Is it just me, or does reading about Meghan Markel make you crave Afternoon Tea? If so, here’s a list of places you can visit to live like the Duchess-to-be, and treat yourself to a good cup of tea and light snacks in and around Hamilton.
While researching, I learned that afternoon tea and high tea aren’t synonymous. Afternoon tea (aka ‘low tea) offers a light snack menu served mid-afternoon, and is mainly for ladies’ social occasions and royals. In comparison, traditional High tea is for working class men/families, and is served on a high table at the end of a work day. The menu includes main course items, such as meats and fish. Ok, enough of the random facts. Here’s your list!
If you want traditional
11 King St. W, Dundas 905-628-3768
You don’t need to bring any props to ‘do it for the gram’ at Taylor’s Tea Room. Think pretty and flowery china, like the ones Monica in Friends saved for a visit from the Queen. Everything is made and baked in house, including the bread used for sandwiches. The standout is their perfectly executed scones. They come mile high with a crunchy exterior and a pillowy interior. You get to choose from 19 organic loose leaf teas or coffee, but if you like black tea, try their Buckingham Palace Garden Party; a mix of Earl Grey and Jasmine.
When: Tuesday to Saturday from 4 to 6pm and after 11am on Sundays. Reservation is required for a group of 6 or more.
Price: For $26 per person, you’ll receive an assortment of tea sandwiches, pastries, macaroons, scones with devon cream and preserves, and fresh fruit.
Gluten free / vegan / vegetarian options are available.
Kids Special: Half the food for half the price.
If you are a Tea explorer
35 Main St. N Unit 1, Waterdown 905-690-9987
The scent of buttery scones being baked exudes from this hidden gem in Waterdown, as soon as you walk in. This is the Disneyland for tea lovers – you will get lost trying to choose from 170 premium loose leaf tea selections. Their best sellers are Cream earl grey and Sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch bits. If you want to try something new, try their Purple tea from Kenya that tastes like black tea and has antioxidants like green tea. It gets the name because it is pale yellow but with lemon it turns pink-purple.
When: Wednesday to Sunday with last seating at 3pm. Reservation is highly recommended and must be made over the phone.
Price: Ranges from $13 to $30 per person. Menu
Gluten free (additional charge) and vegetarian options are available.
Kids Special: “Prince & Princess Tea” for $16 per person for 12 years and under.
When you can’t fly to England
288 Grays Road Unit #8, Stoney Creek
This family owned tea house, run by a dynamic mother-daughter duo (Julie & Ashley), opened their doors in late March of this year. It was a long dream of Julie’s to open an authentic tea room, and bring a little bit of England to you, in hopes of sharing her British background. From a mix-match of furniture and pots, to Bakewell tarts and Victorian sponge, you will feel like you are in a classic tea room in South Yorkshire.
When: Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. Reservation recommended.
Price: $24 for one $45 for two. Menu
Vegetarian options are available.
If you are a chocolate lover
54 James St. N, Hamilton 905-522-2233
This cute, homey cafe & restaurant just opened its door on James St. North in December, 2017. If you have a sweet tooth, this is the place for you. Unlike other places, they include house made treats like truffles and assorted chocolate clusters. Everything is baked and made in house except for the macarons and bread, and comes with a pot of good quality bagged tea from Ceylon Tea Bush (7 to choose from).
When: Monday to Friday from 2 to 7pm and all day on Saturdays. They will accept walk-ins and same day reservations by texting 647-878-2666.
Price: $44 regularly for a set (no limit to how many people share it) and it comes with truffles, macarons, cookies, assorted chocolate clusters and pastries, tea sandwiches and quiches.
Gluten free and vegetarian options are available with reservations.
If you are a planner
533 Milgrove Side Rd, Dundas 905-689-7253
Who knew there’s a tea room at a country market? Every item in their afternoon tea menu is made and baked in house and comes with a large pot of bagged tea – around 20 to choose from. The most popular choices for sandwiches are turkey and cranberry and cucumber cream cheese. Afterwards, you can go for a stroll in their garden centre and market for shopping or checkout their petting zoo in the summer.
When: Available daily from 11am to 5pm. By reservation only over email, on the phone or in person. 24 hours notice is required.
