If there was ever a time to introduce a traditional British-themed tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, it’s right before the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (going down on May 19).
The hotel’s main floor restaurant, Notch8, is known for putting on charming themed teas, everything from Brother’s Grimm, to Canada 150, to the most recent Silver Screen Afternoon Tea service.
The newest theme is a classic but cheeky one, The Great British Tea Party is available now through September 3, with seatings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm daily.
This theme goes back to the Vancouver hotel’s roots and connection to the British royal family. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth dined here for a celebratory lunch to open the hotel in May 1939, and there have also been visits by Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret over the years.
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Selections at this tea include Fairmont’s LOT 35 Tea, the Eton Mess with berries, meringue, and whipped double cream, and raisin and butter scones served with Devonshire cream and strawberry jam to start.
The savoury selection includes a Coronation Chicken made with spiced Cornish game hen and roast beef with Stilton served on marble rye, and a Double Decker of stacked blinis with smoked salmon, tuna salad, dill cream cheese, and trout caviar.
There will also be a ham, cheddar, and chutney sandwich along with an English cucumber variety with radish, spiced egg salad, pickled shallots, and pepper cress served on brioche.
When it comes to sweets, expect UK-inspired sweet treats made in-house like the Victoria sponge cake roll, Bakewell tart, Battenberg cake, Earl Grey shortbread, and a lemon bar on a vanilla bean sable.
Where: Notch8 – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia St, Vancouver
When: Now through September 3 at 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm.
Price: $65 per person; book online