Good evening to you all!
Today was the first time since the snowfall that the roads were clear enough for me to drive, so I decided to take my mom and I out to lunch. I’ve been wanting to try something new and it’s been almost 5 years since we’ve been to a tea house! Therefore, I found one right around the corner and we were on our way. As you can tell by the title…we went to Pinkadilly Tea!
DISCLAIMER: I was not paid nor asked nor offered any discount for this review. This review is based solely on my own experience and opinion as a first time visitor and the meal was entirely paid for by my party. Thank you for understanding.
Pinkadilly Tea is located in Downtown Fredericksburg on Carolina Street. There is no parking lot by the restaurant, BUT there is a parking lot a block away so parking is relatively easy and you get to walk through the wonderful antique shops which I find nice…though it was cold. The building is a pastel yellow with the cutest pink door and signs. I thought it was quite nice and I loved the color scheme, it was attractive to me.
The interior was just as lovely as the outside, if not more. There were gorgeous chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Tea plates were also hung all around the restaurant which was nice and expected of a tea house. All the tables were decorated with pink linen topped with a floral lace table cover with a glass top. Each chair is white with a floral pattern seat cushion which was darling, I was loving it to pieces. The tables were equipped with sugar cubes, salt, pepper, and sugar packets. Each person had a cute doily along with a pastel pink napkin and their own individual tea cup and saucer. The only thing that kind of threw me off was there was a purple stain on our table that you can see in the first picture on the right. There was also some stains on the the sugar cube tea pot in the second picture on the right. Otherwise, it was pretty clean and so pink. I was loving it.
The first thing we ordered was tea, because we weren’t familiar with their menu. We decided upon the Strawberry Shortcake black tea. It didn’t take quite long for them to bring it out in a cute pink pot with a dark beige and floral tea cozy. The description of the tea claims that you should taste strawberries and fresh cream…I’ll admit, I did taste the strawberries very well. The fresh cream taste comes out more when you drop a sugar cube into the tea. It wasn’t bad though, far from it. I did enjoy it while my mom and I finished the entire pot before leaving.
My mom and I originally wanted their Princess Anne platter deal but you unfortunately need a 24 hour reservation for that. So, we decided our next best deal is to order the Lady Caroline which includes a quiche, a teacup of soup of the day, scones with devonshire cream and lemon curd, and the pot of tea. For the quiche, I ordered the Tomato Caprese. I don’t think I thought it through entirely because I am highly lactose intolerant and didn’t think about how much cheese would be present. The egg portion was cooked perfect and the pie crust was totally delicious, the cheese did have a slippery texture which caught me off guard, but I will admit…I’m no expert on quiches. My mom however said that the cheese is the only reason for said texture and she enjoyed her quiche very much. I do wish there were more tomatoes in my quiche, but I did enjoy it and found it tasty for my first quiche. For the soup of the day, I chose the Tomato Dill Bisque. Now, this soup was exceptionally tasty and I had no problem eating it. I did expect a subtle dill flavor, but there was none present. And instead there was a more parmesan taste to it. This was not a blast for the lactose intolerance, BUT it was still delicious and hey…YOLO! And to top it off, there was fruit on the side which was nice and great to end this portion of our meal. I will say that the portion sizes were perfect; we were able to finish everything without feeling heavy or bloated. I did appreciate that.
Now, the main reason we came to Pinkadilly Tea (aside from the tea) was the scones, and we weren’t disappointed. We were presented with two scones each; one was cinnamon raisin and the other was…a lightly spiced cinnamon scone? The waitress said “cinnamon raisin scones” but only one had raisins, so we were slightly confused. They also came with a devonshire cream and lemon curd, which I’ll admit I’m not a fan of either but my mom did enjoy the devonshire cream more than the lemon curd. The scones were nice and warm when they arrived with powdered sugar which makes my tummy happy. The insides of the scones were cooked but still soft enough to cut through. I did enjoy the lightly spiced scone a tad bit more than the raisin, but they were both heavenly and hit the spot!
When it comes to the overall service, it could have been a tad better. The wait staff only stopped by to take the order, drop off the food, pick the plates up, and drop off the check. Other than that, no one really checked up on us. Now, if this was the case with the other customers, it wouldn’t be that significant to me, but because I saw other people and groups being checked up on…it did bother me and made me feel like my mother and I were a burden on the wait staff though we didn’t fuss over anything. There was also a moment where one of the customers left the door open and the cold, frigid air was busting in and none of the wait staff took care of it…so my mom took it upon herself to close the door instead. They also said “Thank you for coming!” to other customers but not my mom and I though they were present at the counter.
Overall, the food was great and the wait staff was not that present and we felt a tad isolated. The good thing is (aside from the food) is I got some ideas for my bridal shower tea party, so there is that.
If you would like to visit Pinkadilly Tea, feel free to visit their website HERE for operating hours, reservations, and full menu.
Well, thank you all for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post or at least found it informative? Hopefully the pictures are getting better! I am compiling videos from January to make a monthly vlog as well as Anthony and I creating a YouTube channel dedicated to videos featuring the both of us. So, look forward to that! I am also going to do a review on two Nivea products I’ve had the chance to test out recently. AND Next week will be Valentine’s Day Week where I give beauty ideas, fashion inspiration, geeky gift ideas, and awesome restaurants to visit for that special day! Last but not least, my next post for TheDCLadies.Com will go LIVE on the 30th, so be sure to stop by and let me know what you think!
With all of that said, have a wonderful weekend! Please be safe, stay warm, and remember to live, laugh, and eat the food you love.
Thanks for Reading~! ❤
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