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Apr 14, 2010 06:14 PM

Afternoon Tea - Alternatives to Empress Hotel

We priced the Empress afternoon tea for two adults and two children and were quoted $220 (U.S.). Too expensive. Any alternatives available that are nice but more reasonably priced?

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      There is also the Blethering Place in Oak Bay. I've been in it but not had tea (kinda kitschy but that might be fun for the kids).

    2. if you're exclusively looking for a spot in Victoria, i'm afraid that i have no other suggestions.

      however if venturing to the mainland is an option, i'd recommend High Tea at the Secret Garden Tea Company at 5559 West Boulevard, Vancouver. (Price $25.95 for adults and $16.95 for children 8 and under.)

      1. not sure why hi tea is supposed to be the "thing to do" here but i think the blethering place out in oak bay and also the James Bay TeaRoom (near the empress) are budget-acceptable esp w/ kids

        if i were a tourist here, i'd sooner go to the floating restaurant on the wharf by the laurel point inn -- the usual burgers, fish etc - seems more real west coast than the fake brit stuff. (and my family was born here so we have the brit background but are proud to be BC-ers)

        or go and get a coffee and let the kids run around near Ogden Point (cruise ship terminal in Vic) - haven't checked in a while, is that cafe still out there near the breakwater? Fab views over to the Olympics (ntl park) in Washington State etc

        Ogden Point Cafe
        199 Dallas Rd, Victoria, BC V8V1A1, CA

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        1. re: naramata

          I second Sam Salmon's recommendation of the White Heather - on Oak Bay Avenue, near Bank St. - many great reviews on this little place - good variety of afternoon tea sizes (wee tea, not-so-wee, big muckle). A very nice looking room without the fake Brit stuff hanging about.
          James Bay is also another nice place - south of the Legislative buildings.
          For a different take - the Grand Pacific Hotel has a West Coast Tea - around $40/head - food with more of a westcoast lean (prawns, smoked salmon, bannock)

        2. The Four Mile House restaurant/pub used to do a fabulous tea (more hearty that some of the other options around town). Looking at their website it looks like they still do for $18pp (although I can't comment on the current quality)

          Four Mile House
          199 Old Island Hwy, Courtenay, BC , CA

          Four Mile House
          199 Old Island Hwy, Courtenay, BC , CA