One thing I’ve wanted to do for quite awhile now…
Well, since finding out that “High Tea at the Laurier” is a thing in Ottawa – is do Afternoon Tea. I just had no idea where I could attend such an event.
I have a friend named Dan who’s mother, Rhonda, recently opened Maple Lane Barn Weddings and Events. She told me and my cousin Sarah we’d have to stop by to see it sometime during Beulah, which I was totally game for because I love wedding barns.
I heard on Dan’s sister’s (Sarah – a different Sarah than the above one) blog about a tea room on Grand Manan – why hadn’t I heard about this when I was actually visiting Grand Manan regularly?! I mean, I visited a Whale Research Station but never even heard of the Tea Room. I figured Afternoon Tea was something I’d have to do next time I visit Ottawa. (I looked for the link to the specific post I saw about the tea shop but could not find it, so I’ll just post a link to their blog here.)
A few days prior to Beulah, I saw that Dan’s sister Sarah had shared a Facebook post that her mother was hosting an Afternoon Tea during the last Friday and Saturday of Beulah. I was elated! Not only would I be able to do afternoon tea, but I’d also be able to go see the wedding barn and support my friends.
We attended the Friday Afternoon Tea. Sarah, her daughter and I walked there together, as it’s not far at all off the Beulah grounds. Heidi and her son joined us shortly after. I had been contemplating wearing my big, floppy hat for such an occasion but opted not to. But when I saw Heidi’s tea hat, I wish I had of! There was another lady there wearing her afternoon tea hat and even Sarah’s toddler was wearing hers – I felt like I was missing out!
It was an absolutely lovely afternoon. On the walk to the barn, we saw cows and chickens. The barn was beautifully decorated. Once we were seated, Rhonda came over and advised us that we could go pick a tea cup off the shelf. I loved that!! The tea cups were all different. It was quirky and fun.
The tea cup cabinet on the back wall, the afternoon’s menu up on the chalk board, and a fabulous tea hat.
My chosen tea cup.
There were quite a few different teas to choose from and a few dessert options. For $5 you could get a tea and a scone or, for $8, a tea and some gingerbread (?) cake or something to that effect. I opted for the scone and some chamomile tea. The scone was delicious and came with a little side of jam to put on it. And my tea came in a quirky little tea pot. That was another thing I loved – everyone got their own original looking tea pot.
It was a fun, affordable afternoon out, and it was a pretty full house! We really enjoyed our time there. Sarah took her daughter out to look at that animals after the tea, which is another fun little thing to do there.
Me, Heidi and her son, and Sarah and her daughter enjoying afternoon tea.
I believe Maple Lane Barn is having another afternoon tea this weekend and are planning more fun events for the future. They just posted a poll on their Facebook page asking what events people would like to see in the future: a Harvest Dinner or a Barn Dance. I think a Barn Dance would be so fun! There’s definitely some exciting things on the horizon with the venue, so if you get the opportunity to check it out – do it! I can tell you from personal experience that the family that runs it is top notch and very sweet.
If this sounds like the sort of thing you might be interested in, check out their Facebook page (I linked it above).
I’m really looking forward to a Barn Dance, personally.