Where: St. Petersburg, Florida
Style: British charm
Tea Selection: Yorkshire Tea
Teatimes: Daily, 12 to 4
Reservations: Reservations required
Cost: $45 Afternoon Tea; $25 (ages 11 to 16); $20 (ages 10 and under)
Destination Tea Tips: This is a cash only establishment. If needed, there is actually an ATM in the tearoom. Hostess Amanda Kitto will contact you the week of your tea to confirm your tea sandwich selections.
Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Florida Afternoon Tea Directory for the latest details.
Destination Tea Notes: We had the honor of meeting Lady Chattaway herself (owner Jillian Frers’ alter ego), whose idea it was to convert The Chattaway’s game room into an English tearoom back in 1999. Built in 1921 to serve as a general store and later a sandwich shop, The Chattaway is known for its shaded, sprawling outdoor dining area, but after Jillian, originally of London, married into the family and joined in the running of the restaurant, she sought to create a charming indoor dining room where afternoon tea could be served as well. To arrive at your afternoon tea, you’ll cross the outdoor patio’s tropical scene accented in pops of bubble gum pink and kelly green, duck past the kitchen, and step into the cool blues and whites of the relaxing indoor tearoom. We enjoyed exploring Jillian’s vast Wedgwood collection and ceramic plaques with witty sayings that border the room. Service is friendly and accommodating while also leaving us to our leisure, which you know is a necessity at afternoon tea. The one disappointment at this afternoon tea is that we had been sure a British mum’s recipes would fill the tiered tray, when in reality only the tea sandwiches are made from scratch on premises. As we nod at the authentic clotted cream served, we long for authentic British scones to accompany it. In the end, this doesn’t stop us from enjoying toasted crumpets and warm blueberry scones with cream and jam, all washed down with strong, hot tea in beautiful china teacups.