In April of 1912, the Titanic sailed from Southampton on its maiden voyage, with 2,228 passengers and crew on board. Just four days into its journey, the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank. 1523 people died. 705 survived.
The Windsor Arms Hotel paid tribute to the Titanic, Saturday April 14th, 2012, recreating the Afternoon Tea of that fateful day back in 1912. Their “Titanic Afternoon Tea”, offered tea-time treats inspired by the original Titanic Tea Menu, augmented by the current selections of the Windsor Arms Hotel Tea Menu.
It was a beautiful Spring morning in Yorkivlle. Walking up to the hotel I quickly stopped on the street to take a picture of the trees with beautiful buds in bloom. The hotel lobby was packed full of Titanic and Tea fans ready to be seated in the main ballroom. This special event had people dressed up just as if they were on the Titanic in 1912. It was a refined and reverent costume party.
I was seated in the centre of the ballroom at a media table and started chit chatting. I met a lovely girl named Tabitha who is a very talented illustrator and animator. I was so pleased to hear that she runs a blog that features special events where instead of taking pictures of her surroundings she sketches them. A lost art I am so glad she is bring back to life. You can see a few of her sketches from Titanic Tea below.
Their was a pianist playing on the 2nd floor overlooking the ballroom which added a lovely whimsical and relaxing ambiance to the experience. I was totally enamored with the beautiful hats and outfits many of the patrons were wearing. This was my first experience enjoying the Windsor Arms Afternoon Tea menu but had reviewed their steakhouse Prime this past winter. I consider myself a bit of an Afternoon Tea connoisseur as I did a market analysis of Victoria British Colombia’s Afternoon Tea offerings (some twenty restaurants, hotels and inn’s) when I worked at The Union Club of British Colombia. After sampling offerings from The Empress to the Gatsby House I then created and designed an Afternoon Tea program for Club members.
I was very impressed with The Windsor Arms offerings. Their tea selection is exemplary and scones were perfectly warm and flaky. Additional petite sandwiches and sweets were a perfect accompaniment. I am so pleased that I had the opportunity to enjoy the hotels tea menu on such an unforgettable special occasion!
Titanic Afternoon Tea Included:
A Choice of Windsor Arms Loose Leaf Teas
Black Currant Stones, Preserves and Devon Cream
Chicken Salad Sandwich
Asparagus Cheese Tart with Saffron
Cheese Quiche Tartlet
Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies