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“Don't miss tea in Chincoteague!”

Channel Bass Inn Tea Room
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 8 October 2013

You don't want to miss the wonderful tea served at the Channel Bass Inn during your stay in Chincoteague. It was one of the highlights of our vacation.

The tea was flavorful and served hot throughout the event. Barbara's selection of sweet and savory treats was exceptional. David warned us that we needed to come hungry and that we would go away full but that was an understatement! we had delicious sandwiches, a whole basket of scones, butterscoth pecan pie, and Barbara's world famous "stuffed monkey."

While my friend and I didn't get to share tea and life stories with other guests, we did share stories with hostess, Barbara W, which was equally enjoyable.

So don't miss this special treat when you're in Chincoteague.

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1  Thank Judy D
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

My husband and I had tea at the Inn on a Tuesday afternoon (they offer afternoon tea on demand on Tues, Thurs and Sat - reservations are needed) and it was really wonderful. The atmosphere trends to formal, with linen and fine china service, however we were dressed in nice shorts and shirts and fit right in. The tea was Earl Grey and was perfectly served - Very Hot! - and kept very warm in an authentic theemut. (Google it!) Sometimes called a 'tea purse'. No pot(s) are left on the table so you do need to ask for refills. The host and hostess of the inn served us personally and we were the only folks in the dining room. Conversation was lively and very informative. We learned a lot about cooking and their travels to Europe and abroad, compared them with our own experiences, and were highly entertained. Even picked up a few good tips.

The food consisted of two types of sandwiches - in our case egg salad and ham and cream cheese on croissants; a basket of scones with whipped cream, butter and jam - 6 in all; dessert of a luscious apfelkuchen and pound cake with berries; and finished off with the spécialité de la maison - stuffed monkey. (Vinegar pastry stuffed with saltanas, raisins, chopped dates, etc.) Best advice is to eat the savory sandwiches, take it easy on the VERY heavy and filling scones, and save room for the dessert and the stuffed monkey.

Have had tea all over the world and this certainly rated highly, right up there with tea at Fortnum and Masons. Everything was freshly prepared on the premises and very well done. You won't go wrong - go and enjoy yourself!

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3  Thank LovetheUK
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Reviewed 14 September 2013 via mobile

We had afternoon tea here at 3 pm. It is a traditional British tea meal. What that means is a ton of tea and food. The place could use a little face lift but it is quant. Barbara the hosted and cook is great.

The tea was great and better than what you make with a tea packet at home. There were 4 courses of food which all were delightful. By course: 1) small cheese and olive or tomatoe sandwiches;2) fresh made soft scone of varying flavors with fresh whipped cream and jams: 3) a choice of pound cane draped in cream and fruit or a parfait with fruit cream chocolate and deliciousness; and 4) stuffed monkeys which are these little pasteries that are dense with dates sugar and are incredible.

Worth the experience. The scones and tea alone are worth the price but you get more. I will say there is a lot of sugary stuff but all good and you will not be hungry for dinner later

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3  Thank Monokid
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

All items made from scratch in the inn's kitchen by Barbara and her staff -- I'm not usually big on scones, but Barbara's are fantastic!

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Reviewed 8 August 2013

This review is for the afternoon tea, and afternoon tea only. It started at 3:30, not five o'clock, but then again we weren't in Dorset neither. The setting I'd give an 8 out of 10, maybe a 9 - tea sandwiches, scones, tablecloths, four kinds of jam, a slab of butter and more than a dollop of heavy cream. Your 23$ buy you 4 courses, starting from tea sandwiches and ending up in cookies, all masterfully done, and with an endless supply of tea. And milk. Meh. The English, what can you do... Tea was as authentic as the English tea is supposed to be - bloody awful, but the baked goods were plentiful (we ended up with a couple of overflow bags) and very good indeed. The proprietors, Barbara and David, were on display to do the small talk, plus Barbara ran the whole show. Jesus, David, DO something! No wonder the suffragette movement won the vote... Very welcoming folks nonetheless. Two non-English distractions - a couple of Russian girls (W&T I suppose), dressed in the traditional Russian style of oil rig waitresses (but otherwise very efficient and courteous), and the music - low key enough, but seriously - the elevator music with an occasional and much welcomed interlude by Mary Chapin Carpenter? However much I love her, she ain't anywhere close to being English. You've got your XTCs, and OMDs, and BSPs, and that's what you choose? But that's just me getting all old and grumpy. A great escapist outlet through and through.

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3  Thank gordonsmc
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