Afternoon Tea at Tea Canal

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High tea is a light meal eaten in the late afternoon or early evening, a social event once enjoyed almost exclusively by the upperclass of the United Kingdom.

High tea is the British tradition of drinking tea while sitting in high-backed chairs at a table full of plated items such as cold meats, vegetables, pickled fish, potatoes, salads, pies, tarts, homemade bread or crackers with butter, teacakes and fruitcakes.

Tea — as well as the time to enjoy it at length — was expensive for many, and high tea started as something for royals and aristocrats to take in the afternoon in a leisurely fashion while seated in posh chairs. However, when the Industrial Revolution took over the UK in the 18th century, it meant that most factory workers were further away from their homes and needed a break from work by 6 p.m. that included food and tea. Thus high tea crossed class divides and became a regular happening for workers as well as Downton Abbey

The use of the word “high” marks it as different from a similar tradition of afternoon tea, where the tea happens in casual chairs or sofas that are lower and possibly more soft and relaxing. The phrases can be confusing, but afternoon tea and high tea are generally not interchangeable, though they do center around the serving of hot tea and food.

Today, many upscale hotels in America and the UK offer high tea that has elements of afternoon tea as a way to draw in travelers seeking an elegant version of the time-honored tradition with hot pots of tea and an ample food buffet. 

Tea Canal brings this time honored tradition to the Western suburbs and the Yorktown Shopping Center

Our meal (shown above) includes sandwiches, cucumber and tomato finger sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit, cookies and pastries, and freshly baked scones with Devonshire cream and fruit jams or curds.  Of course, it's all accompanied with our finest assortment of premium loose leaf teas.  The menu varies to reflect fresh meats, fruits and pastries from the market. 

As a special request when you make your reservation, we can accomodate vegetarians or those whose request a meatless High Tea.  

Now under new management, expect some exciting afternoon teas with new menu selections, and a global twist!

Chef's note: Queen Elizabeth might not totally approve of our High Tea offering (although we invite Meghan to bring Harry over anytime).  We don't claim to be a replica of the high end of British High tea.  We do offer a tower of great eats, with a variety of food, meat sandwiches, finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, and we do bake our own scones.  We have real Devonshire Cream.

Many of our customers in the past five weeks have raved about the quality of our food (which says we are doing something right) and we have provided great customer service.  We know we are creating excitement when our customers pull out their smartphones when their tower arrives. We've accomodated many meatless, vegetarian and gluten free requests. 

As new owners of this tea room, our food tower is evolving.  Along the way, we offer a quiet respite from the frenzy in the mall food court, we have relaxing music and an environment that allows you to talk, discuss, gossip or debate along with a great pot of tea.  In the next few months we'll finalize our afternoon tea offering and perhaps even publish a menu.  Stay tuned, an exciting, unique food experience is coming to the tearoom at Tea Canal.  Thanks to all of our High Tea customers in the past four months, and we hope to see you again soon!


Plan your Special Event!

We can host your Bridal Shower, Baby Shower, Birthday party, Anniversary, multi-generational Family Get-together, Book Club meeting, Children's Tea Party or Office Party or off-site meeting in the Tea Canal High Tea room.  With a capacity of 60 people and a unique offering, make your next event extra special at Tea Canal.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Call for reservations! (630) 785-3697.


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High Tea at the Tea Canal

207 Yorktown Shopping Center

Upper level, enter by H&M and Forever 21


Every day  12 noon  - 5:00 pm

Pricing:  Adults - $ 30.00 per person   

Children (12 and under) - $15 per child



Reservations required, please call us directly at (630) 785-3697