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Simply Country Gifts & Southern Belles TeaRoom

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2214 Thonotosassa Rd, Plant City, FL 33563, USA 813-754-5683 Website Owner?

Sun closed Mon closed Tue closed Wed closed Thu 11:00am – 3:00pm Fri 10:30am – 3:30pm Sat 10:00am – 3:30pm
Tearoom Hours will be updated weekly on our phone voicemail...PLEASE leave your name, date & time preferred and number in your party when calling to reserve a tea time and we will return your call and confirm! ALWAYS....confirm before arriving! Please remember to always call our number as we only use our Facebook and Teamap site for informational purposes and cannot reserve a Tea Time online!!! Thank you for your understanding as we try to provide tea reservation requests! Our goal is to provide a unique and delicious Afternoon Tea for our special guests! Many Tea Rooms have closed and after being in business for 25 plus years, we are happy to work with you to plan a Tea Party for any size...But with Reservations! Our main tea days are Thursday-Saturday with reservations and if you have a party over 8 guests, you can also reserve Tues-Sat with advanced reservations! 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! The Tea Room offers 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 busy seasons....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

Recent reviews

    • Alice G.

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      WONDERFUL TEA ROOM AND GIFT STORE! Excellent prep of loose tea and delicious food. Fabulous time with friends!

    • Chloe L

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      If you want the most lovely setting in an English Tudor under beautiful oaks with true southern hospitality and the most delicious food for a tea this is the place. I have loved going here from the first time for years. It is so sweet and enjoy every time I come. The clinking of tea cups. The aroma of great baked scones with sweet Devonshire cream and just wonderful sandwiches and deserts. Saw the sweetest young ladies Birthday party. So special. Making wonderful memories. We will remember our memories there.

    • Josh P.

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      Southern Belles is a divine culinary experience! I have been a repeat customer for months now and am never disappointed by Ms. Susan's efforts to personalize every visit. The traditional dining atmosphere complete with soothing music ensures you enjoy the food and tea, which are both excellent. The tea may be served hot or cold (or both), and flavors vary from seasonal fruity teas to more traditional English varieties. The food is such a scrumptious treat that I found myself asking for seconds repeatedly (and I was graciously accommodated)! Teatime enthusiasts simply must try the cucumber sandwiches and chicken salad croissants.

    • Grace Grant

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      Overall, one of the most elegant and charming Tea Rooms we have been too in the last 10 years! It is just quaint and what else is more quaint for Tea than an English Tudor Cottage? Food is plentiful and delicious down to the last bite. Scones are always perfect! Tea brewed perfectly and our Birthday Tea party was just wonderful. Service is friendly and has a sweet southern feel to it due to the owners and staff. Prompt but not rushed. Tea is about our enjoying the peaceful serenity of time spent with special friends. This is really a Southern Belles experience with a bit of English tradition.

    • Jeannie R.

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      What a treasure in Plant City, Florida! Sweet service, sweet atmosphere and the sweetest Strawberry Ice and Hot Tea we have ever had! We just loved all of it! Talk about Shortcake! They have a shortcake that is made with pure devonshire cream and scones or their own sour cream pound cake! Fresh berries with jam top it off! Loved everything. Really all the food is delicious and couldn't have asked for anything better!

    • Stephanie G

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      All we could say is wow! Excellent service and outstanding food and Tea!!perfection! Setting is authentic Tea room in a Tudor cottage and we enjoyed all the sales.

    • Donna Grant

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      Love it! Excellent location and beautiful setting! Delicious tray of scones, sandwiches and deserts and Tea always brewed perfectly. Lovely southern style and excellent service. Great Shower! Always has a great attention to detail. Happy New Year!

    • Catherine G.

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      Our regional Jane Austen Society group hosted our annual Miss Austen Birthday Party Tea at Southern Belles Tearoom on 5 Dec 2015. What a delightful tea party we had! There were 18 of us and we were delighted with the decor and the food! The English Tudor house that holds the tea room added that special touch of England to our afternoon and the beautiful and delicious home made scones and cream and lemon curd and tea sandwiches and desserts that awaited us were more then enough to satiate any hungry soul. Susan, the proprietress, was a jewel to work with and did an amazing job making it an afternoon to remember! For those of you who missed us this year rest assured we will be celebrating Miss Austen's birthday again next December! The first Jane Austen West Coast Florida group meeting of 2016 will be: At Home with Alicia in Tampa February 6th 2016 at 2 PM Contact our group at austenwcf@yahoo.com

    • Alice G.

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      We had the most fabulous tea with our family and friends on Black Friday! Susan had told us that they didn't normally do afternoon teas on Black Friday because their gift store is packed with people for sales. She decided to allow us to come and at the last minute too. Such a fun time was had by all and the best food we have had at any tearoom. Their Christmas Carol hot tea was brewed perfectly and delicious. Scones out of this world and butternut soup with puffed pastry was so good! Thanks for taking the time to go out of your way to accomodate us. There were other groups there too....Susan and staff are like you are with family. Sales were great too.

    • Jean R

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      All we all can say is wow! Delicious everything. Loved the Iced Strawberry Tea and their Christmas Hot Tea. Scones and everything was delicious! Wonderful Christmas and gift store!!

    • KarenH.

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      Exquisite Tearoom with southern charm and character. The service is impeccable and personalities warm and friendly. Most of all food is delicious and tea brewed perfectly. We actually loved the brewed ice tea tremendously! Setting is so beautiful and loved the store items. Very unique and charming. Scones were so good and not hard and heavy.

    • Gerald

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      We came in today and wanted to express our excitement and gratitude for your services and lovely tearoom as we all really enjoyed it and we wanted to let you know you are doing a great job and really appreciated what you did for us today. Thank you.

    • Melanie K.

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      Had a most absolutely wonderful Tea Time with all of our friends from school! Food perfect. Setting excellent and decor Gorgeous, yet Inviting and peaceful. The Strawberry shortcake was best along with warm strawberry scones with Devon cream and fresh preserves. Why fight the crowd at festival when we can enjoy food here? Loved it!

    • Caroline L.

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      This tea room is the real deal. Only whole leaf tea served, iced and hot. Enjoyed the peach apricot ice tea and the Holiday hot tea. The food was over the top delicious. Scones were the best we have had with devon cream and lemon sauce. A sweet and peaceful tea room with a larger than usual gift store. Lots of gifts, books, collectibles and Christmas items on sale. Easy to get their from St Pete...just off of I-4. Know why it is number one....it is in a perfect setting with sweet southern charming staff.

    • Susie

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      Elegant and delicious Afternoon Tea was enjoyed by all of us! We enjoyed all of the perfectly brewed loose leaf tea blends. The food was yummy! Loved really all of it and enjoyed the pumpkin pecan bars and the pumpkin trifles. The scones were perfection. The only problem was I couldn't finish it all. They were busy but more than helpful and kept our tea cups full. I found some wonderful sale items for Christmas gifts. Retired snowbabies were discounted and great snowmen. I love boyds bears and bought some for my friends for gifts. Overall it was wonderful. Beautiful setting in a wonderful English tudor building. Make sure you have a reservation because they have showers and event teas too and they said their sale was going on through October!

    • Michelle

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      We really enjoyed our afternoon tea at Simply Country. The tea service was great. They had a good number of teas available and you could tell that the server knew them well. Definitely try their house blend, which was fantastic. Very nice atmosphere, quiet, and you were allowed to take your time through your high tea. Our server was great, friendly, and attentive. The food was very good. All of the courses were great, and there was a lot of food so you left full and satisfied.

    • Mrs. G. Sotherland

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      What a wonderful establishment to enjoy a peaceful and joyful time having Afternoon Tea with my family and friends! I have brought my employees for a treat also to let them know how much I appreciate them. Always the best of any I have experienced anywhere. Lovely setting. So convenient to the Interstate and plenty of parking. I have been shopping with them for years and always find really the best gifts and books. Cannot say how thankful we are to have this place to come and taste delicious food and perfect loose leaf tea. Scones are the best anywhere!

    • Ms. Connie and guests

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      We have all just had to post and brag on our experience at our Birthday Party Tea for our Mother at this tearoom! It was so sweet and fabulous and she was so surprised. My mother had never had a surprise Birthday Party and we appreciated all that was done to make it perfect. The food was so good! Scones, tea sandwiches and deserts were delicious. The china teacup and saucers that were party favors were perfect. I could go on and on. The owners were so nice and we felt we were special guests at their English home! The experience for my 80 yr old Mom. Thank you so much for all the little touches and wonderful service.

    • Candy

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      We had the most amazing surprise for my Mother and everyone simply loved everything. From the service, friendliness, delicious food and excellent tea to the beautiful setting and décor! I can't think you enough for all your help and sweet patience. I recommend your tearoom and store to everyone. They loved the strawberry china teacups at their place settings too. Couldn't have been better. If you need a tearoom for a group or shower you cannot do better!

    • Donna and Bride Cortney group

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      Excellent tearoom! We loved every minute of our afternoon tea! Everyone was so excited and appreciative of all the staff did to make our shower PERFECT! The food was delicious and scones were wonderful. All the little touches made everything special. We appreciate the directions and time spent on planning the tea and it was easy to get to from Interstate. Memories we will never forget.

    • Sandy and Girls

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      Our red hat group had a fabulous time. Enjoyed sweet southern hospitality, service, delicious food and the best tea and scones! Can't wait to come back soon.

    • Joyce

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      Nice Tea Room with everything you could want in Afternoon tea. Elegant setting in an English cottage with a southern, nice hospitality atmosphere. Have many items on sale in their Christmas and gift section. Heard they will have a huge sale of many items. Glad we found them. One of a kind.

    • Debbie L

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      Fabulous Tearoom! The Tea is perfect and the food delicious and scones are great! The Tea Room reminds us of a castle in England! So peaceful and staff and owners friendly. Picked up some great treasures on sale too as they are in the middle of their summer clearance sale! Sometimes hard to reach but they go out of their way to have tea times during their summer hours! Just a reminder to call first to confirm your reservation! Thanks Southern Belles for a perfect afternoon for all of us!

    • Helena

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      My sweet family had a nice time at your tearoom sharing Afternoon Tea! The scones were so good and the sandwiches the best I have ever had at any tearoom. The deserts was just delicious...wow all of it was fantastic, memorable, peaceful, beautiful and the Tea was brewed perfectly. I loved the cherry green tea and the Peach Apricot ice tea they all loved. Thanks so much and looking forward to returning soon.

    • Regina Tew

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      Wonderful, beautiful, delicious, perfect service I could go on and on! This tearoom really strives to make everyone feel special and the food is delicious and the tea so good. We had the best tea party and the girls can't quit talking about how they felt like princesses. Thank you Southern Belles.

    • Catherine group

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      Perfect setting with perfect food! Our tea party which was a shower too was over the top. Service top notch and the tea room is so cute. Looks like what you would expect an English Tea room to look like! These people here are the nicest and sweetest we have met and made everyone feel welcome even though they were packed. We had a short wait because the previous group was late starting but what would anyone expect the day before Mother's Day. We shopped and it was worth the wait.

    • Jean Burleson

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      What a wonderful experience having Afternoon Tea today with our friends and Moms! It was busy and Susan and her staff did everything they could to keep everything very special! I was amazed how many they had and served! We had to wait a few minutes but we were early! The food was yummy and the first course of soup and strawberry salad was wonderful. The scones were so good too. Our young daughter loved everything. I love the special touch today with the soup and pastry on top. We had a great time and bought some beautiful gifts too. Can't wait to go back. Thanks Susan ,Rick and everyone!

    • Julie O.

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      What a beautiful place! The setting was just great and service perfect! The food was delicious and plentiful and the tea was brewed perfectly. The Blueberry and Strawberry scones melt in your mouth! I was able to arrive quickly after exiting off of I-4 at exit 19, as they are only about a couple blocks from interstate. The gps was all wrong but you have to look carefully after you pass by Sonny's, Applebees...they are on Thonotosassa but it sits down a bit and there are large oaks in front. Their sign is out front. If you go as far as Walgreen's on the opposite side you have gone too far! It is so quaint you will miss it! It was worth it and couldn't have asked for a more beautiful place and the Sale they have for Mother's Day was great too. Many treasures for Mom or anyone.

    • Donna and guests

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      Our Birthday Tea Party was the absolute best party we could have hoped for! We enjoyed it so much and the food was top notch! From the Delicious Strawberry and Blueberry Scones to the fresh baked croissants and chicken salad sandwiches to the delicious perfect strawberry shortcake and other sandwiches and deserts! It was so delicious and the tea was so good and fresh brewed just like we love it. Wanted to thank everyone for the excellent service and warmth bestowed on my guests for the party. I could not ask for anything better. And I brought home so many beautiful items that were on sale too. Thanks Southern Belles! Oh, the soup was out of this world with the puffed pastry! I could go on and on!

    • Frances M

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      Had the most wonderful Tea with our friends and daughter along with other family! It was so special and the scones were out of this world with devonshire cream and lemon curd. Susan, Rick and their staff go out of their way to make everything special and the tea is also perfection. Enjoyed learning how to make the most perfect pot of loose leaf tea and we learned so much on the history of tea too! Can't wait to go back and bring my Mother and family for Mother's day week too. Thanks to all of you for a job well done.

    • Martha

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      All we can say is Excellent, excellent and great. They are the nicest and service is great! Full of southern charm and by the way did we mention the best food we have had at any tearoom ever! Wow the blueberry and strawberry scones were out of this world. Thanks so much for making my Sister's Birthday wonderful!

    • Lisa L

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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!

    • Isabella Marie

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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.

      Tearoom response:

      Wow not sure what group you were with but<BR> I was constantly refilling tea and waiting on all of<BR> The groups so that teacups and glasses were full! <BR> Everyone was pleased and no one complained. If there<BR> Is a problem someone should have brought it<BR> To our attention but all of the food seemed to have<BR> Been eaten and all of our other guest seemed very<BR> Happy with service and food! On another note...<BR> I explained that due to the chaos of the strawberry <BR> Festival we are not usually open during that time but<BR> We have went out of our way to accommodate everyone<BR> That has wanted teatime during this extremely busy<BR> Time. Of course, sometimes no matter what ....everyone<BR> Cannot be pleased every time! If there is something<BR> Wrong it is better to let us know then! Have a great<BR> Day!

    • Marilyn Cook

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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!

    • Barbara J.

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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.

    • Johnny and Jeannie

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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!

    • Sasha B.

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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!

    • Tiffaney T.

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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!

    • Elizabeth

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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!

    • JUlie Maxwell

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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!

    • Rebecca

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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.

    • Jean and friends1

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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!

    • Heather

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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! :)

    • Cheryl

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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!

    • Angel and group

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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.

    • Elaine

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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 I’m very disappointed. I have now made reservation and had them confirmed for Angel Tea Room in Dade City.

      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? Then. 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 and 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!

    • Jackie Queen

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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!

    • Debbie M.

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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.

    • Sheila Franklin

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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!

    • Tea Gals from Sarasota

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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!

    • Donna

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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.

    • Lori

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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.

    • Delia

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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!

    • Joyce

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      Linens and lace with special hospitality and amazing scones. See pictures and more on my blog at http://herbalblessing.blogspot.com/2013/04/april-tea-times.html

    • Tanya

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      Southern Belles is all a tea room is supposed to be and more. We enjoyed our girls day out and the food was outstanding. Susan took the time to see to every detail and to teach us about how to make loose leaf tea correctly and it was surperb! Thanks for all you do for us in Tampa and everyone!

    • Sandy L

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      Absolutely hands down the best tea anywhere! We love their Tearooom and had their own Strawberry Iced and hot Strawberry Tea. Perfection and now enjoying the tea at home. Their loose leaf tea is 30 percent less than a lot of places and wonderful.

    • Jill J.

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      Excellent Food! Beautiful setting and love the gift shop. Found many treasures after Christmas all on sale! The atmosphere is southern charm at its finest and service impeccable. Thanks for making our day one to remember and we all are looking forward to coming back soon.

    • Ginger, Teresa and girls

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      This is one of the best all around Tea Rooms and Gift Stores that we have been too. And we go to a lot of them. Their Gift store is huge and has a treasure trove of just one of a kind gifts, Christmas, Christian and inspirational books,things to decorate your home with not to mention tea and tea accessories galore. Their Strawberry beats anyone's out there. The iced version is delicious although I love the hot tea and they have so many varieties. The staff is very knowledgeable and will go out of their way to make all things perfect. Susan even did a wonderful demonstration on how to brew a perfect pot of loose leaf tea. I can't wait to bring my group of ladies at church here and the scones and really everything was the best food we have ever had at a tearoom. Thanks for your attention to detail!

    • Betty

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      Excellent, excellent scones. Not just repeating what other have written but theirs are really the best. None compare and the strawberry scones are over the top. Now onto the tea room. I recently enjoyed an afternoon tea with friends and al enjoyed every bite and drink of their wonderful teas. Many teas were tried but I still love the house Brides Blend and Strawberry sweet tea for the iced tea! Enchanted tearoom and so unique in its quaint setting and sweet southern charm at its finest.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Betty, Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and so glad your granddaughters had a wonderful time! Memories with grandmother are very special to every girl and we are honored to have been a part of it!<BR>

    • Carolyn

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      I have gone to probably every tea room in the Hillsborough County area, and also to some in Polk & Pinellas Counties, too. My daughters in law and I go annually for BD tea, and Christmas tea, and other times as we can. This is our favorite tea room, even though we visit others for a variety once in awhile. The owners are so nice and friendly, and will try their very best to please us, and we just love it here. And, the scones are the best of any!!! My daughter in law and I just went again today, and they never rushed us as we were the last folks there this afternoon, even though I'm sure they wanted to get home; but they let us stay and visit for 3 hrs. Would highly recommend this tea room.

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks Carolyn and to all our great customers who have supported us! We appreciate all of the reviews and kind remarks. Sorry haven't been able to respond to all of our reviews the last few days as we were so busy! Wishing all of you a very Blessed New Years!

    • Zoe and family

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      Merry Christmas Rick, Susan and all your staff and your sweet Mom. We all wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our Afternoon Tea with our group of girls. The scones we took home that we ordered too were perfect for our friends who came over. You really have the best scones ever and I have been to a lot of tea rooms and sampled many scones. You should franchise your scones! Nothing compares anywhere. The holiday tea we took home too is so delicious on a cold morning. Thanks so much and we hope you have a good Christmas with your family.

    • Jeannie

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      Finest tearoom around. The owners are warm and the service is impeccable. We had to wait a few minutes about a week ago because they were very busy but that is the price you pay when you go to the best. I could have browsed for an hour in the gift store anyway and found some treasures for my daughter! Rick and Susan, don't worry about it if someone has to wait sometime, although we have never waited long anytime we have been. Sometimes the most loving time of the year as Christmas brings out the rudest people and that is a shame! Having your delicious tea and visiting is one of the perks of coming to a peaceful and beautiful place as yours. There is absolutely no where else who has the quality of food that you have, variety of teas offered and I do mean that. Susan will brew any kind of tea that we ask for and offer more kinds! But the scones are the best! No one comes close. Merry Christmas and can't wait to come and shop the sales again.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jeannie,<BR> Thanks for your comments...we did have a wonderful Bridal Tea that day! We appreciate that you took the time to write and express your pleasure.<BR> Many Blessings,<BR> Rick, Susan & Staff

    • Jeannie T.

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      Just a wonderful, elegant tearoom with exceptional service, warm southern hospitality and caring concern in all they do! Of course it was busy this past week but where is it not busy thi time of year. Shoppers including us were able to get the most beautiful Ballerina figurines in the cutest keepsake boxes and some Christmas piecs for several on my gift list and the boxes are a gift too! The prices were surperb. Made me feel better to come in there and see the peaceful atmosphere and sweet attitudes and did I say it was the best Afternoon Tea we ever had and we have been to all of them. Scones don't even compare to anyone elses. Thank you Rick and Susan and your sweet mother Betty too.

    • Sheryl and Chrissy

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      Merry Christmas Rick and Susan! We always have the most wonderful Tea Experience and you have always made our Bridal Teas, birthday teas, daughters teas and our church group teas perfect! We just wanted to write and thank you so much for this past tea time and can't describe how delicious and elegantly presented. Our Hot tea was delicious as always. The nutcracker suite and Christmas Spice tea was great as well as the brides blend, our favorite.

