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Tea at the Royal York Hotel?

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sfdee May 5, 2008 09:23 PM

I will be visiting Toronto from San Francisco in June and have a Sunday afternoon to spend with my mom who will also be visiting there and my sister-in-law who lives there. I was thinking of treating them to afternoon tea at the Royal York hotel since I will be staying right nearby. How is the tea there? Any other recommendations for tea?

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    millygirl RE: sfdee May 5, 2008 10:41 PM

    Sorry I haven't been to tea at Royal York but the Windsor Arms hotel does a really nice job of it. Bloor Street is fun to stroll afterwards also. You can get either sherry or champagne to accompany your tea service. Enjoy!

    1. mogo RE: sfdee May 5, 2008 11:15 PM

      I went there recently. It was my first time having afternoon tea, so I didn't really know what to expect and don't have anything to compare it to. The food was just okay. The tea I had was nice. Nothing particularly memorable.

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        cheesymama RE: sfdee May 6, 2008 05:47 AM

        I would also recommend Windsor Arms over Royal York, I preferred the food and the setting.

        1. Baelsette RE: sfdee May 6, 2008 10:48 AM

          I'm really not a fan of the food at the Royal York, expensive and meh!
          Try Windsor arms as recommended or the Four Seasons.

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            smr714 RE: Baelsette May 6, 2008 12:23 PM

            http://www.where.ca/toronto/article_f... has a good listing and review of Tea Services in Toronto including pricing.

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              torontofoodiegirl RE: Baelsette May 6, 2008 01:14 PM

              I agree. My experience at the Royal York was not good (extremely mediocre food and blah atmosphere). I've always enjoyed the Windsor Arms's tea, and used to enjoy the Four Seasons, though my last experience wasn't as great as before (but still good). I've never had tea at the King Edward, but that might be another viable option closer to where you're staying.

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              sfdee RE: sfdee May 6, 2008 09:55 PM

              Thank you all. It seems the consensus is the Windsor Arms. I think that's where I'll plan on taking them.

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                PNY RE: sfdee May 7, 2008 08:45 AM

                The tea at the Royal York is just "okay"; nothing spectacular. I'd recommend either the Four Seasons (the atmosphere is much more cozy) or the King Edward (however, you're seated in the lobby area, kind of... just outside of the restaurant entrance). I've never been to the Windsor Arms but from what I hear from another one of my friends, it was quite good as well.

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