A couple of weeks ago I got to spend a Beautiful day with tea nerds Kyra McDonnell and Kelly Bosher sipping and talking about our favorite beverage. Kyra told us that we had to check out this adorable place close by called Kitten and the Bear. So we headed over. Kitten and the Bear makes artisan jams, jellies and marmalades. Their products are made by hand, in small, limited batches using local sustainably grown fruit whenever possible.
Walking into their Toronto, Queen West location you immediately notice how cute, not only the products they feature are, but the atmosphere over all is. You feel welcome right away. If you are lucky or willing to wait, you can sit down at one of only two tables for their jam and tea service. There is a very limited space and they do not take reservations, however they will give you a call when a table opens up so you can shop in the area while you wait.
For $17.50 per person sitting down for tea will get you: a selection of jams, delicious fresh buttermilk scones, clotted cream, and coffee or a choice of tea from Sloane Fine Tea Merchants. We got to try a selection of: Sweet Orange & Honeyed Whisky Marmalade, Banana, Bourbon & Vanilla Bean Jam, Pear & House Mulled Wine Jam and my favorite of the day Strawberries & Chocolate Jam. All of the jams were great and the scones were fantastically buttery and fluffy, I am getting hungry just thinking about them now.
If you are not able to get a table, or if you do and then fall in love with the products, you can purchase the jams, scones, and tea to go and enjoy at home. I brought home a couple of jars of jam as well as a set of adorable tea and jam themed pins. Also available are a selection of tea pots, cups, spoons, berry bowls, and more.
I have been devouring the jams that I bought and can not wait to see what inventive flavors they are featuring on my next visit.