We visited Victoria, BC for the first time last week. We were celebrating our 5th year wedding anniversary and wanted to do something special. I have been a huge fan of tea for the last 5 years and seek out tea stores and shops in each town we visit, but this was my first experience with a traditional sit down tea. I read several reviews before going and can say that The Empress still exceeded my high expectations. We decided to order the traditional Fairmont Empress Tea blend and were impressed with the character and complexity. We especially liked the salmon and the chicken curry tea sandwiches. The clotted cream and scones were also fantastic. Our waitress was very attentive and went the extra mile to make sure that our anniversary tea was perfect. I recommend attending an earlier tea and not eating lunch beforehand. There is plenty of food and the earlier seating time will improve your chances of being able to sit near a window. The window seats offer incredible views of the harbor and add to the experience. My husband and I agree that this experience was our favorite on this trip and that we will find a way to return to enjoy afternoon tea in the future.
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