    • Clara J.

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      Wow! I overheard this woman today(previous post christina) and she was just plain rude and most everything we overheard was not true. This store and tearoom is delightful and just plain outstanding! Rick and Susan work so hard and provide the best overall tea and service in the Tampa Bay area and we had been shopping and saw that she did have to wait for the tables to be reset due to previous guests leaving late before we got there! This woman is definately over the top as we saw Susan working very hard to try to get her daughters food perfect while providing for many others. And for the record, we have had Afternoon Tea many times and they are very gracious to brew different teas many times for many customers. I say to this rude person I heard personally.'go somewhere else and leave the peaceful perfect tea room we love alone'. They are the best and you didn't have the respect to pay for the tea you drank and wait on the food which was brought out to you about the time you went out the door. What kind of people do that?Thanks Rick and Susan and all your wonderful staff...Merry Christmas!

    • Christina

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      DO NOT GO TO THIS TEA ROOM. I have visted MANY Tea Room's in the Tampa/Plant City Area and this is by far the WORST tea room ever. This visit was for my daughters birthday and the owner showed an extreme lack of good customer service. Our reservation was for 2pm, we weren't seated until 2:17, tea was not presented at the table until 2:42, and the owner came out about 15 times to ask me about the special menu that I had requested for my daughter which we had previously discussed twice in detail before our visit. It seemed like they were not prepared for us at all! As for the tea we were offered a choice of only two teas, we never got our chance to eat anything because the owner felt the need to argue with me after I expressed my frustration about her asking the same questions over and over and over!! She gave me excuse after excuse and even went so far as to tell me that she had spent alot of money trying to prepare our food and she still got it wrong. Everyone at our party was to have the regualr afternoon tea, the only thing that I requested was that my daughter's after noon tea contain NO nuts due to her allergy. The owners husband even came out and asked if the reason we had requested no nuts was because she just didn't like them or because she was allergic! I was totally mind blown considering HE is the one that prepares the food! We decided to leave when the owner became belligerent and disrespectful so much so that she followed me and my family including my 7 yr old and 3 yr old out to parking lot to argue with me and get in my face. I was so taken back and could not believe what was happening. I have NEVER had an experience like this at ANY of the MANY tea rooms that I visit. This owner will never earn my business and I suggest that you save your money and take it to Camilla Rose Tea Room in Plant City instead they were WONDERFUL!

      Tearoom response:

      I am responding to this untrue review because it is so HIGHLY exaggerated that is is sadly laughable! Just for instance, stating 'I came out to her table 15 times!!!' I wish I had time to do that all day long! I always try to respond in kindness but this is so over the top, that in fairness to all that come to our tearoom or read reviews prior too that it should be addressed! First of all, there was much time spent on the phone and in our kitchen and tearoom lovingly preparing her tea party for her sweet daughter, based on her extreme worry regarding her child's nut allergy. I take this very seriously, as it is very important if a child has a true allergy that we take extreme caution in the prep, which is always done just prior to serving it! That does not show an 'extreme lack of good customer service: but an excellent and caring concern for good customer service! She noted that the only thing she requested was that no nuts be in her childs food. Untrue! we went over all things available for a childs tea and she was specific on what deserts, sandwiches and scones she would prefer after discussing this with her. We went over the cost of the adult and children teas and what was included in each. She also said something in this review that we had stated we had 'spent a lot of money trying to prepare our food and she still got it wrong'? I only mentioned that after she complained about the cost of the Afternoon Tea prices before she even was served her food? I had graciously not charged her for a group tea of 6 or more and also usually require a deposit for a group tea which I had not collected! She reviewed our tearoom with one star each on variety, artistry, service and food! Funny thing is she didn't observe the food at all! How do you review something you have never seen or tasted? I immediately informed her kindly that when she came in that we had a delay as to the lateness of previous parties. I also inform guests that the last 2 Saturdays before Christmas are always very busy and if you have the last reservations of the day you may be delayed but always welcome to browse in our extensive gift store! I was resetting her table and preparing it for a Birthday Tea...I had her lovely Rhinestone Tiara awaiting with a Candle Cake for her daughter to blow out but I am sorry she was seated late as it is not under our control during this very busy season! We try and take equal time with all our customers so they have a great experience! I also informed her prior on the phone that we do not usually have children under 4 or 5 but she assured me that they were well behaved during Teas and we try to always make exceptions when possible and they were lovely young girls! She misunderstood my husband as he is friendly, chit-chats with the customers but she totally twisted what he said! Customers nearby heard the conversation and had stated later to us that she was very rude! He was just talking to her and also HE was not prepping her food...I was! So there was no chance of mixing any nuts around hers....again much time and consideration to them! The really icing on the cake was that she was served both hot and iced tea which they drank and after I spoke to her she said all was ok. As we were bringing two beautifully prepared trays with her special food....they had snuck out our back door without paying for her hot and iced tea services! That is illegal, but when I opened the back door as she was getting into her car and asked her was anything else wrong she yelled at me and totally blew everything out of proportion! I really feel she didn't want to pay for her drinks and she appeared agitated soon after she arrived! She also said she was a 'tea connoisseur' and yelled at me and said 'I will place a bad review on all of your sites' pointing her finger at me'! Very much over the top to say the least! I think that was what really disturbed us as until you work in a true Tearoom and all of its wonderful benefits and hard work making everything perfect.....you cannot really judge someone! My other customers were all responding in disbelief at her impatience and rudeness! We appreciate our wonderful customers very much and regret she did not find things completely perfect! The time delay was unfortunate but common during the Holidays but in the honesty and integrity of Tea Map we felt that it should be addressed truthfully! At our tearoom we serve quality, delicious and nutritious food for children not goldfish and gummi bears! Many Blessings and hope you find perfection in all you do!

    • Jane and the birthday girl Sara

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      Wanted to write to say how wonderful the Birthday Party recently was just perfect for our daughter! We appreciated all the time that was taken for our 7 yr old and her cousins and sisers. The birthday rhinestone crown was so beautiful and she thought she was a Princess! She loved the food. Her Strawberry tea was delicious and all of the adults loved the Christmas holiday spice tea. She cannot quit talking about how she loved the Santa Strawberry deserts. Thanks so much for the Birthday gift for her and the lovely candle cake. She has not been able to quit talking about her 'tea party'! All of us girls loved the food too and the quiche! Your food is the best and so reasonable considering the attention to detail and the 2 scones provided were the best we have ever had. I wouldn't mind driving from Tampa always now to experience the best. You were busy too! Didn't mind waiting as we loved shopping for christmas. Merry Christmas!

    • Margie G,

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      This is the best kept secret in the Tampa Bay area! We had the best time today having Tea! The food was just delicious, holiday hot tea was perfect and shopping sales and one of a kind gifts I bought were perfect. Bringing more to come to tea with me again. Love them.

    • CHERI N

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      THIS TEA ROOM IS BEAUTIFUL AND THE FOOD IS BETTER THAN MANY TEA SHOPS I HAVE BEEN TO. I WOULD RECCOMMEND THIS TEA ROOM.

    • Hollie

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      I have been to this tea room several times and I am pleased everytime I go. The food is by far the best I have ever had at a tea room, and I have been to pretty much everyone in central Florida.

      Tearoom response:

      Hollie and Guests! Thanks so much for your kind comments about our Tea Room. We consider our customers as friends and enjoy seeing you when you return to have Tea with us! We appreciate you very much as we do all of our wonderful customers! Many Blessings......

    • Erin Kelly

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      I love this place! We found it one year while my grandmother was in town. She wanted to take us all out for tea and so we tried this wonderful place. The owner, Susan, is very warm and friendly and does a fantastic job at serving. The tables are beautifully decorated with lovely teacups and saucers and other miscellaneous decorations. The food is wonderful! My favorite dessert would have to be the scones with the Devonshire cream that comes in a separate dish. They serve finger sandwiches that are perfect for pairing with tea, along with delectable desserts and more. They have many teas to choose from (my favorites are strawberry and blueberry) and she knows how to make it just right, whether hot or cold! You might also be able to find hats around the room to wear while you drink your tea in a fancy manner. Don't miss out on browsing the shop filled with Christmas collectables (including an entire room filled with a Christmas village that is beautifully put together), books, other trinkets and many more. I love this teahouse so much that I went back for my third time last year and invited my lady friends as well. I know I will be going back at least one more time as my boyfriend is willing to go with me (he actually volunteered to!). Please give this place a try - you will NOT be disappointed!

      Tearoom response:

      Erin,<BR> Thanks for your wonderful review of our tearoom! We appreciate your taking the time to do it and that you enjoyed coming to Tea at our Southern Belles Tea Room! We are planning a huge sale in our 'Christmas House' section of our store and we are selling most everything at a great sale as we need the room for more Tea area! Again, thanks so much and have a blessed day! Rick and Susan

    • Debbie L.

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      Excellent Tea Room, tea, food and really everything. Service was surperb, with warm southern hospitality. Everything was fresh and delicious and loved your Strawberry Ice Tea too. Can't wait to come back.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Debbie and Guests,<BR> <BR> We are so glad you enjoyed your Tea Time with us and appreciate the time you took to write about it! We are looking forward to seeing you soon! Many Blessings....

    • Shannon S.

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      Just wanted to express our gratitude for a beautiful and elegant Tea Room and all you did to make our Tea Group Party the best it could be. This is a beautiful setting and the best food we have had. Your tea selection was good and every kind we tried was delicious but I think our favorite is still the bridal blend. Thanks again and looking forward to more in the fall.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Shannon and Friends,<BR> We appreciate the kind remarks about your Tea Time Experience with us in September! Many guests return and order Bridal Blend as it is a delicious black tea blend with a unique flavor! So glad you enjoyed everything and looking forward to see you soon! Many Blessings!

    • Amanda and family

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      Just the most beautiful setting of any tearoom we have been too. The food was not only delicious but presented perfectly and the scones just melted in out mouth! This is a one of a kind Tea Room. The gift store of so many treasures from room to room is worth it too. Thank you Southern Belles and you truly you have Southern hospitality and are definately a southern belle!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Amanda and Family,<BR> <BR> Thanks so much for taking the time to write about your Tea Time experience! We are so glad you enjoyed your food and our gift store! We are having a complete clearance sale the end of October of many Christmas and Collectible Items which will be great Christmas Gifts! As we expand our Tea Room area we must make room! Thanks so much and many Blessings!<BR>

    • Vickie

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      Excited to return to tea this week and appreciate all you do to make everyone feel special! Your food is great and scones scrumptious. Looking forward to getting a jump on our Christmas shopping too like last year during your annual sale. Thanks Rick and Susan.

    • Amy Lee

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      Special moments spent by our friends here so many times. We love the food! The absolute best and the beautiful atmosphere. But most of all we love the service and the southern hospitality of the owners and staff. Hard to find that these days anywhere! They know what customer service is all about and love their gift store too. My favorite is their strawberry scones.

    • Jean Grant

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      Absolutely the best tea room around in service, food, location and beautiful too. They are having a huge clearance sale on all of their Christmas and Collectibles...I bought a lot of villages from Dept 56 and now have a whole set. They are starting to run out of some of it. Owner said it will be until middle of September. Not sure of hours in august. Need to call for reservations but worth it!

    • Christie

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      Thanks for going the extra mile and working with us to get our group all together to have a fabulous tea. We all wanted to express how wonderful it was and food was exquisite and delicious.

    • Judy and Diane

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      Can I say excellent x4???? Had a great time and so enjoyed the food, tea and memories! Perfect location and peaceful teatime!

    • Nancy and friends

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      Excellent Afternoon Tea with the group that we brought! The food was delicious, plentiful, beautiful and scones out of this world. Loved the Blueberry ones too and the tea was brewed perfectly. Will be returning as soon as possible.

    • Cheryl Post

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      Thanks for being able to fit us in with the huge Bridal Tea you had going on! It has been a while since I have been able to write on here but your Tea Room keeps getting better and better and your tea is the best. Overall I cannot think of another Tea Room whose food and atmosphere is consistently the best. Again, thank you for everything!

    • Jean L.

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      All of us wanted to tell you how much we appreciate your tea room and all the work you have done to work us in for our tea party with all you have had going on! We love it and think your tearoom is the best...your food and service is excellent and the location is perfect. Thanks so much.

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks to everyone for all the calls and notes regarding our break-in! We appreciate all of our customers and thank you for taking the time to write reviews!

    • Jeannie Hart

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      This Tea Room is one of the best I have ever been too. The cucumber sandwich was excellent, not tasteless like most! The chicken salad was great and they baked their own croissants! The raspberry fudge bar was so rich and good but the scones literally melt in your mouth. Loved all of the teas we tried. We will definately be back soon!

    • Jillian S.

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      The Tea Room is fabulous and the food to perfection! We loved our hot and ice tea also; brewed just right! Wanted to let all of you know that the gift store has just about anything you could want and good sales on Christmas items! Thank you Southern Belles!

    • Jannie

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      Thank you, thank you, thank you for a lovely Afternoon Tea and going out of your way to make it special for us! We were so sorry to hear about the break-in and are so glad that you have re-opened!

    • Tea Lover Jean!

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      Wow!!!!what a great Tea Room!beautiful and the food was outstanding! I love the location and it is what a real Tea Room should be like!

    • Ronda S.

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      Excellent tea, exquisite tea room and the best scones we have ever had! Southern Belles is truly the epitome of southern charm and elegance. We appreciate everything that was done for our group. Sorry it has taken me so long to write! Looking forward to our next time with friends and family!

    • Wendy

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      We wanted to write and thank you all for the exquiste Afternoon Tea Experience that was provided for all of us for our Mother Daughter Tea along with Grandmothers and Sisters! Everything was totally delicious, beautiful and well just perfect!

    • Gail Williams

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      From the moment you enter through the double castle doors, the story of your Afternoon Tea Experience Begins with soft candles buring, beautiful lighting, hand carved staircase in the foyer! It is just so unique and wonderful. Tea Rooms in England are an eclectic mixture of an english decorating event! There will always be beautiful items sitting around and a cottage look. A lot of tea rooms scale a lot of that down, but then it tends to look more liked linen tablecloths with no enjoyment of the surroundings'! The Tea was fabulous and perfectly brewed. Service is impeccable! Will be calling soon in June later to book our girls day out tea! You know how much we love to come, Many blessings,

    • Kathleen

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      We had a nice and delicious afternoon teatime. My Mother was so impressed and enjoyed it. A sweet atmosphere, elegant and no pretentions, just sweet southern charm!

    • Amanda C.

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      Wow, this really is the best overall Tea Room in the area based on excellent and plentiful food, perfect tea and good selection, beautiful and magical location! It is perfect. Love it!

    • Donna K.

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      My Mother and I wanted to express how much we appreciated the most delightful Afternoon Tea we had and thank you so much for taking the time to make my granddaughters have a wonderful time too! They can't wait to come back and have a Birthday Tea! They did love the Tea and we appreciated all the time you took to show them how to eat their scones, even though you were busy! They really loved all the food and it was delicious! It was a special memory we will have from this Mother's Day!

    • Dorothy Gences

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      Thank you so much for fitting us in at the last minute and for serving us the most delicious and elegant Tea Food around! The Key Lime Pie Tarts were out of this world and the mini apple pies with cream and the scones alone were really the best scones we have ever had! Just a lovely and unique Tea Room in a castle experience! We felt like queens! Hope you had a Happy Mother's Day too!

    • Mindy hyims

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      Oh Southern Belles we had to write to thank you 100 times for the most perfect Birthday Party Tea that you gave for our Mom! It was fantastic, elegant, delicious, scones were over the top and the sandwiches delicious! I know we were a large noisy group and all of you treated us like family and enjoyed every minute of it. I think we filled up the tea room! Can't wait to bring the girls in my family back so you can show them how to brew a perfect pot of loose leaf tea! Have a great Mother's Day and Thanks so much! Loved the Bridal Tea!

    • Sharon S.

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      Fabulous Tea Room and wonderful staff. Ms. Betty and Susan made our family tea party a success along with Rick too! We brought our younger daughter and she really is too young and active sometimes(she is 4) but Susan made her feel special and treated her like a princess! The scones and everything was perfect and the Strawberry tea was a hit too. Thank you Southern Belles!

    • Patsy Miller

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      This is the most peaceful, elegant tearoom we have been too. They try and accomodate all of your requests when they can and treat you like a queen! First of all, many tearooms are good in the area, but this is just a step up. Sometimes difficult to make a reservation when they are busy but that is good! For your information, there food is absolutely the best! It is beautifully presented and the tea is to perfection. We will be coming for our monthly meetings here; we don't think we can do any better at all! Lakeland loves you.

    • Marion Brown

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      We have been wanting to write and let you know what a delightful time we had for the Shower that was given to our daughter! It was so charming and elegant but with southern warmth! The food was absolutely the best we have had during any shower or group we have hosted or went too! The strawberry ice tea and Bridal Blend hot tea was over the top! It was a great choice and the heart shaped scones were so delicious and beautiful. Thanks again for making her shower a dream and in an enchanting setting.

    • Connie Sparks

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      I cannot describe how much we all enjoyed visiting your tearoom! We were so pleased with the delicious food, tea and the 'mini' class that we were given on how to brew loose leaf tea correctly! I love loose leaf tea and it is never the same when I do it at home and Susan showed us everything we needed to know! The tearoom and store is so beautiful and so many delightful items to buy. I found just the right gift for my Mother and friends! Their name is right!uthern Belles'....they are so nice and have true southern charm!

    • Emily Grant

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      What a beautiful Tea Room and such a peaceful and elegant setting! All of us enjoyed our tea there and the food was over the top! It was as beautiful as it was delicious. Can't wait to bring my friends and mother back!

    • Deborah Ropper

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      What a great time we all had at our afternoon tea! The food and the artistry in the preparation of the food and tea was perfection! The angels dream green tea blend was delicious as always and have enjoyed what I have taken home to brew. I am looking forward at the next event soon at such a lovely place for a quiet afternoon tea with special friends. It is beautiful and you have so many lovely items to buy! Thanks so much!

    • Nicole M.

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      Excellent time at your lovely TeaRoom! Our group of girls just loved meeting with our book club and having the most delicious afternoon tea we have experienced. Add to that the beautiful, charming setting and all of the treasures in your gift shop.......couldn't have done better! Love your green tea......it was delicious as well as all of your other teas! Thanks again!

    • Kathy P

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      Was looking over your card we received at the Festival and reading your reviews! Can't wait to come and have some more of your delicious Strawberry Tea and have Afternoon Tea. You were sure busy but it was worth coming back several times for more. It is so good and have been making my own with your new strainer and the tea we bought. We love it!

    • Sherry M.

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      I had a wonderful Tea time with my mother and sister. Thanks so much and everything was more than I could have wished for. Can't wait to come back again and see you at the Festival too!

    • Jackie Nitram

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      All of us girls had the most perfect Day! Celebrating Birthdays and the food was so scruptious! Those beautiful, huge choc. dipped strawberries were so good and the Cheesecake red velvet bars were to die for and the scones:!yum! I could go on and on! Such a peaceful and elegant place! Beautiful day! You made us feel special.

    • Alison

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      This is just simply the most wonderful tea room we have ever been too! Everything was delicious, beautiful and peaceful with elegance. Many tea rooms brag about their tea room while Southern Belles quietly serves the best afternoon tea in the state. Thanks for being there for all of us!

    • Lynn S

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      We all had the best time during our Tea! Yours is really the best. The tearoom is so beautiful and you have the most amazing gifts and tea items but the food is outstanding and tea brewed perfectly. Your strawberry festival tea is the best!

    • Jackie and the Girls!

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      Hello Rick and Susan! We all wanted to write and tell you many thanks for our wonderful tea for our group! We loved everything about it. What a beautiful, peaceful setting and it was perfect for us that live in Tampa and all the friends that met us from Orlando! So easy to get too and it is so quaint! Your decor is so authenic and we felt like we were special for the day! Keep up the good work and a successful New Year!