Price: $28 per person. Items
Gluten free option is possible if you bring your own bread for sandwiches. Vegetarian option is available. Please mention in your reservations.
If you are into tea leaf reading
477 John st., Burlington 905-634-6767
Don’t let the exterior deceive you, because this tea house is adorable inside. Every wall and table has a different ambiance – plates hanging on one wall and fireplace by another, with hats and gloves on the shelf above. Even the napkin ring on each table is different and you won’t know where you want to sit. You can enjoy freshly baked scones during tea leaf reading on Wednesdays. It comes with a small pot of loose leaf tea (19 selections).
When: Wednesday to Saturday 11 to 4pm and Sunday 12 to 4pm. Reservation over the phone is recommended especially on Wednesday and weekends.
Price: Ranges from $12.95 to $29.95 per person. Menu
Gluten free / vegan / vegetarian options are available if they phone ahead.
Kids Special: “The Princess / Prince Tea” $14.95 per person for 12 years old and under.
If you want to live like Drake
1 Langdon Drive, Cambridge 1-800-268-1898
Photo credit – Langdon Hall
Yes, this is where Drake stood out front with a Rolls Royce and cute pup, for his ‘VIEWS’ Digital Booklet. This luxurious boutique hotel offers the most elegant afternoon tea experience with a breathtaking view of the gardens and Carolinian forest. Everything is baked and made from scratch in house, even the chocolate! Their own signature chocolate, Terrior, designed by Chef Jason Bangerter and Pastry Chef Rachel Nicholson is used in some of their baked goods like the scones and macarons. Out of 29 high quality loose leaf teas the chef personally likes Vanilla Bourbon and Jasmine Snow Dragon with the afternoon tea. To compliment Terrior the most, the chef suggests Masala Chai, Peaches and Cream, Mint Verbena, and Red Balloon.
When: Friday to Sunday at 1pm and 330 pm. Reservations are required.
Price: $50 per person. Items
It can be accommodated for every guest’s needs – vegan, nut free, dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian, etc.
Kids Special: $25 per person for 10 years or younger and includes chocolate chip scone, butterscotch scone, PB&J sandwich, grilled cheese, chocolate dipped strawberry, chocolate brownie, vanilla cupcake.
If you feel like going on a road trip to a cute ass town
2 Main St., Saint George 519-448-3999
Photo credit – Abigail’s Tea House
Abigail’s Tea House is located in a restored old bank in the charming village of St. George. They own a bakery where a baker with 25 years of experience makes everything with quality ingredients. Out of towners visit just to buy their pies! Some unique items on their menu include Fruit Spritzer, Cheese Pimento and Chicken Waldorf salad with curry and turmeric. They offer more than 40 loose leaf teas but their best seller is their proprietary blend, Abigail’s Raspberry Cream Earl Grey along with Creme Brulee Roobois and Kelly Cherry Rose named after their granddaughter.
When: Tuesday to Saturday 11 to 4pm. Sundays and Mondays large group reservations only. Reservation recommended especially on weekends. Call or fill out this form
Price: Ranges from $20 to $35 per person. Menu
Gluten free, vegan (Mother Nature Salad) and vegetarian options are available.
Kids Special: Ladybug lunch miniature $18 per person for 12 years and under.
If you want to reenact Pride and Prejudice
20 Ava Road, Brantford
Photo credit – The Golden Teapot Facebook
The Golden Teapot is located in Glenhyrst gardens and offers English high and low tea services. Imagine enjoying lovely afternoon tea in the atrium of the mansion built in the 1920’s with a beautiful view of 16 acres of park and gardens. They carry over 20 different varieties of tea from around the world. Baked goods including scones are from a local bakery but everything else is prepared in house from scratch. Afterwards, you can indulge in a nice walk on SC Johnson Trail along the Grand River.
When: Tuesday to Sunday. Reservation only. To book call Linda Pickering at 519-753-3797
Price: Ranges from $17.95 to $44.95 per person. Menu
Gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options available. Must be mentioned at reservation.
**Disclaimer – This is not a sponsored post. All opinions and suggestions are of my own. The information provided in this article is correct as of Feb 25, 2018**