The picturesque village of St. George, ON is worth the drive from Toronto (about an hour and a quarter) because it is home to Abigail’s Tea House. I was there for an early Mother’s Day high tea service and loved it enough to write about it!
Neither my mother or I had ever had high tea, and we did not know what to expect. Walking in, we loved the high ceilings, the mix and match tea sets and the shabby chic air of the place. Then the food was served…
Fluffy scones with rasberry jam and clotted cream, brie with fresh pear ginger chutney, authentic cucumber sandwiches, raspberry cheesecake, mint chocolate brownies and unlimited vanilla tea tasted amazing, but for me, the star of the show was the chicken sandwich. It had layers of flavour, and I could have eaten a dozen more of those delightful finger sandwiches! We polished off everything, including the garnishes and 4 pots of tea. I can’t wait to go back for more.
Named after Ivan and Lorene White’s daughter, Abigail’s is owned and run by the family of 5 and who cook, clean, serve and treat their guests with both friendliness and professionalism. They also gave us some history about the building. Previously a bank, it was robbed many times in the 1940’s (when there were many cornfields for the robbers to hide out in until the police left the scene). St. George still has a few cornfields, but the bank is now located down the street and has updated its security since the 40’s!
If you want a break from Toronto or are simply looking to try something different, make a reservation with Abigail’s Tea House and try their take on a traditional high tea. I know I will be going back for more soon!