Warm scones, delicate finger sandwiches, rich cheeses, sweet petite-forts, velvety Devon cream and scrumptious fresh fruit - Anytime is high tea time at Hy-Tea. Family owned and operated since opening in 2006, Hy-Tea is a traditional teahouse with a twist. Along with the selective gourmet blends of tea and strong Americano coffee, you may enjoy a glass of wine in the fully licensed dining room or sip an aperitif as you dine el fresco on the patio.
The wonderfully eclectic menu contains flavours for all palates. Patrons may select from jerk chicken, samosas with mango chutney, homemade soups, stir-fries and pastas as well as fantastic shrimp, and salmon and chicken specials. Hands down, Hy-Tea’s signature dish is the crab salad sandwich. Hyacinth Niles, owner and proprietor and known to all her customers as Hy, is quick to point out that she only uses “fresh crab, not synthetic meat.” Craving something special? Ask Hy what is available off the menu as she may suggest a special entrée just for you!
As a former banker and financial advisor, Hy understands the power of charity. Unicef and the United Way are two international organizations Hy sponsors however; she loves supporting spontaneous and grassroots charities like women’s shelters and seniors’ events by providing baskets or gift certificates. After all, people like to get together and enjoy some leisure time, “just like you and me getting together,” she says to this reporter over a plate of delectable samosas.
The main room seats 24 and the open-air patio seats a further 10 so reservations are encouraged. This is a wonderful setting for private parties, weddings, engagement parties, anniversaries and showers. The dining room boasts a gorgeous fireplace and open, cottage-chic décor. Located near the water at Frenchman’s Bay Beach, Hy-Tea’s location makes it the perfect spot to enjoy all of the festivities throughout the year hosted in Pickering’s Millennium Square. “Do what you do and do it well. You don’t need a large place!” exclaims Hy. What Hy does best is fill your belly, share a laugh, ensure you feel special and makes you look forward to your return visit.
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44-1295 Wharf Street
Pickering, ON L1W 1A2
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