Destination Tea: Stillwater Tea House

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.

Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Virginia afternoon tea directory for the latest details.

exterior afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA

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.

front porch exterior afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
Teacup wreath welcomes guests.
green room at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
The downstairs green room, Sophia’s room, perfect for guests with mobility issues
teacup collection at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
A teacup collection that invites exploration
painted stairs at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
Adults and children alike exclaim over this cleverly painted staircase.
upper sitting room at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
At the top of the stairs, this gorgeous sitting room awaits. Absolutely love the rich green of the tiled fireplace.
cousins taking tea at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
We go through to a second room set with pink and crocheted tablecloths.
our tea table at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
Our party of eleven has this room to ourselves, warmly lit by long windows framed in wispy white curtains tied back with flowers.
cousins at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
Tables tucked under the sloped ceilings feel cozy.
kids corner at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
Little ones will love their own wee table nestled in the corner.

Tea Service

teacups in a curio at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
More lovely antique teacups displayed in a decorative white curio
teacup at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
Beautiful teacups are a major part of setting a delightful tea table.
teacup covered at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
A first for us, one of the tables is set with matching, embroidered teacup covers.
beautiful Crown Dorset teapot at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
Made in England, this vintage Crown Dorset Forget-Me-Nots teapot with decorative handles is a beauty.
pouring tea at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
Each table chooses two or three pots of tea, with helpful suggestions from our servers based on our tastes. We know Snowflake is one of our favorites (still is), and also enjoy Almond Sugar Cookie Black tea, Royal Wedding White tea and Peaches ‘n Cream.

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

savory and tea sandwich course at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
We delight seeing some of the tea sandwiches shaped as teapots and teacups. The savory course includes buttery, slightly sweet biscuits stuffed with salty ham, fantastic chicken salad croissants, cucumber dill with veggie cream cheese, the Lady Caroline (celery walnut spread with bacon) and the Lady Elizabeth (pesto tomato basil with cheese).
Scones with spreads at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
Lemon curd, orange marmalade and orange cranberry spread are served with freshly baked, soft scones (love when they come warm to the table). We always appreciate teahouses that think of the details, like including designated spreaders for serving the scone condiments onto individual plates.
Amy Ford of afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
Hello Amy!
Dessert course at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
Kudos to Stillwater Tea House for dreaming up a variety of desserts, each yummy in its own right and presented so prettily: Victoria Sandwich, Stillwater Lemon Bar, Roseberry Mousse on Pizzelle, Raspberry Thumbprint Cookie (possibly our favorite) and Lavender Blackberry Mascarpone Cream.
Angela Renals of Destination Tea at afternoon tea at Stillwater Tea House in Suffolk, VA
Soaking in the loveliness of the Stillwater Tea House setting — the perfect reset from the outside world.
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2 Comments

  1. 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.

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