A country-style bakery/luncheon/tea house and gift store on the southern edge of the Surrey/Delta border. Informal and pleasant.
Went here for high tea.
Firstly, the ambiance is wonderful. It has a "grandma's house" appeal. One can borrow old fashioned hats and kid gloves to wear if one want to get very kitchy (which I do...). Even the bathroom is cute.
I ordered the high tea for twenty something dollars (I can't remember the exact amount). I shared it with my three year old daughter (who was decked out in frilly hat and gloves).
The tea itself was delicious.
The food was also good and all made in house.
The service, though friendly, was a little slow. The food was served in separate courses instead of all on a three tier tray. I thought the courses looked sparse when presented this way. Also, the time between courses (savory items, scones and sweets) was long. The items would have been pre-made (although made on premise) and it shouldn't have taken over 20 minutes between courses of sandwiches, scones and little cakes.
Other than that quibble- the place was nice and I would return (but if ordering the high tea - I would ask that all my courses be served at the same time).
BTW - it was nice that I could split the order with my daughter. I had been to another high tea where I was charged extra for my child to drink out of my teapot. This establishment does not do silly things like that so I gave it three stars for value.
Though this morning began looking & feeling like the season's first real Spring day, Mother Nature's seemingly neverending snow shower performances, as witnessed just 3 days ago, leaves one suspecting that this day could end up being just another 'fake' one. To my surprise, it was the real thing. Also surprising was this shop's appearance, which seemed to shout to my sister & I that "Yes! Spring is here!". We arrived around 10:30 a.m., opened the door to the shop to pass through an area displaying napkins, tea towels, & soaps, and breathed in a most delicious aroma of baked goods. A bakery counter is located directly across from the entrance. Turn to your right to set your sights on the delightful 'tea room'. The tablecloths are in Easter egg shell colors such as yellow & pink. On each table is a china tea cup & saucer set that looks like none of the others. The furnishings could have been found in antique shops or at garage sales. The decor seems to have a magical, make-believe quality.
It took us a few minutes to pick from the lengthy list of teas for our first "high tea" experience at this establishment. All the food items served on the 'high tea trays' seemed fresh and provided good variety. (Fresher & possibly of a better quality than I have experienced at other shops.) The staff were friendly. From one of the owners we learned that the shop is 15 years old.
Heading out, we passed the bakery counter again, and continued into a gift shop area. I had no trouble spending $100.00 there.
We plan to be back.
Love love love going there for tea!!! With their colored sugar and fancy little cups and outstanding selection of teas (all full leaf! ), you are bound to find a favorite. My sister and I simply adore the Londonderry Black tea and we get it every time! Its so yummy and it does quite a good job at waking you up. We also always get the fruity scones with the homemade jam and creme fraiche. What a perfect afternoon treat! They never disappoint.
I tend to stick to what I love like the black teas and scones but they have a great selection of green and herbal teas as well as many pastries, pies and cakes! But the best part is their fudges, and I do try to stay away cuz they are simply devilishly sublime! They always come out with new flavors like rootbeer and coconut and they also have the classics.
Give this little tea room a try! It's a nice place to catch up with friends.
It's TEA TIME! :)
Finally got to try high tea with a friend and were not disappointed. Loved the scones, jam, and devon cream. The tea was delicious with the lil sandwiches and cakes too. Very cute china and cutlery. Nice shop inside to browse if waiting but we had reservations as it gets busy for high tea bookings. Nice surprise.
Applewood is a local gem that's always busy & bustling. My favorites here are the freshly baked not so sweet cinnamon buns and lemon squares. They also offer home-style cooked casseroles like sheperd's pie, and quiches etc. Their portable packed lunch special's that include a salad, a main and a treat for about $9 are perfect for picnics.
The gift shop part of the store is worth browsing as well as it offers well-priced beautiful goods like french-style linens etc.
Parking can be a problem so be aware you might have to park further and just walk there.
I attended High Tea Noon with the ladies of my family for the first time at Applewood Country.
I arrived first and was left waiting in the lobby for about 15 minutes unattended by any of the employees. It did give me a chance to look around as they do have a bakery and gift shop connected to the tea room. They sell trinkets, souvenirs and decors.
