Exquisite Afternoon Tea Services in Canada
… and the winner is…
I really love the idea and lifestyle of
afternoon tea so I could not let my “Exquisite Canadian
Affair” pass without a hunt for my top three extremely
beautiful and delicate Afternoon tea services in Canada.
Continuing the tradition with everything associated with
Executive Traveller, our awards go to the most beautiful,
elegant and graceful service.
Tea drinking is a pastime closely associated
with the English; however, the Afternoon Tea lifestyle has
caught on worldwide. For Executive Traveller, Afternoon
Tea is not a simple tea drinking “business”.
It is an art or a ritual, evolved as a mini meal to stem
the hunger and anticipation of an evening meal at 8pm. It
is a delicate meal composed of sandwiches (usually cut delicately
into 'fingers'), scones with clotted cream and jam, sweet
pastries and cakes.
scones were not a common feature of early Afternoon
Tea and were only introduced in the twentieth century.
The whole process has evolved and the more refined
or creative the service provider is, the more exquisite
the experience will be. This is why I was particularly
impressed with the presentation platter at the
Windsor Arms Tea Rooms Toronto. Service should
be efficient and attentive with orders being taken
and delivered in a reasonable amount of time. |
The customer must always be the main priority
and staff should check regularly that the customer has sufficient
tea, hot water and milk etc and that everything is to their
When guests order a full afternoon tea menu
staff should explain precisely what the menu comprises of,
the varieties and quantities of food included and the order
in which the afternoon tea will be served.
This is particularly important and saves
embarassment where guests, being presented with a tiered
afternoon tea stand, might be unfamiliar with the afternoon
tea concept and may be unsure of the order of service and
the order in which it should be eaten.
Tea first arrived in England during Cromwell's
protectorate and soon became the national drink, with tea
drinking a national pastime for the English. Anna Russell,
Duchess of Bedford, is however, credited with the invention
of afternoon tea. By 1840, it had spread to other parts
of English society. A female manager of London's Aerated
Bread Company is attributed with innovating the first commercial
It was initially developed as a private
social event for ladies who climbed the echelons of society.
It was only when Queen Victoria engaged in the Afternoon
Tea ritual that it became a formal occasion on a larger
scale, known as 'tea receptions'.
The Canadian ritual is similar to that of
the UK where a tea room is a small room or restaurant where
beverages and light meals are served. There are no set rules
about the content of a traditional Afternoon Tea menu, but
it usually consists of sandwiches and a variety of sweet
I am not basing my judgment solely on the
menu content but particularly to the delicacy and finesse
of the service attached to the ritual. For me, going out
of your way to have an afternoon tea alone is an effort
and this should be rewarded with an exceptional service.
A traditional afternoon tea menu comprises
A selection of freshly prepared finger sandwiches
Warm scones with clotted cream and preserves
A variety of homemade cakes and pastries
Your choice from a range of teas
The classic selection of sandwiches served
with Afternoon Tea includes:
• egg mayonnaise with cress;
• smoked salmon with cream cheese;
• Coronation chicken;
• Ham and mustard.
In addition to this most hotels and tea
rooms offer set menus that include a glass of Champagne
with the Traditional Afternoon Tea, or the option to add
a glass of Champagne for an additional charge.
The Executive Traveller
place, The Fairmont
Empress Hotel, Victoria:
Had I been basing my judgment simply on location and
stature, the Fairmont Empress hotel, Victoria would
have leapt way ahead of my first and second choices.
The hotel sits majestically at the cornerstone of
Victoria’s Inner Harbour and one cannot fail
to bow as you are greeted by its grandeur whether
you arrive by land or sea...read more
runner up, the Tea
Room at Windsor Arms Hotel:
“Deluxe, compact and bijou” will be my
description for the elegant 1920s French styles, tea
rooms with cozy fireplaces at Windsor Arms Hotel located
at 18 St Thomas Street, on the corner of Bloor Street
West, Toronto. The property has been in existence
since 1927, however, the tea rooms alongside ...read
the Winner is...Why
the Urban Tea Merchant
in Vancouver BC is the Most Exquisite Afternoon Tea
Place in Canada. The tea service at the Urban
Tea Merchant comes out trumps in quality, service
and finesse to be our choice for the Most Exquisite
Tea Place in Canada. The entrance to the Signature
Store does not give much away….read