Where: Tampa, Florida Style: Modern Tea Selection: 12+ loose leaf teas by TeBella Tea Company Teatimes: Saturday to Sunday, 11:30 to 2:30 Reservations: Reservations required Contact: 813-353-0930 Cost: $30 Afternoon Tea Destination Tea Tips: William Dean Chocolates is situated on the central community green in Midtown Tampa, a new 22-acre mixed-use district. Free parking is available in a large lot, parking garage and on-street (limited). Note this afternoon tea is also offered at their Belleair Bluffs location.
Destination Tea Notes: Tea friends anywhere near Tampa or Clearwater, make sure you experience afternoon tea at William Dean Chocolates. The menu is outstanding. We encourage you to make your reservations pronto, because we expect this exquisite afternoon tea service will not remain this unbelievably affordable for very long. The sleek design of William Dean’s new chocolate shop in Tampa spins a modern presentation and ambiance for afternoon tea. If at first it feels less fancy here without delicate bone china and historic Victorian grandeur, you have only to wait for the three-tiered tray to arrive before you are suitably impressed. The seasonal menu is a masterful collaboration between the store’s French pastry chef and owner Bill Dean — who was trained by renowned Swiss confectionary chef Ewald Notter’s Notter School of Pastry Arts in Orlando. We already know the teas here (blended by local TeBella Tea Company) are delightfully yummy, from our afternoon tea at nearby Oxford Exchange. The servers are doting but not disruptive, happy to bring out tea canisters for you to explore a new favorite. We say everyone will love afternoon tea here, simply for the sensational menu, but gentlemen may also favor this venue for being less frilly in its design. And before you settle the check at the counter, you just may need to peruse the designer chocolates and French pastries to see if any want to go home with you.