Where: Suffolk, Virginia Style: Victorian Tea Selection: 15+ loose leaf and bagged teas Teatimes: Friday to Saturday, 11 to 4:30; Sunday 1 to 4:30; Special Event Teas Reservations: Required Contact: 757-353-5694 Cost: $50 Queen Catherine’s Tea;$30 The Charlotte; $24 “We’ll Always Have Paris”; $18 The Diane; $15 The Charles; $10 Tiny Tea Destination Tea Tips: Check out the fabulously creative themed teas periodically hosted by Stillwater Tea House, and whether for these or a regular teatime, you will reserve and pay for your chosen menu in advance.
Destination Tea Notes: What Amy Ford and her family are doing at Stillwater Tea House, which Amy took over in 2020, reflects her true appreciation for the romance and wonder of afternoon tea. A former caterer and avid fan of the Victorian Era, Amy has let her imagination loose throughout the darling teahouse, painting the staircase as a stack of her favorite books, renovating the tearooms, and decorating the teahouse exterior with repurposed teacups and tea plates. A cheerful team of Amy’s family and friends helps run the teahouse, housed in the 1859 Town’s End House, which was moved to its current location near the railroad tracks in 2001, to save it from demolition. Almost everything here is made from scratch, tea is served from a collection of pretty teapots and, if you are seated upstairs, you’ll have that moment, when you reach the second floor, that you believe you may have stepped into a fairytale.
Oh, I’d love to visit that beautiful house even if they were not serving tea! And then to see the delightful afternoon tea being served is even better. If I’m ever in the vicinity I will absolutely visit this tea house.
We hope you have the opportunity, Joy. It is truly a special afternoon tea when both the setting and the menu are excellent.