Since 1927, Tea at the Windsor Arms has been synonymous with elegant, afternoon indulgence. Savour Afternoon Tea or a Twilight Tea service in the French-style lobby tea room, the majestic purple room with its original working fireplace or behind the red velvet drapes in the Russian Red Tea Room.
Lounging in the ambiance of The Windsor Arms Hotel on the last long weekend of the summer, sipping tea and nibbling haute couture savoury and sweet treats was pure perfection.
Peruse a selection of teas from Russian Caravan to Sencha. My tea of choice was Earl Grey with Blue Flowers (Organic Lavender Flowers).
The Earl Grey with Blue Flowers (Organic Lavender Flowers) was rich and creamy. The vintage tea pot that came steeping hot to the table was elegant, pristine and ached a provincial pride. We appreciated the tea strainer in its old world stainless steel elegance. Even the cutlery in its polished and pure state had the Windsor Arms delicately emblazoned on both the fork and knife. It was neatly tucked into a napkin sleeve whispering ooh’s and aah’s from previous guests.
The details were perfect, the mood right and the service gentle, accommodating and honorable. The stained glass windows was transformative in making us feel like we were tucked away far from the city and perhaps in a country inn enjoying our tea.
The Twilight Tea Menu (from Daily – 5:30pm / 6:00pm) in which we indulged upon included of the following:
A Choice of Loose-Leaf Teas
Fresh Scones with House Made Preserves and Devon Cream
Goat Cheese and Caramelized Shallot Tart
A Presentation of Fresh Sandwiches:
Potato Blinis with Smoked Salmon Rosette
Pinwheel Egg Salad
Vegetarian with Sundried Tomato Paste and Dill Cream Cheese
Windsor Arms Petit Fours
A snapshot of each delicacy unfolded in good measure.
The Fresh Scones with House Made Preserves and Devon Cream were buttery, flakey and all promise. They demanded quiet moments after being softly smothered with jam.
The Goat Cheese and Caramelized Shallot Tart was savoury, robust and took us further down the garden path towards ecstasy.
The Potato Blinis with Smoked Salmon Rosette were romantic, smooth and were eaten in one bite.
The Pinwheel Egg Salad was light, airy and was certainly not your mum’s Egg Salad. It stood alone from its other counterparts and satiated us instantly.
The Croque Monsieur, gorgeously named was beyond a simple ham and cheese sandwich. It was warm, crunchy and luxe without being overpowering.
For an afternoon affair or an evening wind down – the Afternoon Tea or the Twilight Tea service at the Windsor Arms Hotel is a wonderful alternative to a girl’s day out, a quiet retreat away from work or just a self care few hours for one self.
Also, with TIFF around the corner, make your reservation to catch the who’s who of the film world’s elite wining, dining and looking elegant at the Windsor Arms Hotel in the weeks ahead.