Although we’re an ocean away from England, it’s safe to say we all want to enjoy afternoon tea every once and a while. Northern Virginia is home to several tea shops and rooms, all offering a variety of flavors and baked goods, like traditional scones and tea cakes. Here are six to choose from:
Located inside The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, ENTYSE, Wine Bar & Lounge offers creative takes on traditional afternoon tea on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Its rotation menu features flavors and themes of each season, with small plates and contemporary tea options. // ENTYSE, Wine Bar & Lounge: 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean; $45-$66+
The Tea Room at Crest Hill Antiques is inspired by tea shops found in small villages in the English countryside. The quaint tea room serves over 25 varieties of tea, including black, green, white, rooibos and herbal. It also serves coffee, gourmet cocoa, brewed iced tea, apple cider and homemade lemonade, and, of course, scones, cakes, cookies and tea breads. The Tea Room is open Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. // Crest Hill Antiques: 6488 Main St., The Plains; Prices vary
Tea flavors offered at Crossroads Tea Company include old town spice, rooibos, green, chamomile, peach, dragonwell and much more. Don’t forget to add a scone: vanilla, cranberry, blueberry, chocolate chip, peaches and cream and lavender are just a few varieties offered. // Crossroads Tea Company: 10806 Wickersham Lane, Fairfax Station; Prices vary
The Elden Street Tea Shop is both a tea shop, selling multiple varieties of teas to take home with you, and a functioning tea room, with tea party events hosted frequently. Themes of the tea parties vary between traditional, like Mother’s Day afternoon tea, and fun, like Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop, based on the Harry Potter series. // Elden Street Tea Shop: 714 Pine St., Herndon; Tea parties usually $45
Get your tea fix in at The Tea Cart. The tearoom hosts a variety of afternoon teas, from the traditional British fare to Bridgerton and Willy Wonka themed tea times. With 25 teas paired perfectly with the season and service, guests will be able to immerse themselves in the one of a kind experience. // 16 W. Main St., Berryville; $28-$43
Enjoy an afternoon of luxury and traditional tea at Gateau Bakery Cafe & Tea Room. With a variety of sandwiches and desserts available with each tea menu, including scones, curry chickpea salad and cake pops, you are sure to find something that fits your mood. Afternoon tea menus can also be ordered for takeout. // 12 Culpeper St., Warrenton; $20-$45
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