Miss Minerva’s Tea Room & Gifts: Culpeper, VA

Okay, so I did an additional “Travel to Tea” in December with my bestie. It was her Christmas gift to me. I’ve gotta say, time spent together is the best gift to give and recieve. We went to Miss Minerva’s Tea Room & Gifts in Culpeper, Virginia USA.

It was great to see that the owner buys local. We saw the candle holder and napkins for sale at a shop down the street.

Miss Minerva’s Tea Room is located in the historic downtown of Culpeper. It has Afternoon Tea reservations Tuesday to Saturday and hosts events. For example, today we attended their Downton Abbey Christmas Tea.

I love when tea rooms let us smell the tea to help choose which we want!

They offered 3 teas blended by Tea for All Reasons:

Dowager Countess Blend (pomegranate earl grey)(my favorite of the two I tried)

The Dowager Countess Blend smelled and tasted great. If you look closely you can see “sparkles” on top.

Grantham’s Abbey Blend (black tea, currant and raspberry leaves)
And Earl Grey (decaf)

The Christmas Tea sandwiches were served on farm house white bread. They followed traditional recipes from the Downton Abbey inspired cook book. Y’all, I may have to look into getting the Downton Abbey cook book! Those sandwiches were unbelievably good; especially the salmon one.

Photo provided by Miss Minerva’s Tea Room & Gifts Facebook page

We really enjoyed our visit. I liked how the tea times were spaced out so there were not too many people in the tea room at once. The tables were very spaced out so we didn’t feel uncomfortable taking our masks off during the rise of Covid cases.

I love that the owner/ server is in costume. It was just her and (maybe) her husband hosting afternoon tea.

The only comment I have is (in my opinion) it did not give off a “tea room” vibe. The walls were close to empty; making it feel like a shared space that could quickly be broken down and used for another purpose. But, I do think it may be the first year this tea room has been open, so it should not be written off. I think there’s room to grow.

I also want to give you a heads up to get there early enough to find parking. If it’s a busy weekend in downtown Culpeper, you may be searching for a parking spot for a little while.

Regardless, the tea and food were great. The company was fantastic. This, of course, became another successful Tea-venture.

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