Recently, I joined two friends at the Royal Tea Room in La Plata, MD for a Sunday afternoon tea. I wasn't expecting much as a "tea" makes me think of a formal event with a cup of tea and some scones. But, much to my surprise, I was quite pleased with the results. The Tea Room is in an old Victorian style house and was set up in an inviting manner with tables scattered throughout several rooms. We had reservations and were seated immediately. After selecting our flavor of tea, we were invited to pick out our teacups from a nice selection and were quickly served our tea followed by soup and salad The soup was delicious and the salad was nice and fresh with a tasty salad dressing. This was followed by a red velvet scone that was superb -- it melted in your mouth. Lastly, came a three tiered tray with finger sandwiches, hot savories, and sumptuous desserts. There was more than enough there to serve three people so after filling ourselves up, we each had a small box of leftovers to take home. The whole experience was quite nice and we agreed that we needed to come back another time. If you like afternoon teas, this is a great place to go and while you are there, check out the upstairs rooms for some shopping. It is jam packed with lovely items, some refurbished furniture and jewelry at quite reasonable prices.