Dickens Coffee and Tea Room
3801 W. Lake Mary Blvd. • Suite 171 • Lake Mary, FL 32746 • 407-496-9008
The first record of tea in English came from a letter written by Richard Wickham, who ran an East India Company office in Japan, writing to a merchant in Macao requesting "the best sort of chaw" in 1615. Peter Mundy, a traveller and merchant who came across tea in Fujian in 1637, wrote, "chaa — only water with a kind of herb boiled in it ". In 1657, tea was listed as an item in the price list in a London coffee house, and the first advertisement for tea appeared in 1658. On 25 September 1660 Samuel Pepys recorded in his diary: "I did send for a cup of tee (a China drink) of which I never had drank before."
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
― C.S. Lewis
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
Dickens Tea Room is a vision realized over many years of falling in love with tea drinking. Originally established by Debbie Arrigall-Watson, a Welsh woman of wit and candor, it was purchased by, Alaina Harwood in December 2014 after Debbie's decision to move back to the UK. In 2016 Alaina decided that she wanted to pursue other options with her career and this provided an opportunity for Mesha, who has always dreamed of owning her own tea room and sharing her love and the health benefits of tea with others!
Now (as of October 2016)
Mesha is passionate about tea, and has found some of the tastiest teas from her travels! She has visited many tea rooms around the world and has gathered inspiration through travel and tea.
The tea room has been updated to provide a vision that is welcoming, charming, and adds an an International flair.
Dickens Coffee & Tea Room is a place to gather with family and friends, catch up and share in the little yet important moments in life. Come in to a relaxing atmosphere, be inspired, enjoy the food and have a delicious cuppa tea, coffee or espresso.
We also offer a wide variety of imported goods and tea products for purchase!
Did you know that tea has wonderful health benefits? Review the following article for details.