My friend and I met for brunch at Rayner's on a Sunday and was pleasantly surprised with the entire experience. Rayner's is a quaint little 2-room shop with a half-dozen indoor tables, plus a couple outdoor tables, a wall of British imports, and a colourful display of homemade chocolate truffles and baked goods. The walls are decked out in an array of paintings (available for sale) providing splashes of vibrant colours, seascape views, and old country homes across a warm taupe background.
A variety of biscuits, teas, jams and other assorted imports available for reasonable prices.
Arriving as we did on a busy morning, we were pleased with the cheerful, prompt service provided, and the patience shown as I tried to pick my pleasure from a list of over 20 different types of specialty lattes they offer. They provide a number of non-dairy substitutes available, including soy, almond and coconut milk, but I will always prefer the taste of milk to the alternatives. I chose a latte, my friend sticking with the house brew, and we visited while waiting for a delightful spinach omelette and hefty serving of fruit that arrived in short order.
Spinach omelette with fresh fruit! No skimping here.
For those looking for a Gluten Free place to eat, please note that the kitchen is a shared space, so cross-contamination is possible in the food. The hosts are aware of this and make it clear at the outset but will make best efforts.
Brunch for two will run around $25, but don't expect to get out without checking out the Belgian chocolate truffles. So before you go, ask about a free sample if they don't ask you first. You won't be disappointed.