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Miss Spenser's Special-Teas & Bed & Breakfast

3220 Wyoming Street | New Virginia, IA
641-342-1547 | Email | Website | Hours

Miss Spenser's Special-Teas hosts monthly 'special tea' events on selected days.

Events include: Traditional Afternoon Tea Meals served the British way along with unique and special dramatic programs that are new and different each month.

Traditional Afternoon Tea is a FULL meal served in delicious, small bites; an English ceremony to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Each tea tray is specially prepared with love and detail as we strive not only to nourish, but feed your soul as well.

Tea Trays include: a variety of finger sandwiches and savories; scones with toppings; and an assortment of delicious sweets along with a bottomless pot of tea.

We count it a privilege to serve you and hope that Miss Spenser's will become a favorite celebration destination!

Shop on-line for our delicious gourmet teas! www.missspensersspecialteas.com

See our articles featured in Tea Time Magazine March/April 2009 and September/October 2011 as well as Country Woman, April/May 2011

In addition to our lovely tearoom - stay in our Carriage House B&B.

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I have enjoyed the Special Teas for close to two years at Miss Spenser's Tea Room and have enjoyed every one immensely. The attention to detail of the menu as it relates to the theme of the day is particularly delightful. The food is delicious and I highly recommend experiencing a tea at Miss Spenser's Tea Room.

- Barbara Lombardi Dec 1st '15

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Miss Spenser's never disappoints. Their food is tasty, the setting transport s you to a British tearoom and the drama presentation is so believable and professionally done. We are very fortunate to have it in central Iowa.

- Myrna Nov 27th '15

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You leave your cares at the door and you feel transformed into a time where people took the time to enjoy the good things of life. It is such a relaxing experience at Miss Spencer's, I can hardly wait until the next time.

- Carol Matthews Oct 22nd '15

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Every time I've gone, it has been a fun experience and very relaxing. Very nice tea room and a nice variety of gifts to browse through. And the food is always great.

- Mary Oct 10th '15

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I took my three daughters and daughter in law to experience your real English tea, and they all agreed it was an unusual and fascinating time which we do not have here in Des Moines. The country setting was wonderful as our children were raised on an acreage. Thank you for the unique occasion.

- Jan Denton Oct 7th '15

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I just enjoy the TEAS!! Mine never tastes that good. The sandwiches are very tasty and not something I would fix for myself. The atmosphere is always relaxing and being an old farm girl, I enjoy the drive there through the country. May God continue to bless your venture.

- Margaret Lee Sep 22nd '15

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The Jane Austen Iowa Regional group returned to Miss Spenser's for another scrumptious tea highlighted by a wonderful performance of Emma by Miss Spenser. How fortunate we are to have an elegant English Tea Room with such fine interpretations of Austen's work!

- Penny Sep 14th '15

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Enjoyed a tea back in time, sharing history of Jane Austin overlooking the country side. Miss Spenser uses only leaf teas of variety of flavors depending on the event. Very Elegant Tea Room, you feel calm and at home to enjoy your tea with friends.

- Karen Sep 13th '15

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Miss Spenser's Tea Room and BandB is a beautiful please. The tearoom is elegant and so pretty great place to bring your friends. The BandB is nice and romantic my hubby surprised me in June and we both really enjoyed ourselves. The best part is we only had to drive 30 min. south to escape the city. So come out and support the locals!

- Lisa Cruchelow Sep 4th '15

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I enjoyed my experience at Miss Spenser's. A beautiful environment. Great food, and great service. Can't wait to go again!!

- Maddy Aug 20th '15

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Perfect in every way! A must go to place!

- Sue Aug 20th '15

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Miss Spenser's went above and beyond my expectations! I attended the Emma themed tea with my mom and aunt and we had a fantastic time. The food, tea, ambiance and hospitality were excellent. I went to a tea while in London at a very swanky place and Miss Spenser's was by far better in all aspects. Prior to this tea, I did not consider myself a tea drinker, but found I kept getting refills and ended up buying a bag of their custom tea and my own cup and saucer. I am already looking forward to attending another tea and becoming a regular.

