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Tea at The Empress, Victoria

  • Lobby Lounge
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A grand tradition for over a century, the world renowned Fairmont Empress has served England’s most beloved ritual of afternoon tea to famed royalty, celebrities and dignitaries alike. Reinvigorated in our timeless, sophisticated Lobby Lounge, Tea at the Empress will continue this quintessentially Victoria experience.

Tea at the Empress is among the world’s best unique tea experiences. To complement our house-made signature Empress scones, pastries, clotted creams and strawberry preserves with fresh lavender from our rooftop herb garden, are 21 of the finest loose leafs teas available. Featuring our original blend of The Empress Tea and the exceptionally rare Tong Mu Phoenix Lapsang Souchong blend, the tea list is completely ethically sourced and certified by the Ethical Tea Partnership.

Tea at the Empress is an absolute must-do event in Victoria.

Tea at The Empress Menu

Loose Leaf Tea Menu


December 1 - January 2: Enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea during the festive season paired with famous seasonal offerings and classic desserts. Learn More.


The Empress blend is a selection of seasonal, quality teas, created exclusively for Fairmont Empress by the Metropolitan Tea Company. With components from Assam (thick, malty and full bodied), Kenya (floral-like with a golden coppery infusion), South India (superb, fruity and sprightly), Ceylon (airy, almost piquant), and China (burgundy depth with light, oaky notes), it is truly one of the finest blends in the world. The Empress blend of tea is available for purchase in the Fairmont Store located in the hotel and adjacent to the Tea Room. It is also available online at


The Empress Tea China was originally presented to King George V in 1914 upon the opening of the Booth factory in Stoke-on-Trent, England. The china was first used by The Empress in 1939 for the Royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The pattern is now produced by William Edwards exclusively for Fairmont Empress. 

Hours of Operation

Served from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


 1st Seating: 11:00 am | 11:15 am | 11:30 am | 12:00 pm

 2nd Seating: 1:00 pm | 1:15 pm | 1:30 pm | 2:00 pm

 3rd Seating:  3:00 pm | 3:15 pm | 3:30 pm | 4:00 pm                                                                                                        

Dress Code

Sophisticated, smart casual.


Please contact our dining reservations team between 8:30am and 5:00pm PST by calling (250) 389-2727, or make an online reservation with OpenTable by using the “Book Now” button above. Reservations are strongly recommended however walk-ins may be available.

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