    • Kelly and Jan

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      Excellent Afternoon Tea! The gift store is loaded with unusual items, tea items and a lot of things are on sale for clearance. Beautiful setting and one of the best tasting Afternoon teas we have ever been too. So glad I found you on teamap!

    • Janice Enoce

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      We all had so much fun at our girls day out at the Tea Room! The tea was delicious and food was so beautifully presented and delicious too but the scones were wonderful! Can't wait till the next time soon. Thanks for the demonstration how to brew loose leaf tea! It makes such a difference and had no idea the difference of the tea compared to the chopped up tea in tea bags. I have been brewing the Strawberry Tea we bought and it is wonderful. Please let me know when your next group Afternoon Tea and Seminar on Tea!

    • Marie Kardick

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      Wonderful Tea exprience and tea room. It was a relaxing good time had by all and the food was delicious and the best we have had anywhere. Service was perfect and tea was delightful! Sorry it has taken a while to write but wanted to let you know we had a great time.

    • Patricia Ann

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      The loose leaf tea we had at our Girls day out tea was fabulous! The Merry Christmas Holiday Tea was brewed to perfection. Looking so forward to coming back for another Afternoon Tea with Southern Belles! We travel to other Tea Rooms and really all in all the food is the best here! Warm atmosphere, not stuffy or snobby but very elegant and their gift store is huge! The owner told me they were expanding their tea room after selling all of their Christmas items out after Christmas and will have more event teas and a young ladies tea area for birthday parties and such. They also have a very nice area they are preparing with inspirational books. Happy 25th anniversary and thanks for having such a wonderful tea room and business.

    • Jannie

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      Thanks for our delicious Christmas Afternoon Tea! Such a lovely respite from the craziness of the malls and I saved so much on all of my Christmas gifts too with your 25th Anniversary sale. They loved everything I bought for them! My Mother, daughter, sister and husband. Your holiday tea was perfect and I am looking forward to coming back for your after Christmas sale on Wednesday too. Happy New Year to Southern Belles.

    • Carrie Gray

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      Stunning Store and the best Afternoon Tea Food we have had anywhere! Loose Leaf Tea brewed to perfection and Scones are perfect. Can't wait to come back! I think I need to come shopping for more sales for the rest of my Christmas shopping and have tea again! Merry Christmas to all of you.

    • Katy C.

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      I had to write and describe how wonderful this Tea Room is and that it is absolutely the best Tea Room in Central Florida! There are many other beautiful ones around but this tea room has the most unique setting and the most delicious food of all! We all enjoyed our tea so much last week and believe me it is hard to please our group of gals as they go to tea rooms all the time! Your scones are really the best. They melt in your mouth and the English raspberry choc. cheese cake bars were out of this world! I think your gift store was over the top and the sales fantastic! Thanks again for all your hard work to get everyone seated with all the changes that day! Your the best! And thanks for the wonderful Fresh picked Strawberries of this season dipped in chocolate!

    • Jean Burleson

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      Wow is all I can say......one of the most relaxing and enjoyable Afternoon Teas with my friends that we have experienced and believe me we have been to almost all of them in the area. The food is delicious and the portions are just right! Can't say enough about the scones being the best in all we have visited and the gift store has a treasure trove of many gifts not just a ladies boutique with clothes and jewelry that the average woman cannot afford! So excited about the Christmas Village I started and coming back for more with your fantastic sale. Thanks Southern Belles: Your the best!

    • Vanessa L. Burnett

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      Enjoyed a most lovely and Excellent Afternoon Tea in the most perfect setting and I loved the Holiday Tea! Delicious and the scones melted in our mouths. So excited about my village and snowbaby sale purchase....finished my village...check! Working on gifts for so many with those great buys with the snowbabies and boyds bears and at a great price too! Coming back in a few days and mmmmmmmm, think that gives me a good excuse for another Afternoon Tea too! Did I tell you the chicken salad was to die for too!

    • Connie and Staff

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      We are late in writing our review and many thanks for our lovely Afternoon Tea for my Mother and all of her friends for her Birthday! It was the best we have ever had and no attentionb to detail was overlooked! From the most delicious scones we have ever had to the perfectly brewed loose leaf tea. All was Triple A plus! Looking forward to coming with a smaller group and take advantage of all your Christmas Sales. I want to add to my New England and Christmas in the City Village before you run out. Thanks Everyone, your service was outstanding!

    • Jennifer F.

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      Aabsolutely the best there is!!!! Just the most stunning design in the cottage tudor; arched doorways with Christmas everywhere and so elegantly done! Did I say the food...it so artfully prepared but more it is delicous and plentiful! Ricks scones are out of this world. No wonder Disney has flipped for them for the Grand Floridian! The Sales today were better than anywhere else I had been and it was peaceful, but busy and what else could you want to have Tea and Shopping!!! Going back tomorrow for the Village Super Special.......Thanks!

    • Sherry

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      This place is a treasure trove of Christmas Gifts and decorations. I have been able to finish my North Pole Village and on sale too for their 25th Anniversary! And the Afternoon Tea is to die for. The loose leaf tea was brewed to perfections and the scones melt in your mouth and did I say the sandwiches and deserts are absolutely delicious...oh I could go on and on. Can't wait till Saturday when their gifts and snowbabies are on sale so I can get them for all my gifts! Love them!

    • Erica

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      Thank you for a pleasurable Afternoon Tea in your wonderful establishment! Everything was A pls and I love my beautiful and classy Autumn Wreath! Can't wait to come back and pick up my Christmas wreaths and I love my Buffet Table Autumn swag too! It is just exquisite! So Excited for the weekend after Thanksgiving for the big sale! I am coming to finish my Christmas Collection and I am giving a lot on my list those beautiful Snowbabies that you will have 40-50% off! Happy Thanksgiving and get some rest!

    • Jennifer G

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      Thanks for the splendid time at your tea room in one of the most beautiful settings! So quaint under those southern oaks and that beautiful English Cottage! What magic and the food was delicious and perfection with the tea brewing. Will be coming back after Thanksgiving for your one of a kind sale for your 25th anniversary! Been wanting to get snowbabies for all my friends and with a great sale I can afford it!

    • Susie

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      Thanks for the wonderful Afternoon Tea and please tell Rick we are so sorry about the loss of him Mother. Your food was the best we have had and the Scones are out of this world! No wonder everyone says they are the best!

    • Pamela

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      Such and exquisite and beautiful setting for English Afternoon Tea. We enjoyed all of the food and especially the scones most of all! I am very excited to come back in a when you start your complete clearance of all of the Christmas....Your Christmas items are great and not junk like we see everywhere and we are excited to pick up some of the villages to at a discounted rate!

    • Brandi

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      So excited you were there today so I could buy the best tea in the south! Missed when you were closed some in the summer! Looking good as you are decorating and getting ready for the great sale on all of your Christmas! Can't wait for that and afternoon tea soon!

    • Stephanie

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      Wanted to write and express that this Tea Room is everything and more! Everything was top notch and so elegant! The girls have not stopped talking about their tea experience since all of us had our afternoon tea and meeting at this divine place! The minute you walk in you feel like you are in a magical place and you are their guest! Food is surperb and beautifully presented and the Loose leaf tea is out of this world. We had Iced and Hot tea and our cup was kept full whenever we needed it! Warm southern atmosphere and a delightful gift shop packed with Christmas, gifts, and all kinds of books! The villages for Christmas are just great. So glad I found out about this Tea Room on teamap. It is the best kept secret and I plan on telling all of my friends and family!

    • Racheal

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      What an exciting time we had and they were so nice to fit us in at the last minute! I think all in all this was the best tearoom and food we have ever had! Tea was brewed to perfection and all of the food was so delicious! Can't wait to come back in the fall and bring my friends and Mom!

    • Jennie

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      We were delighted with this tearoom! So positive, food divine, staff and owners warm southern hospitality and fabulous gift shop with just about anything you could want! Lots of Christmas Items on sale too!

      Tearoom response:

      Wanted to respond to all the wonderful reviews we have received and appreciate all of our customers for taking the time to review their experience with us! We know you have a choice and appreciate that you chose us and look forward to serving you again! God Bless!

    • Sharon J. Garcia, Riverview, FL

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      My friends and I visit various tea roos at least 4 to 6 times yearly. The food was divine, excellent cucumber sandwich. The sweet plate was fabulous especially the pecan cup. Chocolate covered strawberry was huge and so sweet. Service was delightful. Overall a memorable experience and we will be back.

    • Samantha W.

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      Nice Tea Room! Beautiful, delicious food, wonderful setting, professional and warm service by owners/staff! Vast and unique gift shop and they have a large amount of Christian and Inspirational Books for gifts. Enjoyed our Afternoon Tea and will be back for a wedding shower in the fall! By the way, this tea room has a great location next to I-4 and is very convenient to us since we were traveling from Orlando!

    • Sunshine Girls

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      We all just wanted to write and express what a pleasure it was to come and have Afternoon Tea at your Tea Room in Plant City! We have heard so many good things about you and your tearoom from our friends in Orlando and it was all true! Great and beautifully presented food! Delicious Scones and really the best we have had ever. The Tea room itself is just beautiful and the most unique in the cottage. And the gift store has so many unusual items in it. I loved the Christmas section and found many treasures on sale too. We can't wait to bring all of our friends and spend the afternoon sipping tea and shopping!

    • Georgia

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      This georgia peach had to write and express what an excellent tea room this is! It is the epitome of southern charm and grace with the best food we have ever had at a Tea Room! Elegant building and so easy to get too! Can't wait till I come back to Florida with my family so we can experience it again!

    • Steph

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      Can we say Triple A +++! This is a great and friendly Tea Room. Wouldn't think of going anywhere else! Been to all of them and all we can say is Southern Belles is the real deal! They have the most warm Southern spirit and care about their customers! The food is just the best and scones are out of this world! We would travel farther than Tampa if we needed too! All of us come from different cities and it is so easy to get to this Tea Room and it is great to meet with our friends and enjoy our Tea Time. We are looking forward the end of May to bring our Mothers again and enjoy the best! Thanks!

    • Emily D.

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      Bringing my Mother to Afternoon Tea was a peaceful experience! We enjoyed the food, actually the best we have been served at any tearoom around! I can't describe the beauty of the place as we felt like we were very special. The Tearoom has English doors and archways that make you think you are in an English Tea Room. What a great experience for me to take my Mom and make special memories for her. We will be back soon. It is so easy to get too. Beautiful Tearoom!

    • Elizabeth D.

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      We all had a simply wonderful time at the Tea Room! I have to say they really do have the best food and beautifully presented! Susan and the staff go out of their way to treat us like Queens and answered many questions we had about how to brew Loose tea correctly. Your Strawberry Tea is so good I can see why it is such a hit at the Festival where I tried it for the first time! Looking forward to treating my Mother in May for a Mother's day treat! This beautiful place is indeed a retreat and a place of tranquility while having tea and so beautiful too!

    • Alice

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      All of us girls had the most exciting time during our Tea at this exquisite Tea Room! The food is just the Best from all the Tea Rooms around! It is delicious and plentiful and the Strawberry Scones surperb! The English Tudor transports you back to the Tea Times of yesteryear with the arched door and doorways when you enter and it is just perfect! We will be coming often. We so enjoyed our time and learned so much about how to brew tea and we tried some very good varieties of tea! I loved the Darjeeling that just arrived! So light and delicious no wonder it is call the Champagne of Tea! Thanks again Southern Belles Tea Room!

    • Emily L

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      Thank you for making my Mother's Birthday Tea so special! We really appreciate all of the work that you put into it so soon after all the work you did at the Strawberry Festival and in the middle of your trying to rearrange your tearoom and clearance sale! The tea was so good and everyone has not quit talking about your delicious scones, sandwiches and everything! Everyone always goes out of their way to make sure that we have a nice time. We appreciate your patience in offering to make different teas so we can find the ones we love! Your Mom is the best and tell Susan we appreciate the mini tea class she gave at the festival and hope that she is feeling better!

    • Debbie Johnson`

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      We had to write and say how excited we are to find you and try your festival strawberry tea! Already made reservations for your afternoon tea after the festival and we bought our boyds bears at 50% off too. Went home and brewed our tea we bought and enjoyed more of the festival tea! It is the best we have ever had! nice meeting you too! Love that Southern Charm!

    • Tiffaney

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      There is only one word necessary to describe this Tea Room!!! EXCELLENT! From the location, beautiful building, perfect service, attentiveness, Food is elegant and delicious! No more needs to be said! Number 1 in our book! Sweet Southern Charm too!

    • Dianna and John

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      You know I just had to write and explain and describe just what a treasure we have in Plant City, Fl right under our noses! I was invited to an Afternoon Tea to Celebrate a wonderful lady, Betty, for her 80th Birthday Party. There were people from all walks of her life from her work as an Engineer to helping at the store and tea room, to all her years at church in Lithia and now at Lone Oak Baptist church! And ,many sweet friends and children! I really had taken this tea room for granted because I know the owners and sometimes we do that! I could not believe what Rick and Susan Lynn have accomplished here! It is so lovely, peaceful, beautiful and the food is just absolutly the best of any Tea Room we have been too. It may not have quite the expensive decor of London's Hotel or Disney's Decor, but they more than make up for it by the lovely English Tudor, warm southern charm with no pretentions! The scones are award winning as they should be....the best! I could go on and on but I want everyone to know just how wonderful a business they have in our own small town and so many others from Orlando, Lakeland and Tampa love them too! We are so proud of you and for you!

    • Kathy and Becky

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      Our girls had an excellent time this week at our girls Valentines tea! Excellent food! Wow...so beautifully presented, scones were warm and really the best I have had, choc.covered strawberries were so good...Service excellent and southern charm over the top! Thanks for everything and we will be back for more of that Sweet Strawberry Tea!

    • Katelin

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      We just wante to write and tell Susan thanks so much for serving us the best scones we have had and the Strawberry Tea was delicious! they weren't serving Tea the day before New Years and we were visiting from Scotland and I was just completely impressed by the Strawberry Scones! Much sweeter than at home! Thanks for that Southern Hospitality and your kindness to stop what you were doing with your huge sale after Christmas and serve us scones and Tea! Much Success in the New Year!

    • Allison

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      What a great Tea for a Birthday....the food was just delicious, the tea room decorated to perfection, the tea was so perfect and the staff attentive to everything! Will take all of my employees for a tea soon. Thanks for everything and the love you put in all you do!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Allison,<BR> Thanks for the nice review and we are glad you enjoyed your time with us. Let us know when we can be of service to you again!<BR> God's Blessings to you.

    • Sandra Gail

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      Great place and in our town too! Just an exquisite tea room and delicious, beautifully presented food all makes for a most elegant afternoon tea for my Birthday! Couldn't be better.

    • Ginger Bell

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      I cannot believe I had not been to this tea room until now! This is a treasure in Plant City. I will certainly tell all of my Lakeland co-workers and friends and we will make this tea room our own! Your gift store is so unique too! Plant City doesn't know what they have there! Thanks for the wonderful experience! So glad you are getting a web site too!

    • Emily Burleson

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      We had a wonderful celebration with everyone at this extraordinary Tea Room! It is exquisite and the food is over the top! This is an authenic Tea Room from the delicious scones to the surperb loose leaf tea! Looking forward to out next visit already!

    • Rita Grant

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      Excellent Tea Room and gift store. We were so glad we decided to have our annual family tea here again and had the most fun! The scones were the best ever as always and the rest of the food over the top. I loved the soup with puffed pastry and the deserts were delicious. Coming back this month to buy more goodies on sale! Thanks for everything! The tea was so good and we appreciated the time that was taken to show us how to brew our own loose leaf tea.

    • Debbie Gibbs

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      Everytime we go the food is yummy. Love the crab bisque and buttermilk scones and the chicken salad crossaints are one of my favorites !!

    • Alice

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      All I can say is this is a feast for your eyes as well as you stomach! No comparison to any other tea room I have been too and I have been to a lot of them! The setting is exquisite and the southern grace and charm is A+!

    • Rita Grain

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      This is absolutely the most Elegant and delicious Tea Room in the area! We just love it everytime we come! Enjoyed the 'Rhett' room with all of the English flair and the fireplace when it was sooo cold! Looking forward to our Christmas Tea this month that we had there. It is so good! Will be telling all of my friends I work with and coming again soon!

    • Jennifer

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      You always amaze us with your tea, food and beautiful tea room and store! It was so wonderful as always and we keep coming back to you as you are the best! Please don't ever leave as it would never be the same although if you went back to North Carolina we wouldn't blame you in the least! Wish we could buy your tearoom! Happy New Year!

    • Mandy

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      Dear Rick and Susan, Wanted to write and thank you for a wonderful Bridal Tea! Everything was perfect and delicious! Thanks for the manner in which you handled the extra guests who showed up! It was crowded but you handled it with grace! We appreciate you going out of the way to make room for the child that was brought too unexpectedly! We had a wonderful time and I will never forget your kindness and your wonderful tea room! I will tell everyone I know!

    • Emily

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      Fantastic Tea, tearoom and food! What a way to end this Holiday Season! So glad we came and will be back many more times!

    • Marlene

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      Good time had by all in our group at our annual Christmas Tea! Our book club prefer your tea room above all of the rest and we always want to come at the most special time of year! The good was the best as always and the scones just melt in our mouths! Can't wait to come back after New Years and shop at your clearance sale and have tea again! Rick and Susan, your tea room is the best and always has been!

    • Violet

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      Want to express our thanks for a beautiful and elegant Christmas Tea this year as it is every year! The store was absolutely beautiful and we were able to buy some wonderful, unique gifts for our friends and family and many were on sale too! The food was just exquisite and the Christmas Joy Tea was wonderful! We wish all of you a Happy New Year!

    • Cinese

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      Wanted to thank all of you for a wonderful afternoon tea and it was so good to see you again! As usual, the food was wonderful and your Christmas Carol Tea was delicious! My daughter loved all her villages she received for Christmas! Great idea many years ago when I started her on it.....she looks forward every year to receiving more pieces! All of you have a Merry Christmas!

    • Elizabeth N

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      We all had the best time celebrating the season and having Holiday Tea at this tea room! Afternoon Tea in a beautifully decorated Tea Room and shopping for Christmas...what more could we want! Thanks Rick for the best scones we have had! Love your place and thanks for the great items we bought on sale! Merry Christmas! Now this is the way to go shopping! Any excuse to have Tea!

    • Misty

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      What a great Tea Room...Sitting in the cozy room with the fire place and ralph lauren look...so nice! the food is fabulous and the Holiday Tea was just the best! The store in a Tudor Cottage just goes on and on and is so beautfiul! I bought something for everyone on my list and many items are on sale too! You will love this place!

    • Joy

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      We all had a grand time at this Tea Room celebrating Girls Time. The food was excellent and delicious! The cinnamon and raison scones were the best I have had! Actually everything was great. The Strawberry Ice tea was so good as was the hot tea. The Tea House and Store is a magical place especially at Christmas. We were amazed as we went room to room it kept on going. So many beautiful rooms and beautiful decorations and we were able to do a lot of our Christmas shopping. We found beautiful Snowbabies for our friends and I started a village set for my family and daughter and on sale too! Thank you Rick and Susan for an awesome experience and we are already planning another Christmas tea before the end of the year!

    • Cathy

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      We celebrated our mother's 80th birthday here and had the best time. Susan was wonderful even accommodating an unexpected guest with dietary concerns and went out of her way to make this experience a day to remember for all of us. Tea excellent and food presented nicely. We all enjoyed this thoroughly. Can definitely recommend this tea room.

    • Grateful Customer Susie

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      I am SO glad that I came there instead of going to those crazy malls...you guys had way better sales and on quality gifts too! I can't wait to set up my village at home and got all of it on sale! Love your store and the scones and Tea were out of this world! I'll take your tea room and store anyday over going out and fighting those crowds anyday! Thanks Simply Country and Tea Room!

    • Kayla and Friends

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      Wow what a beautiful, elegant, delicious Bridal Tea that was given to me! I am speechless. this is just the most unique setting for Afternoon Tea! Now that the weather is cooler, it is like being in a tudor cottage in England under beautiful Trees! Thanks to all the staff and Susan and Rick...I know with all of our group they kept you busy but the service was top rated! I am coming back and bringing all my friends to shop your great sale next week...Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It was indeed special!

