Birthday Tea For The Queen


So two Wednesdays ago (because I take forever to edit photos), I was invited out to Fairmont Royal York to enjoy some afternoon tea in honour of the Queen’s public birthday. Because when you’re the Queen you can apparently have two birthdays, sleep in the biggest room in the royal suite and have the toilet changed every time you visit. #maybenextlifetime. 

Afternoon tea is said to have been invented by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford in the 1840’s because dinner was served around 8 or 9 o’clock and she would get hungry in the early afternoon. And thank god she did – a hungry C’erine is a grumpy C’erine.


Chef Robert Mills presenting his amazing afternoon tea treats to all the bloggers while we snap away wildly. Fairmont Royal York recently revamped their afternoon tea menu and it’s definitely something I would recommend checking out for a nice date or for some family time.

I opted for the oolong sweet watermelon tea to go with my niceties and boy was it a treat. It has the aroma and after taste of hubba bubba bubblegum but with a more mature, adult suited twist due to the intensity of the oolong and it doesn’t taste artificial which is always great. And don’t even get me started on these sandwiches and pastries. The smoked salmon mini bagels we delish and the scones were some of the best I’ve ever had! I came expecting to have a light snack, and ended up walking away surprisingly full.

How amazing is the spread though? And the special treat to finish off the meal, a smaller version of the chocolate biscuit cake that was served at William and Kate’s wedding! It was a little too sweet and rich for my liking but this is something I can totally see my boyfriend getting addicted to and then craving at 4am on a Tuesday night.

Did I also mention that we did all of this in the royal suite? Where the Queen stayed and entertained just a few weeks prior? And where Prince Harry stayed just a week or so before our event? Where the one and only Mister Justin Bieber has rested his beautiful, amazingly talented and perfectly styled head? I digress.

To help us walk off some of our newly consumed calories, we were taken on a little historical tour through the hotel itself. I’ve only passed through the hotel a handful of times, and I’ve never noticed how beautiful the decor and architecture was. I haven’t experienced such intense ceiling envy since the last time I was in Vienna!


Next time you have an hour or two in the downtown core, I would highly recommend checking out the afternoon tea at the Fairmont Royal York!

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