Frequently Asked Questions
A: Yes, we have e-gift cards. You can purchase them here. They are purchased on our old website. A long gift card number is sent to you via email (or directly to the recipient if you so choose) upon purchase.
Q: HOW DOES ONE REDEEM A GIFT CARD?
You may redeem a gift card in our shop for dine-in or gifts without issue. If you want to redeem your gift card online, for a to-go Tea, please email us to get the unique link to redeem the gift card online. The gift cards will not work on this website; please email us.
Q: DO YOU HAVE A PHYSICAL GIFT CARD I CAN GIVE TO MY RECIPIENT?
A: Yes, we have a physical post-card (branded with our logos etc.) you can write on to give to your recipient. We are not at the shop during regular hours so please email us to arrange a time to come pick one up if you wish (we are usually open Fri, Sat, Sun but not always). You will still receive an electronic emailed gift card code but we have a branded postcard you can write the code onto.
Q: HOW CAN I CHECK THE BALANCE OF MY GIFT CARD?
A: You can check the remaining balance of a gift card here by putting the long gift card number in the blank. Click the "My gift card does not have a pin" box.
A: As you will see on the back of the loyalty cards, the loyalty program ended on March 31, 2022. We ran this program for 18 months and we thank everyone for their support.
A: Yes! We can host bridal showers, baby showers, or "larger" groups for other occasions! Groups of 7 or less can use our reguar form for reservations. Pre-payment is required for groups of 8+ people. We can seat about 14 people along the red bench in our tea room. Our absolute maximum capacity is around 35 people for seated Afternoon Tea. If you wanted to book the entire space, please email us to discuss.
All reservations for all group sizes are limited to 90 minutes. If people generally show up "on time" this is the perfect amount of time to drink some tea, eat the goodies and chat with friends. If additional time is needed for some light gift opening, please discuss with us in advance (an extra fee may apply). Yes, we are strict about our timings.
Here are the details on pre-payment: For groups of 8+ people, we will require a 50% deposit at least 14 days, or sooner, before the event date to hold the tables for you; (the total cost for Afternoon Tea is $38 + HST + 15% gratuity PER PERSON). Final numbers and final payment are required 4 days before the event date and you will be charged for the total guest number you give us. Should someone in your party be unable to attend on the day of, after full payment has been completed, we will package the serving of food & tea as a to-go package. Sorry, there will be no refunds after full payment is received. We apologize for any inconvenience but we will be turning away other customeers to seat your larger group so we have found this is the best method for managing larger groups.
We invite you to please contact us BY EMAIL to discuss your group size, dates, and timing.
Q: DO YOU HAVE GLUTEN FREE FOODS? HOW DO YOU SUPPORT FOOD ALLERGIES?
A: We do not have gluten free foods and each tier includes a lot of gluten-rich foods. We are sorry but there just is not enough demand to create a entirely gluten free menu each week. There are several Gluten Free food options in our region (eg. Winnie's Gluten Free, Cafe Pyrus, and Gluten Free By Suzie).
We can not accommodate dairy-free as our scones are full of dairy and our sweets are made with pure-butter and whipping cream. We can likley accommodate a "less dairy" option if you let us know in advance. This would allow us to swap out some cheese in our savoury offering (scones & sweets will still have dairy).
We can accommodate vegatarian only foods, if you let us know in advance. We can accommodate a nut-free order, if you let us know in advance. There may be other allergies we can accommodate, please contact us to discuss directly
A: We do not have a children's menu. Our Afternoon Tea has one price (details here); any food not eaten during your visit can be taken with you in a to-go box. We do not have high chairs nor changing tables in our washrooms. Well behaved children are welcome as long as they do not disturb our other guests. We usually find that an Afternoon Tea dining experience is best suited for children age 6 and older. With these things in mind, your children are welcome and you can request a reservation here.
Q: Can I walk-in and buy scones/baking? Do you serve coffee?
A: Sorry, we no longer serve coffee - we specialize in tea. We do have hot chocolate and apple juice for anyone who has an aversion to drinking tea during our Afternoon Tea service. We do not have a grab & go bakery case. We rarely have extra scones to sell as we only make what we need for the day based on our to-go orders and dine-in guest counts. We are only open for Full Afternoon Tea, by reservation only. There is a Star Bucks and an independent cafe (called "Cafe O" at 901 Victoria St N.); both are close to us on Victoria Street for all your bakery and coffee needs!
Q: ARE YOU OPEN FOR DINE-IN? WILL YOU HAVE A PATIO?
A: No, we have no plans to install an out-door patio. We are taking reservation requests for dine-in here. We are following all required public health guidelines.