    • Anna Godfrey

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      I can't wait to bring my Mother here for Christmas:) Thank you for your little tea Room., it's perfect.

    • Betty Sue

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      Joyous time had by all of our family! Delightful food, tea and service. I have to say that the food here is just about the best I have had for an Afternoon Tea anywhere. It is not only elegantly served, but it is so good and also plentiful! the scones were just A+! Can't wait to go back more this fall and to celebrate the Christmas Season and partake of their Christmas sales! Keep up the good work! From what I have seen while they are getting ready for their sale...it is going to have some great items for sale! Just to let you know, they have the Christmas villages by Dept 56 and are putting all of them on sale! I am going back to buy more...I love the villages and with Tea too!

    • Rhonda

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      My daughter and I had a lovely time and Rick did an outstanding job.The food had a wonderful and unexpected southern flair .Definately a place to go back to again and again and the conversation was great as well.

    • Angelica

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      What a beautiful tea experience today! When you walk in under the curved arches of the 'castle' like atmosphere of this exquisite Tea Room Cottage, u just want to say 'wow'. When I was shopping before our tea, the store just goes on and on and the cute corners you turn to, one & then another beautuful room. It reminds me of tea rooms in England...not one or two very large rooms, but quaint rooms, each with its unique feel. The beautiful rooms and the 'Rhett' room is just so lovely with the feel of a Day in the English Country Side. All decked out for Fall and Thanksgiving, my favorite time of year. The arrangements for sale are so beautiful; especially in the cornucopias.....such a beautiful touch!Buying 1 for my Table! Now on to the food. Not trying to say too much, but the scones are honestly the BEST! They just melt in your mouth with the devonshire cream. The sandwiches delicious and Ms Betty is just so helpful. I was able to get 5 of my Christmas presents today!!!!Beautiful and on sale too! Please, don't think about it...go to their tea room. I know the economy is slow and people are on budgets, but this is worth every penny. Left refreshed, satisfied and ready for that wonderful fall weather!!!

    • Tammy W.

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      Had the best time visiting this tea room. Everything was perfect and the strawberry tea was to die for. The owners are so warm and friendly that we could have stayed all day just to chat with them. The food was excellent and the service even better. Cannot wait to go back!

    • Sandra Whitehead

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      After finally getting the time to write I had to say how much we enjoyed our lovely Afternoon Tea and that this Tea room is absolutely the best tea room! Food is just exquisite and delicious, scones are so very good and the setting is relaxing, beautiful and really the most unique of all I have been too! Many others we have been too imitate you, but you are the best! So excited about your Christmas items too...found many things I love and will be back! Thanks again and Tell Betty we enjoyed talking to her and we had the best service!

    • Lynn R.

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      I just had to write and say that this is the best Tea Room I have ever been too. I have been to a lot of Tea Rooms there are some that have been good and beautiful, although this tea room has both a beautiful setting and spirit. The food is the best I have had at all the tea rooms in the area. Delicious, plentiful and reasonable for such an Elegant atmosphere and place! The Staff have a warm southern spirit, yet very professional. They are the real deal.

    • Betsy

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      I had to write and tell of my experience at this tea room! We had such a great time together enjoying Tea Time and shopping when we were there! This tea room is just so nice. It is elegant but yet not stuffy or pretentious. The owners and staff are warm and hospitable and the scones and tea along with all of their food is delicious. Not like so many tea rooms in the area, we left without being hungry! Their strawberry scones are simply our of this world and the gift shop has such a large selection of items that are not seen everywhere. They were getting ready for their annual sale and I picked up many items for Christmas gifts at such a good price. All I can say is wow and looking forward to visiting again soon.

    • Jean D

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      Came with Mother and Husband. Had a wonderful Afternoon Tea in a beautiful Tea Room! The food was exquisite, yet plentiful! Many tearooms do not cater to you as they do here and I bought some beautiful Christmas treasures to add to my village collections and at a sale price too! Can't wait to return to have tea and shop with my friends. Thank you Southern Belles for a wonderful establishment.

    • Ginger A.

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      I can truly say that this tea room is the best of the best! Warm atmosphere with excellent service! Food is the best I have had in any tea room around here or abroad. The English Tudor castle is beautiful. I will return again for tea and to shop in their extensive gift shop and Christmas area!

    • Brandie

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      Excellent Tea Room. Warm Southern Hospitality and positively the best food of any Tea Room around! Tea was steeped to perfection and wonderful, delicious choices available! The setting was perfect! Don't change anything other than will be glad when the fall gets here and it is cooler and you are open more!

    • Bobbi

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      Hey this was a great and wonderful Tea Room and we just had the most relaxing and wonderful time! I have been trying to get on here and write about our experience and have been so busy. Rick and Susan and staff are so accomodating and really care about their customers. They are really the best when it comes to food and the warmth of the South! I can't wait to bring all my friends from St Joseph's Hospital back for another wonderful Tea Time! They really raved about the Gift Shop and all the beautiful gifts and Christmas Villages and items......I think it's time to come again!

    • Scarlett and the girls!

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      Well, I have read a lot of reviews from here and other tea rooms in the area that I have been too and this tearoom is just by far the best all in all! From the English Tudor under Southern Oaks to provide a magic like atmosphere to the beautiful room after room inside...It is just the most unique. Most tea rooms are in a greoup of buildings or an old regular house and just the setting for this tea room makes you feel you are being transported back in time to an English Tea. The beautiful arched front doors to the arches above as you go through each room with magical items that sets this apart from all. The Food is the best. Delicious and plentiful with so much artistic choices and attention to details! We were just blown away and then Tea Time magazine was doing a photo shoot of lovely ladies taking tea. It was so breathtaking! We girls are all proud of this wonderful find in Plant City! If you want to experience the real deal of an afternoon tea with a bit of their southern charm and elegance....This is it! Thanks so the owners and everyone who works there. We love all of you!

    • Natalie

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      My Mother and I hosted a Bridal Tea abd luncheon and there are not enough words to describe how wonderful it was and the tearoom is the best, by far, I have ever been to...and I have been to many tearooms in Central Florida as well as out of state. The owners went over and beyond in every way, especially when it came to hospitality. The tearoom decor was breathtaking!! I have never seen anything like it-it was absolutely gorgeous and the pictures do not do it justice. The food was absolutely amazing The best scones, neiman marcus bars, chicken salad, blueberry iced tea and so much more. Every bite of food was out of this world ( and this is a true rarity to find)! Many, many thanks to Southern Belles Tearoom. I highly recommend this tearoom for anybody to socialize with close friends or host a party..it's perfectly sensational!!!! This is truly Central Florida's best kept secret and thanks to TeaMap we discovered it! Natalie

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks for taking the time to write about your experience at our Tea Room. We love to host all kinds of teas and celebrations and strive to always treat everyone as if they were guests in our home! Have a great day and many Blessings. We will look forward to seeing you again!

    • Lisa

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      All had a great time, a client and a friend. Just wanted to express our gratitude for working around our schedule to make room for us. It was beautiful, food bountiful and delicious and so ELEGANT. Thanks again from all the girls!

    • Grace

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      We are so excited that you have opened back up after your vacation! We love this tea room and the people there! We had the most delicious and wonderful Tea Time and think you are the real deal....You are what Southern Charm and Hospitality are all about! No pretense here, but plenty of grace. Thanks so much!

    • Lynly

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      The best way to describe this Tea Room is Excellent, warm and authenic! The food is surperb, delicious, presentation is A+.but the most important thing is their attention to detail and their warmth. The Tea Room is beautiful and Elegant, but the warm southern hospitality is felt during the entire stay and the gift store is beautiful and so many treasures for Christmas on sale too! Our group goes to a lot of tea rooms but I have to say this one is #1!

    • Tea Lover Bride

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      Planning a family wedding Shower and they were so helpful in helping us plan it and there was not one thing we could complain about! It was above the top. Every delicious bite and believe me I am picky and their house blend tea is delicate, but very British! Also, their strawberry tea is the best around; it certainly is no comparison to no other around!

    • ginger

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      This is the most perfect and beautiful Tea Room I have ever been too! Such a nice Southern Atmosphere with English Elegance! Great Experience! food is A plus!

      Tearoom response:

      Ginger, thanks so much for such a glowing review!<BR> <BR> I am having trouble updating info on website...Please call and reserve a tea time before arriving during the Summer Months as we are closed during later part of summer....call Tea Room for weekly updates and to make reservations!!!

    • Betsy

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      We just wanted to write and tell all of you waht a great time we all had. My Mother had a good time and the food was just perfect. Tea brewed to perfection and the Peach Apricot Ice Tea was delicious and refreshing on a hot day. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful Tea Room in the Tampa Bay Area. I don't mind driving one bit from Tampa! It is worth the trip!

    • Vickie

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      Such a lovely and wonderful Tea Room in Plant City! We have been to all of the tea rooms around and love yours the best. So elegant but a southern charm and warmth! Had a great time with the girls!

    • Mary Ann

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      It's taken a while to get back on here and write of my experience but I wanted to write and express my sincere appreciation and in awe of your wonderful and excellent Tea Room! I have been to the rest and you are definately the best overall. Your food is superb, Service is impeccable with warm, southern grace and your gift store is amazing! Our group was more than pleased and enjoyed the education on the brewing of loose leaf tea and the health benefits. And just heard of your daughters Baby Girl! Congratulations! What a wonderful Mother's Day Gift!

    • Laurie L.

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      Lovely Tea Room. Attended a bridal tea in March and was blown away by the service, quality and quantity of food served at the high tea and the tea was wonderful! Staff and owners are so knowledgable and eager to teach about the ways to make loose leaf tea. Also, the setting itself is just exquisite. Looks like a castle! Can't wait to bring my Mother.

    • Patty

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      Simply Country's Southern Belles Tea Room is just that......the best! no stuffy people, no one looking down their noses, and always gracious to children...the BEST tea and scones in the entire world! The food is incredible, always fresh, creative, and flavorful. Service is top-notch. There is no better tea room anywhere, at any price. Many tea rooms think that exotic or strange combinations of ingredients make their food better...not true. Rick and Susan are true professtionals-they know how to run a tea room...with fabulous tea, lovingly-prepared food and courteous, caring service. If you go anywhere else for tea, I doubt you will find anywhere that compares. I love this place!

    • Rickie

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      Just was in your lovely Booth at the Strawberry Festival and had your Strawberry TEa and it was the best! How can I order more. I saw you were closed during the Festival and would like to order the loose tea. Thanks so much. I appreciated the refreshing Ice Tea today!

    • Jeannie Bureleson

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      I just went to the Strawberry Festival yesterday and had their Strawberry Festival Blend of Tea and it was just great!!! I went back 6 times for it! I had the hot and cold and took some home to make too. Will be visiting them soon for Afternoon Tea. They are the nicest people at the Festival and the China was awesome. I think they were by the make your shortcake booth or something like that. Just a hint...it was packed. Way to go Rick and Susan!

    • Neannie

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      A group of us came from the Orlando area and it was so good! The reviews were not even close to how wonderful and warm this Tea Room is! The food is Triple A plus! My Mother loved it so much and daughter thought they were a Princess. The Tiara was a perfect touch. We found Treasures in their vast Gift Store Too! The Strawberry Scones and Tea were the best ones I have ever had! Thanks for everything.

    • Angela

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      The best tea room in Tampa!

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks so much for taking the time to write about your experience at our tea room. We enjoyed serving you and appreciate all of our wonderful customers!

    • debra scott

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      Margot and Anna Marie took me to this tea room. i love it. Thank you so much for the delicious tea and treats. This was my first tea rom but it wont be the last. thanks a bunches

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Debra, Margot and Anna Marie,<BR> Thanks so much for such a wonderful review and we are all so pleased that you enjoy our Tea Room! We do strive to make everyone comfortable and provide elegance too! We are looking forward to your return! Have a Happy Valentines Day and many Blessings!

    • Margot

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      Anna and I visited and we love this place. We bought all 5 of our friends and will beg them to leave reviews tonight. You need to be #1 - this place is the best.

    • anna Marie

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      I absolutely love this tea room. It's such a joy to find a place that is down to earth and not so high and mighty. I can really relax when I go to Simply Country.

    • Elizabeth

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      Absolutely the best Tea Room in this area! Been to many, but the service, atmosphere and most of all the food is authenic and delicious! You can tell the owners have taken the time to make this right! Will return whenever I can!

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks so much Elizabeth for your review and we are so glad you enjoyed our Tea Room!

    • Katie

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      Wonderful atmosphere for a nice afternoon tea! I love Plant City anyway and love to go to Tea Everywhere! I have to say that this was probably one of the best I have ever been to overall! Thanks to everyone there who made it special for all of us! Kudos to the chef!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Katie,<BR> We are pleased that you enjoyed your Afternoon Tea and that you love Plant City! We love Plant City too and are so thankful that we chose to have our business here since 1986! I relay your sweet comments to the chef!

    • Elizabeth Rickard

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      This Tea Room was so nice! My Daughter, her friends and my Mother just absolutely loved it and want to come back next week! We have been to quite a few tea rooms around here and out of State and this one surpasses all of them. The building makes it seem so authenic, from the castle doors, chandelier and winding staircase, all the attention to detail in everything! The English Afternoon Tea was so elegant and plentiful, but most of all the food tasted better than anywhere else we have been! The scones just melt in your mouth and I am not just saying that! They were divine. The sandwiches great....the deserts so good...Strawberry SconeCake Tort...what could be better! Your own Strawberry dazzling tea was brewed to perfection! I am very impressed and will drive 25 miles soon again to come back! by the way, your parking and being close to I-4 is so easy to get too! Thanks again!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you so much for your detailed review and that you had a great time! It is so important for customers to read about others experiences so they can know about our Tea Room. The Dazzling Strawberry Tea is our own Tea and very good and we will be serving it at our Booth at the Florida Strawberry Festival @ Booth #20 in the Expo Building starting March 4th! Many Blessings!

    • Red Had Gal

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      Hopefully I am on the correct Tea Room this Time! Just wanted to write and let you know how much our Red Hat Group Loved your tea room and the scones were just the best! The Tea was exquisite! Can't wait to return!

    • Jennifer

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      This is the BEST tea room! I just can't say enough good things about them and the gift store is awesome too! Looking forward to the Bridal Shower too! Thanks for all you do to make Plant City proud!

    • May Enoes

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      Dear Susan, Just wanted to write and let you know what a good time we all had today having Tea! As usual the food was outstanding, atmosphere beautiful and inviting and we were treated special, as always! and all the Christmas items we got on sale was great! The rudolph items were a real find and great price too! Thanks for everything...everyone we saw having tea seemed to be having a great time!

    • Jeannie Ward

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      This Tea Room is simply the best in the State! There is not one that comes close to Southern Belles. Other Tea Rooms may 'toot their own horns' a lot, but this tea room is the real deal and they care about their customers and provide the best service and food out there! Keep up the good work and we will spread the word!

      Tearoom response:

      All I can say is thank you for your lavish praise and as always it is indeed a pleasure to have all of you in the Tea Room. Thanks for supporting our Tea Room and store the past 25 years! It is hard to believe that we have been open for that long and we have loved and appreciated everyone who has supported us and become our friends too!

    • Monica Herdocia

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      1 word... splendid. Wait... delicious... wait... I don't know what word best describes this place.. yes i do. Perfect! This place hit the spot for me and my friends. I am going to try to have a bridal shower here in June if possible. I will call when we set a date for the shower.

      Tearoom response:

      Just wanted to write and Thank everyone lately who has taken the time to write such wonderful reviews about their visit with us! We appreciate it very much and it pleases us so that everyone has had a wonderful time at our Tea Room! We wish everyone a Blessed New Year and look forward to Serving everyone in 2010!<BR> Remember...JANUARY IS HOT TEA MONTH! Come in and shop our great Christmas Clearance Sale and enjoy Afternoon Tea!<BR> Rick, Susan-Lynn, Betty and Staff

    • Susanna Martinez

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      The group of us have been going to tea rooms in Tampa, and leaving reviews on teamap of our experiences. I really had a great time here. It's close to my home so I am sure you will see more of us. We were on the phone and I was like 'oh look! We can leave a review'. You should put a card up and let people know to vote for you. Thank you a million times over. The atmosphere and service were tops!

      Tearoom response:

      Susanna,<BR> Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review of us! I am glad you had a nice time and enjoyed your afternoon tea with us. We are neglectful in telling customers about teamap! Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

    • Sarah Michells

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      My friend and I had a blast!!! The scones are so nummy!

      Tearoom response:

      Sarah,<BR> So glad you and your friend had a blast! The scones are some of the best we have had too! We have worked hard to come up with a 'secret recipe!' When we first opened, a wonderful Tea Room owner in another State was gracious enough to share a few of her secrets and it was a blessing as I do think they are great! AI am glad you enjoyed your time with us!

    • Anna Maria Dodgekiss

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      I love your tea room. Thank you for the fabulous afternoon we had.

      Tearoom response:

      Anna,<BR> Thanks so much for taking the time to write and we are so pleased that you loved our Tea Room and had a fabulous time! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

    • Eda

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      Just an excellent Tea Room with attention to detail, Top rated food, proper tea serving and the tea was surperb! Staff was friendly and very efficient! Will return with my book club soon!

    • Barbara

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      All we could say was.....Wow! The Tea Room, gift store, the setting and the southern hospitality were just the best! The nicest Tea Room we have ever been too and the best food and most of all the scones! We are coming back as soon as we thaw out! Thanks for everything.

      Tearoom response:

      Barbara,<BR> We are glad you enjoyed the tea room and gift store on your visit. Such a glowing review and we appreciate it so much. Come in again and enjoy our Hot Tea soon as January is Hot Tea Month and it has certainly been cold enough for that! Thanks again and Many Blessings!

    • Ruth

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      We had the most delicious and relaxing Afternoon Tea. What a great gift to me for Christmas from my Mother. The gift store is awesome too and we found some really good deals and beautiful items. Almost finished my Christmas shopping for 2010! Thanks Southern Belles for a nice and great Tea!

    • Susie Grant

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      This is the most beautiful Tea Room. Thank you for all your hard work and attention to detail. Your Brides Blend and Holiday Tea is delicious. Will try more next time. Hope you have a good year and I am sure we will be back often!

    • Sylvia

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      Have not had a chance to send a review since our visit in December, but wanted to write and say what a wonderful Tea Room this is. Great Service! They go out of their way to do anything for you. I tried so many delicious teas..they were all good and the scones were so good. The Tea Room is beautiful and a treasure trove of gifts and great prices too. Happy New Year!

    • Hannah

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      To all the staff and owners of this Tea Room...it was so good and we enjoyed our Afternoon Tea so much! The food was very filling....sandwiches were delicious..the chedder cheese baguette with the jalapeno jelly was wonderful with the pecans, etc...but the scones were the best we had ever had...of all the teas we have had there and I think we have had them all..the Holiday Christmas Spice was great! Thanks for making our Christmas Tea the best yet! Have a Happy New Year!

    • Chris

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      Beautiful and welcoming - talking with the owner and her family was much like visiting with a friend in her home. Our group of four was offered the choice one tea from among four possibilities. The owner poured tea upon request brewing more after it ran out. The scones were excellent with cream and strawberry jam. Three small sandwiches each included melted cheese on melba toast, chicken salad on croissant, and cucumber. We asked for additional sandwiches and the owner was willing but reluctant to serve them assuring us that once we ate the scones we would be more than satisfied. There was a nice selection of sweets that we took home. Overall we would have preferred more sandwiches as we made the mistake of arriving hungrier than was probably appropriate for a tea. A pleasant experience which cost a bit less than $25 per person including the tip. It was fun to find such a nice tea room right in Plant City!

    • Alice Macdonald

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      My new hangout spot!!! Thank you so much for your little tea room, it was so nice to find out that I had one a few miles from my door. Thanks so much! The experience was phenominal.

