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Friday, February 18, 2011

Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Victoria BC

This last weekend we were in Victoria, BC and here are some photos of the afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. The Empress Afternoon tea blend is lovely...a nice and full bodied black, Assam and Darjeeling blend that I am very fond of, and I also love the Mango & Curried Chicken sandwiches...my fav...

Here is the menu:

Fresh Seasonal Fruit 
Freshly Baked Raisin Scone, Strawberry Jam and Empress Cream 
Smoked Salmon Pinwheel 
Mango and Curried Chicken 
Carrot and Ginger and Cream Cheese 
Free Range Egg Salad Croissant 
Mushroom Pate Crostini
Battenberg Cake  (contains nuts) 
Lemon Curd and Berry Tart 
Rose Petal Shortbread 
Green Tea Cheesecake 
Chocolate Tulip with Wild Cherry

I absolutely love Battenburg cake! if you don't know, Battenburg cake has a marzipan icing over a checkerboard cake. I LOVE marzipan.

I actually found a blog with a step-by-step recipe that is pretty terrific:

You can see it on the tiered server from my photo of the tea table below, but it is side ways...the pink icing slices. Should have taken it full on...didn't remember until it was GONE!.

I just wish it had been a bit warmer. I didn't take a whole lot of photos of the hotel this time. 

At the Victoria Tea Festival I found a great source of figural tea pots.

The Teapottery is a couple from Derby, England who have moved to Canada and import figural teapots from Yorkshire. There were some SUPER ones. I especially liked the Bobby Helmet teapot. Too fun!

We had a great natter about the UK, teapots and life in general and plan to swap links with Antiques And Teacups. To visit their website and see their selection of UK made figural teapots click on the photo.

Have a great day...drink a cuppa with a friend and enjoy your long weekend if you are in the US. We are going to a fundraising Murder Mystery dinner tonight called Murder Most Fowl. Should be fun...hope we don't chicken out....get it? Get it!!!  :)


  1. I have never been to the Empress but paid for a young couple to go there on their anniversary. They were from Canada and dirt poor serving in a ministry. I was touched by their sacrifice. How much does Afternoon Tea cost at the Empress now? I know it is expensive. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Tea at the Empress is about $50. Expensive but special!


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