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The best places in Canada to enjoy high tea like the Queen

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Afternoon tea is a splendid British tradition. What’s not to love about drinking endless cups of tea, eating fluffy scones and delightful petit fours, all while dressed in your finest clothes? Thanks to the upcoming royal wedding, we’ve got even more of an excuse to indulge in a spot of tea. We’ve gathered the best places to enjoy afternoon tea across Canada in honor of the royal wedding. Pinkies up!

Toronto

Omni King Edward

At the King Edward hotel afternoon tea is either served in their newly renovated lobby or inside the restaurant. To celebrate the royal wedding, they’ll be serving a “Tiers of Joy” tea that pays homage to America and England. Lemon and Elderflower wedding cake, apple pie inspired macarons and a citrus posset are just a few of the sweets. The sandwiches include classics like egg salad with watercress, and some not-so-classic ones, like Sunday Roast Rare Sirloin with peppered stilton cream.

Fairmont Royal York

The Fairmont Royal York serves up a classic afternoon tea in their traditional Library Bar.

In honour of the Royal wedding, a Royal Romance tea is being served. First up, a selection of sandwiches are presented, including Smoked Pastrami on rye with Kozlik’s Mustard and Cape Vassey Cheese. Warm scones and house-made preserves follow. Last but not least, dessert includes the Queen’s favourite chocolate biscuit cake and opera cake. The crème of the crop is the mini wedding cake on the top tier in honour of the upcoming nuptials. Toast the royal wedding with a delicious raspberry pineapple mimosa. On the way out, stop by the

Laduree Tea Salon

At this opulent French tea salon, afternoon tea is served daily. The meal starts with warm mini  Croque-Monsieur sandwiches and fruit salad. In lieu of scones, buttery madeleines and financiers are served with Chantilly cream. Guests have their choice between a pot of tea blended specially for Ladurée, or their decadent sipping chocolate. After delectable pastries for dessert, the crowning finale is the pastel coloured macarons at the very top of the tower.

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Shangri-La Hotel

Afternoon tea is served in the Lobby Lounge near the blazing fireplace, accompanied by live music. Before tea is served, guests are greeted with a sparkling glass of rosé. There are 75 teas on the menu, printed in a collection of leather books. The theme for the May tea is floral, and the pastries resemble tiny works of art. Some not to be missed items include the snow crab served on brioche, Chamomile scones and the Lemon Lavender and White Chocolate confection of lavender sable with lemon whipped white chocolate ganache and citrus sponge cake.

Ritz Carlton Hotel

On the weekends, afternoon tea is served on geometric tea trays in the modern DEQ Terrace & Lounge or the classy Ritz bar. In May, guests can enjoy a royal wedding inspired tea experience. Savouries include a warm wild mushroom, spinach and aged cheddar quiche, along with an east coast lobster sandwich served on brioche.

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Montreal

Gryphon d’Or

If you like life on the sweeter side, the Gryphon d’Or offers a dessert afternoon tea that comes with fresh baked scones accompanied with an abundance of spreads like lemon curd, sweet cream and peach whiskey marmalade. Tea ends with a delicious selection of desserts. Of course, they also serve a classic tea with tea sandwiches if you’re a traditionalist.

Le Parloir

At this afternoon tea spot, you’ll find seriously fluffy scones served in a small but charming tea room. Confit duck toast topped with fig jam and foie gras takes their sandwich selection to the next level. Did we mention that they have 19 teas to choose from?

Vancouver

Neverland Tea Salon

You’ll never want to leave this whimsical afternoon tea spot. Afternoon tea arrives on tiered trays that were created in-house. The tea sets have fun names, like “Take me to Neverland Bubbly High Tea”, or a “Grande Adventure High Tea”. You can try as many teas as you like, and there’s the option to take a blend of your favourite one home. Savoury sandwiches are unique and include options like Thai red curry egg salad and mushroom duxelle with brie.

Trump International Hotel

Afternoon Tea at the Trump Hotel starts with a variety of delectable scones. Matcha, raspberry white chocolate and currant scones are served with Devonshire cream. The desserts are beautiful with amusing names like The Book of Love (a peanut butter and Jam Mille-Fueille) and the tea ends with a heart shaped meringue. This month, they’re launching an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea.

Calgary

Fairmont Palliser

At the Fairmont Palliser, afternoon tea is served daily. Until August, they’ll be serving a special afternoon tea for the royal wedding. The menu items are inspired by the couple themselves. Desserts include Earl Grey macarons, apple pie tarts, scones with clotted cream and even custom cocktails. The Meghan” is a sparkling Negroni and “The Harry” is a Ciroc Moscow Mule Mimosa.

Lake Agnes Tea House

This unique tea experience may not be as formal as others on this list, but it’s more than worth the adventure. After a brisk 1.5 hour hike from Lake Louise, you’ll reach the Lake Agnes Tea House, nestled in the mountains. It was built in 1901, and has amazing views of Banff and the lake. They offer over 100 different types of tea, warm sandwiches and of course, scones.

Charlottetown

Dalvay by the Sea

There are some serious Anne of Green Gables vibes at this seaside hotel. The hotel was the “White Sands Hotel.” in the popular Road to Avonlea TV series. Afternoon tea comes with their famous signature sticky date pudding with warm toffee, along with the usual afternoon tea suspects of fresh scones and finger sandwiches.

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