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  • The Windsor Rose English Tea Room


    Mount Dora’s Windsor Rose Old English Tea Room and Restaurant Mount Dora is one of those towns that offers all the conveniences sought after by business along with the comfort and charm that a resort community strives to achieve. Located up highway 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) just over the Lake County line from Orange County, the town is filled with interesting sites including antique shops, jewelry stores, Art Studios, and restaurants…all worth the trouble of getting there. It’s an easy drive, about 45 minutes from Orlando, and in fact I have used the drive out to Mount Dora to establish business relationships, sealing the deal with a memorable visit to one of my favorite locations, the Windsor Rose Old English Tea Room and Restaurant on Mt. Dora’s West 4th Avenue. Paul and Sue Goodale, the proprietors, hail from Essex in England and have owned the Windsor Rose for about a year now. They were looking for a solid business opportunity in the Mount Dora area when they discovered that this well established Tea Room was available, and as they had experience in restaurant management they jumped in and took it over. Now their decidedly English accents add to the authenticity of this British bastion in Mount Dora’s shopping district. As you walk through the doors you feel as though you have been transported back to England and its traditional commitment to the Royals. The restaurant can accommodate 50 or so patrons comfortably in broad backed chairs at well spaced tables. Plastered walls and dark wood beams and trim mark a distinctively different atmosphere further enhanced by high ceilings and wide windows on the front and side walls, making the dining room light and airy while allowing ample wall space for hundreds of pictures, plates and plaques celebrating the Royal Family from present day back to Queen Victoria. The Windsor Rose offers both traditional English Tea House fare, and two guests could easily order The Full English Tea for Two (under $25 with tax) as their lunch. It comes served on a two tier cake stand with cakes and biscuits along with finger sandwiches and tea, setting the stage for you to take your leisure talking and enjoying your visit. The menu also includes a variety of English standards worthy of your attention including Lunch Pies, Cornish Pastry, Salads, Quiche and an array of soups and specials offered by the House. On this visit I enjoyed the Quiche and salad, and considered a Bass Ale...though as a business lunch I chose tea instead. My guest chose the Chicken and Leak Pie and couldn’t praise it enough. Each lunch totaled about ten dollars, an excellent value based on quality, atmosphere, and the friendly and efficient service provided during our visit. As a lunchtime destination I highly recommend the Windsor Rose Old English Tea Room and Mount Dora as a place to create both business and personal memories. I have enjoyed it several times and have never found fault. Windsor Rose Old English Tea Room and Restaurant. 142 West 4th Avenue, Mount Dora Scott Bradley // Reviews on the road