There’s something luxurious about going for afternoon tea, especially when the weather is less than cooperative and you’re faced with cool, blustery days. The tradition of afternoon tea dates back to the late 1700s in England as a way for “high-society ladies” to bridge the gap between the 2 main meals of the day, breakfast and dinner. The emphasis was on presentation and conversation, and a large pot of tea was accompanied by three courses of finger food, typically including sweets, cones and savouries. Served on fine china and usually with a three-tiered serving platter as the table centrepiece, afternoon tea is a lovely time to relax with friends or family, and White Rock has some special spots to indulge in this afternoon delight!
Clancy’s Tea Cosy
Afternoon tea at Clancy’s Tea Cosy is a White Rock tradition. Located near the Five Corners district, the interior is decorated like a traditional tea room and guests enjoy a three-tier spread featuring mini savoury sandwiches – like cream cheese and cucumber finger sandwiches and brie with apple and fig preserve – Clancy’s signature scones with homemade cream, and decadent desserts for $35 per person. (6 – 15223 Pacific Avenue)
La Baia Italian Restaurant
Just steps from White Rock beach is the charming La Baia Italian Restaurant, and every day before 5 pm (with one day’s notice) they serve a proper English tea. The traditional menu features sweets – look for the strawberry panna cotta – scones and savouries like bacon vol-au-vent and a smoked salmon and cucumber cracker, and tea for $35 per person. (15791 Marine Drive)
Hillcrest Bakery & Deli
The “High Tea at Home” kit from Hillcrest Bakery & Deli can be enjoyed at home (or wherever your heart desires) or with a little notice, Hillcrest is happy to host your tea at the bakery. Perfect for 2 people to share, the kit includes a selection of sweet treats, savoury bites, finger sandwiches and mini-biscuits with jam and clotted cream, along with a special Hillcrest Blend Loose Leaf Tea from Aromatica Tea Co, for $50. (15231 Thrift Avenue)