The town of Lorne is enchanted over winter. Swarms of tourists who would usually be basking on the beach and cluttering up the shopping strips lay resting on their laurels at home, rendering the usually bustling tourist icon a sleepy sea side town.
A babbling brook gurgles and chatters like a happy baby a mere stones throw away. Overlooking Erskine River, a quaint cottage lies watching, draped in thick curtains of ivy. Inside, The River Teahouse has all the winter magic of the Three Broomsticks in the wizarding village of Hogsmeade in Harry Potter.
A wall entirely comprising of a variety of teas and related products makes for a striking and functional feature wall. Outside, a collection of iron and wicker furniture waits for those wanting to sip in sunlight.
While there are dozens of teas to choose from, River Tea House also make a decent cup of coffee for those interested. A warm raspberry and white chocolate scone made for a perfect accompaniment slathered in butter that was slowly melting from the warmth of the scone. River Tea House carrot cake was dense and moist with a generous portion of decadent crème cheese for its crowning glory.
A homemakers delight, I must confess I spent the majority of the visit picturing how half the store items would look in my own home; arranged on table tops, in the bedroom and on the walls. Alas, my credit card was detained at that time. At home in a giant ice-block on the kitchen bench, it sat, halfway through the thawing process, so I left empty handed.