Okay, I was not planning on posting this as I did not feel this was a true tea experience, but a couple of people twisted my arm after I told them all about it. Here you go!
This last Sunday, I decided to partake in a day trip offered through ShortTrips.ca, a company owned by my good friend Sash. On this particular day, Sash organized an outing taking place around the Brantford, Hamilton, and Dundas area of Ontario.
|Sash enjoying a beer for afternoon tea!|
The day started off at the Olde Schoolhouse Restaurant for brunch which was delicious and my table companions were a hoot!
Afterwards, we headed off to tour a lavender farm at Weirs Lane Lavender Farm & Apiary. I didn't even know lavender grew in Canada. I thought it was a very European thing. Who knew?
|Weirs Lane Lavender Farm|
To end the day off, we headed to the town of Dundas which was a complete ghost town on a Sunday afternoon. After aimlessly strolling around town which took about 20 minutes, we made our way to a charming and delightful little tea house for afternoon tea. NOT! We were accommodated in the bowels of a bar called Collin's Brewhouse! Yeah baby! This is not your girly-girl tea hangout with doilies, chandeliers, and paintings of floral arrangements. Nope! I'm sure this is where guys held their stags watching vacant-looking strippers perform their routines! The décor had all the makings of a sports bar private room: several television screens, a pool table, a bar, and folding chairs. All it needed was some loud rock music, a Leafs game on the TV's, and guys chowing down on chicken wings along with pints of beer.
|Collin's Brewhouse private function room.|
|English billiards with your English tea?|
The staff at Collin's was great! High five gang! They provided a delicious food spread, though a bit on the large scale. No dainty, crust-free, finger sandwiches with light fillings here! We were offered MANwiches! I went for the turkey wrap, veggie manwich, and a fruit salad. My dessert consisted of a chocolate brownie, carrot cake, and a Nanaimo bar. Quite good! Tea was a disappointment, but I wasn't expecting them to have the appropriate tea vessels, diffusers and a list of high-end loose-leaf teas. They provided Higgins & Burke tea bags. I had a green tea which I found to be a bit tart. I noticed I was the only one who had tea. Everyone else went for beer and cocktails! Hey, they know they're in a bar!
|For the hungry man!|
|My green tea in a bag.|
Though, this is not what I was expecting in afternoon tea, it was enjoyable and I made the most of it, especially since I was dressed appropriately for a bar. I looked like I was on my way to a Pearl Jam concert! It's the plaid shirt.
|I'm with the band!|