Where: Tampa, Florida Style: Bohemian industrial Tea Selection: 40+ premium loose leaf teas from TeBella Tea Company Teatimes: Sunday, 3 pm Reservations: Advance pre-paid reservations required Contact: 813-253-0222 x805, Reserve here Cost: $48 Royal Tea; $36 Afternoon Tea; $18 Children’s Tea Destination Tea Tips: Don’t leave here without stopping by the TeBella counter to take home some excellent teas for later, or as gifts. If you’re a “Sunday Funday” sort, come early to lounge in the Champagne Bar.
Destination Tea Notes: Oxford Exchange is itself one of the stars of this afternoon tea experience, alongside an excellent loose leaf tea selection by local tea company TeBella, and a very scrumptious 3-tiered tray. You may notice that this review has an above average number of photos and when you visit, be prepared to see cameras out wherever you turn. Our teenage reviewer calls this renovated 1890’s building an “Instagramers’ Paradise” (scroll down to see why), and we definitely recommend you dress for the occasion, and plan to pose for portraits. Taking inspiration from the historic clubs, libraries and shops of London to create a place that would spark social interaction, Oxford Exchange now houses an upstairs shared work space, and main floor book shop, champagne bar, restaurant, tea bar, coffee counter, home goods/gift shop, private events like weddings, and a Conservatory, where afternoon tea is served. All ages gather in this beautiful space, appointed with stunning flower arrangements from a recent wedding, and the staff’s private event expertise shows as they smoothly execute afternoon tea service to all guests in one sitting. Speaking of the service, our server ranks amongst the select few who have a respectable level of tea expertise, such that she not only helps us choose teas we will love, but also makes spot-on recommendations for their preparation. Thank you Jessica!
Loved the vast selection of tea offered at OE. As always, I wish I had left more room to try more teas, but I bought a few to take home and can’t wait to try them. I would definitely return to OE and get there early to enjoy the Champagne Bar, which had a delicious assortment of classic bubbly cocktails.