Category: Bakery

Afternoon Tea at Kitten & the Bear

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I’ve been dying to go to Kitten and Bear ever since I first heard about it last summer. Unfortunately, they close quite early so I never got the chance.

One afternoon I found myself with some free time and made a beeline to their little shop!

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All jams at Kitten and the Bear are made in-house. The jams change with the seasons, and includes jams, jellies and marmalades. They make 50 to 100 variety of jams a year! Jams are traditionally made in the French style, from local and sustainable fruits as much as possible.

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This Winter Spiced Banana Jam caught my eye, and I had to take it home. It was so good on everything! Warm, spicy with just the right amount of banana. Yum.

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The menu is quite small, and one of the downsides is that you can’t just order a scone and a cup of tea to drink there, you have to order the full tea service. (Scones are available for takeout, however.) This wasn’t a problem for me, as I like to have the opportunity to have afternoon tea as often as possible.

I sat down and treated myself to Tea for One ($14). This includes one freshly baked scone made in-house from scratch (using Stirling Creamery butter) Devonshire clotted cream, and  jam and tea served in vintage china.

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First, I selected my tea from their collection of Sloane Fine Tea. Aren’t the bottles beautiful? I chose the Oolong Creme.

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Then my tea and scone were served up.

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Isn’t it adorable? I loved that they used antique silver and linens. It also helped that the buttermilk scone was perfect. Fluffy inside with a great crust. The jams were a great condiment!

Wanna visit? Keep in mind that the shop is very small and can only fit 5 seated guests. They also don’t take reservations, so keep your fingers crossed! You can also order bundles of scones to for take out in advance.

Kitten & the Bear is at 1574 Queen Street West. Open Wednesday thru Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm
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