- Krystal Aug 17th '15

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We had a wonderful experience at Miss Spensers special teas. Great food, lovely setting, fun Anne of Green Gables portrayal. It was a delightful evening.

- Diana Stoll Jul 18th '15

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Yummy loose leaf tea served along with traditional three tiered tea tray and super good food! There's always the fantastic cucumber sandwich and tasty scones plus other delightful foods aligned with the tea's theme. The program this month was the nursery at Downton Abbey and featured clothes from that era for children and information about the clothes. Very, very fun tea party!

- Sally Dulinsky Apr 26th '15

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I just had my first visit to Miss Spencer's Tea Room and must say that I was very pleased. The decorations were gorgeous, the food was superb, and the service was AMAZING! My family arrived late due to a mix up regarding the time, but the staff was very understanding and welcoming despite our mistake. We were sure to tell the staff upon making our reservation that my 7 year old little sister would be coming, and, to our surprise, upon sitting down at our table she was presented with her own plate of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cheese sandwiches. What service! We plan making visiting Miss Spencer's Tea Room a family traditon.

- Annestasia Alderson Feb 19th '15

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My recent first visit to the tea room was wonderful!! We were quite late arriving due to a mix up on my part and they were quite pleasant and accomodating about it. My youngest daughter did not like her first taste of tea, and was offerred chocolate milk in her teacup. She was also given a tray of her very own peanut butter and jelly tea sandwiches. She was so pleased!!! We really enjoyed our visit and plan to go again.

- Rene' Feb 18th '15

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Miss Spenser's Special Teas is truly incredible. The tea room is absolutely gorgeous and it provides a relaxing atmosphere with such charm. The food is divine and the service is fantastic. The lovely Miss Spencer's performances are full of eloquence and beauty. I have attended the Titanic tea and the St. Patrick's tea and both were truly brilliant.

- Rachel Dec 3rd '14

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My daughter and I have attended several themed teas and enjoyed everyone one of them. The tea and food are always perfectly paired with the theme and are delicious. Donna and Spenser are gracious hostesses who make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. We will be back for many more!

- Barbara Lombardi Dec 1st '14

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Attended the Christmas Tea this afternoon, and was again enchanted by the delicious food, gracious hospitality, and amazing literary performance by the lovely Miss Spenser! Such an outstanding tearoom and most memorable experience. You couldn't ask for a more delectable time!

- mary jack Nov 22nd '14

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I LOVE going to Miss Spenser's' it holds a special place in my heart:) The service and food is always impeccable!! Donna and Spenser make you feel right at home and love all their guests. No one could ever be disappointed!

- Dawn Kappelman Sep 21st '14

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Miss Spenser's is a wonderful tea room. Food and entertainment is the best. The way the food is displayed on the 3 tier center display is fantastic and the best food you will find anywhere. Their tea room is the way I think of a tea room being and you are always FULL when leaving.

- Karen Edgington Sep 2nd '14

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Really enjoyed our visit to Miss Spencer's. It was well worth the drive!

- Jean Craig Aug 6th '14

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Food is Yummylious. guarantee to satisfy every man, women, child. B&B is exquisite for food, romance, price. Can't wait to stay there again

- Karen S Jul 31st '14

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I attended the Ritz tea with my daughter and we had so much fun! The food was scrumptious and tea was made perfectly. I may make it to London some day to go to the Ritz Hotel, but it won't surpass this experience. Plus, Miss Spenser played the harp with the most beautiful, beautiful music
to soothe a weary soul.

- Sally Dulinsky Jul 25th '14

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My mother and I attended the Ritz tea today at Miss Spenser's, and it was WONDERFUL! The service was excellent, the location is picturesque, and the food was delicious! The live harp added an elegant touch. We will definitely be back!

