You can’t come to Victoria, BC and not do Afternoon Tea. I think it’s basically a requirement. Like eating pasta in Rome or nibbling on a crepe in Paris. When I saw that the Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden offered an Afternoon Tea, I was immediately intrigued!
The garden offers an escape from the rush of modern life. Created in 1946 by Prince and Princess Abkhazi, it is a heritage garden famous for its majestic trees and dramatic site. As a dynamic and evolving garden, new plantings pay respect to the Abkhazi’s original vision but welcome interesting new treasures that change with the seasons and enhance the sophisticated design.
The menu was delightful and flavorful and we truly couldn’t finish the entire thing. And the presentation was lovely. We enjoyed the tea so much that we purchased some to take home. Here are some of the delectable treats we tasted:
- Freshly Baked Currant Scone with Devonshire Cream and delicious Homemade Strawberry Preserves
- Freshly Baked Cheddar and Dill Scone
- Savoury Mini Quiche Ham and Cheddar Croissant Cucumber and Watercress with Cream Cheese on rich, whole wheat bread
- Free-Range organic Egg Salad on rich, rye bread
- Smoked Salmon Profiterole with Caramelized Shallot Cream and Dill
- Delicious Selection of Fresh Baking that included a tea-based Creme Brûlée, lemon tart, cookies and more!
- Our Choice of Tea (we chose the Royal Abkhazi Tea that was made specifically for the Garden by Silk Road)
They also offer Elevensies, which features a smaller menu and (of course) their selection of tea. This would be a great option for in between meals of if you just want the experience and don’t have much of an appetite.
Abkhazi Garden was not a stop on our Victoria Sightseeing Tour Bus, so we got off at Craigdarroch Castle and took a taxi to the Garden. It was a very short drive and we would have gotten lost had we walked. However, if you have great navigation skills, we heard it’s about a 30 minute walk. After Afternoon Tea, we called a taxi to take us to Oak Bay Marina (again just a few minutes away by car) so we could finish our Tour. This was a very additional stop and it really does warrant it’s own stop even just to walk through the Garden and take a few moments to relax. But we recommend staying for tea and just living in the moment!