This week I am back with a review for “The Foodie” section and I am super excited for this review! We are going to review another local Tea Room in the Downtown Fredericksburg area; “Tea Tyme & Whatnots”. (❛ัॢᵕ❛ั ॢ)✩*ೃ.⋆ So, without further ado, here is The Foodie: Earl Grey & Orchestras at Tea Tyme.
DISCLAIMER: I was not paid, asked, or offered any discount for this review. This review is based solely on my own experience as a customer and the meal was paid for entirely by my party. Thank you for your understanding. Honestly, something about Tea Rooms and Houses bring about a lovely feeling inside me. Seeing beautiful tea cups, incredibly cute miniature sized finger foods and desserts…it’s something I enjoy seeing. It is also something that makes me yearn to come back. Tea Tyme & Whatnots is located in Downtown Fredericksburg on Carolina Street in the middle of a building surrounded by another restaurant and a bridal store. Thankfully, they have a large sign out front to remind any passersby’s of their location. When walking into the restaurant, you are immediately greeted by a lovely pink color theme, many sparkly items and gorgeous tea cups surrounding you. Tables are decorated with lacey cloths with tiers of different sugars, salt and pepper shakers. Unfortunately, there is little room when the restaurant is full of customers. The tables are in close proximity to each other. There’s also the fact that the chairs sometimes don’t fit underneath the table. It can force you to sit with your side towards the table much like I did during this visit. It’s a bit of an inconvenience, but the wonderful atmosphere kind of kept me from thinking too much about it. There was a large TV above the table we were sitting. On it was a DVD of some violinist and orchestra playing. I did enjoy the music and video, but I would have much rather there be no TV. Just classical or jazz music playing in the background, in my opinion, would be better as it adds to the ambiance of a tea room. For this visit, Anthony ordered a BLT with a side of Potato Salad. I ordered the Victorian Afternoon Special with Cucumber Sandwiches on Wheat Bread, Chocolate Chip Scones, and Creme De La Earl Grey as my Tea choice! The Potato Salad came out first and Anthony and I were both fairly impressed…it didn’t taste funky or anything. It tasted like a potato salad should, however it didn’t set itself apart from others that I have had in the past. After the potato salad I received my pot of tea and it was splendid. I was incredibly happy with my choice of tea as it had a light vanilla taste while still maintaining that Earl Grey excellence. I added a bit of creamer to mine. It made the tea smoother to drink while leaving the taste mostly unaffected. Then came Anthony’s BLT which he found most adequate. The BLT included avocados which had shocked him a bit initially. He said the sandwich, as a whole was good, but all in all a little pricey. Finally, I was presented with my Victorian Afternoon Special. The plate design was rather adorable; cute miniature finger sandwich filled with refreshing cucumbers, dill sauce, heart-shaped scones, and a teeny tiny strawberry cupcake with an even tinier tea cake on top. Despite the presentation, I was sort of underwhelmed. You pay about $15 for this plate and tea, but it’s filled with rather small portions. In terms of taste, the cucumber sandwiches weren’t terrible. I felt the bread was a bit firm and tasted somewhat stale. The scones were delicious I just wish they had more of a variety. And the teeny tiny cupcake with the teeny tiny tea cake on top was good, but gone in a second. If I had to say anything, you’re mostly paying for the atmosphere if anything.
The service was okay, I suppose, it was rather slow. I guess we had arrived right after a large party had left. We noticed two of their servers were still cleaning up after them. During our meal the service was incredibly slow; we waited a while for my tea. It came after our food did and our wait for the check felt excruciatingly long. I had to go up and remind the servers that we were ready to pay and leave. The servers were very nice, but slow and inattentive service is, sometimes, frustrating to me. Overall, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend Tea Tyme for their food. It’s overpriced and lacks anything special to make it feel like it is worth the price you’d be paying. However, if you were to go in for a pot of tea and scones with the intentions of relaxation to the elegant sound of classical music then this would be a quaint spot to do it. If you would like to visit Tea Tyme & Whatnots, visit their webpage HERE for their menu, operating hours, and more.
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I feel like I haven’t typed this much up in so long. I had to take a break just to rest my fingers! I hope you all enjoyed this post or found it helpful in some way, shape or form! As for my next post I am sincerely debating about whether to do a Sailor Moon collection post or a Sailor Moon Recently Purchased Items post…which would you prefer? Leave a comment down below on which you’d like to see! AND PSST! GUESS WHAT!?
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