High Tea at the Tea Canal

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High Tea is a light meal eaten in the late afternoon or early evening.  It is 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.

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!


Plan your Special Event!

We can host your Bridal party, your Birthday party, Wedding Shower or Office Party 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

203 Yorktown Shopping Center, Unit 207

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