    • Beverly Sparks

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      This place is the best in Florida! They should be #1!! A++

      Tearoom response:

      I have been so busy getting ready for Santa @ the Tea Room that I haven't been able to respond to all these wonderful reviews! We appreciate all of you that have taken the time to write about your experience at our Tea Room and Gift Store! <BR> As we prepare for this special time of year that we Celebrate the Birth of Christ, we would like to thank everyone who has been a part of our lives at the store and Tea Room in the past 25 years! We appreciate all of you so much.<BR> Remember, we will be having a wonderful sale now through the end of the year to clearance all of our Christmas and many items as we expand the Tea Room Area! Shop early as we are running out of many villages, etc.<BR> <BR> Have a Blessed Christmas and Thank you so much!<BR> <BR> Rick, Susan-Lynn, Betty and Family!

    • Betsy Sheehy

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      My maid of honor and I stopped by the tea room after a long week of trying on gowns and stressing over my wedding. I think for the first 10 minutes we both sat quietly. The whole tea room has a relaxing atmosphere and the decor is gorgeous. I think I found my new addiction.

    • Annie Barclay

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      I took my mom to Simply country a few weeks ago, and it was a nice place to relax and have a conversation. The food was divine and the service was out of this world. Thanks for making this visit exquisite!

    • Rebecca Fisher

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      Your christmas tea is divine. Thank you so much

    • Paula

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      We just had the most fabulous Christmas Tea with our group and had to write and express our Thanks and let everyone know what a pleasure it was to have Afternoon Tea At Southern Belles in Plant City. Just a word to the wise.....call early as they are filling up fast and it is worth it! Merry Christmas to everyone there and also enjoyed your wonderful gift store! Can't wait to come again in January!

    • Ginny

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      My Red Hat group and I had a lovely, relaxing tea with lunch this past Saturday, 12/5. Susan and Rick, and Susan's Mother, made us feel right at home. We can't wait to go again. By the way, their scones were WONDERFUL! Ginny

    • Hazel

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      Thanks for taking us at the last minute and making our family the best memories this year! Everything was perfect and the decor got us in the Christmas Spirit! Delicious food and scones out of this world. My hats off to the chef! The best afternoon Tea in the State!

    • Ginger Sonders

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      Such a warm, peaceful time we had during our teatime! Especially during this uncertain time. The food was delicious and the cottage is so authenic! Can't wait to go back and get in the Holiday Spirit!

    • Edith

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      Wonderful Christmas atmosphere and excellent Christmas Carol Tea! A wonderful time was had by all of us. Service A* and scones melt in your mouth!

    • Sara Beth

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      We wanted to write and thank you for the wonderful time at your store and tea room! The food was perfect and we enjoyed shopping all of your sales. You have such beautiful and reasonable gifts! I am excited about starting my village. Merry Christmas!

    • Iris

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      Such a beautiful Tea Room and Store! We enjoyed our Tea so much and the store is a magical treasure! Great prices and great selection! Found all kinds of gifts that were one of a kind and a lot on sale too. The food was so elegant, plentiful and delicious. Staff and owners gracious and service perfect. Can't wait to go back and finish my shopping and have Tea again. Don't forget to try their Christmas Carol Tea......wonderful!

    • Debbie

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      Fantastic Afternoon tea and great sale on Christmas and Gift items. Huge store! I bought a complet village set and saved money too! The scones are out of this world and the Christmas tea was the best!

    • Lillie McCrea

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      This is our 3rd time coming to your tearoom with our family. We have the best time. We have a wonderful time of fellowship.The tea is excellent no matter which one we have chosen. The food was excellent and plenty for everyone. The thing that I enjoy the most is the way they make you feel at home. It is decorated so beautifully and at the end of our tea we put on the hats and take pictures of each other. I would recommend that you try it just onece and I would guarantee that you will be going back again and again. Thank you for a wonderful time today. We will see you next year at Thanksgiving!!

    • Hannah

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      I have been meaning to write and tell everyone what a wonderful Tea Room this is and how much fun we all had. Our group of nurses just love to come. Delicious food, elegant setting but warm atmosphere, great shopping and top rated scones. Tell Rick one of these days we are going to get his secret recipe! Disney needs to buy it...They are the best! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Tiffany

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      I totally agree with everyone regarding their scones, and well all of their food! Their scones are prize winning and so good! The Christmas items on sale are great too! We girls had a fun day!

    • Emily

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      This place is so special! The staff treat you so nice and the Afternoon Tea is elegant and delicious! Their scones are really the best we've ever had and we have had a lot of different scones. I think Disney ought to buy their recipe! Just perfect!

    • Katie

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      What a wonderful Tea Room! WE had a great girls day out and what a vast selection of Christmas items!and all on sale too. WE are going back after Thanksgiving and finishing our village set. Rick said all was going to be on sale! Can't wait. Food was delicious and beautiful and relaxing Tea Time.

    • Martha

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      Just wanted to write a quick note to thank all of you @ the Store and Tea Room for a wonderful Afternoon Tea! It was beautiful and the food was excellent. I will be back to gather more of your great Christmas sale items for more gifts. Excited about the new tea room area you are adding and the sale! Hope you are doing better after your accident!

    • Anne Noble

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      You should have an event like a Chrismas tea. You could have high school carolers sing and do a spiced tea and christmas treats.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Anne,<BR> <BR> Thanks so uch for your ideas! Goodness knows we can always use ideas and the best come from Tea Lovers!<BR> We have had an annual Candlelight Christmas Tea since we started and this year is our stores' 25th Anniversary! I am a bit behind on finalizing the date due to a very dangerous accident I was in (details below in response to Gwen!). The first Christmas Event is always the first Thursday Evening in December! It kicks off the Season with the Christmas Parade in Plant City the next evening on Friday. Please for anyone out there, send us an email as we are preselling our tickets now. They are limited and when we sell out, we will have a 2nd Evening as is our custom!<BR> Sorry for not posting event sooner. More details coming!<BR> This will be our Silver Anniversary and we are completing clearing all Christmas between now and the end of the year! There are a few limited Edition Collectibles not included, but the majority of Christmas Home Decor is being discounted and sold. We have always had a permanent Chrismas section and we are adding an additional large Tea Area in its place!<BR> Take care and please call to make reservations to our 'Christmas Carol Candlelight Tea!'<BR> Many Blessings for the Season!<BR> Susan

    • Rebecca M.

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      I was so excited when I wrote on Tea Map that I did not spell Hospitality correct! I also meant to say the meaning of Christmas is! Sorry......loved it!

    • Rebecca M.

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      Southern Hospital and Elegance at its Finest! Just Beautiful! Came in and had Tea and visited the Gift Store after I saw their wonderful Christmas and Bethlehem Italian Village at the Red Rose Inn in Plant City. It was so elegant and showed what the real meaning of Christmas it. The store is lovely, staff excellent and food top notch! Can't wait to come back to shop again and have Tea!

    • Tea Lover

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      If you want to come with a friend or a group and have a wonderful time in a authenic atmosphere and delicious food: This is the place. Best in the state! Scones really are the best I've had and southern hospitality at its finest! WE can't wait to go back with our group!

    • Jeannie

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      Just visited this Tea Room and loved it so much. The gift store is full of wonderful Christmas items. I picked up some beautiful villages for my family and gifts. The tea is exquisite and scones are the best I have had!

    • Brenda

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      Visited this tea a few weeks ago and thought I would say I loved it. Will be back!

    • Janice

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      What a hidden Gem. This tea room was delightful!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Janice,<BR> Thanks for coming and enjoying Tea Time with us! We appreciate your compliment and look forward to serving you again!<BR> Many Blessings,<BR> Susan-Lynn

    • Lynsey and the Girls

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      Just wanted to write and send thanks and appreciation for all that was done for our Mommy and Me tea with our girls! They can't stop talking about it and they love Tea now. The hats, food and atmosphere was excellent!

      Tearoom response:

      We just love to see young girls discovering the joy of Tea Time, especially with their Mother. Thanks for your review and we look forward to helping you with another Mommy and Me Tea!

    • Lynn L. Grant

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      We have been meaning to write for weeks and time got away! Our experience at this tea room was very special and service was A+! The tea was very tasty and brewed to perfection and food was very good. Can't wait to return with my church group.

    • Elizabeth Moore

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      Enjoyed the Tea Room with my Mother and Family as we celebrated her Birthday! Rick, Susan and Betty went out of their way to make it a very special day for her Birthday. Their concern for her and all the extras were very much appreciated!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Elizabeth,<BR> Thanks so much for your lovely review. We enjoyed being a part of your Mother's Birthday again this year and many Blessings to her and your Family this Holiday Season!<BR> Susan-Lynn

    • Victoria

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      Came with our group the other afternoon and had a special tea time! I truly enjoyed the peaceful tranquility of this tearoom along with the english cottage atmosphere. Scones and food were exceptional.

    • Tara T.

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      What can I say other than this is the best authenic Tea Room in Central Florida and Hillsborough County! Great location and just the best food! They go out of their way to make you feel comfortable in a elegant setting. No other tea room comes close on the quality of the food!

    • Jeannie

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      Recently came with a group of friends and Susan was so much help with all their special requests! The gift store was great too..a lot of their Christmas was on sale and I loaded up for Christmas gifts! Can't wait to return.

    • Dianna

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      Been going to their gift store for years and always loved it and finally had a chance to enjoy the tea room with a group of friends and we were blown away. The food was so good! The scones melt in your mouth and we were so impressed with the elegance and yet the friendliness of the staff and their knowledge of afternoon tea and loose leaf tea! We all learned so much and the teas were so good too! Can't wait to go back!

    • LINDA

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      WONDERFUL SETTING AND DELICIOUS FOOD! LITERALLY THE BEST SCONES I HAVE EVER HAD! WE MEET FREQUENTLY AND TRY OUT TEA ROOMS IN THE AREA BUT NONE OF THEM ARE AS GOOD AS SOUTHERN BELLES!

    • Phyllis

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      Just had to write and say what a wonderful time all of us had. We came based on the reviews and it was certainly right on the money! Beautiful setting and delicious food. Can't wait to come back with my friends!

    • Gail

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      Great food, beautiful setting and wonderful hostess! The staff treat you like you were the most important people there and so much better than some of the 'snobby' tearooms I have been too. They are really what Southern Hospitality is all about. Can't wait until their candlelight Teas for the Holidays.

    • Susie

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      We were at the tearoom last week and all we can say is what a great time we had for a girls day out! We were shopping and took home some beautiful gifts along with some Christmas items on sale! The afternoon tea was delicious and beautifully presented. The scones are out of this world. What a great place to spend your birthday or really anyday! The beautiful tearoom looks like an English Cottage. Can't wait to bring my friends here.

    • Lynn R.

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      I just had to write and say that this is the best Tea Room I have ever been too. I have been to a lot of Tea Rooms and there may be some that have been good and beautiful, although this tea room has both a beautiful setting and spirit. The food is the best I have had at all the tea rooms in the area. Delicious, plentiful and reasonable for such an Elegant atmosphere and place! The Staff has a warm southern spirit, yet very professional. They are the real deal.

    • Sherry

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      We all just had a wonderful time with our family, Mom and three generations. They were the perfect hosts and treated us like we were VIP's! The food was out of this world. Can't wait to go back just as soon as Mother is back in town!

    • Ginger Saunders

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      We had such a nice time at your Holiday Event. Can't wait until this years Candlelight Tea for the Holidays! Are you going to start preselling your tickets and having more than 2 events? I can't describe the warmth, and spirit of the Holidays we felt last year. Please let us know.

    • Lisa

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      All had a great time, a client and a friend. Just wanted to express our gratitude for working around our schedule to make room for us. It was beautiful, fouud bountiful and delicious and so ELEGANT! Thanks again from all the girls!

    • Helen

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      Just the best time was had by all of us! The food was out of this world, service top notch and the sweet staff and owners couldn't have had any more southern hospitality. You can tell they go to a lot of trouble to make everyone's visit the best! Thanks so much.

    • carolyn

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      Sweet spirit in this place and wonderful staff, owners and delicious food! Can't wait to return with my granddaughters and daughter. Thanks for a wonderful time.

    • Susan Lewis

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      I have gone to tea many time with my two cousins in Florida but this was really the most enjoyable tea ever. Everything was perfect from the tea to the food to the decor to the atmosphere but what really seta this tea room apart from others I have visited was the wonderful hostess Susan-Lynn and her lovely family. She was the sweetest, warmesy, most obliging hostess and her mother and son were just as delightful. I really felt like I was a guest in her home. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience. There is nothing like this is New York!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Susan,<BR> So enjoyed meeting all of you! What a surprise to have a guest in our tea room with the same name that I have too! When you return from New York, will look forward to your next visit. Thanks for your comments, they are much appreciated!

    • Cindy

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      Had a delightful afternoon tea with my friends. The food was delicious and the staff warm and inviting. The portions and quality of the food is perfect!

    • Jean D.

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      WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL...THAT IS ALL I CAN SAY! Delicious food, warm staff and very efficient!

    • Catalina 7/11/09

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      We had a delightful afternoon at Southern Belles TeaRoom. The food was excellent, the ambiance was lovely & the service was exceptional. It is so nice to experience a traditionally family owned business. You can tell that they really cared about every aspect of their business & they were able to accomodate us even though we made last minute reservations. We will surely be back to enjoy another afteroon of tea.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Catalina,<BR> Thanks so much for the kind review and it was a pleasure to serve your group. We look forward to your next visit!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Rick, Susan-Lynn and staff

    • Emily

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      Exquisite and charming without pretentions at all. I enjoyed myself so much. It is refreshing to visit and enjoy delicious food and perfect tea in a quaint setting without all of the technology such as laptop computers and the hustle and bustle of the modern coffee shops. We have truly lost this in modern society and it is nice to step back and enjoy the tranqulity of afternoon tea.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Emily,<BR> Such a warm review and we appreciate it. We look forward to your Birthday to make it special for you!

    • Susie Hart

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      Exceptional service and food and what a fantastic afternoon tea. The staff and owners were warm, kind and the gift store is so large and had a great sale. Can't wait to go back for my birthday!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Susie,<BR> We enjoyed serving you too! Will look forward to seeing you on your birthday!

    • CHRISTINE BROWN

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      wE HAD THE MOST FUN AT OUR TEA BEFORE THE 4TH OF JULY. WONDERFUL TEA AND FOOD, BEAUTIFUL COTTAGE LIKE SETTING AND THE CUTE FLAGS ON OUR DESERTS WE AWESOME! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!I SAY LET'S SUPPORT OUR SMALL TEA ROOMS OWNED AND STAFFED BY AMERICANS!!!CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Christine,<BR> What a wonderful time your group seemed to have while you were here! Looking forward to your next visit!<BR>

    • Rebecca G.

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      What a wonderful experience. We had a delightful time just getting together with the girls! The food was delicious and plentiful. Our ice and hot tea brewed just right. Even though they had large groups there, we never felt neglected and our tea cups were kept full! It was such a nice respite from the craziness and stress of teaching all year.

    • Sheila King

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      Wehad a nice afternoon tea Saturday and thought this was the nicest one we have been too! We read the review below and thought that these so called tea guests were probably from another tea room! The staff and owners are wonderful. We arrived about ten minutes before our tea time and shopped for a bit and were seated at our proper time. We didn't expect them to seat us early! Although I have been there before and came early to shop and they offered to seat us early. We have enough sense to know that sometimes we don't always get seated early or exactly on time. My husband laughed about the forks! We enjoyed the tea without a fork as we had a knife and spoon and had no trouble with the scone falling apart, but I am sure they would have given us a fork if we needed it. We did note that they are having a clearance sale on their Christmas collectibles and are in the middle of redoing the tearoom near the bathroom. They were gracious to tell us to excuse this while they remodel during the summer. This is on the other side of the store and is not near the tearoom. This lady ought to be ashamed of herself for writing a review that did not reflect the graciousness and simply kindness of this great tearoom.

    • Nancy

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      I have never done a review,but felt the need here.I am well informed to tearoom procedure haveing visited many on this coast,England,and working in one for several years. Visited your tearoom several times some five years back,but wasn't inclined to go back after all the new ones in the area opened. After recent reviews,my friends and went two weeks ago.Nothing has changed in our opinion. While the food is okay and rooms decorated in a style I like,they were all very hot.How do you eat a scone with your fingers?They fall apart.A fork would be nice.We had to wait over a half hour to be seated.Only one table of ladies were in the tearoom at the time.It would have been nice tohave been seated with a pot of tea till you had time to wiat on us.Hope you can get the work on ladies room done soon.It really needs it.

      Tearoom response:

      Nancy,<BR> You know, reviews are a great tool for a tea room so they can improve their tea rooms, but sometimes, the spirit in which they are written are sometimes a bit suspicious. If you are the ladies I remember, #1, you arrived much earlier than your reservation, and although they may have only been one table of ladies @ that time, there are other groups before and after that you know not of that affect when we reserve your time. #2. I explained that the front room was warm and place you in the cooler room. We had a AC unit that was out and did not put you in that room. There are times when things do break and when you have9 ac units in a large tea room and store, you just can't help it sometimes. Especially in this extremely hot weather in the past 2-3 weeks. #3 I also explained to all the ladies who had been this past few weeks that we are having a sale and are clearing out several areas and expanding our bathroom and the one available, is temporary as we install a beautiful vanity this summer. If you had needed a fork, would have been glad to have given you one, but most of our guests, who by the way have been to many tea rooms and abroad, are quite happy to enjoy their afternoon tea with our dainty spoons and knives as most tea foods are finger type foods. <BR> As I said, when we are resetting up and preparing for a next large group of guests, sometimes we cannot seat a group early. I don't mind any suggestions, but this seems a bit mean spirited. We are glad you have visited other tea rooms in the area and hope you enjoy all your afternoon teas and hope to see you soon! God Bless.

    • Harriet

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      I just wanted to write and thank the tea room for our wonderful tea we had! I hate to compare places, but there is really no comparison to the other tea rooms! They are just hands down the best! The food is 10 times better, the service prompt and staff very warm and friendly. The tea room itself is just so beautiful and quaint in a beautiful English cottage. Really couldn't ask for more. Oh and did I mention the tea? It is just so delicious..the peach apricot ice tea was surperb and their strawberry blend wonderful!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Harriet,<BR> You are so welcome and we appreciate your comments. We try to provide a nice afternoon tea and treat everyone special. It was a pleasure to serve you!<BR> <BR> God Bless

    • Nancy Rolary

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      All I can say it was wonderful and we enjoyed our afternoon tea! It was delightful and so peaceful and beautiful. Excellent food; presentation and taste to perfection. Great service and warm staff and knowledgable in all aspects of tea and the art of afternoon tea! Will look forward to coming back soon.

    • Rebecca

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      Thanks to all of you and the wonderful Bridal Tea we attended. It was so beautiful, elegant and perfect. We all loved the food...just enough and so delicious. The staff and owners were just the epitome of southern charm and elegance. Can't wait to go back again with my friends.

    • Emily Beth

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      WHAT A WONDERFUL BRIDAL TEA THAT I ATTENDED. EVERYTHING WAS JUST LOVELY AND WAS TREATED PERFECTLY! THE TEA ROOM IS SO QUAINT AND LOVELY...A PERFECT SETTING FOR A PERFECT LOVELY AFTERNOON TEA! THE FOOD WAS THE BEST I HAVE HAD IN ANY TEA ROOM I WAS HONORED TO HAVE BEEN INVITED TO THIS TEA. WILL BE BACK WITH MY FRIENDS. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING.

    • Tiffany

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      Is there anyway I can give them a triple excellent? The Shower was exquisite and everyone just had the most wonderful time and elegant and delicious food. Everything was perfect...that is all we can say. I have many friends there that were impressed and want to have their showers and birthdays there. No place better. Staff and owners are warm and efficient and the gifts there are great!

    • KATHERINE

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      ENJOYED OUR TEA SO MUCH...EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT, DELICIOUS AND ELEGANT! A VERY COZY YET CLASSY TEAROOM THANK YOU AND LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR NEXT DAY OUT!

    • Sharon

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      Had a great 'girls day our' with my special friends. My friends that I brought just fell in love with the place and will be coming back often. No words can describe how relaxing, beautiful and delicious the food was. The tea was served and steeped to perfection. Their own strawberry blend is just surperb!

