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Afternoon Tea

Maligne Lake Afternoon Tea: Steeped in History

Maligne Chalet by Mike Gere courtesy Maligne Lake

Experience the 1920s at historic, newly restored Maligne Lake Chalet; the log chalet with its famous view captures the quintessential charm of an era that valued luxury in the midst of wilderness. Sit on the veranda or flagstone patio, or inside by the fireplace or potbelly stove. “In July and August from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, we offer a traditional British tea with Rocky Mountain twists such as scrumptious Canadian-sized scones,” says manager Pat Crowley. It’s $32 (child $16); ‘Tea for Two and Maligne Lake Cruise Too’ is a great value at $81 (child rates available). Reserve 780-852-3370. By James Kallenbach


Barmy for the British

When HRH Prince William weds Kate Middleton on Apr. 29, the world will be watching on the telly. These fab Vancouver spots will get you in a British frame of mind even before the big day.

By Jennifer Patterson, Sheri Radford & Kristina Urquhart

Royal Romance, Modern Marriage: The Love Story of William & Kate courtesy Triumph Books

Cheers, Mate
British brews, such as Fuller’s London Pride, are on tap at Three Lions Cafe, which also serves staples such as lamb curry. Bangers ‘n’ mash is on the menu at Dover Arms Public House, a great place to watch Manchester United with your mates. Craving toad in the hole? The Cheshire Cheese Inn dishes up the sausages baked in Yorkshire pudding. Elephant & Castle is popular for bevvies.

The Tea Scene
If the thought of all that pub-going leaves you positively knackered, make like the monarchs and try afternoon tea instead. Indulge in dainties, scones and creams at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s 900 West Lounge or the Wedgewood Hotel’s Bacchus Restaurant. Adonia Tea House is brimming with British charm, from the floral wallpaper to the china pastry stands. Or get the royal treatment with service at The Urban Tea Merchant and Secret Garden Tea Company.

Chips or Crisps?

If it’s sweets from across the pond you’re after, you’ll be chuffed to peruse the selection at The Celtic Treasure Chest, Black Pudding Imports or Mary’s British Home Store—all stock British foodstuffs, including tasty treats from Cadbury and those addictive Walkers crisps, better known in Canada as chips. For true British chips (of the fish ‘n’ variety), try Go Fish, Mr. Pickwick’s Fish and Chips or Pajo’s at the Wharf. (more…)

A Sip in T(ea).O.

Tradition and indulgence combine in the elegant Victorian ritual of afternoon tea, where finger sandwiches, sweets and scones accompany a steaming pot of earl grey—or rooibos, lapsang souchong, sencha, or one of the hundreds of other distinct tea varieties grown throughout the world. In Toronto, any number of exceptional spots offer this upper-crust custom, with a few unique twists to enhance the experience. Discover Where‘s five favourites by clicking on the images below.