Afternoon Tea at Old Mill Toronto
A tradition at Old Mill Toronto since 1914, our Afternoon Tea service is a delightful midday diversion filled with exotic teas and delectable sandwiches and a glass of bubbly if you wish. We are thrilled to now serve Canada’s finest tea as part of your service, Sloane Fine Tea Merchants. We have hand picked 12 new signature Sloane teas that we think best represent our English roots and that compliment our brand new scrumptious Tea menu.
Whether it’s an afternoon out or a special occasion with a group of friends, our Afternoon Tea experience is a perfect way to savour your special moments and indulge in conversation over an assortment of treats.
The tea was fantastic, and such a great place for my Great Aunt's birthday. Your wait staff is fantastic. I wish the scones were larger slightly and that the teacups/teapots were more formal as they were just white conference room style.
The afternoon tea at the Old Mill is always a pleasure, I did note however it seemed markedly busy this time compared to the last few times I have attended. It was a bit overwhelming having to wait to be seated with all the people in a single small entrance but after that the overall experience was wonderful. The tea was lovely, the food was amazing as always, and the ambiance was very calming.
The location is really the best part of the experience. The hotel is very interesting. The tea room felt a bit off. It was decorated and all, but it didn't have much personality. I think it was mostly due to the lighting, which just didn't bring the right ambiance. The teas were fine (I'm not a huge fan of Sloan teas) and the food was good.
Lovely high tea in a beautiful setting. Within 10 minutes of making the booking, they called to find out if it was a special occasion, or if there were any dietary restrictions. That was very helpful, as one persons does not eat fish. Everything was prepared when we arrived. Unfortunately service in the dining room was not at the same high level. It could best be described as a bit rough around the edges. The waiters were hard to flag down, didn’t really pay attention to the diners, and just plonked the dishes down and walked away. They didn’t try to find out who had the no fish request, they just pointed out which one was no fish and left it in the middle of the table. It was more what you would expect at a really busy banquet hall where they’re rushing to serve hundreds of meals at the same time, rather than an elegant high tea service.
But we were there for the food, which was wonderful. Excellent sandwiches, lovely scones, and delicious desserts. Overall, high marks.
Nice tea, nice atmosphere, nice food but a bit expensive for what you get.
Delicious selection of teas and a finely presented array of sweets, scones, and small savoury sandwiches. Great atmosphere. It was a little expensive though....
I've had afternoon tea at several hotels all over the world. This experience was the worst I've had. The food was mediocre and served on mediocre dishes. We asked for vegetarian options - I think the chef confused this with vegan. We received the most dry and tasteless sandwiches even after I told the server that everything on the menu was fine except the chicken sandwich. The atmosphere was poor, music choice of rock over a sound system as opposed to music conducive to conversation and live music preferrably, was terrible. The tea was good but that's to be expected.
We had a good time the service was very Good!
The garden and all the property is very nice!
A wonderful birthday for my daughter - thank you!!! -
Starting to go a little downhill this may very well be my last visit. They have cut back on the food served absolutely atrocious. 2 scones, 3 bitesize sandwiches , 3 deserts. The waiter was a complete mess. He wasn’t aware of dietary requirements in the party, wouldn’t really listen, walked away while being spoken to. Was served the wrong tea, took a while to get this corrected as again he wouldn’t listen and insisted all the correct teas were at the table, only believed after he smelt them all. Dietary requirements are catered for but better places for afternoon tea in the city. A lot better. Great for people watching as weddings take place at this location.
Tea was great! Nice selection of tea. Food was good. Sandwiches were ok. Scones were great! It would be nice if the sugar was not in paper packets but maybe in cubes? Just to go with the tea theme!🙂 great ambiance.
I think the Old Mill could really improve their service by giving more attention to tea. There was no awareness about certain teas needing to be steeped for certain periods of time and different temperatures. Providing tea cosies would help to keep the tea warm. After all putting hot tea into cold teapots and cold china cups results in cool tea. Also, offering to just add hot water to already steeped tea bags results in bitter, astringent tea. A new tea bag should be offered, at no extra charge, of course.
The food itself was very good. The scones were delicious. The various sweets and sandwiches were tasty and fresh.
It is a beautiful location, especially if you go outside to the garden areas.
