Afternoon Tea has been around for ages but it isn't until recently that it really started to make a comeback. When you think afternoon tea, you usually think of intricate china, pastries and finger sandwiches. A lot of places have elevated afternoon tea by adding sophisticated desserts, mimosas and champagne instead of tea but The Tea Room in Oakville has maintained the simplicity of this afternoon indulgence.
You are more than liking to miss this little shop passing by as the shop front is very humble. It's certainly not a grand restaurant or a beautiful hotel and you'll be able to see everything with one quick glance when once you're inside.
We opted for the Harbour Tea package and the first thing we got was the tea selections. With more teas than I could ever remember, the list was certainly fulsome. Remember to double check before ordering which tea are offered that day as availability may vary. I ordered the Vanilla Tea, which was very fragrant but not strong enough in flavour.
Our first tier of goodies included their homemade dill dip with fresh veggies and an assortment of finger sandwiches. The fresh dill dip was delicious and as someone who prefers cooked vegetables to raw, I would have gladly ate more just for the dip. The egg salad and tuna sandwiches were tasty but nothing out of the ordinary. The highlight of the tier was definitely the cranberry chutney wrap and mango curry sandwiches. Both were so full of flavour but still light enough as an afternoon snack.
The sandwiches and veggies were already quite filling but afternoon tea is not quite complete without the desserts. Even before the dessert stand comes out, you can smell the scones already. Although the plate itself doesn't look like much, the taste was enough to make up for it. The scones were crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. With a little butter or jam, it just melted in your mouth. The tarts were also delicious as well and the perfect portion for my sweet tooth without being too heavy.
The Tea Room is located on Marine Drive in Oakville and the harbour is only a short walk away. I would definitely recommend planning a visit if you prefer a more low key setting to the higher end afternoon teas that hotels offer.