Tea time is so civilized (it must be if the Queen does it). So when we were invited to introduce our kids to the 100-year-old tradition of Afternoon Tea at Toronto’s Le Royal Meridien King Edward hotel, we thought it might be a good experience for our four-year-old, Happy Meal-eating offspring. So with my girl in a pretty pink dress and Mary Janes and our Editor-in-Chief’s son, James, in a blazer and tie, our kids sat down for a Jester’s Tea (12 years and under) of double-decker grilled cheese and mini peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chocolate brownie lollipops, sugar dusted cookies, frosted cupcakes and your choice of milk, hot apple cider or hot chocolate ($16). We adults had the King’s Tea with finger sandwiches, naturally, and a selection of pastries plus our choice of premium tea ($30).
It was very lovely indeed. James was a little gentleman and dug into his treats and possibly the best hot chocolate ever. Our freshly-baked scones with strawberry preserves and Devonshire cream were decadent and delicious. However, my girl was channeling her inner-Eloise and in the midst of said civilized tea, decided to break out a few dance moves in the hotel lobby only to finally collapse on a sofa, kick off her shoes and settle in for a nap much to the amusement of a few guests. Ah well, it was nice while it lasted.
Would I go again? You bet (perhaps not after my girl’s exhausting swim lesson). It is definitely a treat for moms and their children and even better if you bring grandma along. Definitely something to think about if you’re looking for an outing for Mother’s Day or just some special one-on-one time with your little lad or lady. For more information about the Afternoon Tea, click here.
—Robin, CF‘s senior editor