An afternoon tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

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Location: 900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC

Phone: (604) 684-3131 | Hours: N/A

Website: http://www.fairmont.com/hotelvancouver/GuestServices/Restaurants/900WestLounge.htm

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Fairmont Afternoon Tea

There’s no better way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon than sitting down at a five star hotel lounge and enjoying a sip of English tea, biscuits, cakes, assorted sweets and scones. Like thousands of people that also bought the group buy awhile back, my girlfriend and I set foot into one of Vancouver’s most historic hotel for an afternoon tea.

For those who are interested in the history behind Afternoon tea, here’s a peek at the menu from Fairmont:

History of Afternoon Tea
Fairmont Lounge

We arrived at 3:30pm on a Saturday afternoon, the lounge area was already full of people sipping on their teas. Apparently, I didn’t know about this entrance you see in the picture, which is the correct entrance if you are just here for the afternoon tea. Even though we had made reservations, we had to wait awhile (5-10mins) till we got our table.

Compliments for tea

I am a tea enthusiast and really I will fall for any types of tea. Not that I’ll like them all, but I’m willing to give everything a try. All their tea wares has a shine to it, and that really enhances the tea experience. I really enjoyed their honey, it’s so  rich that I wanted to take the other jar home. And better yet, it’s an import of Swiss.

Tea ware
Tea

I swear that I took more pictures than one tea, but some how it magically disappeared. Anyhow, my girlfriend had the Fairmont Earl Grey from Sri Lanka, and I had the Jasmine Butterfly from China.  Both very traditional teas, I really enjoyed mine with honey and milk. It was such an excellent combo, I had to refill my teapot several times.

The Goodies
Dill cured lox on dark rye
Smoked Salmon Sandwich roll
Warm Mini Croissant filled with Black Forest Ham, Brie & Dijon Mustard
Apple Roasted Chicken Salad on Baguette

That’s about all the small sandwiches on the bottom plate. I think by now, I was pretty full. My favourite would probably be the croissant because it was still warm when served. The brie and dijon mustard made the sandwich much juicier.

Mini Lemon Tart
Chocolate Cupcake with raspberry frosting
Chocolate covered pastry
Raisin Scones
Strawberry with fresh whipped cream

My favourite from the sweet pile would have to be the scones, they weren’t the very best but they were still quite decent. It tasted really great with the whipped cream, which was the right sweetness.

The Bill

Originally, it would have been $36 per person. Yes, that’s how much an afternoon tea at a five start hotel would cost. But thanks to DealFind, we saved about 50% including tips and taxes. Overall, I think it was money well spent. This is coming from someone who loves tea. The service was attentive, however, as more people began to sat down, the service grew slower. The ambiance was quite calming. However, the restaurant was quite occupied from last time I came, which was before they ever had group buy’s. Group deals have definitely increased revenue for some.

 

 

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