Royal Tea & Tour - Dining & Restaurants - The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

Royal Tea & Tour

Please join us this December for a very special Royal Tea and Tour series "PADDINGTON TEA AND TOUR".  Every Saturday and Sunday in December we encourage parents and grandparents to invite their children and grandchildren for special Tea with their Teddy Bears. Every Saturday and Sunday in December, each guest will be given a Paddington gift bag and also be entered to win an official Plush Paddington Bear and a family pass for four to the advance screening of the new Paddington Film on January 10, 2015. The official movie release is January, 16, 2015.


According to legend, one of Queen Victoria’s (1819-1901) ladies-in-waiting, Anna Maria Stanhope (1783-1857), known as the Duchess of Bedford, is credited as the creator of afternoon teatime. Because the noon meal had become skimpier, the Duchess suffered from “a sinking feeling” at about four o’clock in the afternoon. At first the Duchess had her servants sneak her a pot of tea and a few breadstuffs. Adopting the European tea service format, she invited friends to join her for an additional afternoon meal at five o’clock in her rooms at Belvoir Castle. The menu centered around small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, assorted sweets, and, of course, tea. This summer practice proved so popular, the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for “tea and a walking the fields.” The practice of inviting friends to come for tea in the afternoon was quickly picked up by other social hostesses.

We welcome you to join us in this Royal tradition and revel in the history and beauty of our downtown Edmonton landmark. Enjoy a delightful afternoon tea followed by a historic tour, including our very own spectacular Queen Elizabeth II Suite.*

 *Based on availability

Hours of Operation

Saturday and Sunday only: 2:30PM


Reservations required. Please call 780-429-6424


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Price: $42.00 CAD


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