Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Old Mill Centennial Afternoon Tea

The Old Mill motto says “VALLIS HUMBRIA ANGLIAE PARS ANGLIA PROCUL – In the valley of the Humber, a bit of England far from England”. 

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I’m glad that I was able to experience the special Centennial Afternoon Tea at the Old Mill in Toronto with my sister-in-law Jane, during my recent trip to Canada.  The Old Mill is a long time favorite landmark for dining, dancing, buffets, afternoon tea, weddings and meetings.

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Tea is served in a lovely bright room overlooking beautiful gardens and fountains.  There was a box of Old Mill Centennial Tea at each place setting – I’m looking forward to trying their blend.  It contains  black and green teas - Dimbula, Nandi, Nilgiri, Assam and Wuyi.

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Our three tier tea tray contained Cucumber, Baby Watercress and Fine Herb Cream Cheese Open Face Sandwich – Mini Egg Salad Croissant with Bibb Lettuce and Tomato – and a Smoked Salmon, Asparagus and Fine Herb Cream Cheese Pinwheel.

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Next were the Currant and Lemon Scones with imported Devonshire Cream and Greaves Jams and Marmalade.

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The tea pastries included Battenburg Cake, Lemon Meringue Tartlet, Scottish Shortbread and a Chocolate Dipped Strawberry.

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We enjoyed pots of Earl Grey and Crème au Caramel Rooibos tea.

It was a delicious English afternoon tea in a delightful venue.  I was also happy to learn that a portion of the proceeds are donated to Women’s Habitat (a refuge that provides counselling, support and advocacy for women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence).

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Jane mentioned that she and my brother almost had their wedding at the Old Mill over thirty years ago.  They decided against it because the ballroom they liked shared a dance floor with another ballroom.

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If you would like to explore a little more of the Old Mill Inn and Spa, or if you live nearby and are interested in planning an event, their website is here.

5 comments:

Joy said...

Oh, everything looks delicious, and what a lovely setting. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Marilyn said...

What a beautiful tea both location and food. A very special time with a sister over tea is so wonderful.

Angela McRae said...

This looks like an amazing place for tea -- and to think it benefits a good cause as well is just the icing on the cake! (Speaking of which ... wish I knew how to make that pretty Battenburg cake.)

And these photos are absolutely wonderful!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The food and presentation for your tea is lovely and brought back memories of luncheons I've attended at The Old Mill.

Steph said...

Such very, very, very creative foods!

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