The tea was followed closely by a tiered platter that matched our teacups. It was full of sweet and savoury treats. There were three different sandwiches—cucumber, salmon and ham— plus two small goat cheese tarts. On top, were two little cupcakes, gorgeous melt-in-you-mouth shortbreads, raspberry oat bars, and lemon tarts.
Finally, a silver stand of two house made jasmine tea and sultana raisin scones arrived with a silver bowl platter of butter, jam, and clotted cream. I had not tried clotted cream before and threw my dairy-freeness to the wind that day. Oh boy, I think I love clotted cream. Scones welcome, but not necessary. A spoon is a-ok with me.
It was a feast of beautiful, delicious, and decadent things. We dug in and luxuriated in everything. Perhaps that sounds a little over the top, but it was such a pleasure just to sit and enjoy so many small, indulgent goodies. We ate slowly and talked a lot, never once feeling rushed to finish up. We probably could have stayed much longer than we did, but our bellies were satisfied. When we finished, our server brought out boxes so that we could take everything we didn’t eat home. I never expected that, but it was a really nice bonus, and my dad got to enjoy some goodies later!
Overall, I definitely recommend Afternoon Tea at the Prince of Wales. It was such a relaxing and pampering experience. The service was great, the tea was perfect, and all of the treats were tasty.
Right now is a great time to go, too. Niagara-on-the-Lake really shines in spring and summer. It’s a perfect little town to stroll in. The main street is lined with trees, flowers, and pretty boutiques that beckon you in. From there, it’s a short walk to the lake and various little parks through neighbourhoods full of lovingly-maintained houses and welcoming B&Bs. It is, naturally, a very popular place, but once you find a parking spot, the town makes it easy to unwind despite other tourists buzzing about.