Wonderful Tea Room
I can't tell you enough about how wonderful your tea room is. It is in fact one of the main reasons I go to Victoria for vacation. I consider The White Heather Tea to be better that that which you get at the Empress. The food is delicious and in very generous portions. I have even ordered extra shortbread to take home for family and friends. The atmosphere is lovely and happy. My friend thought that tea was only for women. The White Heather Tea Room changed his mind. Now when we get to Victoria, he always asks if I've made a reservation yet. Thank you for many fabulous teas. The Not so Wee Tea is our favorite.
Home made all the way!
I was visiting my best friend in Victoria when she was there for school, and came across this tea cafe. Victoria has many tea rooms, but I think this one really stands out. When you walk in, it's a very casual cafe atmosphere with walls donned with home made quilts for sale. Mostly tea-themed of course. In the right side corner is a small section selling tea cozies, napkins, etc. All hand made also. We sat down and order the Giant-muckle tea for two. This was one of my most memorable tea experiences ever. For under $30 for both of us, including tax and tip, we were stuffed to the rim. Everything is home-made in the huge kitchen in the back. Their shortbread is crispy and absolutely awesome! I had "The Madhatter's Tea Party" there. Delicious. And when I went to pay the bill, I saw a tin of it near the cash register. It was made by "T" on West Broadway, Vancouver. I've seen Urban Fare sell it for about $25 a tin and I bought it at White Heather for only $16!! By far, the most lovely tea ever. Passion fruit, pomegranite and vanilla. If you're in the neighbourhood, give White Heather tea room a try. You won't be disappointed!!
Best in Victoria
Went here on a Saturday afternoon and had tea for one. Called ahead to make reservations and I'm glad I did, because they were packed and had people waiting outside and were turning some away. I ordered the "Not so wee tea" for just under $16. It came with 3 tea sandwiches (cucumber, egg, and something else), mini savory tart, mini savory scone with chicken apple salad filling, wedge of lemon pound cake, shortbread, mini fruit tart and a good sized scone with lemon curd, homemade preserve, and devonshire cream. I also had the house blend tea that comes with it (but you can choose any kind you want or coffee if you're not a tea drinker). I was so full, I had to take half of it home. I'm a good eater too, plus I'm pregnant so I was already eating for two. But it's alot of food and sooooo good. Definately worth the trip out to Oak Bay. It's also alot more reasonably priced than all the other "tea houses" around. Empress is $55/pp, Murchies is $25, Butchart Gardens is $25 (plus admission), James Bay Tea Room is $18 and none of them even come close to the White Heather in both service and quality of food. My husband is a baker and I know when stuff is homemade or just store bought. This stuff is to die for, so fresh and good. I bought an extra scone to take home with all my other stuff and my husband commented on how great the scone tasted. Takes one to know one.