The classic, served as it has been since 1908 in the impressive tea lobby. In a room lush with hues of green, cream, and rose, pillars topped with curvy Ionic capitals reach up to a high coffered ceiling; Persian carpets lie underfoot; potted palms, discreet screens, heavy drapes, and glossy antique furniture add to the grand Victorian look. Expect several tiers of decadent goodies that can include strawberries and cream, smoked salmon pinwheel sandwiches, fresh scones, and lemon tartlets. Bubbles and champagne cocktails are available as well as several different types of tea. You can upgrade to the Royal Tea for an additional C$30—it includes a local cheese platter and tawny Port. And there’s also a Prince & Princess tea, with jam sandwiches and mini-chocolate cupcakes, for the little ones.
Fairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government St
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Daily; first seating noon, last seating 3:45pm Phone 866/540-4429 Prices Afternoon tea C$60 adults, C$30 children 12 and under Cuisine Type Tea Web site Fairmont Empress Hotel Other Reservations strongly recommended
Map721 Government St Victoria
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