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Ploughcroft Tea Room

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Ploughcroft Tea Room

Did you know that Lynchburg, Virginia has it’s own, authentic British Tea Room?  Serving a unique British menu the Ploughcroft Tea Room serves lunch and afternoon tea Monday through Saturday.  Located at 1215 Commerce Street, in downtown Lynchburg, the tea room is open between 11:00 until 5:00.  Lunch is served between 11:00 until 2:00, with afternoon tea served from 2:15 until 5:00.

What is Afternoon Tea?  You are probably picturing an English tea ceremony.  In the mid-1800’s the Duchess of Bedford started having a tray of tea with bread and butter served to her in the mid-afternoon.  Lunch was served at noon and dinner not until 8:00 or 9:00 so she found herself hungry in the afternoon.  She began to invite other high society ladies to join her, thus having Afternoon Tea became the “in thing” for upper-class women.  The tea was served with small pastries, dainty sandwiches, clotted cream, preserves and scones.

High Tea is different from Afternoon Tea.  It is served about 6:00 and consists of a full meal, usually for the common people.  Tea is served along with meats, fish, eggs, cheese, bread and butter plus cake.

The Ploughcroft Tea Room has a selection of appetizers, soups and entrees, including fresh seasonal dishes.  A variety of delicious desserts are also available each day.  Lunch selections include:  chicken salads, scotch eggs, fisherman’s pie, cottage pie and Cornish pastry.  Desserts may include: gingerbread, fruit crumble and sticky toffee pudding.

Afternoon Tea, served between 2:15 until 5:00, can be served a la carte or as an individual tea service for one.  Selections start with the Ploughcroft’s Afternoon Cream Tea- -2 warm scones with Devon cream, preserves and fruit garnish, plus an endless pot of tea.  The Windsor Tea includes a scone with Devon cream, preserves and fruit garnish plus a sampling of English Sweet Treats, a selection of open face sandwiches and an endless pot of tea.  Prices start at $8.50 per guest.

The Ploughcroft Tea Room has hosted private events and parties, such as engagement parties, baby showers, birthday parties, retirement parties and many others.  Private events usually are held on Sundays or after hours.  The can accommodate approximately 30 guests.

Visit their web site www.ploughcrofttearoom.com or call 434.832.7467.  A good pot of tea is welcome at any time, especially during our cold winters in Lynchburg!

Star City Cat Fanciers Cat Show

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cat show

Are you a cat lover?  Do you enjoy seeing cats of all colors, sizes and breeds?  The Cat Fanciers’ Association Cat Show in Roanoke, VA might entertain you for a weekend.  This year’s event is January 26 & 27, 2019, between 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Valley View in Roanoke, 3315 Ordway Drive.  540.362.4500.  Admission is $5.00 per person plus a pet food donation for orphaned cats at the local humane society.

The Cat Fanciers’ Association was founded in 1906.  The CFA is currently the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats.  It is known as the most prestigious pedigreed cat registry in North America.  They host cat shows around the country.

What happens at the Cat Show?  Exhibitors compete is a variety of classes and rankings.  Exhibitors show “household” cats and “pedigreed” cats.  Cats are judged based upon their breed, color and sex.  Awards are given for First, Second and Third places overall, by color, best of breed, champion of breed and merit awards.  It is anticipated that approximately 200 cats will be exhibited this year.  Each judge chooses a top cat in the Kitten, Championship, Premiership and Household Pet classes.  Judging takes place simultaneously in various rings.

cat show

In addition to the judging rings attendees can visit the benching area where the cats and exhibitors relax between judging events.  There you might see grooming taking place and have the opportunity to talk with an exhibitor.  A vendor area is available with items for sale for both cats and cat lovers.