The Crest Hill is a charming little tea room in the middle of a lovely antique shop, tucked away in a little corner of The Plains. I take friends and visiting relatives here when we're looking for a special afternoon get-away. Tea offerings are presented in little canisters on trays, the sandwiches are fresh and plentiful. The home made sweets are served alongside fresh fruit and the service is attentive and welcoming. Definitely worth the drive from Herndon. Coupled with a visit to nearby Middleburg, it makes for a really nice afternoon.
I've been to the Aylesbury several times and was taken with the quaint and welcoming decor, the variety of tea and the food. Twice I went with friends w/o a reservation and the owner seated us upstairs, which required a lot more energy from the server. But she got the tea and treats to us while the pot was still hot, didn't forget about us when we wanted refills, and was quite cheerful despite the trips up and down those steep steps. All in all, we had a lovely time, esp in winter when the rooms are cozy and warm. I'll definitely be visiting again.