It was nice - I thought it would be outside or near windows being that the weather was so fantastic except we were in small dining area. Service was slow as we were one of the last tables to be served 45 minutes into our reservation.
Service was very shallow, mcdonalds level.
The venue itself feels tired and in a need of renovation
Tea with Mom
Overall, afternoon tea at the Old Mill was enjoyable. The teas available, from the Sloane collection, are quite good. (Smaller selection than some places -- but nicer and better teas than many others)
Importantly, brewing and preparation of the teas was well done. However, for second and subsequent pots, it might be wise to offer new teabags. And, since the tea is served with tea bags (vs. leaves), it would make sense to actually remove the tea bags when tea is properly/sufficiently brewed -- or at least have servers recommend to customers that they do so (when the tea is steeped to their preference).
Tea remaining in the pot after the first cup quickly became bitter and tannic...and would have been much better had the tea leaves/bags been removed earlier. Then, new leaves/bags added for additional pots ordered/requested.
As to the food, it was of good quality. The 3 sandwiches on offer were nice and generous, if a little larger than standard "tea sandwich" size. This was appreciated in the pumpernickel with smoked salmon, but another sandwich was so large that it was impossible to eat with any delicacy, and had to be cut in half (i.e., split) to make it possible to eat in a vaguely lady-like way among company.
The savoury food offerings are a bit lighter than in many places. There was sufficient food, but it was not as abundant as at some tea rooms.
The scones were lovely. Having one savoury (cheddar/chive) and one more sweet (dried cranberry) was a nice change -- and while the jams were nice (individual mini-jars of Greaves jams), the offerings were somewhat ordinary -- though absolutely "fine" and tasty. There was more than sufficient quantities and suggesting to customers to take the jars of jams (opened or not yet opened) home with them was a sweet touch.
We opted to skip the dessert offerings -- and we were happily accommodated. Having vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options was noted and appreciated.
the “garden tea” was indoors. upsetting to see it advertised as a garden high tea...
the soft rock that was playing in the room did not set a nice mood for what is supposed to be a nice high tea.
the clotted cream that was served with the scones was hard and also a very small portion.
Food is not fresh.
We came with 6, restaurant not full and had to wait to get our tea. The biggest disappointment was the waiter. Older gentleman who didn’t engage with us at all. When we asked what tea was nice he could have cared a bit more to describe teas. It also took so long to get our bill. Food was good but was overall disappointed with atmosphere. Music was too loud. I had pre ordered a cake slice for my mom’s 80th birthday and it never came. I didn’t want to make a fuss with waiter.
While the food and ambience were great, the service was poorly, even though the place looked half empty. Our waiter was slow and was barely seen. In order for us to pay, we had to go to the front desk to talk to someone. I’d expect more staff to be around.
Wonderful way to celebrate my dear friend's retirement. Food was great--the scones our absolute favourite. Plan to celebrate other occasions with an afternoon tea at the Old Mill.
It would be a good idea to call ahead to find out if there are any loud parties going on at the same time as your tea reservation. The Old Mill hosts afternoon tea in a beautiful, sunlit space that looks out into the garden. Unfortunately, we had extremely loud music, jumping, and shaking ceiling beams directly overhead with a school party in full swing in mid afternoon. What we anticipated as a quiet, relaxing afternoon was not at all what we would have liked, and if I had known about the event, I certainly would have brought my guest elsewhere.
This is my third time attending afternoon tea at the Old Mill. The tearoom and grounds are lovely. I don’t live anywhere nearby but it’s worth going for the view. The sandwiches and treats are beautifully presented. The value for the money is very good. I don’t find the food selection quite as fancy as some of the hotels downtown, but they also cost a lot more. Will return again.
The overall service and atmosphere was very nice. Professional service and wonderful table setting. Scones, French macaron, and coconut panna cotta were very good but all other selections were so-so. Vegan sandwiches were very bland and dry.
I had high tea at the Old Mill a number of years ago twice. While the value compared to other popular high tea options is good, I noticed a decline in quality each time. Clotted cream was a bit sour tasting and amount they give you has dwindled. Overall food tasted great but they’ve decreased their portions and not their prices. Still one of my fave high tea spots in the city.