Quaint And Charming
Nestled on the Main Street of Markham, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto, is a quaint and charming tea room. The Old Curiosity Shop is a traditional tea room aiming to satisfy those who are searching for an authentic afternoon tea experience.
One thing that’s quickly apparent is owner Adam’s delight in what he does. Upon entering the restaurant, it feels more like you are visiting a friend for tea rather than a commercial establishment. There is a friendliness and coziness about the place that instantly makes you feel comfortable.
Attention to Detail
Once seated, I quickly admired the beautifully set table complete with linens and pretty vintage English china. One of the exciting aspects of attending afternoon tea is using all the fancy china. The table was set with a mix of different patterns. I drank from a beautiful Colclough teacup and my food arrived on a 2 tier tray in the Royal Albert Celebration pattern, one of my personal favorites.
I was presented with their extensive tea menu and chose the Cream Earl Grey, a fragrant and delicious black tea. All of the teas served at The Old Curiosity shop are served loose, as they should be, and arrived promptly.
No Cold Tea
If you’ve watched the video in our VIP group on FB I did with Tea With Tracie who specializes in upscale tea parties, we noted that one of the most important elements of afternoon tea is flow. There has to be nothing more disappointing than cold tea. Well, there was never a cup of cold tea here. Adam frequently checked in with me to see that my pot of tea was perfect at all times, refreshing it as necessary. The attention to detail and customer satisfaction is evident and at the forefront of everything they do at The Old Curiosity Shop.
Keep It Simple
As I was dining alone, I had a nice individual teapot and 2 tiered tray filled with many delicious sandwiches, scones, and sweets. Many places try to put a new and modern twist on the food served at afternoon tea. I’ve had teas at community centers and churches and I’ve also nibbled on offerings from red seal chefs. Want to guess which ones rank highest? The ones that stick to what people expect to find. It isn’t necessary to re-invent the wheel, it rolls just fine.
There was a wonderful selection of sandwiches on different types of bread: open-faced egg sandwiches, celery and walnut with creamed cheese on raisin bread (my new favorite), ham, and a lovely cucumber sandwich.
The raisin scone was warm and fresh and oh so very delicious. The cream and jam were wonderful. The jam wasn’t too sweet which was nice. The desserts on the top tier looked fabulous but sadly there was no more room in my belly after so many copious cups of tea. The owner was more than happy to pack them up so that I could take them with me! I can now attest, they were divine.
Well Worth The Visit
I would say without a doubt that if you visit the Greater Toronto area, make a point to have tea at The Old Curiosity Shop in Markham. It is well worth the detour. It is delicious, the service is fantastic and it is well-priced with generous portions at just $20 CAD per person.
We base our reviews on the following criteria:
- TEA/FOOD SELECTION, QUALITY, AND TASTE
Reservations are a must as this place gets very busy
www.cuppa.ca or phone at 905-472-9927
If you love afternoon tea, then a pretty teacup is a must. As we do each month, we are giving away a lovely teacup. This month’s offering is this lovely Royal Albert and as a bonus, we are including a tea strainer. To enter click on the link below. For official rules, click here. The contest runs from May 9th to May 30th, 2019 and is open to all residents of Canada (except Quebec) as well as residents of the United States who have reached the age of majority in their respective state or province.