We recently enjoyed a wonderful stay at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. One of the highlights for me was Afternoon Tea at the Library Bar with my 11 year old daughter, Delphine.
What shall we order?
I prepped Delphine ahead of time, showing her the traditional menu (she is a very picky eater, but I encouraged her to try the traditional tea). We talked about manners and the tradition of High Tea. Originally, I had made a reservation for four, later I called to change it, since I decided against bringing my son. He is only 5 and not quite ready for fine china.
When we arrived to check in for our reservation, we were still listed as a party of four. One of the things I LOVED about our experience at The Royal York is the high quality customer service focus of all of the staff. They welcomed the opportunity to be gracious about the error and remarked at how much more comfortable we would be in our table for four as a twosome.
We received the traditional menu, but to my surprise our attendant told my daughter there were kid-friendly options available such as ‘bubblegum tea’, ‘hot chocolate’ and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or grilled cheese sandwiches. Delphine wanted to try the traditional tea first, knowing she could order something else if necessary.
Delphine picked the apple tea and I ordered the jasmine. The apple tea was delicious and definitely child friendly. We enjoyed waiting for the tea to steep and pouring it into the beautiful china.
For Mother’s Day, Delphine asked me what I wanted. I told her I wanted a handmade card and that I would enter it into the Rogers Daytime Channel 20 Instagram Mother’s Day contest. Her card won and we received a one night’s stay for a family of four at the Royal York, passes to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and Afternoon Tea! Talk about a wonderful Mother’s Day gift!
The Fairmont Royal York had noted us as contest winners for our Afternoon Tea reservation. Our attendant surprised us with sparkling wine for me and ginger ale for Delphine and congratulated us on our win. I toasted Delphine and thanked her for the beautiful Mother’s Day gift she won for us!
I had visited the Royal York Afternoon Tea many years ago with my mother and grandmother and I was really looking forward to the scones and clotted cream! It wasn’t long before this beautiful spread arrived! Everything was exquisite, of course!
For fun, I tried the scones two different ways! Cream on top (Cornish style), and cream on the bottom (Devonshire method). The verdict? Delicious either way!
Ultimately, Delphine was not won over by the traditional fare, so it was the Royal York’s children’s menu to the rescue. She ordered a grilled cheese sandwich and it even arrived with the most adorable bottle of ketchup you’ve ever seen!
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If you will be visiting in the summer, be sure and check out the rooftop tour:
During Summer months, tea time includes a chance to explore the hotel’s famous rooftop herb garden 14 stories above ground. Starting Saturday June 20 until Labour Day weekend, rooftop tours will depart from the foyer outside Library Bar at 2pm and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. – The Fairmont Royal York
The Royal York currently offers the “F-Scape to Toronto Package” which includes:
- One Night Accommodation in a newly renovated Fairmont Luxury Room
- Afternoon Tea For Two at Library Bar
- In-Room “Rooftop” Amenity – Honey Jars for Two
- Rooftop Tour for Two
Unfortunately, our weekend in Toronto was quite rainy, so we did not take the rooftop tour. But, we enjoyed the proximity of the Royal York to the “Skywalk” and were able to stay dry while walking to Ripley’s Aquarium.
If you get the chance, take a Mother/Daughter trip to Toronto! Catch a show (we enjoyed Kinky Boots) and don’t miss the Afternoon Tea!
Thank you Rogers Daytime and the Fairmont Royal York! We hope to return again.
❤ Jennpup ❤