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Simply Country Gifts & Southern Belles TeaRoom

2214 Thonotosassa Rd
Plant City, FL
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Sun closed
Mon closed
Tue closed
Wed 10:30am - 4:00pm
Thu 10:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm


Dear Customers, It has come to our attention that someone has thought we were out of business....We can assure you we are definitely in business!!!!!We were out of town to attend our Army Son's Wedding and my Mother was involved in an accident and were snowed in Atlanta!!!!! Of all places but all is well.....Mom is better and sorry for inconvenience if you could not reach us! Always call our Tearoom/Shoppe number and weekly updates are always recorded and we will always return your message to reserve your Tea Time!!! We have had a 'For Sale' sign on part of our commercial property for a length of time...... with a sign that clearly states..."STORE AND TEAROOM OPEN FOR BUSINESS!" Just wanted to clarify what was clearly a mistake and assumption!!!! We appreciate our loyal customers since 1986!!!!

Simply Country's 'Southern Belles Tearoom' is tucked away in our lovely English Tudor and situated under large Southern oaks only 1/2 mile southeast from I-4 @ exit 19. With ease of travel and plenty of parking, Southern Belles is the first and finest Tea Room In Plant City!

We offer both a Queen and Princess Afternoon Tea, that arrives elegantly presented on a three tier tray and includes our specialty, freshly baked scones and homemade Devonshire cream. Your choice of hot or ice tea services are all made with fresh, loose leaf teas, in more than 50 varieties imported from around the world. None of our Teas would be complete without our delicious, hand made, delicate finger sandwiches, specialty desserts, fresh fruit preserves and homemade lemon curd and of course, all freshly prepared in our licensed kitchen!

You will find our Extensive Full Service Gift Store, which includes collectibles, tea accessories, home decor items, Bridal, Inspiration
al Books and of course, Fine Tea by the ounce!
We would like to extend to you an invitation for tea and to browse our gift shop. Please join us for Afternoon Tea normally served Thursday-Saturday.... seatings at 11, 1 and 3 pm. Groups of 8 or more can reserve tea times on Tuesday-Saturday.

Reservations can be made for Birthday Parties, Bridal and Baby Showers or Just Because! Custom, Bridal Charm Cakes can be reserved for your beautiful Bridal Teas!

We do our very best to accomodate allergies and special requests...BUT.....when guests have severe allergies to common ingredients such as nuts....please be patient as we will do what we can but it does involve extra time for safety concerns and is prepared as the guest arrives so it can be carefully prepared separately! WE cannot be responsible for any reactions as so many items have ingredients that some highly allergic people cannot eat. We cannot prepare food for small children with allergies due to the risk involved. Our goal is to always treat our guests with care but during busy times as the Holidays...special requests can delay your serving time! Also, your reservation time is an estimate of when we can seat you and not always exact during the Christmas season....especially Saturdays, and due to the nature of the business of the season! We always try to do our best, but reservations later in the day can run behind sometimes if previous guests are late before your seating! We hope you have a very Blessed New Year in 2014!

Many Blessings....Rick, Susan and Staff

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This is the most beautiful and delicious food in any tea room I have been too! Excellent service with the most caring attitude ever! They were very, very busy when several groups were there but all of them were making sure we had full cups and so warm as their name implies! Southern Belles is the epitome of southern charm!

- Lisa L 03/12/14

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Maybe it was an off day but our group found the food merely average and the quality of service left much to be desired. We did enjoy the strawberry tea though.

