After reading reviews, we elected to reserve a spot for afternoon tea at the gardens instead of the Empress. We had an absolutely fabulous experience. The service, the atmosphere and the food and tea and wine were all exceptional. We met someone later who had had tea at both locations during that week and they quickly said that the garden's tea was far superior to the Empress. Since the cost was about half the cost at Empress, there was no doubt we made the right choice. We couldn't eat all the food, but our server told us up front that the sweets were the easiest to pack up so we left those for last at his recommendation. We especially loved the scones, the sausage rolls and the quiche - and of course all of the sweets.
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