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The Scoop: Queen’s Cuisine to open tea room in Edwardsville

June 15th 12:06pm, 2016

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Anyone for a spot of tea? This Friday, June 17, Queen’s Cuisine opens its first brick-and-mortar location, Queen’s Cuisine Tea Room, at 120 S. Main St., on the corner of East Park and South Main streets in Edwardsville.

Owner Jane Muscroft launched Queen’s Cuisine in 2007, serving afternoon tea in people’s homes. Since then, Muscroft has expanded into Edwardsville’s Land of Goshen Community Market and Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, using commissary kitchens to create a variety of British-inspired baked goods including sausage rolls, quiches and 10 different scones.

“It’s been my ambition to find my own tearoom,” said Muscroft. “I’m looking forward to having a spot where our regular customers can come and where we can expand what we offer.”

Queen’s Cuisine slowly outgrew the commissary kitchen, so Muscroft found the Edwardsville facility, a house-turned-commercial space, with a 400-square-foot tearoom that will seat 30. Diners can look forward to Queen’s Cuisine’s farmers market offerings, as well as a lunchtime menu of soups, Cornish pasties and coronation chicken.

Equipped with a permanent location, Muscroft plans to collect Queen Cuisine’s disparate activities under one roof. She has already moved monthly afternoon teas previously served at Fleur De Lys Mansion to the tearoom, and plans to evaluate her presence at farmers markets after the 2016 season in order to extend the tearoom’s hours to Wednesday and Thursday. Muscroft also hopes to begin offering cooking classes.

Queen’s Cuisine Tea Room will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with afternoon tea reservations available after 1 p.m.

By Mitch Mackowiak

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