During a leisurely jaunt to Canada Miss Windsor spent a splendid afternoon sampling the afternoon tea delights at the Fairmont Empress Hotel – Victoria, BC, Canada.
The Empress Hotel offers a traditional English and a rather regal afternoon tea dining experience. I say! it was a real treat to sit amongst such palatial surroundings while sipping tea from a bone china cup n’ saucer made exclusively for the hotel by William Edwards of London – How spiffing!
The Fairmont Empress Hotel is a purveyor of fine teas and is known by the grand title of – The De Specialite Biologique by Hotels Fairmont. Miss Windsor’s favourite tea was the Orange Pekoe Empress.
Darlings, to be enjoyed without milk; so one may appreciate the coppery bronze colour, accompanied by its light, refreshing, yet earthy flavour - nicely jazzed up with a hint of ‘bark'. Of course, I mean that from a tree, not the kind snarled by a four legged animal sporting a fur coat!
Also, darlings, don’t be fooled by the name – as per Miss Windsor’s description, the flavour bears no resemblance at all to the sweetness we’ve all encountered from the common orange.
Also, I was a quite taken by the Rose Congou Emperor Tea, and was pleased to learn that this exquisite blend was, in fact, our beloved Princess Diana’s tea of choice during her visit to The Empress!
Darlings, in a staunch attempt to reduce one’s ‘paunch’, I opted for the gluten-free afternoon tea pageantry. The bread was utterly divine and freshly baked at the hotel. Light, bouncy, and not all tough or cardboard like – Oh, what a relief! The sandwiches were generously prepared with mouth-watering fillings – salmon, beef and cucumber – How scrumptious!
Moving swiftly on - I then gently teased open one of the scones – eager to smother each side with strawberry jam and cream! Although gluten-free, the texture was surprisingly ‘pillowy’ soft, and a tad spongy – Oh, how delightful!
Darlings, following a nibble or two, Miss Windsor must admit she wasn’t at all enamoured by the taste and texture of the strawberry jam and cream – What a disappointment! The jam was too runny, overly sweet and extremely acidic in taste, which lingered at the back of one’s throat for a scanty while.
The cream was too light and airy, slightly gritty in texture and tasted surprisingly like candy! To be brutally honest darlings, nothing beats Rodda’s Cornish 'clotted cream' and Tiptree strawberry jam, indigenous to the West Country of England.
Now before I say my goodbyes! one mustn’t forget to pay homage to the brilliant pianist, who beautifully set the tone for my first afternoon tea dining experience at the Fairmont Empress Hotel – round of applause, please!
Darlings, without a shadow of a doubt I highly recommend this superb establishment, especially if one wishes to experience the traditions of an English afternoon tea.
The ambience was second to none, and if Miss Windsor hasn’t persuaded you already, one suggests to order a pot or two of Princess Diana’s tea of choice – it’s absolutely heavenly, darlings!
Until next time,