Look for the red door to Salon Cardinal and prepare to be transported. Located on the Main, hidden above Sparrow bar (by the same owner), a two-floor Victorian style tea room awaits. The space is a visual paradise with antique red velvet sofas, a baby grand piano, crystal chandelier, assorted tea cups, and souvenir spoons all adding to a very old world feel.
The menu is made up of snacks both salty and sweet with traditional cucumber & cream cheese sandwiches but I opt for the sweets for their handwritten labels.
Lavender Earl Gray, fragrant and calming, went along well with a blueberry scone with clotted cream (or you can get aged cheddar).
Salon Cardinal wins for its private nooks ideal for spending a cozy afternoon.