We had booked afternoon tea some 6 months previously from the UK in order to celebrate our son's 18th birthday. We were about half way around our tour of the Rockies, so it seemed ideal to stop at this famous hotel and sample the delights of 'high' tea. We were not disappointed with the quality or the service. The choice of tea was exceptional (albeit coffee can be taken as an alternative) and we also had a choice of prosecco or champagne as a extra - if you have any doubts, indulge as we did! The sandwiches arrived first, and as our daughter has a peanut allergy she had nut free options - all very twee but yummy. Then the scones and cakes were served -the scones were as light as a feather and the cakes a work of art (again separate cakes for our daughter. We have been to the Dorchester (in London) for afternoon tea on a number of occasions and that is 3 star Michelin behind the scenes. The Fairmont/ Fairview was of a comparable standard, albeit without unlimited sandwiches! It is relatively expensive, but worth the money - so treat yourself!!! The only disappointing aspect was that there was no recognition of our son' s birthday other than it being noted on the booking and the waitress saying happy birthday. Given how special the tea is, it would have been nice to have the restaurant go the extra mile and take a leaf out of the Dorchester book. The latter bring a plate inscribed with the event in chocolate e.g "happy birthday" etc, and a small cake with (lit) candle is on the plate - how special is that by way of finishing off a celebration?!! Given the pastry chef is obviously top quality at the Fairview, perhaps they could consider the aforesaid comments - then the restaurant (with a view to die for) could become super special for afternoon tea!!!
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