Winterthur Museum & Country Estate
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate

Winterthur Museum & Country Estate

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.winterthur.org/?p=759
  • Phone: (302) 888-4826
  • Hours of Operation:
    Visitors Center Garden Cafe - 9am - 4pm (Tuesday - Sunday)
    Cottage Cafe - 10am - 4:30pm (Tuesday - Sunday)
    Closed on Mondays

    Afternoon Tea Scheduled through January :
    August 10th- SOLD OUT
    August 17th
    August 24th
    August 31st
    September 7th
    September 13th
    September 14th
    September 20th
    September 21st
    September 27th
    September 28th
    October 5th
    October 12th
    October 19th
    October 26th
    November 1st
    November 2nd
    November 8th
    November 9th
    November 15th
    November 16th
    November 22nd
    November 23rd
    November 30th
    December 7th
    December 28th
    January 4th

    Yuletide Brunch with Santa Scheduled in December:
    December 13th
    December 14th
    December 20th
    December 21st
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Gary Coyle
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: A passion for food. An obsession for detail. Having earned a reputation for uncompromising quality, Catering by Restaurant Associates can offer you exclusive access to Winterthur Museum & Country Estate. Whether you're hosting an intimate reception for a few guests or a wedding for a few hundred, our creative catering experts will be delighted to work with you to custom design a truly memorable experience. We dedicate ourselves to ensuring the success of your event. Please contact Melissa Sapio at (302)888-4826 or ccater@winterthur.org for more information.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in the Visitor Center parking lot.

A word from Winterthur Museum & Country Estate
Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world. We invite you to visit and explore this place of beauty, history, and learning.

