There is something soothing about a cup of tea, especially as the weather turns colder, and we love the elegance of a high tea experience. So why not plan to make your next tea time a family affair? With delicious bites of food and a warm cup of tea to enjoy (or hot chocolate in some cases for the kids), taking in tea time together may become your new favourite family tradition.
The holidays are a great time to introduce this experience to your kids, so we’ve rounded up the places where you can comfortably take your family for tea in the Ottawa area, during the holiday season, or any time of year.
The Chateau Laurier, steeped in history, is always a pleasure to visit on its own, but being able to enjoy a high tea experience at Zoe’s is something you’ll cherish for a long time to come. There’s a special menu for the kids who can enjoy a tea or a hot chocolate as their drink. They’ll be treated like royalty as you all bite into mini sandwiches, baked treats, fruit and sip on their extensive selection of teas. Reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment.
During the holidays, the Billings Estate National Historic Site offers a Victorian holiday tea service. This highly popular service takes you back in time to enjoy treats and bites of a Victorian Christmas. The kids can enjoy tea or hot chocolate, and you’ll relax in an intimate setting inside the estate. This year, so far, the event has been sold out, but there is a waitlist you can get on for a chance to go. If you miss this special holiday event, Billings Estate offers tea service throughout the year that you can enjoy as well (and in the nicer weather, they do it outside on the lawn!)
We love the macarons at Quelque Chose, so it’s no surprise that we especially love to see them included in their tea service. There is a special kids menu that comes with sandwiches, scones, treats and, of course, a tasty macaron. The other menus include a tea for two, gluten-free options and a vegetarian tea. Reservations are recommended and are only available at the Westboro location.
Located on Somerset, Vanitea Tea Salon and Eatery has an extensive menu for your tea, all while you sit comfortably surrounded by the elegant décor. We love the option for a full afternoon high tea or a brunch tea sampler. Both offer delectable bites, pots of tea and more. There is a kids menu specifically for them to enjoy which includes juice or a pot of tea, sandwiches, scones and other tasty eats. Parents, look for their special tea services that may have you calling up your babysitter, or planning a moms-day-out.
In Stittsville, you’ll be able to enjoy your tea on Sundays between 11 am and 4 pm at Amberwood Lounge and Eatery. Sandwiches and scones (and of course tea) await you and your little ones (a reduced rate is available for children 8 years old and younger). From time to time, ALE hosts a specialty tea service that includes a theme for the kids. This month is a princess tea with the Ice Queen. While it’s currently sold out, there are winter teas being planned that you can look out for. Reservations are recommended.