Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The hug Tea Tour - King Edward Hotel, Toronto

The King Eddie serves the best high tea scones in Toronto. With just one bite I knew, it was true love. Slather on the Devonshire cream and strawberry jam and you will be elevated to high tea heaven.

Our server even admitted that she can't resist the combination either. She had suggested going with the strawberry jam and we were soon singing the same praises. Best. Scone. Ever.

The scones are not too dense or dry, but a nice light consistency and hey - if it's good enough for the Queen of England, it's good enough for moi. The recipe was created by John Higgins, the former executive Chef of Le Royal Meridien King Edward Hotel before he took up his new post as Director of The George Brown Chef School. Higgins served his delicious scones to the Queen while he was the chef on The Royal Yacht Britannia and The King Edward uses the same recipe today. 
The King Edward Hotel keeps it very Canadian with loose tea leaves from The Tea Co. in Vancouver. They specialize in small batches of high quality teas. We were given a humidor at the start of our visit to smell all the different flavours before choosing. It's such a special touch, because a description can only say so much. The King Edward is one of the few places to offer guests a chance to touch, feel and see the tea at their table.
Our mini-sandwiches on beautiful Jasper Conran china (above). Pinkies up! The hotel also offers a Savoury Tea option with mini tourtieres and pate. For those looking for something different, there is also an Asian Bento Box tea option. We opted for the traditional King's Tea and the sandwiches were impressive without being too filling. Which meant more room for more scones...
Life-changing scones

Dessert offerings were a nice little variety. I enjoyed the Madeleines the most.
Afternoon high tea is served three days a week on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 - 5pm. You can choose a spot in the modern dining room or in the more open lobby area for maximum people-watching. Tea service has been a hotel tradition since the 1920s here and all the gorgeous art on the wall is from Galerie Christin (the pieces are for sale). It's the perfect blend of food, art and culture. On Mother's Day alone, the hotel serves over 400 people for high tea. Look for a very special Christmas Tea menu in December. It's served seven days a week for the entire month with a seasonal twist and seating in the lobby around the giant Christmas tree. I'll definitely be coming back for this.
High Tea at The King Edward Hotel, Toronto
37 King Street East, near Church Street

Love high tea? Read more from our stops on The hug Tea Tour HERE

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