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Alexandra Cohen visits the iconic Ritz-Carlton Montreal for Afternoon Tea

    When the Ritz-Carlton Montreal ( opened in 1912, it became known for its legendary style and impeccable service. The hotel also gained notice as a comfortable spot for Montrealers to enjoy a classic British afternoon tea and socialize. 

    More than a century later, afternoon tea remains as a flashback to the Edwardian era when Tea Time was a social ritual. Set amidst the comfort and elegance of the famous Palm Court, a selection of fine teas, homemade canapés, scones, and pastries are on offer. Gentle music wafts through the Palm Court, providing the perfect ambiance for a moment spent in lavish repose. 

    I first experienced afternoon tea on a family trip to London, England in the summer or 2014. It is a dining opportunity like none other and something I very much wanted to repeat. Fortunately for Montrealers, we have a similar experience right here in the heart of Montreal.

    The first service starts at 12:30 p.m. and the second at 3:30 p.m., running seven days a week.

    This is not something commonly available at Montreal hotels or restaurants, and most definitely an experience that should be on everybody’s “to-do” list. The fun begins by choosing from a list of different teas.

    We chose to make a Saturday afternoon reservation at 3:30 pm and started things off with some glasses of pink champagne, followed shortly thereafter by the three tiered tray featuring delicious finger sandwiches (cucumber and cream cheese, smoked salmon with tarragon mayonnaise, roast beef, and egg). We sampled two different teas: Heavenly Cream, a delicious vanilla-flavored black tea, and Marrakesh Mint, an equally tasty green tea.

    Next came the scones and tantalizing mini-desserts. The cost is $37 per person; $49 if you include a glass of champagne.

    This is something that everyone should try at least once if given the chance, and it is a particularly wonderful option if you have someone in from out of town and wish to treat them to something unique. Is someone about to celebrate a special birthday or looking to toast a wedding anniversary? Again this represents a truly original choice.

    More recently the Ritz introduced a kosher certified afternoon tea. Everything is prepared in the hotel’s certified Glatt kosher kitchen. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance and this is not available on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays. Booking for groups of more than eight people will not be accepted.

    In 2012 The Ritz reopened amid much hoopla   following an extensive four year, $200 million restoration of the place known as the Grand Dame of Sherbrooke Street West. 

    For Afternoon Tea reservations call (514) 842-4210 ext. 1222 or email

    Alexandra Cohen

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