- Sarah 03/03/14

Tearoom Response
Wow not sure what group you were with but
I was constantly refilling tea and waiting on all of
The groups so that teacups and glasses were full!
Everyone was pleased and no one complained. If there
Is a problem someone should have brought it
To our attention but all of the food seemed to have
Been eaten and all of our other guest seemed very
Happy with service and food! On another note...
I explained that due to the chaos of the strawberry
Festival we are not usually open during that time but
We have went out of our way to accommodate everyone
That has wanted teatime during this extremely busy
Time. Of course, sometimes no matter what ....everyone
Cannot be pleased every time! If there is something
Wrong it is better to let us know then! Have a great
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What a lovely tearoom with beautiful pink roses adoring the walls and tables and china cabinets with interesting figurines. It was my pleasure to have tea time with a huge pot of delicious strawberry tea. The sandwiches were so good: chicken salad with grapes, fresh cucumber, and cheese with a delicious jelly. The scones were the best I have ever eaten. A buttermilk one with a strawberry sauce and another with good cream and perfect lemon curd. YUM! The chocolate and banana muffin were moist and delicious. And after all that, there was strawberry shortcake with delicious cream. Through out my tea time, Susan was continually gracious as she visited me at my table many times. What a lovely lady with southern charm. I enjoyed her hospitality, a true gracious southern lady! I was in the area on vacation and wanted lunch in a tearoom, so glad that I went to Southern Belles, a wonderful lunch with great tasting tea. It will be a pleasure to return next year!

- Marilyn Cook 03/01/14

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An excellent Tea Room! Beautiful setting and easy to find! Excellent food with the best scones around. Strawberry tea was wonderful and was brewed perfectly. Can't wait to return.

- Barbara J. 02/21/14

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Came in on a whim today with my husband and had a wonderful time! Food was out of this world and tea brewed to perfection. The scones were really the best we have ever had and both the strawberry and buttermilk was heavenly with lemon curd and the Devonshire cream. Couldn't really do anything to improve on any of it! We are bringing friends next time when we are traveling through. Their strawberry tea is delicious! The setting and convenient location was great too. Easy to get too. Don't go by gps..it is just off of the interstate. Gps had us going through downtown and up the back way!

- Johnny and Jeannie 02/17/14

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We have all wanted to write and express how perfect my shower was! I cannot express how much we have appreciation for all the time you took to make it fabulous! From the moment we entered your beautiful store and tearoom to the food and service, I cannot tell you how much we enjoyed it! The food is just plain delicious and served so beautifully. Scones excellent and your strawberry tea is excellent. Thanks again Southern Belles for everything!

- Sasha B. 02/11/14

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How can we start with expressing the excellent food, tea and service? The owners and staff go the extra mile to serve the best Afternoon Tea we have ever been too! The Strawberry Iced and Hot tea is perfection. After trying it at the Festival we all came in for high tea and we were not disappointed. So much more elegant and perfect in their tearoom! Our group was blown away by the friendliness and knowledge of how to brew tea and the strawberry scones. Forget the shortcake....come and eat their scone cake! Made with real cream and it is delicious. Can't wait to come to the baby shower on March 5th!

- Tiffaney T. 01/30/14

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We all came in for a wonderful Bridal Tea and it was so good I can't begin to really express how much the owners did to go out of their way to please everyone! She even demonstrated the proper way to make a pot of loose leaf tea and all the health benefits! We loved it and bought tea and it is so good and so much more reasonable in price than a lot of these tea places. Their blends are delicious and of course the afternoon tea food was just delicious. Service was with southern charm and friendliness. We can't wait to bring our friends back again and shop some more. We are excited to see them again and go to their tea seminar! Thanks so much Rick and Susan and all of your staff!

- Elizabeth 01/28/14

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Charming, charming, charming! What a delightful experience we had at this tearoom. Excellent service, fabulous food and oh the scones are perfection and now with Strawberries in!The Loose leaf hot tea was served perfectly and at the correct temperature. I love their Strawberry Tea which I first bought at the Strawberry Festival. I can't wait to go back and enjoy their Festival Strawberry Tea again! Everything was perfect, thank you ladies and Rick gets the award for the best chef!

- JUlie Maxwell 01/15/14

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Absolutely the best Tea Room ever! We came recently and everything was
perfect. The owner demonstrated how to brew a perfect pot of tea and it was so interesting and informative. Can't wait until we get a large group together and have her seminar on the health benefits of tea with an afternoon tea! Scones are delicious as well as everything we had. We had a wonderful time.

- Rebecca 01/13/14

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We had such a beautiful and delicious Afternoon Tea at your lovely Tea Room! The food was so delicious and beautifully presented! And such a warm and sweet hospitality is present in everything they do! Their gift shop has so many unique and one of a kind gifts! We will be starting a village for our family and can't wait to come after Christmas when I have my Christmas money to add to it! You have so many wonderful inspirational books too! Great gifts. Thanks so much for bringing the spirit of Christmas back! It is missing in so many places this year! Merry Christmas!

