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The Lobby Lounge is the toast of Victoria, offering a grand space which celebrates the past and embraces the future. Elegant, in every sense of the word, this timeless lounge is home to the world-renowned tradition of Tea at the Empress.

TEA AT THE EMPRESS 

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. Reinvented in the new Lobby Lounge, Tea at the Empress will continue this quintessentially Victorian tradition.

Tea at The Empress Menu

Reservations are strongly recommended however walk-ins may be available. For reservations and information, please visit OpenTable or call Dining Reservations at (250) 389-2727.

JOIN US FOR LIVE PIANO MUSIC DAILY IN THE LOBBY LOUNGE 

NIELS PETERSEN
Performing August 2 | 6 | 9 | 13 | 16 | 18 | 20 | 23 | 27 | 30

A guitarist, pianist and composer, Niels has shared the stage with such artists as Tina Turner, Burton Cummings, Trisha Yearwood and Vince Gill, to name a few. Originally from Copenhagen, Niels has over one hundred original songs to share and great stories with each one...

 

ROBYN MCKINNON
Performing August 2 | 5 | 9 | 12 | 14 | 16 | 19 | 22 | 23 | 26 | 30

Enjoy upbeat melodies from accomplished local pianist, Robyn McKinnon. When not here are at The Empress, you can catch her performing with The Arbutus Singers Choir. 

 

ROD SALLOUM
Performing August 3 | 7 | 10 | 14 | 10 | 14 | 17 | 18 | 21 | 24 | 28 | 31

Growing up in a musical family, Rod played piano by age 4 and formed his own band by age 12. He has played R&B, blues, pop, jazz, fusion, rock, & country. That versatility eventually led to tours entertaining multinational armed forces the world over and appearances on national television, a Juno winning album, and performances at countless concert & festival events across Canada.

 

KAREL ROESSINGH
Performing August 1 | 8 | 11 | 15 | 22 | 24 | 29 | 31

Born in Holland and raised in Calgary, Karel is an accomplished jazz pianist who has led bands for the likes of Bob Newhart and and Rich Little. 

 

MORRY STEARNS
Performing August 4 | 5 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 19 | 20 | 25 | 26

Morry is an accomplished recording artist and songwriter who has worked with many musical legends including David Foster, Bryan Adams and Celine Dion. 

JAN STIRLING

Performing August 1 | 3 | 6 | 8 | 10 | 15 | 17 | 27 

Victoria pianist, Jan Stirling has been a fixture on the local jazz scene. Versatile and engaging, Jan follows a less-than-traditional path and draws from a wide array of musical genres – classical, pop, jazz, and her own original music.  

Hours of Operation

JANUARY 2ND - FEBRUARY 12TH:

Monday to Thursday: Seatings from 1pm to 3:45pm

Friday to Sunday: Seatings from 11am to 3:45pm

FEBRUARY 13TH AND ONWARDS:

Served from 11:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

SEATING TIMES

 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

 4th Seating: 5:00 pm | 5:15 pm | 5:30 pm | 5:45 pm

 

 

 

 

DRESS CODE:

We invite you to take the opportunity to dress for the occasion. In order to provide the best experience for all our guests, we maintain a dress code. As such, we trust you and your party will adhere to the following:

Please refrain from wearing hats.  Exceptions are fascinators and fancy tea hats. 

No tank tops, beach wear, or athleisure wear permitted. 

No flip flops or bare feet permitted. Exceptions are elegant sandals. 

No clothing with explicit or offensive wording or graphics permitted.                                                                                               

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS:

The talented culinary and service teams at Fairmont Empress are focused on creating the world class Tea at the Empress experience that the hotel has become known for internationally. This includes catering to guests with common diets and allergens.

In order to effectively accommodate dietary restrictions, we kindly ask that guests who require a special variation of Tea at the Empress call to notify our reservations team 24 hours in advance of their visit. By calling in advance, guests can rest assured that we will be able to provide a delicious afternoon tea just for them.

Please note: we currently are able to cater to the following dietary restrictions: vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, lactose / dairy free, peanut and tree nut free, seafood and shellfish free, and diabetic friendly. At this time, we are unfortunately unable to cater to restrictions other than those listed here. We are also unable to cater to combinations of more than one of these dietary restrictions.

Thank you very much for taking the time to inform us of your dietary restrictions. We look forward to providing you with a most memorable Tea at the Empress experience at Canada’s Castle on the Coast, Fairmont Empress.

                                                                                                    

Dress Code

Sophisticated, smart casual.

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