How did you spend your Valentines Day? I spent mine sipping fancy tea and being treated like a princess in Ottawa’s Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel.
For many of you, afternoon tea might seem like over-priced leaves in boiling water and sandwiches the size of your index finger. I get that – that’s exactly what I thought too before my mum got a voucher for Afternoon tea for two in The Shelbourne hotel in Dublin and brought me.
Afternoon Tea is much more than what is presented to you on the little tower. It is an unique, intimate experience where you feel like you have stepped out of the real world, away from technology, into a world where you can spend quality time with friends and family.
Anyway, back to my experience at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. We were brought into the lounge and sat in massive armchairs. It was different to the one I had had before, there were two courses. We were given a few little sandwiches and then the tea and the cake stand came after. THE WORLD’S BIGGEST MISTAKE, although it seems like you don’t get very much everything is super rich so COME WITH AN EMPTY STOMACH.
The tea cart was amazing, I had never seen one before. It was wheeled around with all of the teas on it. You were allowed smell the teas and see which you would like and the server gave you your tea-pot there and then.
The sandwiches were nicer than the ones I had in the Shelbourne but the cakes in the Shelbourne were nicer than Fairmont. Overall it was close to a tie between the two places. It is such an amazing treat for a special occasion and in my opinion is worth the money you spend if you aren’t doing it very often. Great idea for a present.
Price: 50CAD (including taxes and charges, excluding tip)
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The Girl on the Go xx