Destination Tea: The Olde English Creamery

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
Contact:  850-542-7969
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.

Exterior and front porch of The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL

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.

The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
Built in 1879 as a honeymoon cottage with no kitchen (because the newlyweds ate with the family in the main house), the Moreno Cottage has been relocated to the historic village, renovated and is now home to The Olde English Creamery.

foyer of Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
Upholstered bench crowned with shelf of flowers makes for a pretty group photo backdrop
interior of Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
Loving the ceiling detail and ornamental wooden arch, and oh yes, the gelato counter!
tea hats at Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
Tea hats to augment your teatime fashion
seating at Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
Sweet table for two
tea table at Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
What appears to be an openwork lace tablecloth is actually easy-to-wipedown vinyl! What a clever way to integrate romance and function. We always appreciate fresh flowers on the tea table. Attention, please note the Wine List!

Tea Service

tea list at Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
Each of us is invited to choose a pot of tea and we select Angels Dream, Buckingham Palace Blend, Indian Spice Chai and Organic English Breakfast Blend.
favorite teacup Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
My favorite cup on the table
drinking tea at Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
When small kitchens or staff make it difficult to decant teas before serving, we think a small dish to catch the tea sacs would be helpful to allow guests to remove them after five minutes to prevent teas from oversteeping.
Sofia at Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
Our teen DT reviewer says the curry chicken tea sandwich here is one of the best she’s had.

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

three-tiered tea tray at Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
Our youngest DT reviewer exercises extreme self-restraint so that photographs can be taken before she dives in.
tea sandwiches and sausage rolls at Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
The homemade savories course heralds a proper return to afternoon tea: fabulous lemon-sage sausage rolls, egg salad, cucumber chive, smoked salmon and jubilee curry chicken tea sandwiches.
scones and cakes at Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
Lemon and lavender tea cakes filled with fresh cream and lemon curd and sultana (golden raisin) scones
creamer, clotted cream and jam at Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
Aside: love the castle and bridge depicted on this creamer! Clotted cream and preserves for our scones are cleverly served in punch glasses.
fluffy sultana scones at Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
Feast your eyes upon these pillowy scones – what a treat!
gooseberry pudding and pavlovas at Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
More desserts: divine raspberry pavlovas dusted with cocoa, and gooseberry fool with elderberry and topped with whipped cream. A “fool” we learn is a traditional English summer dessert that has been around since the 16th century; creamy, but lighter than a pudding. Delicious!
front gift shop at Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
The Olde English Creamery is expanding their gift shop offerings, which currently include imported chocolates, British teas and tea accessories.
Pensacola art after Afternoon tea at The Olde English Creamery in historic Pensacola, FL
Tania kindly directs us to the main drag for shopping, and as we stroll there, we chance upon an outdoor art display. The blend of new and historical in Pensacola feeds the spirit.

DestinationTea
Tea Voyageuse, discovering the world of afternoon tea, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

1 Comment

  1. 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.

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