Six places to watch this Friday’s Royal Wedding in style
The Royal Wedding is more than just another way for Canadians to express their fondness for the motherland; Kate and Will are also the hottest celebrity couple du jour. Hardcore wedding watchers of either stripe will want to secure their Friday morning plans in advance. To whit, here are six restaurants celebrating the Royal Wedding on April 29 in style.
• Windsor Arms: It seems fitting that on the day Kate Middleton joins the Windsor clan, the most splendid (and pricey) traditional English tea will be celebrated at the Windsor Arms. Available from 4 a.m. until 11 a.m., an elaborate buffet-style tea will be on offer, featuring fresh scones, a variety of sandwiches and celebratory fare, like a Windsor Arms gravlax, Caspian caviar and petit fours. In case 4 a.m. is too early, the hotel also offers a repeat of the royal affair between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Courtyard Café. Royal tea, $125, afternoon tea buffet, $60. 18 St. Thomas St., 416-934-6033, windsorarmshotel.com
• Le Méridien King Edward Hotel: Starting promptly at an ever-so-civilized 5 a.m., the King Eddy celebrates the Royal Wedding with a full English breakfast. Aside from the three-tiered scone stand, hot cross muffins and warm crumpets, there will be other traditional British items, including a yogurt trifle, bangers, baked beans with molasses and black pudding. $6, 37 King St. E., 416-863-3248.
• Fairmont Royal York: Starting at 5 a.m., both Library Bar and Epic at the Royal York are offering royal matrimonial fare. In the bar, a traditional tea menu applies—expect finger sandwiches, pastries, signature cocktails, and of course, copious caffeine in the form of tea. At Epic, a traditional English breakfast will feature eggs, bacon rashers, hash browns and the seemingly ever-popular royal wedding dish, black pudding. (We wonder: how many people actually eat black pudding?). Library Bar, $35, 416-860-5004, Epic, $21, 416-860-6949 100 Front St. W.
• O&B Canteen: In case you’d rather spend the early morning of April 29 sleeping, O&B Canteen at the TIFF Bell Lightbox has “Buckingham Butties,” two sandwiches inspired by the Royal Family, on offer all week at the grab-and-go counter. The savory option: caramelized onions, aged cheddar and Berkshire sausage with grain mustard on multigrain miche. The sweet option: pastry cream and Ontario strawberries on a vanilla scone. $4.29, 330 King St. W., 647-288-4710, www.oliverbonacini.com/Canteen.aspx.
• Langdon Hall: The folks at Langdon Hall have bet against an early morning turnout for their celebrations. Instead, afternoon tea at 3 p.m. will be dedicated to a recap of the wedding alongside a sweet and savory menu that includes traditional scones, raspberry shortbread, Queen Victoria pudding, curried egg salad, deviled shrimp and Lancashire cheddar puffs. Oh, and wearing a royal wedding hat is encouraged, so make sure you’ve got your feathered headdresses and wide brims on hand. $49, 1 Langdon Dr., Cambridge, Ontario, 519-740-2100. langdonhall.ca.
• Queen and Beaver: For those commoners who’d like to celebrate the Royal Wedding but don’t want to dole out the cash for any of the above options, the Queen and Beaver offers a more affordable—although no less authentic—alternative. The pub will be open at 5:45 a.m. to broadcast the service, and will be offering a full English breakfast including crumpets, cucumber sandwiches, fruit scones and strawberries and cream from an à la carte menu that probably won’t break the bank ($6-$16). Seating is first-come, first-served. The Royal Wedding is even listed on the Queen and Beaver’s sporting events calendar, so hopefully it’ll be a raucous affair (although, of course, no alcohol will be served before 11 a.m.). 35 Elm St. 647-347-2712, queenandbeaverpub.ca.