So lovely! I just went here for my birthday and it was an enchanted afternoon. It was quiet and we sat outside until it began to rain, when we moved in to the back room. Beautifully decorated and presented, nice tea selection, nice service, and beyond incredible food. The cakes are breathtaking! We ordered three different tea bento boxes and shared them among the three of us to sample everything. The tea shop selection was fascinating and wonderfully packaged, though a little pricey. Unfortunately the tea feature bento was sold out today so I’ll have to go back to try it.
This was the highlight of my one-night Stratford stay. We participated in a delightful tea tasting paired with local honeys, and I talked to Karen Hartwick a little afterward as well as picking up a few teas from her incredible selection.
The space is absolutely charming, the teaware was beautiful to browse, and the teas are of an excellent quality. Karen was lovely: very passionate and knowledgeable but welcoming and so willing to share her knowledge. She made everyone feel included despite varying experience levels and I think everyone in the group left having learned something and enjoyed the tasting.
Customers can stop into the shop where Karen will offer a tasting of teas chosen for you, and help pinpointing your tastes or finding a new favourite. I didn’t get to take advantage of this but it sounds like a wonderful system.
I’m looking forward to drinking the lovely teas I left with as well as hopefully making it back soon for more tastings or seminars. It was a really great experience hearing from someone so connected to the teas she was selling.
ETA: Wonderful tea shop and amazing teas. But, I received the tea of the month subscription as a gift. In over five months, I’ve only received two of my shipments and both required us inquiring what was going on. Ruins the experience!