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Afternoon Tea - Alternatives to Empress Hotel

rjohn40787 Apr 14, 2010 06:14 PM

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. Sam Salmon RE: rjohn40787 Apr 14, 2010 06:23 PM


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      grayelf RE: Sam Salmon Apr 14, 2010 08:00 PM

      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).

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      curlygirl13 RE: rjohn40787 Apr 14, 2010 11:57 PM

      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. http://www.secretgardentea.com/highte... (Price $25.95 for adults and $16.95 for children 8 and under.)

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        naramata RE: rjohn40787 Apr 15, 2010 11:30 AM

        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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          cassie RE: naramata Apr 15, 2010 01:48 PM

          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)

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          islandgirl RE: rjohn40787 Apr 16, 2010 04:22 PM

          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

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