    • Katie

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      Everything was wonderful! Thank you!

      Tearoom response:

      You are most welcome and it was a pleasure to have you @ Southern Belles Tea Room!

    • Jeannie

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      We all had the most wonderful Mother's day teatime! We have been to many in the area and we always come back here for the most peaceful and beautiful...Like your in someone's special home as their guest. The food is the best. No other words needed. We had the best memories!

      Tearoom response:

      What a sweet review. We appreciate all of our wonderful customers and guests who take the time to write a review. Many Blessings!

    • Renea

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      This tearoom is southern charm and elegance all in one! I did feel like a southern belle and enjoyed my tea time so much. My mother enjoyed it so much and everything is delicious and beautifully presented and a charming and peaceful setting. What a relaxing time and can't wait to go back!

    • Denise and Family

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      Is there anyway to give them a Triple A+? No words can describe our wonderful experience as a family for our Tea Time for our Mother and Mother-In-Law. They were great to have tea time all month for Mothers and my husband and Dad had a great time too. Of course, my dad would have rather been on the golf course for 'tee-time'! He was a sport....and a bit surprised at how delicious and filling their food was too! It takes a real man to enjoy such a beautiful and 'ladies' oriented time for their mothers. The owners made us feel so comfortable and we enjoyed the time for visiting and drinking their delicious teas. They have their own blends and they were out of this world. It was very busy, but we never felt neglected nor was our tea cups ever empty! they are the epitome of Southern Charm!

    • B.STRENGTH

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      I SHOPPED AROUND AND ENJOYED SEVERAL OF THE TEAROOMS IN THE AREA. I HAVE TO SAY THAT THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST. WE WERE IN THE SHOP DURING AT TIME THAT THE OWNERS WERE UNDER GREAT PERSONAL STRESS, YET EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT DURING OUR TEA TIME. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH WAYS TO EXPRESS THE PLEASURE MY DAUGHTERS AND I HAD. WITH OUT A DOUBT THERE IS NOT ANY TEA THAT COMPARES WITH THE STRAWBERRY BLEND THEY SERVE ICED. IT IS WORTH THE EXTRA COST TO ADD IT TO YOUR HIGH TEA. WE FOUND THAT THE TRAY WAS FULL OF DELIGHTFUL SANDWICHES, SCONES FROM HEAVEN AND THE DESERTS WERE TO DIE FOR! THE ATMOSPHERE IS INVITING AND COMFORTABLE. HOWEVER I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS THE POWDER ROOM...NOT VERY NICE AT ALL. AFTER ALL THE GREAT TEA EVEN THE BEST MUST RELIEVE THEMSELVES. THE MOP & BUCKET TOOK UP MOST OF THE LEG ROOM IN THE TINY POWDER ROOM, WHICH WAS NOT DECORATED LIKE EVERY OTHER ROOM IN THE BUILDING. HOWEVER, THIS IS ONE SMALL ROOM AMONG MANY BEAUTIFUL ONES. THIS IS THE TEAROOM I WOULD CHOOSE TO HOST MY DAUGHTERS BABY SHOWER. THANK YOU FOR GIVING US A WONDERFUL PLACE TO ESCAPE THE HARSHNESS OF THE DAILY LIFE, AN AFTERNOON TEA AT THE SOUTHERN BELLES CAN MAKE IT ALL BETTER

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Ms Strength,<BR> What a wonderful description and review regarding the tea time you experienced with your daughters! We are very humbled that you chose us and enjoyed yourselves. Yes, it was a stressful time but my Son's surgery went smoothly and is doing well now!<BR> One thing I would like to address....the Bathroom! We are in the process of expanding our powder room into double the size as we redecorate and create another large tea area and a Little Princess Tea Cottage area on that side of our Cottage. We have a beautiful new sink vanity awaiting that and we have decorated our powder room so that it is presentable and clean, but not extra nice as we will be re-doing all of it. But, just to clarify something....we clean the floors in our bathrooms with a special cleaning machine and antiseptic and do not even have a 'bucket'in our tea room. We have a mop sink and a mop in our cleaning room next to the kitchen and keep the mop hung up between 'quick spills and general cleaning' in our kitchen. If we had a mp and a bucket, we would never leave it in the bathroom anyway! I am just wondering if maybe you got our bathroom mixed up with another tea rooms as you were enjoying several tea rooms. I did ask the other staff, my husband and mother and like I had said, we don't even have a mop bucket! I hope this helps, as we don't mind any suggestions on improvements as no one is perfect, but we do strive to maintain the best tea room as we can!<BR> We hope you had a Blessed Mothers Day and again thanks for your business and wonderful review!

    • courtney

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      All of us just had the sweetest time enjoying tea in an Elegant place...many groups were having fun...we noticed men had came in with their mothers and wives too! This is just the most exquisite tea room. And we picked up some beautiful inspirital books for our Moms today along with beautiful seraphim angels too. Rick, Susan Lynn and staff were just so gracious and the service top notch with all of the people there too! Oh, and most of all the food is just the best and their own Brides Blend tea is just delicious too. What a wonderful memory and peaceful time with all of us girls and Mom.

    • Judy

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      Wonderful experience, warm Christian Atmosphere delicious tea and food. That is all I can say....My Mother loved it and so did our group.

    • Denise

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      This tearoom was one of the most exceptional establishments we have been too. We came from 3 different areas in the state and met and had such a wonderful visit. It was very so close to I-4 and we wanted to thank this teamap site for the ability to find the best tearooms. This Tea Room's food was just exquisite and the service and tea delicious. What a pleasure and what treasures they have for sale in their store. Couldn't have been any better! We also enjoyed all of the information on the history of Plant City and their claim to fame 'Strawberries'! Our deserts were great...their signature strawberry scone, puffed pastry hearts with fresh whipped cream and homemade strawberry preserves and the strawberry scone-cake tort....oh so delicious!

    • Betty

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      We enjoyed our tea today and we had the queen with us and were treated like the queens we ARe!!!! Our tea was so good! They have their own blend of Strawberry Tea and it is just the best. Their food is expertly prepared and just enough. The owners and staff are so warm. They made us feel so welcome. They are the epitome of Southern Hospitality. They live up to their name'Southern Belles'! We were definelty made to fee like a Southern Belle!

    • Marion

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      I was present for a tea a few days ago and all I can say is WOW! Everything was all you could ask for. Elegant, but not stuffy and quaint...after having a time in England...Southern Belles is very authenic and the food is the best I have had at any tearoom and I have to say the strawberry scones were out of this world!!! The staff and owners were just about te best host and hostess you could ask for. Very knowledgable about the whole tea and took the time to answer all of my questions and the custom strawberry blend tea was just surperb!!!!This should be number one and Plant City should be proud! Can't wait to come back with my daughter for Mother's Day!!!

    • Sarah

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      We enjoyed our time with you and all the information that you provided about the different kinds of teas! Our food was elegantly presented, but most of all, it was the best we have had at any afternoon tea we have been too. We will be back many times to celebrate or because! We are very blessed to have such a nice place in Plant City!

    • Marian

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      So sweet. It was the most enjoyable afternoon Tea and tastefully done too! The food was just perfect and so filling. The service was just right and owners and staff warm and hospitable. Can't wait to return for Easter and Mothers Day too! You can tell they have been doing this a while.....it always seems effortless. Another great thing is the gentlemen always remembers our name! It is nice to have a small town atmosphere and yet the elegance of a high class affair! We always feel so welcome.

    • Ginger

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      My husband and I had the nicest afternoon tea! They made my husband feel so welcome and the food was fabulous! Beautiful setting and elegant rooms. The British room is my favorite with the fireplace! We enjoyed it so much

    • Jennifer

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      I have been to the other tea rooms in the area and I do not know why I had not went the this one! The food is just great. There is no comparison and the hospitality with elegance is indescribable! They are the epitome of Southern Hospitality with the most elegant flair, but not at all with any airs! Can't wait to go back and I am getting the best prices on my christmas village....they have a sale on what is left as they make this tea room even better! Don't miss a great time and relaxing atmosphere.

    • Natalie

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      My mother and I hosted a bridal tea and luncheon here today and there are not enough words to describe how wonderful it was. This tearoom is the best, by far, I have ever been to...and I have been to many tearooms in Central Florida, as well as out of state. The owners went over and beyond in every way, especially when it came to hospitality. The tearoom decor was breathtaking. I have never seen anything like it - it was absolutely gorgeous and the pictures do not do it justice. The food was absolutely amazing. They have the best scones, neiman marcus bars, chicken salad, blueberry iced tea and so much more. Every bite of food was out of this world (and this is a true rarity to find)! Many, many thanks to Southern Belles Tearoom. I highly recommend this tearoom for anyone looking to socialize with close friends or host a party...it's perfectly sensational!!! This is truly Central Florida's best kept secret and thanks to TeaMap we discovered it!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Natalie and Janet,<BR> <BR> I have been so busy lately that I haven't been able to respond to all of our reviews, but couldn't let this one go without thanking you so much! It was a pleasure to serve all of your wonderful family from Fort Meade, Naples and Lakeland. We are glad that you had a wonderful time. The Bride was beautiful, as were all of you!<BR> Many Blessings to the Bride and Groom and all of you!<BR> We look forward to seeing you again soon!<BR> Warmly,<BR> Rick, Susan, Betty and Staff<BR> <BR> And to all of our faithful customers who have wrote reviews, we sincerely appreciate it!

    • Tea Time Jean

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      What a fine establishment! Enjoyed every minute of my time there. The tea was to perfection, food wonderful and delicious. Wil be bringing my group of friends soon!

    • Ocala Tea Mom Deb

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      I am so excited I found out about this store and tea room today @ the Strawberry Festival. Their custom Strawberry Festival Ice Tea was just delicious! I received the brochure and one of the gentlemen agreed to come back to the Festival from Ocala if we could take him to get him some more of their award winning Tea! Can't wait to go to the Tearoom!

    • Gail

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      I just can't say enough about how this is the best tea rom overall and I have been to a lot of tea rooms! Best food, scones, atmosphere,southern hospitality....this is A+++. The only thing is that they are closed for the Festival...but their Strawberry Festival Tea is wonderful!

    • Verna

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      Our ladies group had the most delightful tea time experience last week @ Southern Belles with Rick and Susan! Warm, delicious scones and exquisite tea along with everything house made for a wonderful event! Can't wait to come back soon! Found cute treasures and books in the store too!

    • Nancy

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      Oh yes. this place is just magical! I felt like a Princess in a castle. Warm and enviting on a cold day with the most delicious food and tea one could imagine! It was cold and rainy outside, but you couldn't tell it when you entered. The gentleman is very accomodating and the staff and Susan are the epitome of Southern Hospitality, as it should be! Make sure you have their famous Strawberry Festival Tea and their one of a kind Strawberry Scones.

    • Viola Burleson

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      We have found a jewel and surprise in Plant City! Calling and going in to check it out while having afternoon tea was just exquisite! Planning a family wedding Shower.they were so helpful in helping us plan it and there was not one thing we could complain about....it was above the top. Every delicious bite...and believe me I am picky and their house blend tea is delicate, but very british! Also, the strawberry tea is the best around; it certainly is no comparison to no other around...it is their own blend and it is heavenly! God Bless and don't miss this experience. It is worth every dime spent and more and can't wait to bring the family for the shower.

    • Neesie

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      What a perfect respite from the troubled world we live in! We enjoyed a peaceful, delicious tea in a most elegant setting..my Mother was so impressed and she enjoyed it so. It is true that sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses and we felt as if we were in a time gone by surrounded by roses everywhere! Don't miss this tea room...it was surperb!

    • Patty

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      Oh my Goodness..that is all we can say! They have the best scones...hands down, of any tea room we have been too! There is nothing that can make them any better....THEY WERE WONDERFUL! You've heard the 'Will work for Food'!!! I would 'WORK FOR SCONES!'

    • Jennifer

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      Driving out of town, all of us girls had a great time @ Southern Belles! We have always enjoyed our time thre and the experience just gets better and better. Even in this slow time in our economy, we felt like queens during our Afternoon Tea Experience. We enjoyed browsing through their vast gift shop and found wonderful Christmas treasures and tea items. All in all, the drive is always worth the experience and we wish we could come every week! Thank you everyone at Southern Belles our best to the owners!

    • Mimi and the girls

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      My daughter and I gave her best friend a Bridal Tea and it was a wonderful experience. Everything was done and the food was delicious. The Bride felt like the Princess she is. The staff and the owners were more than gracious as they made everything top rate for us. The decorations were so elegant. I would refer anyone to this tearoom. There are others, but they don't come close to this one.

    • Janie L.

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      O my! I don't know where to start. Plant City is very lucky to have this beautiful and fabulous tea room in their small town. I drive from Inverness just to have tea here with my dear friends and it is so worth it. Been to others around....the food elswhere doesn't hold a candle and the warm and sweet atmosphere is surperb! Happy New Year to Rick and Susan Lynn.....it was the best!

    • Cheryl Q.

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      All of us enjoyed our annual Christmas tea. Everything was perfection and the food was unique and delicious. The tearoom is just magical inside that cozy cottage. Can't wait till we have another reason to visit. By the way, the store has so many wonderful items and gifts. Didn't need to go anywhere else!

    • Sara D

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      Wonderful food and beautiful place. Our friends had a nice time with the most delicious food we have had at any tearoom. The nutcracker suite Christmas tea was so goo I bought some to take home. This is the real deal! Beautiful Christmas items on sale too... Sara D.

    • Glenda B.

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      We had a wonderful time with all of our friends in that beautiful room with the fireplace! We felt we were in a cozy little cottage in England. By the way, the food was wonderful. Can't wait to return. Your tearoom is the most authenic we have visited...the English Cottage atmosphere on the outside and inside is so nice.

    • Karen B.

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      Thnaks for taking us at the last minute and making our family the best memories this year. Everything was perfect and the warm atmosphere made us in the Christmas Spirit! Delicious food and sonces out of this world. My hats off to the chef!

    • Victoria and the Lang Family

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      AS usualy, our tradition with our family @ this tea room was great as usual. After reading about all the madness at Walmart and other stores after Thanksgiving, we have all made up our minds to come here every year. This tearoom gets you in the mood and is so relaxing and the food is delicious too. Their store is very large and we found a lot of Christmas items on sale too. I found the most wonderful books for a lot of people on my Christmas list. Last year everyone loved everything I bought them here! We all had a good time and didn't have to fight crowds and scrooges everywhere else. The owners make this time with family special and do whatever is necessary to make our time special. Merry Christmas Rick, Susan and staff!

    • Emily Lynn

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      Great job for an outstanding afternoon tea. Everyting was perfect! They are also having the best Christmas sale for their anniversary.....all of their Christmas is on sale until sold out....the villages are great. They are getting low on some of them. The owners told us that they are selling all the Christmas now to make a large tea area in the other section of the store. What a stash I came away with.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Emily,<BR> Thanks so much for such a nice review! Just for everyone's info...not all of our D56 Villages are on sale; select pieces in all of the villages are on sale! Also select snowbabies, boyds, cherished teddies, fontanini and seraphim angels are on sale in honor of our 23rd Anniversary! We are clearing out most of our Christmas early this year to make room for a larger tea room for more than 35 people! We decided to clearance most of our Chrismas Decor and ornaments early for our special, loyal customers! I am so glad you found a lot of treasures on sale for your loved ones for Christmas! I know your family will enjoy their new North Pole Village!!!The starter set was perfect for you and your children! Merry Christmas and have a blessed Thanksgiving.<BR> Susan and Rick

    • Janet and Tace B.

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      Our little group has been coming to southern Belle's since they started the tearoom. We visited again and it is always consistently the best. Rick and Susan are what makes it...they always treat us like family and the food is always wonderful. There have been others who have come and gone, but they always rate the best. For anyone who wants to have a great time and elegant afternoon, this is the best.

      Tearoom response:

      We have enjoyed knowing you through the years and so happy you enjoy coming back! Have a blessed Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

    • Diana T.

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      'Excellent tea and food; has an authenic feel to it like when I was in London with a warm southern style; Great gifts and Christmas items too. Will bring my group of friends back!

      Tearoom response:

      Diana,<BR> Thanks for taking the time to leave a review and so glad you enjoyed our southern hospitality! We look forward to seeing you soon.

    • Ginger Sonders

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      Such a warm, peaceful time during our tea time....especially during this uncertain time. The food was delicious and the cottage is so authenic! Can't wait to go back and get in the holiday spirit!

      Tearoom response:

      We are so glad you enjoyed our Tea Cottage and that it got you in the Holiday Spirit! Many blessings for Thanksgiving and a Blessed Christmas Season!

    • Ms. Carolyn

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      The excellent ratings do not even go far enough to describe the quality of this Southern-english tearoom. I was blown away with the beauty, the setting, food and southern hospitality. So warm, not stuffy as I have been in many others. Great Christmas items on sale too. Many thanks to the staff and owners for a job well done!

      Tearoom response:

      Ms. Carolyn,<BR> It was a pleasure to serve you and can't thank you enough for your wonderful review. We do try to make everyone feel comfortable and provide an elegant tea @ the same time! I am so glad you enjoyed shopping for your friends and family and saving money too with your Christmas treasures. Many Blessings!

    • Stacey M

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      Enjoyed my tea so much; It was a crisp, fall day and the food was so nice. Tea prepared to perfection and owners/staff were so nice and warm. Enjoyed the shopping experience too! It was an elegant respite to a hectic life!

      Tearoom response:

      Stacey,<BR> Thanks for your nice review and we hope you come back soon and let us serve you again. Many Blessings for a wonderful, Christmas Season!

    • Judith R. Grant

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      Ellen M. was right on. This tearoom and gift store is Perfect. Attention to detail is so evident and I can't wait to go back with my friends for tea and shopping. Great sales too for Christmas. We enjoyed ourselves so much!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Judith,<BR> Thanks so much for your attention to detail too in your review! We love for our customer to enjoy their tea experience and glad you enjoyed the sales too! Have a wonderful Christmas Season!

    • Ellen M

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      Attention to detail is evident during every course of the tea ceremony. Delicious scones; best lobster bisque and outstanding service!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Ellen,<BR> So glad you came and enjoyed our version of the tea ceremony! Thanks for the compliments on the scones and Lobster bisque.....it is my favorite too! Many Blessing for a great Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas! Hope to see you again soon!<BR> Rick and Susan

    • Jenny G.

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      Great fun and delicious food had by all of our group. Southern hospitality was evident by everything they did. The scones and tea are really the best we have ever had. There are no words to describe the scones. Got us all in the Fall mood!The Gift Shop is huge and Christmas galore.

    • June Bug

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      I just had to write and express the calmness and southern grace that is bestowed on all of us at this Tea Room. I have been going to it since 2001 and they have grown and improved dramatically! This is the time to join with all your gal friends and come out and have a relaxing time together. Great food, scones out of this world that Disney wants their recipe among others, and it is so beautifully presented with grace and the true sounthern charm that their name, Southern Belles, most definately is. During this time of worry, as is at many times in our lives, lets keep our favorte friends and tearoom in business .....you want pay any better money than an afternoon with the Lewis' and their staff!

    • 'Nana' Bolton

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      This tearoom is not only the best food, scones, tea preparation, but is the most beautiful and peaceful tearoom too. Our group of ladies just had the best time Saturday. Can't say enough wonderful things about them!

    • Book Club Diva Jackie

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      The ladies of a monthly book club met and had a great tea and fellowship at this Tea Room. So many personal touches and the food is out of this world, let alone the tea...just wonderful! I didn't know they had a whole book section too. A lot of inspirational books by many authors we all loved! Can't wait for us all to meet again there.

    • Nancy T.

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      The Bible Study group just had a nice time and enjoyed every minute of our tea and study. They were very accomodating and put us in our special room, the 'Scarlett Room' and provided privacy for us. The owners are just great and try to make every visit so special and are so gracious.....True Southern Charm for some of us Northern gals! All I can say is keep up the good work and can't wait till their Christmas Sale Starts.! Gift Shop is the most extensive we have seen and so many goodies!

