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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.

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Afternoon Tea per person: 82
Champagne Tea featuring a glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut: 115
Royal Champagne Tea featuring a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rose: 122

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.

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Celebrate your next special occasion by indulging in a 110 year old Victoria tradition, Tea at the Empress. Fairmont Empress is now pleased to accommodate larger groups for afternoon tea in the grand Lobby Lounge. To inquire about availability please call 250-389-2727.


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. 


Join us for live piano music daily in the Lobby Lounge during Afternoon Tea. 


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.


Guests who arrive in unsuitable attire may be politely declined. Thank you for your understanding.


Carolers will be singing Christmas carols for patrons of Afternoon Tea service.

WHEN: December 14 & 15 | 23 & 24
TIME: 3:00pm -5:00pm (Saturday & Sunday)
LOCATION: Lobby Lounge
RESERVATIONS: Please contact our dining reservations team between 8:30am and 5:00pm PST by calling (250) 389-2727, or make an online reservation.


Hours of Operation

Served from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm
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.

Please Note


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.

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