What do high teas, tiaras and a heavy dollop of comic relief have in common? That would be British-born Tricia Bennett. Tricia and her husband John own and operate Polly’s Pantry Royal Tearoom in downtown Wildwood. The old-style British tearoom has an intimate ambience reminiscent of grandma’s parlor. Tempting items in the traditional menu include cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, scones, quiche and homemade shepherd’s pie and are handed out as often as Tricia’s unique sense of humor. However, special events like the Little Treasures Tea for children (that’s where the tiaras come in) make Polly’s Pantry stand out from the crowd.
The kind-hearted Brit prides herself on serving up something else that’s not on the menu. “If you give people love, they’re going to come back,” she said. “You have to serve the food up with ladles of love.”
Polly’s Pantry is located at 819 S Main Street in Wildwood and is open Monday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended for regular lunch service and specialty teas/events. For more information visit their website at www.hopeinyourheart.com and click on “The Tea Room,” or call 352.330.4002.