Visitors to the Prince of Wales can step into the pages of a Victorian novel everyday when the landmark hotel observes the elaborate ritual of English High Tea. From noon to 6 p.m. guests can bask in warm sunlight on plush antique furniture in the hotelss Drawing Room, sip on exquisite loose-leaf teas from around the world and savour delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, and decadent opera cakes. Afternoon Tea has even become an alternative to the business lunch or dinner.
During the holiday season, guests can float away on the delicate glissandos of local harpist Debra Brown who performs between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in December. The Drawing Room gets into the holiday spirit with wall light sconces and a fireplace mantle decorated with garlands, ribbons and pieces of bone china
tea cups and saucers. It’s a fitting homage to the century-old tradition started by one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting.
“Our guests have come to depend on the afternoon tea tradition at the Prince of Wales, even going so far as to object to any changes we have tried to make over the years,” says Stefanie McLeod, Food & Beverage Manager, The Prince of Wales. “We once tried to change the recipe for our scones and all our regular guests noticed, to the point that we changed it back to the tried-and-true recipe. Ultimately, our guests come first and we listen.”
The Prince of Wales’ extensive tea menu offers a wide variety of tea, from the classic Ceylon Orange Pekoe to the exotic Moon Drops white tea. Green and herbal teas are alternatives. Port and sherry are also available, along with sparkling wine, champagne, and ice wine. Coffee and hot chocolate are offered for non-tea drinkers.
But Afternoon Tea is as much about the food as it is about the tea. Traditional Afternoon Tea consists of egg & watercress, smoked salmon, thinly sliced ham, cucumber & cream cheese sandwiches; seasonal fresh fruit tart, opera cake, coffee éclair; and scones with plump jasmine tea infused sultanas accompanied by Greaves
strawberry jam, cream & butter. Other variations include a selection of Canadian Cheeses or a glass of sparkling wine. There’s even a Little Prince version for children under 12.
Vintage Hotels is a collection of three CAA/AAA four-diamond hotels offering 374 guestrooms, over 30,000 square feet of meeting space, three four-diamond restaurants, and two spas in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Secret Garden Spa and 100 Fountain Spa offer a wide selection of services to soothe body and soul. Offering classic style with modern sensibility, the hotel properties are the jewels in the crown of the Niagara region. The elegant and refined Prince of Wales and the classic yet charming Pillar and Post were tops in Ontario on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2006, with Prince of Wales repeating in the No. 2 spot in 2007 and is notably the only hotel in Ontario to earn a coveted spot on Travel+Leisure Magazine’s 2008 readers’ poll of Top 100 Best Hotels in North America. The Georgian splendour of Queen’s Landing sets the stage for everything from high-level corporate gatherings to romantic getaways to family vacations. Vintage Hotels is a proud partner of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. For more information: www.vintage-hotels.com.
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