Where: Clermont, Florida Style: Traditional tearoom Tea Selection: 75+ loose leaf teas Teatimes: Tuesday to Saturday, 11-4 Reservations: Walk-ins welcome, reservations recommended Contact: 908-670-2305 Cost: $29.95 Lady’s Champagne High Tea; $24.95 Lady of the Lake High Tea; $22.99 Holiday Tea; $19.95 Lord Montrose High Tea; $17.95 Duchess of Clermont’s Petite High Tea Destination Tea Tips: Erika’s Tea Room resides in downtown Clermont, amidst historic avenues lined with cute shops that would be fun to browse. Also, Erika likes to stock her gift shops in the tea room and her neighboring store to suit a wide variety of tastes, so leave time to peruse her finds, especially the most diverse selection of teapots we’ve seen yet.
Destination Tea Notes: Mother-daughter hostesses Leila and Erika Shanoff share a true love for the custom of afternoon tea. It shows in the impressive variety of daily-changing tea menus and themed special events they produce throughout the year. Leila’s prowess in the kitchen proves that she knew what she was doing when she retired from her banking career to begin baking and cooking for her own tearoom. It’s a story we often hear repeated — afternoon tea enthusiasts dream of opening their own tearoom in retirement — but how that story goes depends on what happens once the dream meets the hard realities of the demanding restaurant business. In Erika and Leila’s case, their obvious passion and dedication to the tearoom’s success is paying off: Erika’s Tea Room just celebrated its five year anniversary. Come here for the delicious scratch-made menus that change daily, for the super-gracious service and to expand your tea palate. With two certified Tea Masters presiding over an expansive tea selection, you are guaranteed to be introduced to a new tea you’ll love.
This is a great tearoom if quality tea and tasty food are your desires. Erika’s afternoon tea is not the “traditional” tower of finger foods but rather personalized choices of sandwiches, dessert, and the BEST scones in the state. Decor and ambiance may not make a lasting impression, but the food and flavorful tea will.