    • Linda

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      I went with a friend to a lovely afternoon tea. We enjoyed it so much and the food and tea were AAA+. They have a wonderful inspirational book area and I found quiet a few to take home. Books and Tea....a great combination. Can't wait to bring my friends next.

    • Sue R.

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      My mother and I had a wonderful visit in this quaint and beautiful setting while we enjoyed a unique and delicious afternoon tea. It is such a lovely cottage atmosphere and elegant too. No words describe the scones...the best and the sandwiches were just surperb. The loose leaf tea was just right. I would recommend this tearoom to everyone I know. They were getting their Christmas items out and we had a great time shopping and great prices too!

    • Debbie G

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      What a Birthday! Our group had the most fun and special experience at Southern Belles for our Birthday Party with our family and friends. Mom felt so special, like a Queen and the food was exquisite and delicious. Their own special blend of Strawberry Tea was just the most delicious ice tea I have ever had and the strawberry scones melted in our mouths. So much fun and great teas going on in the other room too! A great place for a special time.

    • Mindy Eliteenz

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      If you want to have the most beautiful Bridal or any tea, Come here! We were treated like the royal family. One of the ladies who came was from England, and she said the scones were better than anything she had had in the United Kingdom! The Bride was so happy and it was such a wonderful time by all. The food, hospitality by the staff, all ready for us when we arrived....just so elegant. We were all running around, came early and had to buy gifts too....so large a gift store,....we found just the right Book and gifts for her. I can't say enough about this place. Need to advertise more! I understand they have been serving Tea since 2001 and it shows! Mindy

    • Queen Betty

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      Oh my goodness!!!!So delicious and beautiful.....the food, the setting and the staff and owners were just exquisite. I can't think of any tearoom or resturant I would rather go than Southern Belles's.....expecially if it is something special or just a girls day out!!!!Can't wait till the Holidays.

    • Barb from Brandon

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      We had the most delightful time recently at Tea at this bountiful and friendly place. The food was outstanding and the gift shop so varied from books to Christmas. The only thing I can say about the scones is A++++++. Go and enjoy an outstanding time!

    • Harriet Ricker

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      Such a wonderful place and food. Just wonderful and great sales on all of their beautiful Christmas Treasures....I started the North Pole Village and saved money too! Don't miss this one..!

    • Christy E.

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      I've been to several tea rooms and this is BY FAR the best!! The food was exceptional and the service was wonderful. I brought my daughter and my mother for a special day out and we loved it. I have not been to a tea room that compares with this one!! Thanks for the memories.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Christy,<BR> Thanks so much for your comments. We are so glad you came and we were able to help you make memories with your daughter and mother! We look forward to seeing you again. God Bless

    • Marion Brown

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      Had a wonderful time with all my friends at a very elegant tea at this tearoom. Delicious food, warm atmosphere and convience makes this tearoom A+. Will return soon with my family.

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks so much for the great review! We enjoy all our customers and appreciate the time all of you take to write and let us know how we did when you came to tea!

    • Janet D.

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      This is one of the finest, warmest Tea Rooms we have ever been too. So quaint and cozy in a wonderful place and easy to get to! The delicious food in a most elegant presentation was enjoyed by my daughter and friends. It is one of the times we look forward to for weeks. Wish I could go every week. We travel a great distance because it is worth it and we always find retired and pieces we are looking for to add to our Dickens village. The owners are so friendly and warm. Can't say enough great things about Southern Belles!

      Tearoom response:

      What a wonderful review! Thanks for your comments and hope to see you in the near future!<BR> God Bless,<BR> Rick, Susan and Staff

    • Patty Wood

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      My family and I went to tea a few weeks ago. We used to own a tea room and still love to visit them. Southern Belles was everything a southern tea room should be. Beautifully appointed, delicious hot and cold tea and the best lobster bisque I have ever had (loved the puff pastry croutons)! I wish I had more time to go back again soon!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Patty,<BR> Thanks so much for your lovely and gracious review...it means a lot coming from someone who owned a beautiful Tea Room too! We appreciate your comments and look forward to serving you in the future. Rick, Susan and Staff

    • Becky B.

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      I can't say enough about Southern Belles! It was just great. I loved every minute of it! It is so cozy, but yet elegant. The chef should be appauded...the best food and scones I have had anywhere and the tea was perfection. So much time was taken to answer all of my questions too. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Becky,<BR> Thanks for your comments and praise! To all of our wonderful customers who have taken the time to write about their experience at our Tea Room, we greatly appreciate it. We have been so busy, we have not been able to respond to every comment, but have read them and appreciate it so much! Looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful customers soon. God Bless!

    • Leah

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      We have been trying out a different Tea room every month for quite awhile now and we all agree that Simply Country Gifts & Southern Belles Tearoom ranks right up there with the very best!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Leah,<BR> Thanks so much for your comments and endorsement of being one of your best tea rooms! We enjoyed having you and hope you choose us again soon!<BR> God Bless,<BR> <BR> Rick, Susan and Staff

    • Violet Burleson

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      We took our Mom to Tea for her Birthday and she had a fantastic time! The food was delicious, atmosphere cozy and elegant all at the same time! My hats off to the chef....the scones are amazing! Not only that, everything tasted wonderful. The sandwiches were so good and the deserts wonderful. I also happened to come when they had their annual Christmas sale and picked up my favorie collectibles...North Pole villages...bought 3 at a great price! Don't miss this wonderful place and owners./staff were so nice too!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Violet,<BR> Thanks for your comments and the chef, my dear husband Rick, especially appreciates it! He really does strive to provide the best food possible and does make wonderful scones!(along with a lot of help from our staff!) We are glad you enjoyed shopping with us and finding just the right items for the upcoming Christmas Season! Take care and God Bless,<BR> Rick, Susan and Staff

    • Mr. Pete Smythe

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      I have been to a lot of Tea Rooms all over America and Europe and this Tea Room may be in a small southern town, but they had consistently the best food I have experienced! My wife and I enjoyed ourselves and will return as soon as we can! This is an hidden jewel and the gift store has something for everyone in everyones price range! Great sale too.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Pete,<BR> <BR> Thanks for your wonderful praise! It sounds like you have been all over..how exciting to visit Tea Rooms all over the world. We are all unique in our own way. Plant City is a wonderful town, but yet we are close to I-4 and it makes it so convienent too! It was a pleasure to serve you and many blessings!<BR> Rick, Susan and Staff

    • Maggie

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      Wonderful food, wonderful setting and most of all, great memories! The tea is perfection, scones out of this world and the gift store is huge! Bought some of hard to find Christmas villages and on sale too! It is vast! The owner told me that they were having a clearance sale on their Christmas goodies thru August....I found pieces I have been looking for! Thanks to all of you for our wonderful afternoon! Maggie

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Maggie,<BR> We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to our Tea Room and Gift Store and found what you were looking for! We appreciate your comments about the food and tea and look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Plant City!<BR> Rick, Susan and Staff

    • Jean Grant

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      Oh, I had such a good time with my friends this week having Tea in the most elegant and peaceful setting this side of the mason-dixon! It trully is Southern Belles with warm southern hospitality and the most delicious tea and food too! Can't wait to go back.Such a warm spirit there too!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jean,<BR> We are glad you felt our southern hospitality! We do try to provide a warm, gracious setting and wonderful food and Tea! Thanks for your comments!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Rick, Susan and Staff

    • Mindy Elitneg

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      If you want to have the most fabulous Bridal Tea...this is the place to go! So elegant and quaint and peaceful....my Mother and her friends enjoyed the tea as well as the Bridal Party.....the food was so good! The charm cake is the most unique addition I have ever seen for the bridesmaids! Keep up the good work and Plant City should be proud! I think if I was Disney, I would buy your scones too!!Ha....

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Mindy,<BR> We are so glad you all enjoyed the Bridal Tea! WE have had beautiful Bridal Teas in our Tea Room and enjoy being a part of the most important time in a young woman's life! It was especially nice this year, as we were getting ready for our own daughter's wedding! Thanks for your wonderful comment about the scones!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Rick, Susan and Staff

    • Amy M.

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      My Mother, Sister and all of us had wonderful tea....the food was so elegant and the best I ever tasted! We felt so special and it was a wonderful memory and bonding time! Thanks for making our day!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Amy,<BR> Thanks for your gracious comments and we are so glad that you felt special and enjoyed it! We look forward to seeing all of you again!<BR> Blessings,<BR> Rick, Susan & Staff

    • Marlene

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      A group of some very good friends were invited and we all shared a lovely tea time as a thank you from me and it was amazing. Such a peaceful respite from todays world as we visited and shared delicious food and time together. Everytime I come, the food and scones are better and better. Just wonderful!

      Tearoom response:

      We are so glad you enjoyed our Tea Room and allowed us to be a part of wonderful memories! Take care and we look forward to seeing you again!<BR> Many Blessings,<BR> Rick, Susan and Staff

    • Gail

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      I had tea with a dear friend and it was great! I haven't had a chance to write until now. Every detail was attended to....our name at table and chalkboard outside, the absolutely best food at any tea room I have ever been too and also my daughter had per picture take with the owners daughter in her wedding gown during her bridal portraits. It was just precious. My 7 year old daughter had on a Tiarra like the Bride and they were both like princesses. They make you feel like family. Go to Southern Belles and have a true tea experienc and feel like a Southern Belle!

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks for writing and so glad you enjoyed yourself! My daughter was scheduled for part of her Bridal Portraits to be done at the Tea Room and several people were in and saw her! We had several beautiful girls later in the day that wanted to pose with her! She was a beautiful Bride!<BR> Thanks for sharing your day and our special moment with us! It is hard to believe she was only 4 when we opened!<BR> Many Blessings,<BR> Rick and Susan

    • judith

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      This Tearoom was so nice as I was with a group who came this week. We had the most wonderful time....relaxing and everything tasted great. The tea was prepared by loose leaf and I had many questions and all were answered. The owner was very knowledgable about the health benefits of tea and explained the health benefits of tea, etc. Can't wait till they have their health seminar tea soon. My friends enjoyed every minute of it too! We are nurses and they have such wonderful books and gifts and many items on sale too. It is very elegant, but quaint too as it is in an cottage just off the interstate. The only negative thing was we arrived way too early as it the drive was easy from Tampa and we thought it would have taken longer. This is really the best tearoom above all in the county. Great value for the quality of the food and tea.

    • Deb....Tampa customer

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      I came with a group this week and simply had the most elegant tea and experience! The tea was wonderful, all loose leaf and served beyond perfection! The food was beyond delicious. From the wonderful scones to the delicious sandwiches and deserts. Every bite was better than the first. The gift shop was great too!!!They have a great sale on Christmas items... Our tea glasses and cups were never empty and always served with a smile. The gentlemen who also is a chef was so gracious...everything was relaxing and great! They had fenton glass too, which is not available anymore...simply lovely! And everything was perfectly by protocol but with a loving southern hospitality!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Deb,<BR> We appreciate all of our 'Tampa' customers! We do try to provide True Southern Hospitality with wonderful food! Thanks for your glowing praise.<BR> Blessings,<BR> Rick, Susan & Staff

    • Janice

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      Wow! That is all I can say. We had the best time at a Tea we attended at your tea room. The food was great and tasted the best I have had and the atmosphere was so peaceful and elegant. I would recommend this tearoom to anyone! Can't wait to return.

      Tearoom response:

      It was a pleasure to serve you and we appreciate your kind comments. Many Blessings,<BR> Rick, Susan and Staff

    • Margaret

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      I went to a great Bridal Tea Last week and had so much fun! It was so relaxing and beautiful with the most delicious food! So delicate..heart puff pastry with sweet cream and stawberries and the scones were wonderful. The Bridal Bridesmaids cake was so charming. Can't wait to plan my own tea!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Margaret,<BR> Thanks for your review and so glad you enjoyed the tea! The Bridesmaids cake is such a wonderful Victorian Tradition to any Bridal Tea....Love to do them!We look forward to assisting you when you plan your own Bridal Tea!<BR> Many Blessings,<BR> Rick, Susan and Staff

    • Jean

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      We brought our Little Princesses to tea today and we had service that was fit for the queen! It was an excellent time had by all and the little Princess loved the scones most of all and the cute Sandwiches with ribbons on them made tham look like little packages!!! Every detail was attended to and I would highly recommend this tea room to everyone! You feel like you are a guest in a castle!

    • Jeannie Nolan

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      We all had the most wonderful mother's day teatime! We have been to many in the area and we always come back here for the best!!!So peaceful and beautiful...Like your in someones's special home as their guest. The food is the best....no other words needed! Thank you for our best memories!

    • Emily S.

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      The monthly club met and it was wonderful as always. There were so many cars out front, but not to fear....staff waited on us like we were queens! Great atmosphere and peaceful surroundings with all of the crowd! The food gets better and better and the scones are so good!!!! They have a great Christmas Clearance sale now as they expand their tea room area....wow what savings!!I love it here....so quaint and beautiful!!!

    • Marion Grant

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      I was present for a tea a few days ago and all I can say is WOW! Everything was all you could ask for. Elegant, but not stuffy. Beautiful and quaint....after having a time in England....Southern Belles is very authenic and the food is the best I have had at any tearoom...Better...I really have to say the strawberry scones were out of this world!!! The staff and owners were just about the best host and hostess you could ask for. Very knowledgable about the whole tea experience....took the time to answer all of my questions and the custom strawberry blend tea was just surperb!!!!This should be number one and Plant City should be proud! Can't wait to come back with my daughter for Mother's Day!!!

    • Larra

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      I agree with Jessica and Tami. I have been to quite a few tea rooms in the area over the years and Southern Belles is consistently the best. Same owners for years ... same quality food and service for years. When the owners have the passion for every aspect of their tea room, it shows! I hope my children take me here for Mother's Day!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Larra,<BR> <BR> What a wonderful review and we do so appreciate the comments. Repeat customers are the best advertisement for any business and you are greatly appreciated! We hope to see you during the month of May for Mother's Day too!<BR> Many Blessings!

    • Ms. Grant

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      We all attended the most wonderful Bridal Tea! So Elegant and the staff was warm and attentive. The food was some of the best I have ever had and the Decorations for the Bride were beautiful. Makes me want to be a Bride all over again! There were many other showers and events going on, and all of it looked great!

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you so much for your kind comments and as always, we love to host Bridal Teas! It is such a special time for everyone! Especially when the Mothers can come and relax and enjoy this special time during all the rush of the Wedding Preparations! Our only daughter is getting married soon too and we know how improtant it is to enjoy the moment and create wonderful memories!

    • Sandra Brown

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      I just had to write and say that this tearoom was wonderful! I have been to many tearoom in the Tampa Bay area and in Plant City and this is the best! So warm and comfortable, but yet elegant too! The food is top notch and the owners and staff really know a lot about tea. The gift shop is great and very large too! They added the tearoom when they moved their store in 1998 and it seems since they added theirs, a lot of other tearooms have popped up and pretty much have copied everything they do! This is the real deal and a wonderful place to have a tea for two or a group or Shower. By the way, they are really close to I-4 too and plenty of parking! Son't miss this one.

      Tearoom response:

      Thank you for such a wonderful review and it was nice to serve you on your recent visit. It was a pleasure and we appreciate you very much!

    • Tami S.

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      I agree with Jessica P. Some of the reviews of tea rooms on this website do not accurately reflect the true quality of the tea room. If you compare this tea room to others, Southern Belles should be number one for food and tea variety, quality, and artistry, as well as service and hospitality. You get a very warm welcome at this tea room, instead of a chilly reception received at others. Also, they don't take 'roll' at this tea room so that they can compare teamap reviews to their 'guest' lists. If you want tea, as you believe it should traditionally be, then this is the place for you.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Tami,<BR> <BR> Thanks fo much for your kind and thoughtful review! We always try to make every customer feel like family!<BR> Thanks again and many Blessings!

    • Jessica P.

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      I just have one question? Where do they get the review ratings and why isn;t this tea room #1? This is hands down the best tearoom in the Tampa Bay area for food...most authenic and best tasting, the ambience of the magical castle like setting...easy to get too...nicest and warmest staff and owners and just plain the best. The setting is elegant, but not snobbish....the Scones are the best in the state and they are always teaching us something new and interesting about tea! What else could we want? And the gift store is a treasure trove! I just love it and we all are tired of going from tea room to tearoom when we have the best right here in Plant City!!!!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jessica,<BR> Thanks so much for your kindness and wonderful review! We do strive to make every visit peaceful and memorable. Thank you!

    • Red Hat Gal

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      Our Red Hat Lady group had the best tea and lunch we ever had! This is one of the most warm and elegant tearooms we have visited and the food was just wondrful. We all found items in their large gift store and great sales too! I recommend this tearoom to anyone!

      Tearoom response:

      We enjoyed having all of our Red Hat Ladies Groups last week! We appreciate your review and hope to see you or your group in the near future! Many Blessings.

    • SEM

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      The BEST tea room in the area! True Southern hospitality; tasty fresh food; and excellent service. This is also one of the best gift shops around!

      Tearoom response:

      We appreciate all of the kind remarks and we do strive to give excellent service and food! Thanks for taking the time to write! Many Blessings.

    • Mary Celeste

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      Delicious food, perfect portions, warm atmosphere, outstanding service, elegant decor. This tea room should be #1!

      Tearoom response:

      Thanks for your vote of confidence and praise! We enjoyed serving you and look forward to seeing you again. God Bless!

    • Alisha

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      My friends and I went here for a 'girls' day.' Wonderful!! The scones (one cream cheese and one strawberry) were excellent, as were the yummy sandwiches and desserts. Definitely try the Bride's Blend tea. And Lynn and Rick were great...very friendly and answered all of our questions! Would definitely go back.

      Tearoom response:

      Alisha,<BR> It was a pleasure to serve you and to make your girls day out wonderful! Thanks for your kind remarks!

    • Judy

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      A friend and I had tea at Simply Country Southern Belles Tea Room on Friday. We had an opportunity to browse through the gift store before we were seated and were pleased at the varied selection of gift items they carry. The victorian atmosphere is interesting and comfortable. The teas we had were very good and the food was delicious. Lynn and Rick do a great job of making you comfortable and give the best of individual service-oh, and did I mention-their scones with the Devonshire Cream and the lemon curd are to die for.A very pleasant afternoon indeed. I'm looking forward to a return visit in the near future. Thanks guys!!!

      Tearoom response:

      Judy,<BR> Thanks so much for the wonderful review and we are very Blessed to have customers like you! We look forward to seeing you again!

    • Missy

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      My mother and I had a wonderful time yesterday at your tea. This tearoom is beautifully decorated and the scones and chicken salad were delicious. We loved the strawberries in the little cups and how they presented the check, so unique. My mother also picked up a couple of items for her next tea party. Rick was so nice! We will be back.

      Tearoom response:

      Missy,<BR> Thanks for your kind review and so glad you enjoyed your tea! Our staff and Rick enjoyed serving you and will look forward to seeing you soon!<BR>

    • Julia

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      I visited this tearoom with my daughter and baby granddaughter and we had a wonderful time. The service is so attentive and extremely friendly. The scones are beyond words !!! I think there should be a new adjective just for them...sconetastic ?!

      Tearoom response:

      Julia, Thanks so much for your kind and generous comments regarding our TeaRoom! We appreciate all of you! Rick and Susan

    • Kristyn

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      My mom and I went for tea there this weekend and we were blown away. The decor is beautiful and the food is AMAZING!! The scones are the best we have ever had!! Susan and Rick are so warm and friendly. Great tea room for any occasion. The gift shop had so many great priced adorable nick nacks. We can't wait to come back!

      Tearoom response:

      Kristyn, It was a pleasure having all of you on Saturday and are so glad you enjoyed our Tearoom! We look forward to serving you again!

    • Mindy

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      Those of us who attended the Bridal Shower Tea were so pleased as it was beautiful and so perfect! Previously attended a tea with my mother and brothers and everything is attended to..from our name on the board outside to our name on the table....all the little details let alone the food is the best I have experienced at any tea room. The tea is superior with the owners/staff taking the time to teach us how to brew loose leaf tea! Can't wait till their seminar and tea. A plus to this tea room!

