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The King Edward Hotel in Toronto offers a traditional tea, which I attended with a close friend. Tea has become a very popular to-do activity recently in Toronto for birthdays, family gatherings and bridal party get-togethers. King Edward’s tea setting is very traditional English including dainty English china used to serve the tea, a feature that I love. King Edward’s photo adorns the grand lobby; afternoon tea has been served at the hotel since it’s opening in 1902.

Our waiter came to our table with a specialty tea box allowing us to choose our favourite selection. There are over 20 teas available to choose from including the popular King Edward blend, Golden Assam, Organic Green and Mountain Berry.

My maxim is that an afternoon tea without traditional scones and Devonshire cream is not a proper tea. The King Edward doesn’t disappoint. Delicious scones not only arrive with Devonshire cream but also a side of house-made lemon curd.

Executive Sous Chef Elaine Wong noted that she has seen a trend explosion in visitors coming in for afternoon tea during a private conversation. Wong is responsible for creating the delicious Tea menu. Finger sandwiches are served as the first course. The sandwiches reflect current food trends with choices including tomato confit with goat cheese and arugula, citrus cured salmon and Wong’s favourite chicken cob salad with bacon.

This is followed by a three-tiered sweet service of pastries and petit fours. The King Edward does not to leave out the littlest princesses wishing to enjoy the experience with a Jesters Tea Party menu offering mini peanut butter and jelly and double decker grilled cheese sandwiches along with cupcakes and fairy dusted strawberries ‘n’ cream scone.

King Edward Hotel tea service runs 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.