Recently, I enjoyed breakfast with a long-time friend at the Village Tea House in West Point, Pennsylvania. Because I had never been there before, I didn’t know what to expect. The red brick, Queen Anne Victorian where the establishment is located is a lovely, restored gem of a building that includes a turret room. Inside, the surroundings are cozy and bright with gorgeous woodwork and built-ins — one holding a large display of colorful teapots. It’s the kind of place you feel relaxed in as soon as you step inside. And, incidentally, their motto is: enter as our guest and leave as our friend.
My friend and I carefully scanned the menu and made our selections. I chose the blood orange tea which was served in a diminutive green teapot. It was perfection! We both enjoyed having the quiche of the day which was ham & cheese and & lemon blueberry scones. After all, what is the point of having tea without a scone? One side note: the portions are “ladylike,” so keep that in mind. But, apparently at lunch — hoping to please the men who’ve graciously offered to come with their wives — they offer a “man-sized sandwich” that many gals order as well. It’s worth checking out on my next visit.
Feeling comfortable and cozy, my friend and I chatted the time away, catching up on the details of our lives; our heads leaned in together for “kindred spirit moments.” (see Anne of Green Gables)
As we were getting ready to pay our bill, we were able to meet Meg Miley Shaffer, the owner of this fine establishment. From perusing her website, you’ll enjoy the information she provides regarding her reason for starting the Village Teahouse and bringing this red brick Victorian back to life.
If you go to the Village Teahouse, call ahead for reservations. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 9-3 each day. And, they are available for hosting showers and parties of all kinds. Little girls love this place!