What’s For Tea? Afternoon tea is usually a four-course affair. The first course is something savoury, perhaps tea sandwiches or cheese scones. The “world-famous” scones come next, with butter, jam and cream of course. Guests are able to sample several different kinds, the ginger scone being the most popular at the moment. The third course may be the decadent chocolate trifle, or butterscotch pecan tart, or Apfelkuchen (German apple cake) or pound cake with blueberries, strawberries and cream. For those hearty eaters, Barbara offers an additional tidbit – a jam tart, a macaroon, a butter “biscuit” (cookie), or maybe even a stuffed monkey!
The Tea Room at the Channel Bass Inn, which was opened in 1995 by innkeepers Barbara and David Wiedenheft, has become very popular with Island visitors. The Tea Room not only offers afternoon tea to Channel Bass Inn guests, but gives all visitors to Chincoteague Island the opportunity to sample a taste of England.
Afternoon tea is served on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – usually starting at 3:30 p.m. The price per person is $25. Tea Room reservations are required. Please call Barbara at 757-336-6148 for availability.
Channel Bass Inn guests are offered afternoon tea at a special rate of $15 per person. Breakfast is also available to Island visitors who are not staying at the Channel Bass Inn. Please let us know the day before if you would like to join us.
For larger parties, such as bridal and baby showers, the Tea Room may be available Wednesdays and Sundays. Please call Barbara at 757-336-6148 for more information.
P.S. You may have noticed in our description of our Tea Room that there is no mention made of “High Tea”. As a Brit, I have to tell you that in the United Kingdom a high tea is a “working man’s supper” which would be served to the whole family at 5.30 or thereabouts when the master of the house came home from work. It would consist of endless pots of tea, a loaf of fresh bread, butter, cheese maybe, cake of some description, and would include something hearty such as pork pie and chips (french fries), or maybe steak and kidney pudding. This certainly bears no resemblance to the “high teas” served in the posh hotels over here. In the UK it would be unlikely to drink alcohol at that meal – the men would go to the pub down the street for their pint of ale. No champagne or sherry, that’s for sure. And when the pubs close, it would be traditional to pick up a late night supper from the fish and chip shop on the way home! ~ Barbara
“Our time at your inn was wonderful! We’ll rave about the beautiful atmosphere, breakfast and tea until we can visit again. You were so welcoming, we felt like family. Take good care and many, many thanks!”
Laticia and Naeem, Arlington, VA