Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal nuptials take place next month, and we can only imagine all the over-the-top pre-wedding celebrations that will be hosted across the Atlantic Ocean.
In the spirit of the royal occasion, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (900 West Georgia Street) has launched an authentically British-themed afternoon tea set known as the Great British Tea Party ($65 per person, plus taxes and gratuity) that runs through September 3, 2018.
Served inside Notch8 Restaurant and Bar’s private dining room, guests will feel like they’ve transported to England when they step inside the transformed space—vintage décor, bunting, Union Jacks, and a red telephone booth make for a great photo backdrop. A special screen has also been put up to project previous royal weddings.
The classic culinary experience begins with a cup of earl grey tea, which is supposedly a favourite among royal family members.
The tiered-platter includes menu items such as an Eton mess with berries, meringue, and whipped double cream; raisin-and-butter scones served with Devonshire cream and strawberry jam; and savoury sandwiches like English cucumber and radish with spiced egg salad, pickled shallots, and pepper cress served on brioche bread, among others.
Save room for the sweet treats—everything from Victoria sponge cake rolls to Battenberg cakes to Earl Grey shortbreads will be served.
This newly introduced tea set marks a short departure from the hotel’s usual modern-style afternoon tea menus, which have featured contemporary themes such as Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Old World Carnival, Brothers’ Grimm Fairy Tale, and Canada 150. It’s back to the classics for a little while, but we’re not complaining.
A kid-friendly version of this tea ($32.50 per child, plus taxes and gratuity) for children ages 12 and under is also available. Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options are offered with advance notice. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has historical ties to the royal family: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth opened the hotel in May 1939 and enjoyed lunch during their stay; Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret have also visited the legendary hospitality building.