- Jean and friends1 12/23/13

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Grandma and I had such a great time together here...we really are thankful for the memories that we were able to create!! The owner's were so nice and attentive throughout our entire visit! The atmosphere was so inviting and cozy! The food and tea were GREAT especially the scones! What an experience for grandma and grand-daughter! :)

- Heather 12/01/13

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Had the best time with my Mom and all during a delicious afternoon tea! Excellent food and tea was one of the best hot teas I have tasted! It was amazing and a beautiful, quaint setting with fabulous service. Thanks so much!

- Cheryl 11/18/13

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Best Tea Room for miles around! Excellent Service, the best food and really the best scones I have had anywhere! They are delicious whether you have Devonshire cream, jam, lemon curd or just plain! The tea was brewed and was perfect! It was a Holiday Tea and lived up to the name. Everyone is so pleased we had the shower there and for a fact this tea room always keeps its word. If you reserve a tea time it will be there. If you ever have a problem just call back again. Sometimes voicemails get crossed up. Susan and Rick are the epitome of Southern grace and charm! We are planning our next tea time soon.

- Angel and group 11/10/13

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I made a reservation and was told they would contact me for a deposit. I realized that they never made contact. I have tried to contact them and have had no response. I was looking forward to this Tea Room and Iím very disappointed. I have now made reservation and had them confirmed for Angel Tea Room in Dade City.

- Elaine 10/31/13

Tearoom Response
Elaine. I am sorry there was a misunderstanding regarding your reservation! When we spoke initially I stated we require a deposit closer to the date based on a reservation of 6 or more. I also said I had you reserved on the date and time you requested. I am not sure why you didn't receive my message as I always make a note when I leave a message? The. when I called again you said that only 4 were to come! I would never take a Customers reservations off of the book unless it was cancelled! I did recheck the numbers I was given for callback and so sorry as we did plan on 10 in your party coming and was calling you for firm count when you left your message that only 4 were coming Nd you had not heard back from us. Hopefully you can come another time! Also, since you didn't have the opportunity to have tea at place.... The ratings are for when you do! We will try to make it all 5 stars then!
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Excellent tearoom! Perfect food and scones are beyond excellent! Really all the food is plentiful and delicious! Our tea was presented in a very professional way and the owner who is also a nurse who taught us the proper way to brew loose leaf and told us all the health benefits of loose leaf tea! Loved the peach apricot although we tried many types. Would love to go back soon with my friends and family! Looking forward to Christmas Tea! There name....Southern Belles...really describes how warm they are and wonderful service!

- Jackie Queen 10/30/13

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Last month we came to a group tea and everything was just perfect! They made us feel special in everything they did. The food was surperb and tea brewed to perfection. We had such a good time and appreciate all you did to make it special.

- Debbie M. 10/09/13

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Delightful Tea and wonderful Bridal Tea! We all loved it and will be coming again. The tea was delicious, sandwiches perfect and deserts divine! But the scones were perfection. Beautifully decorated too!

- Sheila Franklin 10/02/13

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Love this tearoom above all of the ones I have visited! Wonderful food, best scones and the tearoom is so much like a real cottage! Missing my regular visit this month but know you have less hours in July and August! Planning my next visit to a place that is truly southern charm!

- Tea Gals from Sarasota 07/25/13

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Can we rate this above Excellent. This is by far the best tearoom around. They are very personable and definitely 'southern' charm. The food is perfectly prepared and the scones are over the top delicious. We have been to many tearooms and none even come close in the food and tea. The tearoom is so quaint and you just feel at home but very beautiful and professional. I will return many times. They have earned my loyalty.

- Donna 06/04/13

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Excellent and appreciated all you did to make our Mother's and Daughters Teas extra special. You are the best and all of us know it. We have tried others but you have the best food, service, sweet southern charm and beautiful place. Many thanks to all of you.

- Lori 05/16/13

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This was in my top 5 of delicious dishes and the scones were the best I had ever had. I had the Afternoon Tea here and was amazed at how great everything was...would love to come back again and again!

- Delia 05/14/13