• tea, pastries and champagne flutes set on a marble table

Afternoon Tea

Ready for the royal treatment? We’ve been pouring traditional Afternoon Tea for 115 years and counting. Take your time in the elegant Lobby Lounge, an airy space that channels turn-of-the-century elegance with modern refinement. Linger over flaky scones with housemade strawberry jam, fluffy pastries, honey from the hotel hives and finger sandwiches presented with flourish on our tiered tea service. We offer an exclusive selection of premium loose-leaf teas in royal china, a gift from her Majesty in 1939, at this celebrated Empress ritual. And if you like, elevate the event with champagne service. Why ever not?

721 Government Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5

Seating's available daily from 11:00am - 4:00pm

photo by Sophie Vino

World renowned AFTERNOON TEA

Fairmont Empress has served Afternoon Tea in the grandeur and elegance of the famous Lobby Lounge, filled with live classical piano accompaniment. The menus is resplendent with fresh, locally sourced ingredients: strawberry jam for the freshly baked, flaky scones is made in-house from local berries, honey from the hotel’s apiary and lavender from their rooftop garden. The dedicated culinary team creates decadent pastries that celebrate the history and character of the hotel and a delicious assortment of finger sandwiches is presented with a flourish on a tiered royal china tea service.


photo by Sophie Vino

sustainably farmed ethically sourced

There are 21 teas available on the menu at any given time and they are rotated throughout the year to showcase teas from all major growing areas around the world.  LOT 35 is an exclusive collection of luxury grade, seasonal, hand-picked whole leaf teas, skillfully blended to bring you the perfect cup. LOT 35 teas are sustainably farmed, ethically sourced and 100% traceable from tea garden to cup.