The Fairmont Banff Springs was constructed in 1888. It was remodeled in 1928 to resemble a castle. The Fairmont sits high above the city surrounded by pine forests with the Bow River below. You are greeted by a live harpist and a grand marble staircase when you enter the lobby. The Fairmont truly is the Castle of the Rockies. I cannot imagine a better place to experience my first Afternoon Tea than this castle with this incredible view!
The Fairmont Banff Springs has been serving Afternoon Tea for 125 years. Castle Tea Service is served in the Rundle Lounge. I felt like Royalty entering this room of white linens and silver service. We were seated at the large picture window framing the Bow River and Rundle Mountain. The setting was perfect!
Traditional Afternoon Tea
The tea sommelier presented a wooden cart of glass jars full of refined teas from throughout the world. Each variety of tea was explained while being passed around for guests to smell. I chose the Banff Springs Blend. The tea arrived in silver pots and was presented with honey, milk and lemon. The first cup was poured table side through a silver strainer. Next, we were served with an “Aperitif of Fresh Berries” to cleanse our palette and stimulate the appetite while the tea was steeping.
We were then given a basket of warm scones presented with strawberry jam and Devonshire Cream. I discovered I love scones and Devonshire Cream! The sweet and savories were presented on a three-tiered tower. The finger sandwiches included Egg Salad, Smoked Salmon, Heirloom Tomato, Grilled Vegetable and Waldorf Chicken.
The Tea Fancies consisted of Madeline, Berry Mascarpone Cheesecake, Key Lime Meringue Tart, Macaroon and Chocolate Dipped Pecan Brownie. Everything was wonderful and I vowed to begin having Afternoon Tea each time the opportunity presents itself!
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