The Plains is roughly 25 minutes down the highway from my house, so it was a pretty nice drive out into the country--as The Plains is known for being in horse country. Every year there are steeplechase races in the town. Here is a cute sign that might help you place where it is:
As you may be able to guess from the name, the tea room is also an antique store, and had some lovely displays as we walked into the front parlor.
Passing through the parlor towards this pretty nook,
and around the corner, the tea room itself comes into view.
Pretty mismatched tea cups greeted us at each place setting, along with a tray full of tea sniffer jars.
Below is the tea room's large list of custom blends from local blender, Tea for All Reasons.
I have a few of Tea for All Reasons blends, and have enjoyed them all--so I was exited to see this generous menu.
Since I was in the Crest Hill tearoom, it seemed appropriate to get the tea named for them: a blend of black tea with blueberries and lilac blossoms. I also have never had lilac scented tea before!
This tea was delicious and light and definitely blueberry. I didn't really notice anything I would associate with lilac, but then, I have never drank lilac before! I did almost wish I needed cream with it (it was perfect with just a little sweetener) just so I could use this cute creamer:
Tea was served in individual pots--each with a cute tea cozy to make sure it wouldn't get cold.
And the tea room came around a couple of times with hot water to top off the loose leaves in the pot. And of course we each got strainers.
Others at the table ordered lunch (which they also serve), but I figured when in a tea room...
(assorted fruit on the top, middle tier has tea sandwiches: ham and mustard, cheddar, and cucumber and cream cheese with dill. Not pictured, the desserts on the bottom tier--three cookies and a carrot tea cake with pineapple)
Of course the tiered tray also came with a scone: apricots and cream.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the desserts served with my tea, but I did get a picture of the assorted dessert tray ordered by two other ladies at the tea (one of which was kind enough to take the picture, so you also get a different view!). They really enjoyed them (and they sure do look good, don't they?)
(starting at the top: éclairs, blueberry flavored cream puffs, cheesecake bites, spiced cakes, brownie bites, rugelach (I think it was raspberry), and unfortunately, I don't remember the last)
After this delightful tea, I walked the little town for a bit, passing some really cute stores:
Bernideen's Friends Sharing Tea
Rose Chintz Cottage's Tuesday