Monday, September 6, 2010

Tea with Friends - Tea in Victoria

My husband and I have just returned from a cruise to Alaska which was wonderful.  But, before we set sail, we spent a couple of days in Vancouver and Victoria to visit the famous Butchart Gardens.

Ideally, I would have loved to have tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria but not knowing our timetable ahead of time, we could not make reservations.  It would have been a grand place for afternoon tea.
Instead, we walked a couple of blocks away to a quaint little place called the James Bay Tea Room.

No silver teapots here but brown bettys adorned with handmade tea cozies and a friendly atmosphere.

The finger sandwiches, crumpet and scones were delicious and served simply from a doily on a plate.

The dessert plate had fruit and mini tarts and all that I've shown is considered tea for one.

Next week , I'll invite everyone to our home again for tea and show you what I bought in Alaska.
The hostesses I join for tea each week are Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage and Lady Katherine from Lady Katherine Tea Parlour.   I hope you'll visit their guests as well.
Also, I'm linking with Kathy at A Delightsome Life who celebrates Victoria each week.  Bliss Victoria is a magazine loved by women passionate about Victorian life and decor and although I didn't go looking through my back issues, I'm sure there are photos of tea at the Empress Hotel in this city named for Queen Victoria. 


  1. Ooooh! Yummy! I'd love to have tea in Victoria. How romantic and cozy all at the same time.
    Patricia :o)

  2. Welcome back, my friend! You were missed! How scrumptious everything looks at the tea room. It must have been delightful. My aunt and uncle are leaving for Victoria in a couple of weeks, perhaps they will take tea there as well.
    It looks like you had a wonderful trip to Alaska and I look forward to seeing more photos. Thanks for the tea!


  3. I am so glad you had a great time on your trip - it would have been lovely if you could have had tea at The Empress - but, I think smaller cozy places leave a special memory in our hearts! So glad to see you join me this week,

  4. The James Bay Tearoom looks so quaint and cozy, I would feel very comfortable having tea there. Everything looks delicious and only for one person? Wow. Thanks for sharing the tea.

  5. The plates of goodies have my mouth has been to long since I had a crumpet and the tarts look totally scrumptious.

    Thank you for sharing these lovely treats.


  6. Hello, dear friend,
    The James Bay Tearoom seems to be a very charming place for tea. Thank you for sharing with us. The pastries and other delicacies looked very delicious. I look forward to seeing what else you have to share next week. Happy Tea Time to you~Vicki

  7. Welcome back, Judith! I'm so glad you had a lovely tea in Victoria. I didn't know about the James Bay but will put it on the list for our next visit. And I can't wait to hear and see more about your cruise. Very exciting! – g

  8. Hi Judith, Welcome home!! I am so glad you had a wonderful trip!! The landscape photos in your last post are amazing, certainly something you will never forget!!
    Your tea at James Bay tea room is delightful, I think the building is as charming as can be!
    I hope I am not late to notice your beautiful updated profile photo? Very Pretty :-)

  9. What a lovely tea room and what a charming tea the two of you must have had!!


  10. A lovely holiday completed by a delightful tea - what a wonderful way to relax.

  11. Hi Judith :) Such a lovely tea room, and what a lot of goodies to eat just for one person! Now I am hungry as I have not had my breakfast yet, lol :) I'm looking forward to next's weeks Tea post to see what wonderful things you purchased on your fabulous trip!

    Wishing you a Happy Tea Tuesday!!

    Warmest hugs, Brenda

  12. Oh, this looks like it was absolutely delightful, Judith! I'll be back to see what you brought back for Alaska.
    Have a lovely day!

  13. hi Judith,
    I am glad you enjoyed your trip and i look forward to the pics. Butchart Gardens would be so lovely to see as well as Alaska of course.
    The tearoom served a delightful tea.

    Take care,

  14. Hi Judith,glad you had a good holiday.
    Even though you didn't get tea at the Empress Hotel, what you did get looks totally delicious!
    Love the handknit tea cosy! With the ribbons!

  15. Hi Judith
    I just found your blog. Wow!! I have been to the Empress Hotel and it was wonderful. I buy the tea they served me for my home use. I love the tea cozy.
    Betty @ My Cozy

  16. Looks like a nice quaint little tea room, I'm sure it was very enjoyable! I would also love to take tea at The Empress!


  17. Your tea time looks just so delicious and pretty. I adore tea in pretty china and am so happy to be visiting today. I'm having a giveaway at my Blog if you want to hop along. Hugs, Catherine x

  18. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comment. I have been to Victoria several times and have not had tea at the Empress, I really think I would like the James Bay Tea Room even more, it looks so homey. I live near Seattle so traveling to Victoria and Vancouver is not too terribly far.

  19. Looks like a lovely tea in a delightful place.

  20. It sounds like you had a great trip. Sorry you couldn't have tea at the Empress, but this tea looks delicious (especially the tarts). So glad you had the opportunity to visit Vancouver, Victoria and AK!
    Blessings, Beth


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