Richmond
This charming teahouse in the city offers an English High Tea, an afternoon, three course meal served with tea. Visitors may purchase their favorite teas before leaving, to bring the experience back home! Special events, like a holiday high day, Mother’s Day tea are also celebrated at Queen Bee & Co. Reservations and pre-payment is always required. Tickets for Holiday High Tea are available now – $45; call 804-215-4512 to reserve your spot.
Tea with Kip, 10169 Hull St. Rd., Midlothian
A shabby chic tea room filled with love and hospitality! At Tea with Kip, the owner “Ms. Kip” will make you feel completely at home, and see that your every need is met while dining at her whimsical tea room. Menus change monthly and dietary restrictions are accommodated. Adults are $30 and children under 12 are $15; reservations are required and tea time is 1:00. In December, Kip will host “Santa in a Cup” and Mr.Claus himself will be the guest of honor! Check pricing as special event pricing may vary.
The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St., Richmond
This historic and beautiful hotel has long been a tradition for many tea-lovers in Richmond. In addition to the holiday tea, The Jefferson regularly offers both an afternoon tea and a chocolate lover’s tea. The afternoon tea is $35 + tax and gratuity. Children age 3 and under are free with paying adult. Reservations are required: 804-649-4710.
Luckily if you are a tea enthusiast or just enjoy a tea party, you don’t have to travel far! With a variety of tea rooms in RVA, there is sure to be the perfect one for you!
— By Lindsay Garrison
Richmond on the Cheap contributor Lindsay Garrison is a Richmond, Virginia based mom to two young children. A graduate from Chesterfield Schools and Randolph-Macon College, Lindsay is proud to call Richmond home. In the years prior to planning activities and outings with her own children, she was a French teacher. During her tenure she earned accolades for her creative teaching style and ability to connect with her students. Lindsay now applies the skills she learned when she was planning student trips to France, to her own family adventures. She can’t wait to take her own children to France one day! Follow the Garrison’s family adventures on Instagram: @thegarrisonsrva
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