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StriderGirlBurlington, OntarioSince March 25, 20131 Review
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3.5 (3.5)
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Tea Room, The2417 Marine Drive, Oakville
Everything I could want in a tea shop
Submitted Monday, March 25, 2013 - 1:09pm [Dine in]

Last week I took advantage of a rare child-free day to go for lunch at The Tea Room with a good friend. I'm very glad she introduced me to this little gem! The place feels a bit cramped when you first walk in, as the tables are very close together, but once we got started on our meal we didn't really notice the tight space any more. On the day we were there, the owner was running the place single-handed (and it was busy), but the service never got slow enough to be a problem. And she was very quick and obliging with requests like extra hot water in our teapots and extra jam for the scones.

The lunch menu is a pretty standard soup/sandwich/salad selection - nothing to make you go "wow," but good. I had the grilled cheese and ham sandwich, which was very tasty, although a trifle bland - it could have benefited from a dab of zesty sauce of some kind. My friend had the BLT wrap, which she said was excellent.

The tea menu is extensive, and well worth a read. I ended up choosing the Buckingham Palace Garden Party, a black tea blend that was absolutely delicious - I hadn't had it before, but I ended up drinking 2 pots of it over our 3-hour lunch! (That was another thing I appreciated, we never once felt rushed to finish our meal or clear our table, even when we lingered over our tea for an hour after dessert.)

Ahhh, yes, dessert. The best part of a tea room, and well worth making room for at this place! The homemade scones are fabulous - solid but light, with a buttery, flaky texture that still manages to stay together long enough for you to slather on the real Devon cream and strawberry preserves for the full taste experience. Mmmmm! If it weren't for the scones, I would have rated the food a 3, but they definitely bumped it up a notch. I noticed as we were leaving that they also had a selection of home-baked lemon squares and shortbread - something to try another time!

All in all, it was a lovely break from the everyday. I enjoyed the real china teacups and individual teapots with the cute little strainers for the tea leves, the white lace tablecloths, and all the locally-done paintings decorating the walls. I enjoyed the lunch. But most of all, I loved those scones.

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