Longing for a taste of jolly, old England? Look no further than scenic Victoria on Vancouver Island. It has been said that Victoria today is more English than England. There are plenty of charming budget hotels in Victoria to choose from. And tradition states you must stop for tea while visiting here. Here are three great spots to choose from; from the indulgent to the budget friendly.
For travellers with access to a royal fortune, your first stop should be The Fairmont Empress Hotel, located at the foot of the inner harbour. The Fairmont Empress Hotel is the grande dame of hotels in Victoria and the Afternoon Tea at The Empress reflects this grandeur. Steep yourself in old world luxury of chintz, antique furnishings and fine china. At $59.95 per serving during high season ($47.95 off season), Afternoon Tea at The Empress could be considered both a luxury and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Afternoon Tea includes your choice of tea, a selection of 5 sandwiches, 5 pastries plus fresh fruit and scones.
Visiting the legendary Butchart Gardens is almost mandatory while in Victoria. A National Historic Site of Canada, this 55 acre estate is still owned by family descendants and showcases a stunning array of horticultural achievement. Taking Afternoon Tea at Butchart Gardens is an excellent option. At $29.00, Afternoon Tea includes warm traditional delicacies, savoury tea sandwiches and tempting pastries. An exceptional tea to partake in exceptional surroundings.
White Heather Tea Room on Oak Bay Avenue is a delight to both locals and visitors alike. Known for their homemade savories and generous portions, this is the place to visit for Afternoon Tea that boasts exceptional value. Freshness is their motto and pastries are baked daily. Even the preserves and sweet cream are prepared in-house. At $16.50-$21.25, this is the best value Afternoon Tea for the budget-minded traveller.