Victoria is rich in history and perhaps the most British city in all of Canada, so it’s no wonder that afternoon tea is a popular ritual amongst locals and visitors. Did you know that afternoon tea differs from high tea? High tea is to be had at lunch, while afternoon tea is enjoyed between lunch and dinner. You will see some menus in Victoria offering both high and afternoon tea, but you will notice the dishes for each will likely differ. Many of the tea houses are inside heritage homes that date back over a century and each venue is unique in its own right and offers a different experience. Abkhazi Garden and Tea Room has an incredibly romantic story about a prince and a princess that will lure you in, and the afternoon tea spread will make you want to stay all day. A more rustic experience can be had at Adrienne’s Tea Garden at Mattick’s Farm. Their home style cooking has created a following of regulars that can’t get enough of the homemade goods. Vegetarians will find solace at Venus Sophia Tea Room & Vegetarian Eatery where local and organic produce is used, meaning the menu changes seasonally. History buffs will appreciate a trip to Point Ellice House where you can tour the museum with a self-guided audio tour before sitting down to afternoon tea in the garden. The Fairmont Empress is known for their luxurious atmosphere and posh service that is fit for any queen. It’s definitely a place to splurge!
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