Tea Time at Chateau Laurier in Ottawa

Tea Time at Chateau Laurier

Tea Time at Chateau Laurier in Ottawa

Very british - this is Canada especially during the Tea time, We are in Victoria Vancouver Island ever with Canada's relationship to Tea set apart and tested the high tea at Butchart Gardens. We particularly liked its surroundings amidst orchids and other exotic plants. From the tea time in the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa we had already heard on our last trip to Canada's capital a few years ago. At that time, however, we didn't have the time to be able to enjoy it. This time we wanted to treat ourselves to the pleasure and reserved an afternoon for afternoon tea at Chateau Laurier.



Especially on cold winter days, when the north wind is the temperature in the north Ontario slipping into icy depths, it is particularly fun to sit comfortably in front of a well-kept cup of tea. There are also delicious sandwiches, scones and cake slices. It is fun to watch the thickly masked passers-by hurrying towards warmer rooms in front of the large windows of the hotel. I almost want to shout to them: “Come on in! Here you can warm up with warm tea and in a great atmosphere before you continue to your destination. ”For us, our afternoon in Zoé's Lounge at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier is an extremely welcome opportunity to tell us about the exciting experiences, but also about the to recover icy temperatures that we at our outdoor activities at Winterlude experienced in Ottawa.


Strawberries marinated in Eiswein with a glass of sparkling wine as a starter
Strawberries marinated in Eiswein with a glass of sparkling wine as a starter - the perfect prelude to the Tea Time at Chateau Laurier


What is the dress code at Afternoon Tea at Chateau Laurier?

Tea time at Chateau Laurier is an elegant event that surprises us with even more delicacies than we have come across at afternoon teas. First of all, our friendly service explains that we have the choice between a typical English tea time and a "Canadian tea time". We are curious as to what the "Canadian" thing about this tea time is and we both order the country-specific version. Next, our waitress rolls us a cart with a large assortment of different types of tea and lets us smell different tea blends: among them are a spice tea blend with a hint of orange aroma, a tea blend with maple syrup taste and a tea blend with ice wine taste.



Even the smell that flows from the silver bowls that we hold under our noses promises an extraordinary tea aroma. Petar chooses the almost Christmas-scented spice mixture with orange scent, I opt for the Eisweintee, because I'm curious if he tastes just like Eiswein as he smells like it.


We are allowed to choose from different teas
We can choose from a variety of teas at our Tea Time at Chateau Laurier


At Zoe's, tea time at Chateau Laurier begins with a glass of sparkling wine

In contrast to all previous teen afternoons that we have met on our travels, we get a glass of sparkling wine with strawberries marinated in ice wine in Zoé's Lounge to get in the mood for what is to come. A surprise for the palate and the senses! The sweet strawberries whet the appetite for the pastries and sandwiches that are served in the next course. On an etagère each of us gets two scones - one with blueberries, the other without -, four sandwiches - the indispensable cucumber sandwich and one sandwich each with goat cheese with truffle flavor, cress and smoked salmon, fried striploin and curry chicken salad - and three cakes: one Cream slices, a shortcrust pastry tart filled with cream and a fruit. These delicacies are all delicious! And we're glad we didn't have lunch today because they easily replace a full meal.


The scones are particularly proud of the Chateau Laurier
The scones are particularly proud of the Chateau Laurier
A cucumber sandwich must be
A cucumber sandwich must be
Delicious cake slices for dessert
Delicious cake slices for dessert


Canadian Tea Time at Ottawa High Tea

So we enjoy our cream tea in the pleasant surroundings of Zoé's Lounge at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, listen to the murmuring entertainment of our table neighbors - a group of mixed-age women who have a nice afternoon here - and think about what the "Canadian" is about our "Canadian Tea Time" is. What we certainly cannot get in England is an ice wine tea, which actually tastes just as intensely of the delicious dessert wine as it smelled, and a tea with maple syrup taste. Is there freshly smoked salmon for high tea in England? I'm not sure. And what we have never had with any other afternoon tea is sparkling wine and fresh strawberries. At any rate, and Petar and I agree, one thing is certain: for tea time at Chateau Laurier in Zoé's Lounge, you should definitely plan a few hours if you are in Ottawa is. It is worth it!


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Freshly brewed tea is collected by sieve
Freshly brewed tea is collected by sieve


You need to know this for tea time at Chateau Laurier

The Afternoon Tea will be in Zoé's Lounge served on:

daily between 11.00 a.m. and 15.30 p.m

Dress Code is casual

Reservation is required for the afternoon tea. Tel. (613) 241-1414.




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Source: own research on site. We also thank the Fairmont Chateau Laurier for the invitation. Our opinion, however, remains our own.

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Tea Time at Chateau Laurier in Ottawa

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.

4 thoughts too "Tea Time at Chateau Laurier in Ottawa"

  1. High Tea at Chateau Laurier - that's what I like to remember. Although I am hungry now, but a good tea in the weather is not wrong and I will put on now!

    1. Hello Romy,

      yes, high tea at Chateau Laurier - that has something. I agree :). But at home it never tastes as good as there ...

      Best regards,

  2. We've never been to Canada, but your stories about Ottawa and especially the high tea at Fairmont Chateau Laurier make you want more. At the moment we do not have concrete travel plans, but who knows what the new year will bring! Until then we would like to share some tips for Munich :-)
    Birgitta and Alejandro von Reiseum

    1. Dear Birgitta, dear Alejandro,

      We can really recommend the high tea. Especially during our visit to Winterlude, when it had temperatures of up to -33 ° C outside, it was a pure pleasure! And we are always interested in tips for Munich.

      Best regards,
      Monika and Petar

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