This place is delightful if you enjoy Victorian type decorations and good food, thoughtfully prepared. The eye candy abounds, fresh flowers and linens on the tables, sweet tea pots, different kinds of china, sugar cubes, etc. This week there was an upside down Christmas tree, inside the entrance, decorated to the hilt with flowers and dolls, very cute.
This place is popular so if you go at peek times the parking lot will be crowded and the downstairs will be a bit noisy. The old Victorian house is large, but not huge, and the tables are a bit close together for my liking. The upstairs seating is really pleasant, however, one should forgo this if there are issues with taking stairs. The railing is low and the stairwell is curved and steep.
This week my food was delicious, a veg sandwich with avocado, cheese and cucumber on whole grain bread with herbed butter/mayo. And mushroom and artichoke soup. I am a desert lover and only have them occasionally when we go out. I was looking forward to the frozen hot chocolate with whipped cream. This dish was presented beautifully, in a china cup with a doily.
When I dipped my spoon deep into it, alas, up came a few chunks of ice amidst the creamy chocolate. This ruined the effect. This was obviously run through a bender with ice and the result was less than satisfactory. Why bother with this type of dessert if it cannot be executed properly. The tea choices are astounding and all of them I tried were good.
Our waitress was a delight, and didn't even bat an eye when I clumsily spilled soup onto the table cloth. The service was attentive and done at an acceptable pace considering how busy it was at that time.
There is a nice gift shop across the parking lot.
This establishment is worth the trip, especially for out of town guests, birthdays, and other special occasions.
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