Oh, afternoon tea, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways! I love thee in London amid the gardens of Kensington Palace on a warm summer day. I love thee in Cornwall against a cool, seaside breeze as tiny dots of sailboats float along the coastline. And, now, I love thee while relaxing in the regally appointed Drawing Room of the Prince of Wales Hotel, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Out of everything we packed into 24 hours in NOTL, Prince of Wales Hotel afternoon tea is at the top. Need further convincing as to why it should be on your NOTL bucket list? Well, just keep reading!
The Prince of Wales Hotel, with all its Victorian luxury, has been giving guests the royal treatment since 1864. Among several restaurants within the hotel sits the Drawing Room where afternoon tea is served in the most elegant surroundings. Upon entering, the Drawing Room evokes images of a bygone era straight out of a Jane Austen novel. Smartly dressed attendants in crisp uniforms seat guests in the plush armchairs of a chandelier lit room as a great fireplace crackles in the background.
The Prince of Wales Hotel afternoon tea begins with an introduction of teas on offer with an opportunity to smell each blend, ask questions, and make a wise selection. This extra touch, not typical of most afternoon teas, is definitive of the attention to detail found from beginning to end at Prince of Wales.
With such a diverse selection of teas, choosing was no easy task. After much deliberation we agreed on the Heavenly Cream black tea and the Peaches and Cream white tea. As tradition calls, house made scones, fresh strawberry jam, and cream were the main stars, with delicate pastries and finger sandwiches lending to a subtle balance of perfection.
Did you know that there are distinct methods to the whimsical madness that is afternoon tea? It really all depends on how you prepare your scones. The Devonshire method calls for cream first, with strawberry jam on top. The Cornish method, on the other hand, dictates that the jam is smeared on first and then topped with cream. As you can see, I’m a Cornish girl through and through. What is your method for taking afternoon tea? No matter the method of choice, you can’t go wrong with afternoon tea at the Prince of Wales hotel. For more history on the Drawing Room, menus, and to book your own Prince of Wales Hotel afternoon tea, click here.
If you enjoy afternoon tea as much as I do, read more about the history of afternoon tea and our experiences at The Orangery at Kensington Palace by clicking here, and in Cornwall by clicking here. For additional suggestions on things to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake, read about how we spent 24 hours in NOTL by clicking here. Subscribe to Southern Roots Blog, and follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram for all the latest content. I want to hear from YOU! Let me know what you think, ask questions, or just say hello by commenting below or emailing me directly.
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