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The term high tea originates from the working-class British tradition of enjoying a good, strong cup while sitting in high-backed chairs, enjoying a heavy meal of meat pies, pickled fish, baked beans, cracker, and other edibles. What we call high tea in Montreal (and generally on this side of the Atlantic) actually incorporates many of the elements of afternoon tea or low tea, a highly ritualized upper-class affair enjoyed from low sofas. Whatever you call it, the luxurious afternoon service as we know it takes place in some of the best hotels in Montreal with snacks that rival the best bakeries, serving freshly brewed teas and dainty sandwiches alongside sweet treats, and it’s a lovely way to treat yourself when you’re feeling fancy.
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