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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 or call 434.832.7467.  A good pot of tea is welcome at any time, especially during our cold winters in Lynchburg!

Good Karma Tea Company

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Good Karma Tea Company

Founded in 2012 by sisters, Cameo and Lyndsey Hoyle, Good Karma Tea Company has found its niche in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Good Karma Tea Company is a tea wholesaler and retailer that promotes and supports well-being.  They are dedicated to holistic healing through teas, herbs and wellness practices.

Good Karma blends organic loose leaf artisan teas and tisanes by hand.  The blends taste good and are good for you.  The fine organic ingredients create unique flavor profiles and enhance the natural healing properties of the body.  Herbal teas focus on common ailments such as sleep, allergies and pain relief.  The teas and tisanes strengthen the immune system and promote cognitive preservation.

Teas offered include white, green, black, herbal, oolong, yerba mate, pur-erh, rooibos and single origin.  The teas are sold in 1 ounce or 4 ounce packages.  A “tea love club” was formed for those who like to purchase a selection of teas for either 4 month, 8 months or 12 months at a time.  In addition to teas and tisanes the store also sells tea accessories.  The most important accessory may be the steeping kit that contains 3 small hour glasses each filled with 3 different colors of sand.  Depending on the type of tea you will be steeping you select the appropriate hour glass, for a perfect cup of tea every time.

The shop and tea room periodically offer a variety of events, demonstrations and tastings.  The calendar of events can be found on their web site

Located at 174 Norfolk Avenue, just around the corner from the Corner at Rivermont, the store is open Tuesday through Saturday between 10 until 6.  Sunday they are open between 11 until 4.  For more information you can call 434.515.2058.  It’s a perfect spot to visit this Memorial Day weekend after you have done some hiking or biking on the Blackwater Creek Trails.  Take a break and enjoy their porch or patio.

Although most of our guests, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, drink coffee in the morning at breakfast we are now offering Good Karma Tea blends as our featured “tea of the day.”  Come stay with us and we will prepare you your own pot of tea!