Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The hug Tea Tour - Windsor Arms Hotel, Toronto

Strawberries & Whipped Cream (left) and The Grand Tea Stand (right)
Welcome to The hug (hip + urban girl) Tea Tour!  We will be showcasing our favourite high tea places here in this column.  So follow along on our tour as we snap pictures of mini-sandwiches, mouth-watering pastries and the grand tea stand.  Our next stop is The Windsor Arms Hotel in the swishy neighbourhood of Yorkville in Toronto.  Here are some pics we snapped of our visit:
A selection of sushi-style rolled sandwiches: Baby Green with Asparagus, Cucumber Salsa and Chive Cream Cheese.  Grilled Chicken with Citrus Essence.  Smoked Salmon and Salmon Caviar with an Oven-Roasted Tomato Cream Cheese.  Absolutely adorable and some of the tastiest tea sandwiches I've ever had.  The bread is incredibly soft and the ingredients were so fresh and light.  It paired perfectly with my Full Tea Menu ($30/pp Mon-Fri or $38/pp Sat-Sun and Holidays).  Choosing a tea from the Loose Leaf Tea Menu was a difficult dining decision.  I eventually chose the Tibetan Tiger - a dessert black tea with vanilla, chocolate, caramel and butterscotch.  It was so creamy, full of sweet flavour and the most popular choice off the tea menu.  

The very modern tea room with dark walls, purple accents and a dramatic chandelier (above)
Tea parties are incredibly popular for baby showers, bachelorettes and birthday parties in Toronto.  A Complete Tea Menu with a glass of bubbly or sherry is available at $35/pp or $45 on weekends.  During my visit, there was a lovely group of women hosting a baby shower, a young couple with their visiting parents and myself.  It's a great little idea for a special occasion to do something different.  The gorgeous outdoor courtyard can host larger groups in the summer months.
The Russian Tea Room (left) is decorated in bold reds and gold.  A special Russian Tea Menu will be served in this specific room.  When 'doing' High Tea, a ridiculously poufy, over-the-top and dramatic hat is a must!  The Windsor Arms offers a rack of fun tea hats (right) to wear during your visit.  A donation of $5.00 is required for the rental with the money being  given to ACT - The Aids Committee of Toronto.  It makes for memorable photos with your friends.
My Petit Fours - A tall lemon meringue tart and chocolate brownie
What's the hottest tea trend in The Windsor Arms Tea Room?  Date night!  The seatings for high tea on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30 PM have seen a spike in couples coming in for a romantic night out over some warm tea and yummy treats.  Twilight Tea is the same menu and price as regular tea, so you're not missing out on a thing.  It's also a fun after-work idea for you and your girlfriends.  
Heaven on a plate!  Fresh, warm scones with or without raisins - served with Devon Cream.  My Goat Cheese & Caramelized Tart.  It was so much food for one.  I ended up wrapping up half the goodies to take home for my own tea party later.  Tea starts at 12:30 PM daily with different seatings throughout the day.  Check their website for the most up-to-date tea menu and information.  Tea-To-Go is also available for $18/pp and a perfect treat to take back to the office or to indulge in at home.

The Windsor Arms Hotel
18 St. Thomas Street, Toronto (416) 971-9666


  1. Julie and I do this every Christmas. We always look forward to High Tea and the Windsor Arms!

  2. THe mini-sandwiches and quiche are really good. I had afternoon tea in San Francisco and although the branding of the place was pretty cool, all I could think about were the sandwiches from Windsor Arms.

  3. What a fun and new idea for a night out! I love this. And those sushi sandwiches are so so adorable

  4. I think hands-down, Windsor Arms does the best sandwiches!