Visited a tea room in another town and had a great time, so when my mother, a friend and i planned a trip to Culpeper, we happily sought out Tea, Lace & Roses. What a disappointment! Part of the fun in doing this is the dressing up, but the gloves were dirty--we all skipped them. the hat selection was poor--nearly all of them fairly plain straw hats. several of the hats were ratty looking and the 'jewelry' was basically mardi gras beads. the food was dreadful--the crustino was so dried my friend couldn't bite into it. i tried my dinky little knife and couldn't cut it--basically had to break it up to eat it. the scones were good, but small. we went for the tea that included 'savories'. they cost $3 more, and were about a 2' square thin piece of quiche. the rest of the food was adequate, but not inspiring. the only thing we really liked was the chance to smell the different teas so we could pick one we liked without having to rely on a written description. overall, if you're looking for a fun, playful tea adventure, my advice is to go elsewhere.
I regret your expectations were not met. However, your experience is not representative of our other guests.