Where: Historic Pensacola, Florida
Style: Late 19th century cottage
Tea Selection: 10 loose leaf teas imported from England
Teatimes: [Covid-19] Wednesday to Saturday 11, 1 or 3, Sunday 12:00 or 2:30; [Normal] Wednesday to Saturday 11 to 5
Reservations: Reservations required for afternoon tea; otherwise, walk-ins welcome
Cost: $33 Palace Tea; $24.95 Palace Tea To-Go; $23 Children’s Tea; $22 Cream Tea for Two; $19.95 Light Lunch Tea; $11.95 Cream Tea
Destination Tea Tips: Make a day of it! Leave time to explore the shops and tour the 28 historic properties located within the footprints of the original Spanish and British forts in downtown Pensacola. Reserve your preferred afternoon teatime well in advance, because The Olde English Creamery has six tables available normally (and is currently operating at 50% capacity). Lunch is also served here without a reservation, and inside you’ll find a gelato bar.
Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Florida afternoon tea directory for the latest details.
Destination Tea Notes: And we are BACK! This is our first tearoom review since Covid-19 hit the U.S. When people started asking what would be the first thing you’d do when the lockdowns were lifted, naturally, our answer was: go to tea! And so we did, last week in Florida, where restaurants were operating at 50% capacity to keep tables socially distanced. We’ve been hopeful that our listed afternoon tea venues will survive the months-long shutdown, and so are very happy to discover that The Olde English Creamery has found a new revenue source many tearooms across the country have begun to offer: afternoon tea to-go. In fact, they prepared 160 Mother’s Day takeout teas! That’s right, no pandemic is going to stop us from properly celebrating motherhood — with afternoon tea.
Our friendly hosts, married couple Tania and Bob, opened The Olde English Creamery in Historic Pensacola Village last year. First off, a teahouse absolutely belongs here, where living history programs depict Victorian life and tour 19th century buildings (currently paused during the pandemic). And, infusing even more authenticity into the afternoon tea experience here, Tania is from England, and makes the most fluffy scones we have ever had. In fact, here the loose leaf teas, chocolates and clotted cream are all imported from England. But possibly the best thing about this tearoom is that it was Tania’s dream, that became their joint project when Bob — who tells us he came to love afternoon tea himself during their travels — agreed to run the business alongside her.
This is such a beautiful looking shop. A perfect spot for afternoon tea…and the scones look heavenly. And look…Cadbury chocolate! However, just one thing bothers me…the cups and saucers that I see in the pictures are much more like kitchen crockery…perfect for one’s “morning cuppa”… usually a strong wake-up brew… but for afternoon tea taken with some of the lovely delicate teas you list like Lady Grey they can only best be appreciated in cups made of fine bone china.