Located in downtown Edwardsville, The Queen’s Cuisine Tea Room is introducing a new concept to the city. Set to open to the general public on Friday, June 17, locals are will be able to experience afternoon tea without traveling all the way to London. England native and owner, Jane Muscroft, is excited to bring her fine English refreshments to the Edwardsville area through her first storefront location at 120 S. Main Street.
Born in Melton, England, Muscroft moved to the United States in 2000, and started Queen’s Cuisine in 2007. Ever since, she has been serving her scones and quiche Lorraine at farmers markets both in Missouri and Illinois, and will continue to do so after her storefront opens later this month.
Muscroft said that she looks forward to seeing her regular customers at her afternoon teas at the new location in Edwardsville.
“My business started locally with Tower Grove market, and immediately after I heard about this location being available, I was interested,” Muscroft said.
After hosting teas at local grocery stores as well as in the St. Louis area, Muscroft is excited to be able to have a location to call her own. Muscroft teaches cooking classes both locally in Edwardsville at Dierberg’s, as well as the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. Looking into the future, Muscroft plans on teaching cooking classes at her storefront in Edwardsville as well.
The base menu will stay the same year round, featuring 10 varieties of scones served with English clotted cream. Lunch will include chicken salad, coronation chicken, a quiche Lorraine and a vegetarian option, and many others along with the signature afternoon tea. The soups and salads featured on the menu will vary seasonally due to the use of local ingredients.
Afternoon tea will be held on the second Sunday of every month, and will need to be reserved and paid for in advance. Afternoon tea consists of sandwiches, scones, a dessert variety, as well as tea. Initially, the tearoom will only be open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and will stop taking food orders at 3 p.m.
Throughout the Tea Room, there are many hints of English flare -- from the dining area set up to the kitchenware. Muscroft has definitely brought England to Edwardsville, and the popularity of Queen’s Cuisine proves that it is here to stay. Muscroft said she hopes to see her customer base and brand expand even more with the new location. Due to high sales at the farmer’s markets, she anticipates that customers will enjoy the royal treatment during afternoon tea for years to come.
Queen’s Cuisine Tea Room will continue to have booths at the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market as well as the The Land of Goshen Community Market every weekend. Reservations for afternoon tea, menu options and catering information can be found at www.qconline.us