Reservations are accepted for Sunday brunches, Afternoon Tea and many other special dining experiences held at Winterthur. Reservations are not required for dining in the Visitor Center Garden Cafe or the Cottage Cafe. Winterthur Members receive 10% off all Visitor Center Garden Cafe and Cottage Cafe purchases, preferred seating at special holiday brunches, and discounts on catered events.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (36)special occasion (30)great for lunch (29)good for groups (25)great for brunch (23)fit for foodies (12)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (4)neighborhood gem (4)romantic (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Afternoon Tea
    Burlin06
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We went for the 3:00 afternoon tea service and it was excellent! About a dozen different tea options, including about decaf choices. Good finger food options and the desserts were some of the best I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Nomegusta
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I went for the Downton Abbey "afternoon tea", and the overall experience left much to be desired. It was a buffet, we had a small selection of tea bags at our table, and we only got one small pat of hot water that gave us a little more than one full cup of tea. The food was alright, but it all seemed to be different variations of the same ingredient. It was also very expensive.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DiningMar
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Downton Abbey themed tea was great. Really enhanced our visit to Winterthur and the Downton Abbey exhibit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Estate
    Satisfied
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Loved Winterthur. We had the special brunch/high tea during their Downton Abbey exhibit. Only negative was the dining room was all windows and it was HOT in that room, finished our tea early because it was so uncomfortable. Food was wonderful, estate and exhibit were wonderful,
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant but unmemorable
    DancerToes
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We went for the afternoon "tea" and buffet. The tea service was a pot of hot water and a choice of tea bags at the table - pretty much what you would expect at a decent chain restaurant. Food was ok but nothing special. We suspected most if not all was the frozen stuff from major restaurant suppliers. Not really bad, but nothing special. We would not do this again. At $30, it was just not worth it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Downton Disappointment
    Bruncher
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We were somewhat disappointed with the savory buffet portion, finding that much of it was either dried out (such as the egg salad sandwiches/tea sandwiches) or contained items that were meant to be served warm/immediately, leading to a soggy/greasy presentation of items like the mushroom and brie strudel. The waitresses were slow to arrive at our table after we were seated, only pouring hot water for our tea when we arrived and one other time within the nearly 2 hours we were present. The dessert portion of the buffet was much more appetizing. Overall, this afternoon tea would have been scoffed at by any British person present. Also, the blinding afternoon sunlight that streamed into the room made us want to leave before we were finished.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy food.
    xxxxxVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    One of the best and most delicious varieties of food at any tea I've been to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Afternoon Tea at Winterthur
    Daisy410
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    If you are visiting the Costumes of Downton Abbey at the Winterthur Estate, the Sunday afternoon tea is a great way to conclude your visit. What is otherwise a cafeteria-style restaurant is transformed into a white-table-cloth tearoom complete with servers in period dress. The large room overlooks a lovely scenic hillside. Hot water is replenished in individual teapot/cup combos and the savouries and sweets are served buffet style. There seemed to be no risk of running out of food. There is a wide selection of items and all are fresh and nicely prepared. Everything was very tasty and did not seem mass produced. Entirely worth the $29.50 price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a real English tea
    blueandgold85
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I love the Winterthur Museum and Gardens but the Downton Abbey brunch was disappointing. Being an English tea, you would expect loose leaf tea but tea bags were used. We also had sad looking silk flowers at our table instead of fresh flowers. Some tables had real flowers and some had fake. The food was displayed very nicely with lots of variety but was just OK in flavor.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting High Tea
    clkeo
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This was the first time I ever experience tea buffet style and they really pulled it off! All the offerings were excellent!! I liked to be able to go back for more! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we enjoyed Downton Abbey Tea
    2downtonfansfrommass
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Beautiful views of the grounds from our window table. Servers in costume added to the fun. Our female server wore a really cute cap. The man wearing tails looked quite elegant. The buffet selections looked and tasted wonderful. Never had cauliflower and Stilton blue cheese soup before. What a treat! All of the staff were very nice and helpful. If I ever get the chance to go back to Delaware, I'll definitely like to return to Winterthur and have lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We were there for tea on Sunday and while it wasn't quite what we expected, the food was good. Served buffet style and the desserts were probably equally as good only some had melted or gotten beyond the correct temperature having been left in the sun without any protection. I was a little disappointed that it was literally a "tea". If you wanted anything else to drink, even coffee, or iced tea, you were out of luck. I loved the exhibits, etc. but I doubt I would stay for tea on a return trip.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tea for Four
    Tea44
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    For the price it was not what I expected. Lots of carbs, could have included a small salad with the buffet. Also, when I go out for tea I don't expect tea bags.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Downtown Abbey tea was delightful. Food delicious, servers courteous and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dowton Abbey Tea
    NJDAfan
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food was wonderful, such a wide choice of sweets, savories and scones. Servers were dressed in Abbey fashion. Tea was set for 3 pm and Hostess verified reservation and immediately escorted us to our table. Would recommend to Fans.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely
    delawareres
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I was with a group of 4 for afternoon tea. They had very good and unique tea sandwiches, stuffed mushrooms and sausage strudels and, many sweet pastries. The tea was a little disappointing, I was expecting various loose teas but was served common tea bags.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downton Abbey Tea
    Debbie
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    While not your traditional tea (with brewed tea, tea sandwiches, and desserts arriving at your table), the tea bags at the table and delicious buffet offerings made the tea memorable. Both my daughter and I found the selection surprising and were delighted to be able to go back and sample additional items. Who can turn down chocolate covered strawberries?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High tea
    RehobothdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Buffet and tea bags but still enjoyable after the downton abbey tour
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely experience...
    CLouWho
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    ...dining while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Winterthur. Food was very good -- entrees and sandwiches, in particular. Staff was knowledgeable and helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea
    kenziemom06
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Really terrific experience at the Winterthur Visitor Center this past weekend for the special Downton Abbey-themed afternoon tea. Fabulous service, exquisite food and tea. Lots of fun for my aunt and my daughter and I!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown Abbey Tea
    Putzee
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Toured the Downton Abbey costumes exhibit (enjoyable), purchased treasures from the gift shop, then returned to the visitor center to await the 3 pm tea sitting. Unfortunately, so did (I'm guessing) 200 +/- others, including quite a large number of physically challenged (seniors, etc.) guests, who began lining up a little after 2 pm. Very quickly, the line queued into the gift shop where there was not room to move. At 3 pm, (the tea's start) I inquired of the visitor center desk volunteers as to whether they could help move things along to no avail - only 2 Restaurant Associates "managers" advised only they were seating all of these guests - obviously quite slowly. Food was good and server Zanthea's graciousness saved the day for us!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Downton Abbey Tea