- Emily Blythe Jul 19th '14

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If you have a 'Bucket List' and haven't been to Miss Spenser's Tearoom you must make it a point to do so. You will make memories you will never forget. Attending teas at Miss Spenser's is one of my most favorite past times. I am a devout Downton Abbey fan and loved the tea presented by Miss Spenser's. It was fun to pretend that I was a part of that glorious time period of such grace and nobility. Miss Spenser's transported me back in time albeit the atmosphere, fashions,program and food. Nothing was lacking in making my experience a memorable one.

- Char Massey Jul 10th '14

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Had to upload a couple of photos from the Black Beauty literary tea we attended on 6-21-14. Miss Spenser's always excels in every detail. Lady Donna is such a gracious hostess and Miss SPenser always expresses the heart of each program with finesse and clarity. The Arabian Nights tea served with this meal was astoundingly smooth and flavorful. The food is beautiful, precise and dainty. The grounds are immaculate. What a wonderfully fresh and romantic place Longview Farms is. Do yourself a favor and attend a tea soon!

- Wendi Taylor Jun 27th '14

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As always, what a delight Miss Spenser's is to me! The encore presentation of Downton Abbey was a 'sweet' surprise. Thank you Lady Donna and Miss Spenser for a wonderful day. Delicious menu, flavorful tea and excellent entertainment and company! Miss Spenser's never disappoints.

- Jenny N. May 21st '14

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One of the most enjoyable experiences! Food was awesome and the entertainment phenomenal

- Debbie Sarna May 14th '14

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When patrons are willing to travel during a tornado warning to attend a themed tea party, you know that Miss Spenser's is something special. Everything about Miss Spenser's is lovely, cozy, and delicious - elegant Victorian décor, scrumptious tea sandwiches and desserts, and perfectly brewed tea. I've never been disappointed and look forward to going again and again.

- Karla C. May 14th '14

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This is a fantastic Tea Room! Been there 3 times now and never a dissapointment about anything! Food, tea, program and congeniality are all 5 star! Last time visited was the Downton Abbey program - wonderful!

- Diane May 11th '14

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Miss Spenser's Tearoom never disappoints! We had another much needed break from reality. Miss Spenser a.k.a. Scarlett, transported us to a classic scene from Gone With The Wind. So much thought and practice goes into each performance, we are always delightfully entertained. The menu is always theme related and truly delicious, served to you on your own tiered tray. You are also treated to a bottomless cup of fabulous tea. Donna & Spenser are so friendly, they make you feel like the only person in the room. I would highly recommend a trip to Miss Spenser's Tearoom to unwind and relax, if only for a short time.

- Pam Apr 16th '14

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The Tea Room experience was a very special one,,,,we were celebrating our sister ,Molly's birthday,,,& she was so thrilled to have this wonderful experience ,,,to go back in time, is so much fun & Miss Spencer was such a joy to watch as she turned into Scarlett right before our eyes! We definitely be back,,,soon! Thank you for the wonderful memories & superb eats! Yummy!the atmosphere was excitement with the anticipation of Scarlett appearing & our delicious menu!

- Marlene Risinger Apr 15th '14

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I was very impressed with every aspect of the Gone with the Wind tea experience. I have visited many tea rooms over the years, and this was the best by far. I was particularly delighted with the imaginative and delicious food selections. The attention to detail and the themed entertainment make this a delightful experience.

- Diane Yates Apr 14th '14

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We had the privilege to attend the Irish Tea. Our Granddaughter was visiting here from Indiana and we brought our Granddaughter here from Marion. Spenser is our Granddaughter also and we are so proud of her unending talents. It was a very special time for all of us. The presentation of the food was beautiful and tea cup never ran dry. Guaranteed you will not be disappointed. We had a wonderful time.

- Pauline Cherryholmes Mar 25th '14

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I went to the Irish farmhouse tea recently with my daughter and it was soooooo much fun! The table setting was beautiful, the food delicious and the tea superb! I love a visit to Miss Spenser's!

- Sally Dulinsky Mar 20th '14

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Went to the Downton Abbey Tea. It was a delightful experience, informative of the era in clothing, culture, and food. No spoilers for the show, and the atmosphere was perfect.

