A little bit of England in Canada
Queen Charlotte Tea Room is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction. With a variety of offerings to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy visiting us.
Our Tea Room is based on the belief that our customer's needs are of the utmost importance. We invite you to visit us and enjoy a lovely lunch, dinner or high tea in a quaint place that can transport you back to England.
Queen Charlotte was born Duchess Sophia Charlotte of Mercklenberg-Strelitz on May 19th 1744 in Germany. She was queen consort of George III. She was the great grandmother of Queen Victoria and great-great-great-great grandmother of the current monarch Queen Elizabeth II.
In the late 1700's in England there were only two main meals daily which were breakfast and dinner. Dinner was served very late in the evening, so it was a very long time between meals.
The Duchess of Bedford complained about a "sinking feeling" in the late afternoon so to keep her going until dinner, she invented the "Afternoon High Tea".
She would invite friends to join her for tea at 5pm and other hostesses quickly copied her idea.
Food at tea time included such things as thin crustless sandwiches, shrimp or fish pate, toasted breads with jams and regional pastries such as scones and crumpets. The emphasis was on presentation and conversation.