Destination Tea: The Cavalier Hotel

Where:  Virginia Beach, Virginia
Style:   Swanky glamour
Tea Selection:  8 loose leaf premium teas
Teatimes:  Thursday to Sunday, 2 to 4 pm
Reservations:  Required
Contact:  757-965-9899
Cost:  $38 Afternoon Tea (includes champagne or sparkling juice)
Destination Tea Tips:  Leave time to visit the lobby exhibit that tells the story of The Cavalier, from its heyday to its recent renovation. We loved reading recovered postcards sent from guests of the hotel in the 40’s and 50’s.

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exterior The Cavalier Hotel, VA

Destination Tea Notes: As you can see from the balance of our photographs, while the afternoon tea at The Cavalier Hotel is a perfectly portioned, homemade, traditional menu, we are just as enamored, if not more so, with the star of this experience: The Cavalier Hotel, herself. That new life has been breathed into this 1920s luxury destination, with a care for preserving its history, offers tea-goers here a special link to a time when afternoon tea was all the rage in the United States. We appreciate that The Cavalier stays true to the original setting of afternoon tea or “low tea,” when ladies in tea gowns would gather in the parlor around low tables to take tea. Reminder: at such a table, it is customary to pick up your saucer when you sip from your tea cup, to protect your lap from spills. Before you consider your visit here complete, we recommend allowing time to peruse the Raleigh Room’s art collection, take a quick peek at the gorgeous pool, and maybe select a souvenir from the hotel’s in-house distillery downstairs.

lawn of The Cavalier Hotel, VA
If you walk up from the boardwalk, you have the grandeur of this backdrop for a group photo.
South entrance to The Cavalier Hotel
Entering on the south side, it’s easy to wonder: is it 2018 or 1928?
Driveway entrance to The Cavalier Hotel, VA
If you drive up on the North side, you’ll enter through this restored portico.
Bring cash if you’d like to valet.
Foyer of The Cavalier Hotel, VA
In the foyer, look up to see preserved architectural moldings.
Foyer Christmas tree at The Cavalier Hotel, VA
Beautiful Christmas decorations inside the hotel entrance
Entering The Cavalier Hotel, Virginia Beach
Check in for afternoon tea at the hostess stand next to the elevators.
The Raleigh Room at The Cavalier Hotel, VA
Afternoon tea is served in The Raleigh Room, appointed with plush, curving sofas, an intriguing art collection and pops of rich color to contrast the checked floor and add personality to the space.
The Raleigh Room artwork in The Cavalier Hotel
Fuschsia armchairs? Yup, and they fit right into the blend of modern and old world sophistication that is The Cavalier’s style. Take your time to savor and discuss the artwork in this room.
See the faceless woman?
The Raleigh Room overlooks the pool at The Cavalier Hotel
This beautiful true “low tea” sitting area overlooks the gorgeous indoor pool with its potted greenery.
Fireplace in The Raleigh Room at The Cavalier Hotel, VA
A larger group gathered around this fireplace for their afternoon tea.
our table at The Cavalier Hotel
Should one arrive in her tea gown, she could easily glide into a tufted slipper chair at our table.

Tea Service

China pattern at The Cavalier Hotel
LOVE the plate design
Beautiful tea set at The Cavalier Hotel, VA
The china itself is a piece of art, its botanicals seeming to sprout from saucer to cup. Awaiting our included champagne, cut crystal coupes made popular centuries ago
lend a historic feel to our teatime.
Silver teaset at The Cavalier, Virginia Beach, VA
Silver sugar pot, teapot and creamer
Pouring tea at The Cavalier Hotel, Virginia Beach, VA
Each guest chooses a pot of tea, and our favorite is The Cavalier Blend (a black vanilla tea). We also try the Tropical Green and Blue Lavender Earl Grey.

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

Tea sandwiches at The Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, VA
We are pleased with our tea tray, which includes traditional afternoon tea sandwiches: egg salad, watercress and cucumber.
Scones with lemon curd and cream at The Cavalier Hotel, VA
Scrumptious lemon-thyme scones are generously sized, and served with fresh clotted cream and lemon curd.
Desserts at The Cavalier Hotel
Dessert includes a pecan mocha tart, truffle, cranberry tart and macaron, all delicious,
(but the tarts are in a league of their own – yum!).
Tea Voyageuse, discovering the world of afternoon tea, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

1 Comment

  1. @CavalierHotel tried the High Tea on Sunday with friends. What a disappointment for the $51 charge including a 22% tip for tea from a tea bag, 3 small sandwich bites, 2 small dry scones and small desserts. We were never even offered more tea! ☺️ will not recommend 👎🏼

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