Rosélys Restaurant — Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
If you’re in the mood for a refined and modern teatime, head to Rosélys Restaurant in the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth. This English ritual has been brilliantly updated with unique creations like the matcha and spicy salmon macaron, cucumber maki with yuzu mayonnaise, lobster egg mimosa with basil and hazelnut and blackberry mini club — served with a glass of bubbly, if you’re feeling effervescent.
No place says English teatime more than downtown’s Ritz-Carlton Montréal. Your tony time-out begins in the ultra-chic Palm Court with a flute of champagne, if your heart so desires. Indulge in scrumptious scones, sandwiches made with homemade brioche bread and pastries from Claude Guérin who, in 2017, was named Best Pastry Chef in Canada.
The moment you step into Le Parloir you’ll get why this is one of the Plateau’s most popular tea rooms. Not only have its proprietors paid special attention to recreating a typical English décor, but the tiered stands are bedecked with spot-on teatime favourites. Savour scones served with Devonshire cream straight from England and homemade jam, cucumber sandwiches, butter and ham sandwiches, smoked salmon blini, chocolate custard cups and other sweet treats. Reservations recommended!
Cardinal Tea Room
Thursday to Sunday, starting at 11 a.m., the Cardinal Tea Room welcomes Montrealers and visitors from all around to sit down for a cup of tea, served with cucumber sandwiches, deviled eggs, delicious scones and lemon dainties. The parlor’s cool vibe is accented by its Victorian decor and pretty porcelain plates.
La brume dans mes lunettes
It’s always teatime at the lovely La brume dans mes lunettes neighbourhood café and tea room. Whether you’re alone or with friends, feeling nibbly or famished, one of its seven delicious menu options to go with your cup will leave you sated.
A bastion of the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood, the Gryphon d’Or tea room was one of the first places to offer English tea service exclusively. And while people still flock there for this cherished ritual, the Gryphon also serves lunch on weekdays.
Marcus — Four Seasons
Every afternoon, seven days a week, it’s teatime in the magnificent Marcus lounge. Here, elegant towers are stacked with tasty creations that may ruffle traditionalists’ feathers. But the minute you sink your teeth into delicious mix of savoury and sweet treats, conventions are quickly cast aside, and your taste buds conquered.
The Burgundy Lion
The Burgundy Lion is one of the most authentic English pubs in Montréal. But insiders also know that it offers English high tea service every Sunday (reservations are a must). Enjoy it in the sunny second-floor solarium and congratulate yourself on discovering one of Montréal’s best-kept secrets!