Friday, February 14, 2014

REVIEW | Old Mill Inn - an elegant afternoon tea experience in Toronto's heritage boutique hotel

Last Sunday, I headed over to The Old Mill Inn for an afternoon tea with my mom.  I knew about their popular afternoon tea and despite the Inn being located close to my home, I haven't made a visit until just recently.  The Old Mill Inn's customary English Tea service has been enjoyed by many since 1914 and it combines traditional favourites and contemporary flavours.

The Old Mill Toronto is 100 years old this year, and has made a mark in the City as a heritage boutique hotel. Located in the beautiful humber river and valley, it's a little piece of English, far from England.  With a luxury spa, fine-dining restaurant, many flexible banquet facilities and gorgeous surroundings, it's no wonder why it's one of the most sought after wedding and event venues in Toronto.

We were seated in The Terrace part of the restaurant, where you could see the beautiful garden through the large windows.  We got there a few minutes earlier so it was empty (perfect to take pictures) but it wasn't long until the space quickly filled up.  

Our server told us they usually have a full afternoon tea service on Saturdays & Sundays, so if you're thinking of going, make sure to make reservations!

Our tea choices:
Darjeeling Mim - Wonderful muscatel highlights with a delicate strength.
Queen Mary - Bright coppery colour, good flavour tempered with flowery character and malty notes.

Our Sweet & Savoury Treats:

- Smoked Salmon, Cucumber & Fennel Cream Cheese, Black Olive & Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade with Watercress Seedlings
- Mushroom & Sweet Onion Tartlet
Lemon & Raspberry Tart 
- Almond Shortbread
- Mini Carrot Gateau 
- Currant and Lemon Scones
- Imported Devonshire Cream 
Greaves Jams and Marmalade

As I expected, everything about our afternoon tea was wonderful.  We both enjoyed our time there chatting over tea and delectable savoury & sweet treats.  Although it was a busy afternoon, the servers were attentive and friendly.  With it's affordable price tag at $24.95 (weekends; $19.41 mon-fri) compared to other hotel tea times in the City, I definitely want to come back soon!

Click here for more info on Old Mill Toronto's afternoon tea.

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