My friend and I traveled from the Annapolis, MD area for a day of tea and antiquing. This tearoom was well worth the trip! Great location, lovely setting. The tea bar was offered at our table, and was definitely fun. Plus I discovered a new tea to love, Mayan Cacao (which was available to purchase). We ordered the full afternoon tea, which included a perfect blueberry scone, savories and sweets. We also added the soup of the day. All the food was delicious and nicely presented. Service was all that it could be. Needless to say, we were quite full by the last course so boxed most of the desserts to go. Funny story: Later we were ready for a snack between shopping and thoroughly enjoyed the remaining sweets from our tea. And discovered the absolute best was the little orange powdered sugar ball! It was so good we rushed back to Culpeper to see if we could buy some for the ride home. Sadly, the tearoom was closed by then. My advice is to definitely eat that treat first in case you are able to buy more to go!
We are delighted you all had fun on your visit to Miss Minerva's and downtown Culpeper. We love our charming town and are always glad others appreciate the shops, etc. We are glad you enjoyed your tea and especially the Orange Coolers -- they are a favorite of many of our guests. Please come to visit again soon.
We visited this tearoom in September and it was practically perfect in every way! A welcome touch was found when we first walked in through the gift shop. They had a tea tasting bar, offering a few selections from their tea menu. This is an wonderful way to try something new without committing to a whole pot. During our Afternoon Tea, we loved the Gypsy's Blend and French Silk teas. The scone was an apple cinnamon, very good but a little desserty for our tastes. Our soup was a light and creamy zucchini. The sandwich course included a warm baguette with orange marmalade, granny smith apples & cheddar cheese (excellent), a smoked salmon mousse canape with cream cheese & capers (good), a roast beef with mayo, lettuce & tomato on a petit roll (also excellent) and a traditional cucumber sandwich with butter (great - nice and crunchy). The sweet course brought us a chocolate & caramel parfait with toffee bits (fabulous!), carrot mini cupcake (good and moist), and a shortbread teapot cookie (buttery, tasty). A small raspberry/kiwi sorbet was served with our check, a nice touch. Our server was friendly and attentive, and the tearoom is quaint, but not victorian fussy. It has a great gift shop, with one of the best selections of books on tea we've seen. We have always had a lovely time taking tea at Gypsy's!
I have enjoyed the Afternoon Tea here quite a few times and have never been disappointed. The choice of loose teas is large enough to please all tastes (I'm a no-frills black tea person, my friend Patti is more adventurous). The good sized cranberry scone was just the way I prefer it...NOT like a cookie! I absolutely love the addition of cheese and fruit too. I wish more tearooms did this. The tea sandwiches: an excellent cucumber and dill on white bread with a slice of hard boiled egg that made it interesting, a delicious curried chicken salad on a butter croissant, a tomato sandwich (Patti happily gobbled mine since I'm not fond of tomatoes), and a spiral sandwich that was tasty but I can't remember what it was. The sweet course is always good: a moist and very pretty yellow cake with strawberry and cream, ambrosia in a chocolate cup, and a butter cookie. All this with a large pot of tea each...we were very full, and very satisfied. Visiting tearooms is our hobby, and we have been to many. This one is always on our list. Service is pleasant, the portion size and cost is comparable to others in the area (tax and an 18% tip were included). What's not to like?
Wide tea selection...homemade, delicious food...pretty tearoom & giftshop...careful attention to detail...lovely owner. One thing my friend and I particularly liked: we each received two of every tea sandwich selection. They're so good, you're grateful for the second one! You can't go wrong by stopping at Serenity!