I am sad to say this, but the ONLY reason to visit Her Majesty's in Dunlap is the beautiful shop that offers an unparalleled number of tea pots and teas and plates and accessories. I was so excited to see that the Peoria area had a place for afternoon tea and immediately booked a reservation. The experience however, was not a positive one. They do not give you a choice of teas, instead serving everyone the same combination of floral, fruity teas they decided would be appropriate. Then the food comes and I can honestly report they served a ritz cracker with a tiny bit of roast beef on it, another cracker that looked very similar to a wheat thin with some cream cheese on it, and a bowl of thin sesame snack sticks you would get at a bar. There were other items too, but I think those set the stage for what you will receive. Perhaps the owners do not know what to serve at an afternoon tea, in which case I suggest they visit a few of the better tea houses like the one in Frankfort, IL or around Chicago. They have a great location, a cute space, and a population of people waiting to try afternoon tea...but until they make significant changes I would do nothing but go there to shop.
What a wonderful place! A friend and I went and had tea there this past weekend and were so pleasantly surprised. We were seated in a beautiful historic room (next to a party that was WAY too loud, but sometimes that can't be helped) next to a window overlooking the circle and a church. We ordered tea and I had quiche lorraine (which was sadly, mediocre) and my friend had soup which she said was delicious. Then the tower came and everything we tasted was better than the last! The ONLY negatives were the ham sandwich which only suffered in its comparison to every other extremely flavorful item on the tray, and the fact that we only received 1 scone each. They were so delicious we wanted more!!! They serve these incredible tiny tartlets - one was mushroom and the other was shepherds pie - that were so good we ordered some to take home with us for the next day. When we got the bill we were actually shocked at how cheap it was compared to the quality of the food served, and the list of teas they had to offer. We will definitely make the trip back from Virginia to enjoy this wonderful afternoon tea again!
For my 40th birthday, my best friend and I went to Orlando for a long weekend. Whenever we get together we go to tea and were excited about visiting Dickens. It was fantastic! The service was a little slow, but it's tea so relax! And the food items were incredible. They had a decent selection of teas to choose from, and the people serving were extremely friendly and knowledgeable - especially the British woman running the room. We both thought it was a great deal of food for the money and highly recommend it to teahouse people. Thank you for a lovely time Dickens!
My second time to Pickwick and well worth the hour drive from Valparaiso, IN. 4 girls out for full tea and it was wonderful. The scones were flaky and delicious, the sandwiches fresh and flavorful, and the desserts...incredible. I would recommend this to anyone who loves afternoon tea or who just wants an afternoon of relaxing fun. I have been to over 20 tea shoppes in the US and abroad and would rate this as second only to a 5 star hotel in Geneva Switzerland. Try it!