Where: New Port Richey, Florida
Style: Traditional tearoom
Tea Selection: 12+ loose leaf teas from Driftwood Tea Company
Teatimes: Wednesday to Saturday, 12 or 2 pm
Reservations: 48-hour notice
Cost: $18.95 Afternoon Tea; $14.95 Lunch Tea; $12.95 Young Lady’s and Gentleman’s Tea; $12.95 Princess/Prince Tea
Destination Tea Tips: We recommend reserving your afternoon tea well in advance of their 48-hour requirement, as The White Heron books up regularly. Note the White Heron has a “no cell phone” policy in the tearoom (we love this). They also have their own extensive loose leaf tea selection with sniff jars, and gift shop with many treasures to explore – leave time!
Sponsor Disclaimer: At the time of this posting, White Heron Tea & Gifts and Driftwood Tea Company are Destination Tea advertisers. That said, we expect all our write-ups to be both gracious and honest (and every now and then, super-rad).
Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Florida afternoon tea directory for the latest details.
Destination Tea Notes: Walking through the “Tea Room” doorway at the White Heron Tea & Gifts, you instantly feel restful beachy vibes. Aqua and bright white flowing curtains soften the space, which is decorated with sparkling chandeliers, art featuring herons (of course) and cool blue tones. In fact, this tearoom is so popular that The White Heron recently doubled their dining space to accommodate reservations they were having to turn away. Sitting down to afternoon tea here, you’d never know that behind this relaxing vignette is a woman of prolific industriousness.
A Certified Tea Specialist and Tea Sommelier, Kelly Hackman runs the tearoom, writes for World Tea News and the newsletter she produces for The White Heron (The Tea Room Times), and stocks her gift shop with a variety of goods, including a t-shirt I snagged that she designed and dozens of teas from her own tea company (Driftwood Tea Company), whose teas she sometimes incorporates into brews by Cotee River Brewing Company, which her husband and she own. Whew! And still, Kelly is full of creative energy, with more plans in the works, like a new upcoming beer pairing and tea pairing event for the tearoom. (P.S. Kelly also created the tea pairings in our recently released Garden Tea Party Guide).
We notice and appreciate that this extremely affordable afternoon tea (available for takeout) begins with a nicely sized savory course, and tapers portions as you work your way up the tier, so that you don’t experience sugar overload. And we smile at the sweetness of White Heron’s servers, who bring an extra chair to the neighboring table, so that while a princess enjoys her tea, there is a place for her doll to sit.
This tearoom has potential but as of early June 2022, my friend and I found the afternoon tea experience disappointing. For one, the time between sittings is not enough for those of us that have to travel to visit. My friend traveled one-way longer than we were permitted to stay. Second, both our tea choices were lacking in flavor. Time together and good tea are the top two reasons we travel the state visiting tea rooms. This tearoom was a disappointment.