Other Tea Rooms have come and gone in South Tampa but there are many resons why this gem is still shining! I have visited tea rooms all over the U.S. and abroad and The Royal Tea Room is hands down my favorite. The service and hospitality are wonderful. I am recently expecting and requested Apricot decaf on my last visit. Upon my arrival, and within minutes I had a bubbling hot pot in front of me with carmelized sugar on the side. No request is too large or small for Denise. A happy customer is her biggest reward. I am always blown away with the creativity that The Royal Tea Room puts into their menu. On this trip, I had banana chocolate chip scones with strawberry perserves and of course clotted cream. The finger sandwiches consisted of a traditional, though not typical, cucumber sandwich,chicken salad on croissant,and last but not least a miniature duck quesadilla garnished with a sour cream florette and chive. The presentation if I have not mentioned it before is absolutely divine. The dessert tier consisted of a chocolate boat with fresh berries, a tiny key lime pie and another wonderful homemade creation. If that hasn't got you ringing them for an afternoon tea reservation,the unique shopping experience will! The owner Denise has traveled far and wide to bring some of the most unique gift items to her boutique. It's the perfect stop for that last minute gift.I have attended many showers at The Royal Tea Room including having a luncheon there where I asked my best girlfriends and family to participate in my wedding. I am hoping to have one of my baby showers there as well. Happy Sipping!!!