Tables at teahouses are known for their fancy white-linen outfits, unlike tables in home kitchens, which are notorious for going nude. Dress up for a nice meal with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of American cuisine for lunch, afternoon tea, or brunch at Feathernesters.
Feathernesters' proprietors Mark Goswick and Tony Turner scour their local farmers' market for fresh produce and eggs that they transform into elegant spreads that have earned praise from RVANews. Fragrant tendrils of steam rise from personal pots of Earl Grey and peppermint tea during afternoon tea service ($12.95 per guest). Fingers shyly emerge from their bowling-ball hideouts to pluck morsels from two-tiered trays of finger sandwiches, and fruit butters swathe oven-fresh scones and tea bread. During the Sunday brunch buffet ($12.95 per person), chefs stand at the ready to fold veggies into fluffy omelets. Buttermilk biscuits soak up sausage gravy, and homemade sugar-dusted donuts commiserate with belgian waffles about dentists’ smear campaigns. For lunch, four types of bread cushion homemade chicken salad ($8.95), and fresh quiche complements both sweet and unsweetened iced tea ($8.95). After meals, patrons can peruse Feathernesters’ 5,000-square-foot shop laden with vintage jewelry, handmade folk art, and hand-painted furniture.
Feathernesters' proprietors, Marc Goswick and Tony Turner, scour their local farmers' market for fresh produce and eggs they transform into elegant spreads that have earned praise from RVANews. Marc, an avid gardener and cook, draws on homegrown recipes handed down from his mother and grandmother to craft the tasty creations found in Feathernesters' bakery. Among these creations, the signature buttermilk pie reigns supreme, earning a mention in Richmond magazine for the care Marc takes when making each pie fresh by hand every morning.
During afternoon tea, fingers emerge from their bowling-ball hiding places to pluck sandwiches and fresh scones from a two-tiered tea tray as loose-leaf tea blends steep in personal pots, peppering the air with floral aromas. Brunch in the tearoom plays host to a smorgasbord of all-you-can-eat goodies, including baked Virginia apples with cinnamon and brown sugar, seasonal fruit, and Southern cheese grits. After meals, patrons can peruse Feathernesters’ 5,000-square-foot shop laden with vintage jewelry, handmade folk art, and hand-painted furniture arranged in displays designed by Tony. Marc and Tony also welcome parties to the tearoom, with events for all occasions from bridal and baby showers to tea parties for children aged 5–10 and child-sized cornhusk dolls.