    • Kathy

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      We attended the most elegant and lovely Candlelight Holiday Tea and wanted to say that it was perfect! Everyone won great gifts and the shopping was great. The Christmas village was so beautiful with the dickens theme and on sale too! The food and scones were to die for...the Tampa Tribune was right on the money...this is the place to shop and have a peaceful time with friends and family and avoid all the crowds. I can't wait to go back with all my friends and celebrate Tea again.

    • Kay Davis

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      We had the most wonderful time at Southern Belles TeaRoom thanks to Susan and Rick. We had a Princess Tea for our Red Hat Society Chapter, L.A.D.I.E.S., and we were treated royally. Susan and Rick have created a wonderful atmosphere and serve an absolutely delicious Princess Tea. The scones were so good! Many of us hope to attend the Ladies Candlelight Night Out - we definitely want to go back. Southern Belles Tea Room is one you should not miss, and Simply Country Gifts is a great place to shop. Kay 11/19/07

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Kay,<BR> <BR> Thanks for the wonderful review and so glad your group had a great time. We do try to treat everyone like a Queen! Looking forward to seeing you at our Ladies Night Out. Many Blessings for Christmas.

    • Linda

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      Absolutely the best scones in the Tampa Bay area. All of the food was delicious, and the choice of teas was more extensive than most. Service was excellent also. Nice gift shop.

      Tearoom response:

      Linda, So glad you enjoyed our scones and Afternoon Tea! Many Blessings for a wonderful Christmas Season.

    • Susie

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      Tearoom was so quaint, charming and relaxing with the most delicious food and tea!....BUT THE GIFT STORE has everything! Christmas items everywhere, angels, books, everything for tea...Forget the mall ladies...just come to Plant City...I can't wait until I come back with my Christmas List!...Great Sales too!

      Tearoom response:

      Susie,<BR> <BR> So glad you enjoyed your Tea and Shopping esperience! We will continue to have great sales until the end of the year! Thank you. Many Blessings.

    • Jennifer

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      A wonderful place to visit to relax and put you in the holiday spirit. There was a nice selection of loose teas to choose from and the food was wonderful. The scones were some of the best I've ever eaten. The owners were very courteous and friendly and made it a very nice visit for us. They were also very accommodating to my being a vegetarian as well. Will definitely be going for a return trip!

      Tearoom response:

      Jennifer,<BR> Thanks for the review and it was a pleasure to have you at our tearoom. God's Blessings for this Christmas Season!

    • June

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      We have been going to this tearoom since 2001 and it only gets better and better! Our baby shower was wonderful and many other family and friends memories have been so special. I can't wait until the Ladies Candlelight night out teas. I went to the last 2 and it was one of the most elegant and wonderful night out. The seminar on tea was great and the reading of A cup of Christmas Tea will be so wonderful. Don't miss the chance to go as it fills up fast. It gets you in the Christmas spirit and they have unadvertised specials for you to shop early along with a gift certificate too! They are the epitome of southern charm and grace with God's Love shown thru....June

      Tearoom response:

      June,<BR> What a wonderful compliment! Baby Showers are such a fun time. So glad you enjoyed your time with us. Many Blessings!

    • Deborah

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      Lovely tea room with the best scones ever! If you're anywhere in the area, don't miss this one!

      Tearoom response:

      Deborah,<BR> Thanks so much for coming and taking tea with us! We enjoyed so much having you and including us in your visit from South Carolina. I remember your visit and how much you enjoyed our initimate room with the fireplace. God Bless and thank you for your kind review.<BR> Blessings,<BR> Rick and Susan-Lynn

    • Patty M.

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      There is no better tea room ANYWHERE! The owners are lovely people who bless everyone they serve. I'll see you on 9/1. Don't ever go away!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Patty,<BR> <BR> It was a pleasure as always to have you and your sister for tea. Thanks for your wonderful compliment and many Blessings to you and yours.

    • Margo B

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      The buttermilk scones and strawberry scones are the best scones I've ever had!!!

    • CHERI NEWSOM

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      THIS TEA ROOM IS BEAUTIFUL AND THE FOOD IS BETTER THAN MANY TEA SHOPS I HAVE BEEN TO. I WOULD DEFINITELY RECCOMMEND THIS TEA ROOM

    • Julie E.

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      Our Mother-Daughter group has been meeting at tea houses around the Tampa Bay area for almost two years. Southern Belles was the very first tea house we tried & has been the standard to which we judge all the others! They have 'set the bar'. The food (especially the scones) is always delicious, the variety and quality of teas is impecable, and the friendly service we receive each time we attend is unmatched. The entire tea room is beautifully decorated with Victorian charm. Although we strive to try a different tea house each time we meet, we have been back to Southern Belles multiple times. It is definately one of my favorites!

    • Lisa

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      Beautiful tea room and gift shop. Get there early so you can browse through the gift shop. They have a lot of unique books and gifts. Atmosphere and food was terrific. Our server was very friendly and prompt without being intrusive or overbearing. We can't wait to go back.

    • Kathy

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      The scones were fabulous! The desserts were to die for. The service was wonderful. The one and only thing I would change is that the customers each be able to select their own kind of tea rather than sharing with their friends.Despite the long drive I would love to come back to this charming tea room!

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Kathy,<BR> <BR> We thank you so much for the wonderful review! I am glad you enjoyed the Tea Room. Just wanted to comment on the tea. We always have a specialty Ice Tea of the Day....and for the Hot Tea...we always brew it fresh when the customer orders it. We only use loose leaf tea and brew it in 4-6 cup pots. When there is a large group we always offer to brew a different type of tea each time as the guest chooses. The group can try different types of hot tea!<BR> With a group of 8 or more the hostess does choose the hot tea as it would be impossible to brew 8-30 different pots of tea. Again, we are glad you came and Blessings in the New Year!

    • wendy rutherford

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      WE VISITED TODAY, ALTHOUGH THE TEAROOM WAS CLOSED DUE TO THE SEASON, THE OWNERS WERE KIND ENOUGH TO PUT ON TEA AND SCONES FOR US, BOTH WERE LOVELY, WILL DEFINATELY GO BACK BUT FOR THE FULL TEA NEXT TIME, IT WAS LIKE STEPPING BACK IN TIME, AND SO MUCH MORE ELSE TO LOOK AT AND BUY. LOVED IT WENDY FROM DUNDEE SCOTLAND

      Tearoom response:

      It was a pleasure having you and your family for Cream Tea. We enjoyed your beautiful scottish accent and enjoyed swapping recipes! Looking forward to seeing you again when you return to the States. God's Blessings in the New Year!

    • Crystal Ortiz

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      My friends and I just went to this tea room and loved it! We enjoy going to many tea rooms and this was one of our favorites! The food was excellent and the service was wonderful! I can't wait to go back to visit this tea room again! I highly recoomend this tea room even if you have a while to drive, it was totally worth it!

    • Brittany

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      Our friends booked a girls get together and we had the most wonderful time. Believe me, we go to a lot of tea rooms and this was the best! The staff and owners are so attentive and warm. It is truly an English Tea Room with warm Southern Charm. The food wa great....elegantly preented on china and crystal with the best scones we have ever had! They made this Christmas Tea with all of our friends the most memorable! I would recommend it to the Queen!

    • D Griffin

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      My girlfriend and I visited for Tea on Sat. 12/16 Everything was just lovely and the food wonderful. The atmosphere is elegant and ever so southern. I go to a Tea Room several times a month and this is one of my favorites. D & J

    • Carolyn

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      I recently went to Southern Belles and Simply Country Gifts recently and enjoyed an afternoon Tea with a dear friend. They were very sweet to have fitted us in at the last minute! All I can say is WHY HAVEN'T I BEEN THERE BEFORE? They are tucked away in an Beautiful English Tudor Cottage under massive oak trees. They are very close to I-4 and easy to find and get too. The food was wonderful and very filling brought out on a silver tea tray. The scones were by far the VERY BEST IN THE WORLD....and I have been to a lot of tea rooms. It was relaxing, yet elegant. The Gift Store is HUGE.....so many gifts, tea items and Christmas Villages too numerous to note!...Beautifully decorated Trees loade with ornaments. One thing I really enjoyed was the large collection of Christian Books....many signed too! They had a lot of small groups too that day and I never felt ignored....the service was excellent....true southern Belles! The selection of teas were quite extensive, although their Peach Apricot Ice Tea and their House Blend...Brides Blend was the best... Can't wait to attend their Ladies Night Out soon and for Fall to come!!!

    • Jennifer

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      My friend and I recently visited this tea room for afternoon tea. We were seated in a beautifully decorated room with a large table and a few smaller tables positioned in the corners. Unfortunately, we were seated at one of the small tables in the corner. We were also alone in the room and were given little to no attention by the staff. We even had to pour our own tea. I think this tea room has great potential but needs some kinks ironed out.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Jennifer,<BR> <BR> We are so sorry you felt that being seated at one of the smaller tables in our Bridal Room was a negative. We reserve the cozy tables for 2 for our smaller teas as the larger table for 10 would not be very conducive for a tea for two. We try to accomodate our guests by trying to put them in different rooms so they can have privacy when we can, not to leave them alone!<BR> There is a fine line between attention and being a 'pest'. We try to come in after the food is served and pour your tea when possible, but always leave it with a cozy or on a warmer, in case we are busy and you need to refill it.<BR> Actually, according to protocol and tea etiquette, it is an honor to pour the tea at an Afternoon Tea! The role of the tea pourer involves the most 'stylized and personal element of the Afternoon Tea ceremony simply because of the intimate interaction between pourer and guest.' I was unable to be at the tearoom that day due to recovering from being hospitalized and my husband and staff were there. We are so sorry that you were not pleased. Come in again, and we will make it up to you!<BR> Susan-Lynn

    • Mary

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      We spent a lovely time today at this beautiful TeaRoom. The owner was very attentive and hospitable, a true gentleman. The young lady who served us did very well considering this is her second month on the job. The food was superb and the tea - delicious! We enjoyed browsing through the store, there were many beautiful things there. We look forward to our next visit. Thank you!

    • Margaret

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      We were accomodated on a day when they were not officially open for tea. It was kind of them, but the service was not entirely professional. We were asked to select a tea while still standing up, encouraged to select a specific tea, and then asked if pre-made tea would be fine. The server did apologize for this and said she only wished to serve us as quickly as possible. She was the one who brought it up, but when I said that, yes, I had wanted to sit down and study the menu, her father overheard me and scolded me, saying 'we don't want any trouble.' The food is really delicious and definitely the highlight of this tea. Gift items are for sale in the tearoom, so customers may wander around looking at things while you eat (probably more noticable than usual right before Christmas). FYI, many of the gift items are Christian-themed, and there are even right-wing political books for sale.

      Tearoom response:

      Dear Margaret,<BR> <BR> It is the policy of Southern Belle's tea room to make all our tea fresh to order. No tea is brewed until the guest makes their selection. <BR> The 'Ice Tea of the day' can be substituted or added to any tea experience. We offer specialty teas that have been local favorites and also recommend holiday teas, such as Holiday Apple Cinnamon. Absolutely delicious.<BR> <BR> Thank You for pointing out our gift shop. Often our guest wish to browse our wide variety of gifts while waiting on tea to be served. We take our guest tea order and let everyone browse or take group photos while the tea is brewing. We are especially pleased with our large selection of Christian themed items and books, many signed by the Authors. We feel our business is to provide a peaceful and memorable respite from this rushed world in which we live, and offering character building books for adults and children alike has been appreciated by our clientele. <BR> <BR> We love the DC area and have visited many times. Thank you for taking the time to spend a Holiday moment with us.<BR> <BR> Have a Blessed and merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year!

    • margaret R.

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      FANTASTIC...ABSOLUTELY THE BEST!!!!! I consider myself a tea connoisseur. I have visited countless tea rooms in a number of states that were said to be the finest available. Honestly, this may sound corny but it's true...these PALE in comparison to my experience at Southern Belles TeaRoom. I heard about this adorable tea room and bountiful gift shop from a very good friend and I knew I had to try it out! What a pleasure! From the moment I walked in the door, the lovely hostesses were at my feet welcoming my friends and I and ushering us off to our own little sectioned off room which was gushing with country elegance. They glided in and out, promptly refilling our DELICIOUS peach apricot iced tea and then they removed 2 silver tiers from our table. When they returned the trays were adorned with a plentiful amount of delicate and scruptious sandwiches, scones, and desserts. The devonshire cream was to die for!!!!! My friends and I laughed and visited while sipping our tea and enjoyed a delightful afternoon. After which, we shopped around the enormous gift shop that has such an amazing variety of collectables and unique gifts. I left with christmas presents for my 2 grand daughters; I'm so excited they are already taken care of! I cannot wait to go back and tell all of my friends about my wonderful visit! You won't be able to keep me away! Southern belles TeaRoom is truly the 'Heart of Plant City!!!'

      Tearoom response:

      We would like to thank our customers for all the wonderful reviews and comments regarding our Tea Room and Gift Shop. We strive to treat everyone special and provide a quiet and relaxing environment for a special time with family and friends. We feel honored to have received such kind remarks. God Bless and Have a Blessed Holiday Season.<BR> Rick, Susan-Lynn and Sarah and Staff

    • Stacy

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      This is the absolute BEST tea room I have ever been to. My first visit was about two years ago and I have been hooked ever since. I go often and consider it my happy place. There is no better place than Southern Belles to relax and feel like royalty. I always feel so special when I am there and always look forward to my next visit. In fact, I look for any and every excuse to go have tea! The food, atmosphere, and most importantly the people make it an awesome experience. I highly recommend this tea room to everyone. To the tea room: Please don't ever stop doing what you do so well! I couldn't bear to lose my happy place.

    • Kristina Perez

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      My best friend and I went for a 'girl's afternoon' on a Saturday. We picked this tea room from this website because of its location and its reveiws. WE WERE SO IMPRESSED! The cheery atmosphere and the professionalism of the owers was first class southern charm! We called her mother in law from the table to make sure she had no plans for next weeked as we were making reserations again so she could come with us. We had the light tea lunch and I am 5 months pregnant (big appietite) and we both came home with leftovers. The bridal blend tea is awesome and the service was impecable! We will definatly be going back for more strawberry scones and lemon curd! Thanks for making our visit a memorable one!!!!

    • Corinne

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      I've never been to a tea room before and I arrived hungry.I was not dissappointed when they brought out a beautiful 3 tier selection of finger sandwiches & desserts. Everthing was delicious and we were very pleased that our selection of teas came out to us nice and hot. Eveything was clean, orderly, and the presentation was an A+. Most of all, the peole who waited on us were very welcoming, warm and polite. I will be going back again soon!

    • Leslie

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      A lovely time was had by all 6 of us. The hostess/owner was able to answer all of our questions very knowledgably and offer great recommendations for our party, which included 4 young ladies. We were all made to feel comfortable and relaxed, and the food and tea were delicious! We will definitely be back again.

    • Deborah

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      A memoriable experience that I recommend no one miss. The ambience of this tea room is perfect. You are literally transported back in time. The presentation was as well, every detail was taken care of. The tea so delicious and prepared from tea leaves not bags was the best I've ever had! The scones are legendary, don't miss this treat of a lifetime. Conveniently located off I-4 stop in soon and be thrilled.

    • DeeDee

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      This is my favorite tea room of all time!! It is soo cute. I felt like I stepped back in time. The service was wonderful. The food was out of this world good, and the tea was delicious. They quickly discovered we had a passion for chocolate teas and found us several more varieties to choose from. And be warned... the strawberry scones really are the best you'll ever have. Can't wait to go back!

    • Rachel Kicak

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      This is by far the most charming and stunning tearoom that I have ever been to. The atmosphere is so calm and relaxing you truly feel right at home. The owners are two of the friendliest, warm, inviting, and caring people that you will ever meet and that definitely is a huge addition to the tearoom's charm. The fantastic homemade food and large variety of tea, hot and iced, makes this place ideal for people of all ages. I first went with my Girl Scout troop and then again with the women of my family and both times I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The Girls in my troop all agreed that this trip was one of the best activities we had ever done, which is saying something considering we have known each other for twelve years. In this fast pace world we live in, it is nice to sit down and appreciate all the amazing people in our life that God has blessed us with, especially when we tend to take their presence in our life for granted, and this tearoom is the perfect place to take an afternoon and truly connect with the ones you love. I think that is what makes this tearoom so spectacular, it really brings together all the friends and family that you love in a calm and beautiful environment.

    • Lori--New York

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      I have been to many tea rooms across the country and the world and I have to rate this one as one of my favorites. The whole experience was AMAZING. From the moment we walked in, it was like being on a stage. My daughter and myself tried on hats and gloves and acted like we were having tea with the queen. When we were ready, we were seated and served. The tea was wonderful, the soup was superb, I could go on all day about the strawberry scones. We were treated like family from start to finish. It was a gteat day. I am thinking of bringing my Girl Scout troop here. I think they would love it too. Thank you for an extremely enjoyable day.

    • Melissa

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      Each year my girlfriends and I go on tea tours and try new tea rooms and this year Southern Belles was one of our stops. The owner and daughter were friendly and accommodating. The tea was delicious and we were able to try 4 different varieties that they feature. The lobster bisque was exquisite and the presentation nice. The tea tier was beautiful. The sour cream scones were wonderful and one of the best I've had. I can't wait to return to FL and visit again!

    • Lauren

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      I too was very excited when I made the reservations for my family and myself to have tea at Southern Belles. Unfortunately, we had taken a wrong turn and ended up arriving there 40 minutes late! Our hosts were very gracious and were able to seat us immediately as we had called ahead to let them know when we were (finally) arriving. Everything about the place, from the tea to the service to the decor was lovely, wonderful and cheery. And the food was both delicous and filling - we had a simply wonderful time! Sure, they were busy as it was their day for Mother's Day but I will be going back and will continue to recommend this place to everyone I know.

    • Allison

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      I wish I could agree with all these other wonderful comments about this tea room but I would not be honest with you...When I called to make the reservations for my mother, sister and myself, they were very friendly and I was very excited to visit this tearoom! We arrived 10 min. early and another larger party arrived 40 minutes late and were seated before us. On top of that we were not seated but told where to sit...it gets even better though...after we sat down one of the women who works there told us we were at the wrong table and moved us to a smaller table and told us it was a 'Better' table.Smaller and less comfortable for us! We waited 20 minutes till we received our tea and then only after much confusion...the food was very good but we were still definately hungry when we left...the gentleman who worked there was the friendliest and kept apologizing...we felt like we were not welcomed and more of a bother than anything...I would not ever go back nor would I recommend this tea room to anyone I know.

      Tearoom response:

      We had no idea they were upset while they were in our tearoom and we are truly sorry they misunderstood what was happening. It was Mother's Day Weekend and wanted to accomodate them and made their reservation. Due to another party being late and parties coming and going, it was just a mistake. I actually had fixed the table I moved them to especially for them. The table my husband mistakenly seated them at, was really not bigger and it is not as nice a table, but it looks a little bigger because it is higher. I tried to call her back and left a message with her husband to call me. We do try to make every tea special, but during a holiday weekend, it is more hectic. We do care and I had just lost my father to a brain tumor less than 4 weeks before.....please forgive us, we were more stressed than usual.

    • Jean-Plant City

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      My Daughter hosted a Bridal Shower for her Best Friend and she selected Southern Belles TeaRoom in Plant City. We knew that they had a Gift Store in Plant City since 1986, under Simply Country, but had no idea what a wonderful place that we now have in Plant City! It was the most elegant and peaceful TeaRoom I have ever been too. Every detail completed and the food was beautiful as well as delicious. The Decor is to die for, but comfortable. Its tucked away under huge southern oaks in an English Tudor just about 1/2 mile from I-4. So easy to get to from Lakeland or Tampa. The Bride was so tickeled and says she will never forget this special time.

    • audrey

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      Our family and friends gather for ladies tea annually. This year, we choose Southern Belles due its centralized location ~ It was wonderful! By far, one of the best we have tried. The tea was yummy and Susanne was a perfect hostess. You will definitely leave full from the various finger sandwiches served along with the delicious strawberry scones! The gift shop is the largest I have ever seen at a tea house and filled with many great items. We will definitely return to Southern Belles.