- Michelle Mar 4th '14

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My husband and I enjoyed a lovely overnight at Miss Spenser's bed and breakfast. We were treated with such kindness and hospitality- such a relaxing and enjoyable experience! every detail is looked after. Highly recommended, and we will back for another stay soon.

- Stacey and Jim Mar 3rd '14

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Miss Spenser's Special Teas are indeed special. The tearoom and its ambience are wonderful. Lady Donna and Miss Spenser serve wonderful traditional teas with the Three S's (Savories, Scones, Sweets) on the requisite three-tiered servers. The food, tea, and service are all wonderful, and they are both so warm and welcoming as well as being so talented. Spenser's character-ization of the tea's theme is delightful. Sometime she even offers harp music during the tea. We drive over 3 hours to experience a tea, and it is worth every mile!

- Lani Willi Feb 24th '14

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Dear Lani: Thank you so much for the very heart warming review...this made our day! We so appreciate the fact that you drive so far to attend our teas...thank you for your commitment...we are pleased that you enjoy them!!

Thanks again...blessings to you this week,

Donna & Miss Spenser
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Always an enjoyable & pleasant experience at Miss Spenser's. We hadn't been able to attend a tea event there in over a year so we were thrilled to be able to attend the Downton Abbey tea. It was such an enjoyable afternoon. Delicious food, warm soothing loose leaf tea & great conversation. Also bought some caramel oolong tea to bring home & had a cup last night. Sooo good!

- Ronda Kelley Feb 24th '14

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Dear Ronda - thank you so much for coming down this past weekend...it was such a joy to have you and Jamie here again...been way too long!! We are so glad that you had a good time...thank you for your support and leaving a review, it means so much!

Warmly,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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The Downton Abby tea was perfect,as always! Love,love,love this tea room!

- Belinda Stuva Feb 23rd '14

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Belinda...thank you so much for the very kind review...we definitely feel the love and appreciate your support!! It is our pleasure to serve you and yours tea the British way...thank you for allowing us this opportunity!

Warm regards,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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This is the place to go to escape the hectic world, enjoy beautiful surroundings, wonderful tea and food and gracious hosts.

- Maggy Feb 22nd '14

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Dear Maggy...thank you so much for attending our Downton Abbey tea this past weekend...it was such a pleasure meeting you! We were so blessed to receive the beautiful china...anxious to use it! We have both been sipping tea out of the pretty cups this week...we think everything tastes better in a Haviland! (SMILES). Thank you again for blessing us with the china and the review!

Warm regards,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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Today's Downton Abbey tea and program were well prepared and presented. What a warm and inviting place to spend a winter Saturday! Can't wait to go back again.

- Donna Akins Feb 22nd '14

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Dear Donna: Thank you so much for attending our NEW Downton Abbety Tea...we are so glad that you enjoyed it and happy that you brought your friend Karen! It was nice meeting her. Thanks again for taking the time to leave a review; it means so much.

Blessings,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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There is no other tea room like Miss Spenser's! Today many women, one brave man and I enjoyed the Downton Abbey tea and treats and a special dramatic presentation about a wealthy young American woman hoping to meet the man of her dreams in England! Superb!
Once again, it was fun to introduce someone new to this one-of-a-kind experience.

- Beverly Kilman Feb 22nd '14

Tearoom Response
Thank you Beverly for such a nice review...we are so glad that you enjoyed our NEW Downton Abbey Tea Party...we had a lot of fun planning it. Thank you for supporting us...we appreciate it so much!

Blessings,
Donna and Miss Spenser
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Tea at Miss Spenser's is always a delight! Donna and Spenser and the rest of their family are warm-hearted and wonderfully hospitable. They do a fabulous job making one feel a very welcome and pampered guest and the food and tea that is served is not only delicious but is beautifully presented. Time spent with them is certainly time well spent.

- Denise Greenlees Feb 17th '14

Tearoom Response
Dear Denise, thank you so much for leaving a review...it means so much! It is always a pleasure having you and your mother attend and event...it was such a surprise to see you were amongst the group that day! Please come again soon...have a blessed day!

Donna & Miss Spenser