    Nocharmer
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The cafe at Winterthur hosts a special afternoon tea during the Downton Abbey costume exhibit. Waitstaff costumed as housemaids and footmen provided very good service, although we were never offered more hot water for our tea and had to request cream. No lemon in sight. The food was served on a buffet, with stuffed mushrooms, mushroom strudel and crab canapes being stellar. A nice way to round out the museum visit and DA experience, but not worth a re-do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afternoon Tea Buffet a delight
    trin223
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    As a person who has experienced afternoon tea hundreds of times, I really enjoyed this is event a lot. Keeping in mind that this tea is NOT served at the table like most teas, but a buffet, the food, tea, and setting quality was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I enjoyed my first time visit to Winterthur very much and a real highlight for me was the display of gowns, dresses, and other clothing from Downton Abbey. The tram ride was a great way to start out our visit and was informative and gave a good background about the history of Winterthur. You also were able to get a good overall view of the gardens and where different things were located. The tour of the house was very interesting. We walked through the Enchanted Garden area and thought that was delightful. I would love to return to Winterthur when more things are blooming or at Christmas to see it decorated for the holidays. I was with my 2 daughters and a sister in law. We all enjoyed our day very much and the tea in the afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downton Abbey tea
    Downtongirl
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The Downton Abbey exhibit is fabulous! Skip the tea. Other than the waiters being in special attire, no attempt was made to make this a special event. Food seemed prepared too much in advance.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kope
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    i thoroughly enjoyed my visit to winterthur. i would like to return in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afternoon tea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The service was wonderful. The food was very good. It was fun but a little expensive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Downton Abbey Tea
    DottieCarole
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I had already read the reviews of previous customers when I arrived. It was my friend's birthday and we were looking for a special we both would enjoy. Since we are both DA fans this seemed the perfect fit. Although the format for the "tea" was not perfect, the food was excellent and the service was as well. No hovering by the servers which was great. I was glad I had read the previous views as it moderated our expectations and made the experience wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High Tea
    RichS
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My wife and I were there for a special "High Tea" in the afternoon during the display of the Downton Abby wardrobe and related items. All was very well done.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun tea after Downton costumes
    WixiePixie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had a lovely time enjoying the special tea after viewing the Downton Abbey costumes. The food was very good, as was the special Winterthur tea blend. I was nervous about it being a buffet, but there was plenty of food of good quality. The servers were really pleasant and attentive. It was evident that they wanted their guests to enjoy their visit. There were some very savory dishes on the menu, and my only suggestion is that the restaurant offer a separate dessert fork instead of asking the guest to continue using the dinner fork. It is unpleasant to carry savory flavors into dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downton Tea
    TeaSnob
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It was not as elegant as I expected. The tea should have been advertised as a tea buffet--one was led to believe there would be table service. The choice of teas was limited and the "tea for one" pots provided to each diner did nothing to keep the tea hot while it was being consumed. What the buffet lacked in flavor it more than made up for in quantity; it was impossible to tell that the cucumber sandwiches actually had cucumber in them unless one read the card on the buffet. Some of the offerings were meant to be served hot and suffered from languishing on the buffet, unheated. The desserts were plentiful but unremarkable and the lemon "curd" looked and tasted more like lemon custard. Scones deserve to be more than an afterthought!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tea Time
    BarbaraTVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was a wonderful event. Everything was perfect. Plan to attend another one in the near future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Winterthur Tea
    chaitea4me
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went to the Winterthur Downton Abbey costume exhibit and stayed for the afternoon tea. It was served buffet style with sandwiches and specialty items in one section and desserts in the other. A waitress came around with hot water for tea. The selection of teas was very nice but I needed to ask for caffeine free tea. The waitress brought two selections but only one was caffeine free. It would be nice to have a couple more choices. The one was a peppermint and was pleasantly surprised at how tasty it was. My friend thought the teas served were very good. The food was excellent. They served a shot of cauliflower soup which was delicious. Their menu was inspired by the Downton Abbey show. A very delightful experience. Recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Afternoon tea after Downton!
    mamakath123
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was my first visit to Winterthur. It was easy to make on-line reservations. The room was nicely decorated and the staff was very attentive. It was a great birthday surprise for my friend! There was a nice selection of choices on the buffet table and the staff was quick to replenish. The dessert table was a special treat. It would have been nice to have some quiet background music, such as a string quartet. Also, fresh fruit added to the dessert buffet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tea to suit a manor
    Fairytale
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Recently a friend and I had tea at Winterthur. It was a delightful experience, which topped off our visit to the Dolton Abbey exhibit. The variety of offerings was terrific. Everything was tasty. One cautious to other diners, don't waste your calories on "big" bread sandwiches, like the egg salad. The filling is great but the bread is too much, when there are so many tasty treats to try. The cucumber sandwiches were somewhat underwhelming, but the offerings in the chafing dishes were terrific.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Afternoon Tea
    lporta
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was the first afternoon tea I attended where the food was served buffet style rather than individual portions presented on decorative china. There were only 2 selections of decaf tea on the table - Lipton and peppermint - and there was no cream. When I asked, I was provided with another single option for a decaf tea which arrived in tea bag form and cream was provided. Luncheon food was fair to good - dessert buffet was very good. I selected that I would recommend it, but not necessarily for afternoon tea.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great museum, disappointing tea.
    Carol
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were seated at the rear of the tea room. Our tablecloth was stained. A small plate with a few standard-issue tea bags was placed in the middle of the table. Waitresses periodically poured lukewarm water into our cups and brought cream in bent, tarnished metal creamers. I was not expecting to stand in line at buffet tables for mediocre sandwiches and desserts. The ambience was loud and rushed. Where were the teapots, flavorful teas and gracious touch of elegance? Visiting the grounds and buildings of the Winterthur estate is a marvelous experience, but I would skip the tea which is managed separately.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Downton Tea for 2
    2young2Bold
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This was a lovely opportunity for me and my friend to play big girl "dress-up" and enjoy a delightful dining experience. The Winterthur Afternoon Tea was the perfect accompaniment to this meal and we were happy to discover that it can be purchased in the Bookstore. The food was fabulous and the ambiance superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a sufficient high tea...
    GoldenPeacockVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    If you've ever had high tea or afternoon tea, this is not it. The previous disappointed diners points are quite valid- service, food, tea, buffet was all lacking. Great place to visit, but recommend you eat elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Downton Abbey Tea
    Socialbutterfly809
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went to the Downton Exhibit and the to the Downton Tea. It was fabulous!!! The tea was a perfect end to a great day! The food was delicious with a great selection. Definitely recommend it. I come from NY and it was close. Took exactly 2 hours!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.