When we got seated in the tea room, I noticed the environment was authentic like you would expect at your Grandma's house. Such as mismatching chairs, table cloths, and knick knacks on the walls. To add to the ambiance they provided accessories like hats and gloves, which I thought was fun.
The service was very slow, we were seated at 12pm and didnt leave until 2pm even though there were only 3 dishes served. At times we couldn't catch our server's attention at all. Although when we did, they were exceptionally friendly.
The food was very beautifully presented in tier stands. But I did not find it fresh or warm. We had Scones, Cupcakes, and Mini Meat Pies. They had an array of delicious jams to accompany the food.
For the 5 of us, the total came out to be $115. I did not think it was worth the value for 1 pot of tea and 3 dainty dishes. I will not return but it was an interesting experience.
My friend and I had lunch at Applewood today. We both had the quiche of the day (tomato bacon) which came with salad, a pot of tea and for dessert strawberry rhubarb pie with ice cream. The service was attentive and warm rolls were provided for free. The quiche was delicious, as was the pie. The salad was a bit bland. Overall a lovely (small) little tea room with scrumptious, "just like home" (in a good way) cooking. I would definitely go again!
Excellent little tea & gift shop. The food is excellent and there are some great bakery items to bring home as well. Everything is very reasonably priced and the service is perfect. Lovely unique gifts at a great price as well, a great place to spend a little time browsing. A "must go to"!
This tea room and gift shop is an unexpectedly charming little place in the outdoor mall at the corner of 64th and 120th in Delta. Given that the proprietor has converted flourescent-lit retail space for this purpose it is even more surprising. When you first walk in there is a small gift shop area and a counter containing homemade fudge. Around the corner and further inside are several tables in a seating area that has been decorated in the "shabby chic" style with pastel gingham curtains, an eclectic assortment of chairs and tablecoths and old tables. This shop uses bone china teacups and mismatched silver cutlery, along with an assortment of old fashioned fabric napkins and antique fixtures to help create the mood.
Our friendly hostess seated us promptly and I quickly settled on a rhubarb pecan scone with Devonshire cream and jam . Hubby ordered macaroni and cheese with a green salad, housemade honey poppyseed dressing and a baking powder biscuit. We shared a large pot of Earl Grey Cream tea.
The scone was delectable - not too cakey, not too biscuity, just flavourful and delicious. The Devonshire cream turned out to be whipped cream - understandable when a large scone, cream and jam are $4.50, but I think at least making mock Devonshire cream by whipping in some cream cheese would have
been in order. The jam was homemade and lovely. Hubby's mac and cheese was good but not "great". The salad dressing was fantastic, though. And they sell it there. I will be back for sure to pick some up. He was in raptures, though, over his biscuit. We later found out that the meal was supposed to come with a cloverleaf roll - a bun made of three small balls of bread dough baked in a small tin so they join together. The dough balls are one each of white, multigrain and cheese bread. Sounds nice, but they were out so hubby got the aforementioned delectable biscuit.
We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly for the total amount of $18.90 before tip. I will return with a friend soon to try the afternoon tea I saw being served to other tables. It is $18 per person and includes dainty sandwiches, scones and sweets, along with copious quantities of tea. As a tea snob, I would say the tea is of good quality although not super premium. That is OK at these prices. Nice experience. I noticed reservations are suggested for the afternoon tea meal, and it was busy so this is probably a good idea.
A lovely little place tucked away in East Delta.
We went for a nice afternoon tea a couple of weeks ago and liked it so much my daughter asked to have her 16th birthday party there, treating 4 of her friends to afternoon tea.
We were very surprised by the high quality of the tea served; the sandwiches, scones and tiny desserts were inspired and delicious, fresh and tasty. The server was warm and gracious.
We were *very* pleased to note that the portions of Devon Cream served were generous. One absolutely must be able to look forward to fresh scones dripping in jam and Devon cream!
The ambiance is cozy, and we especially liked our teacups...all pretty and old fashioned, and no one the same.
The brand of tea served was decent but not outstanding.
We definitely intend to go here again, and take guests. Note that they also sell delicious fresh fudge!
We walked in without reservations but the very helpful staff found us a table on a busy afternoon. We were enchanted with the decor. The food is delicious and the baked goods are mouth watering. Next time we go, we'll reserve ahead and have high tea, complete with goodies, nibbles, and, of course, tea.