White Heather serves afternoon tea and a regular lunch / brunch menu.
I like Tea. I have been to the Empress (back in the early 1990's when it was only $25 - which was still quite expensive, and not $80 (EIGHTY DOLLARS!!!!!!) per person). I then started going to the Blethering Place and was paying $21.00 per person. The Blethering Place was getting a tad worn looking (they really need to change those linens once in a while) and the tea cakes were store bought (Superstore brand if I am not mistaken). Anyway, I searched DineHere.ca to find a new tea house to visit while in Victoria...
This brings me to the White Heather.
The reviewers are all correct. This place is excellent.
The value is great (my husband and I had the big tea for two and it come to just over $21 per person. There were freshly made sandwiches, cakes and scones that were homemade and still warm!!! The quality was very, very evident.
The children had the "Wee Tea" and, although they love little sandwiches and cakes, could not eat all of it and we took some back to our hotel for snacks later.
The room is small, but has some nice touches.
This is our new tea destination in Victoria.
Blethering Place - take note - improve your product or you will go out of business.
Empress take note - lower your prices, or you will become little more than a museum (and Victoria already has one of those...)
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!!
It is very rare to find a quality afternoon tea for under $20, but White Heather does it. We arrived about 15min early, and unfortunately there is nowhere to wait inside the restaurant- you are pretty much blocking the door. We actually had to leave, wander around some adjacent shops and come back. We ordered the special Christmas tea which replaced their usual $38 tea. So much food! We barely had a chance to taste the desserts and ended up taking most of them home with us. I can't really comment on the tea- it tasted good, but I'm no connossieur. The food however was good, though I wouldn't say the sandwiches and desserts are as refined as when you go to most hotels for afternoon tea. The scones were comparable though. Overall, I would say it was a good experience, but I noticed a difference between White Heather and the more expensive places.
Food: absolutely fell in love with the egg salad bread wheel and the inspired cucumber/cream cheese/marble bread combination. Do yourself a favor and go with a combination of snacks/tea the first time out, you will not regret it. Tea, of course, is their specialty and they have plenty of exotic flavors.
Service: I think people who work in that place love their tea.
Value: $13 for the entry-level combination is a great deal.
Ambiance: it's a tea house! relaxing, comfortable.
I enjoyed being at the White Heathers today for a wonderful,plentiful array of decandant sandwiches, scones (2 varities) with the cream,jam and lemon .Not to be outdone was the great deserts, these were shortbread to die for, little tarts, chocolate pound cake with just a hint of mint frosting. The tea was Earl Grey and Mad Hatter, what great tasting teas and plentiful, these ladies kept the fresh tea coming.
The service was beyond expectations in their crowded tea room of hungry patrons.
The room had a very homey feel to it, a wonderful tea pot quilt graced one of it's walls and there was so much to look at....many tea displays and anything tied in with teas.
The price was so favorable that we would visit again as this was my second time there. I've been to the Fairmount Tea in February and have enjoyed that too, but the White Heather's wins hands down. I give it a full 5 stars, if you want a great experience, then set aside some time and nourish your body and spirit.....see you there sometime!
This is THE place to come for Afternoon Tea- but DO make a reservation! Sweets and savories are homemade, delicious and unique. The service is attentive and cheerful. You'll be spoiled for life after coming here!
I thought I would be the last person who would like a traditional English tea, as I'm not terribly fond of sandwiches, or pastries, but I love the White Heather nonetheless. Under new ownership with beginning tea prices now increased to 14.75, it is more of a culinary experience than a meal. It is the perfect afternoon with friends and I always go with at least one other person so we can order "The Big Muckle for 2" at 43.95. It comes on a 3 tiered platter that is visually arresting. I feel like a child in a candy store, gazing at the goodies, while sipping tea (the selection is excellent) and sharing conversation. Everything in the Big Muckle was excellent. I never could imagine a cucumber sandwich tasting like that! Their "baking" is well known, so I will not elaborate further other than to say the accolades are well deserved. Perhaps where they excel the most is in the service; friendly but professional. They describe everything in great detail and with enthusiasm. Even calling them for the reservation is a nice experience
The tea room is nothing special decor wise. A rather plain homely room with worn furniture on Oak Bay Avenue, but one hardly notices once the food arrives.
We've had tea at the reknown Author's Lounge at the Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, and this place fairs quite competitively with them.
We had the Valentine's day tea for 2 and it was just as the other reviews have indicated, great great great!
They are open not only for tea time, but also for lunch and dinner. If you want to go to a place for wholesome home cooked food, this is the place. Very quaint and cozy. Every teacup is different in this tearoom.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and look forward to returning for lunch or dinner the next time. If their tea offerings are of such good quality, I trust their lunch and dinner will not disappoint.
We'll be back for sure.....
We were warned off the Empress as being ridiculously overpriced, and unfortunately the Blethering House closed last December, so we tried this place, based on the reviews on this site.The scones were awesome. Warm, and crusty with glazed butter on the outside.. SO good!!!! Best I've had so far. The place settings and ambiance are nice (linen, napkins, etc). And the tea was ok, but the real treats were what you get with your 'high tea' package. Excellent sandwiches, tarts, shortbread. Delicious! Make sure you come with an empty stomach! We had to get some food wrapped up!
I think others have made rather accurate statements about how fabulous this little gem of a tea room is.
I have nothing to add, except if you haven't been yet...GO!!!
And, do yourself the favour of making a reservation...this place is always packed and I've tried to go on a whim several times, only to be turned away at the door.
As a native of Victoria who has tried every afternoon tea service in town (and then some) I can honestly say without hesitation that this is the BEST afternoon tea in town. Quaint and cosy with a friendly staff, you can order off the regular lunch menu, with daily specials, or go with one of their "tried & true" tea services. Either way...you can't go wrong. Everything is fresh and tasty and the variety is a treat for your tastebuds. You will be absolutely stuffed when you leave, but they will package up any leftovers in the event you can't finish everything. Be sure to make reservations, it is a very small establishment and you will be disappointed if you just try to show up for a seat. Also, they are not open on Sunday or Monday.
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.
I had walked past the james bay tea room awhile ago, and had planned to take my mum there for high tea. When we got there we were so disturbed by the service/cleanliness/food that we decided to leave before ordering. Then we went to the empress because it was the only other place I knew of and found out it would be over 150 dollars for the two of us after all was said and done with very little food for the money, beautiful room.. but when I went in quickly to ask some questions the woman at the front treated me as though I could not afford it or something so I decided my money would be better spent elsewhere. So I asked my roommate to look online, and she stumbled accross this place..so we decided to check it out. We got the "big muckle" which was about 57 dollars after tax for BOTH of us. Which I think is VERY reasonable for a high tea. I am SO glad we did not settle, and decided to check this place out. You definately get your moneys worth. I called ahead of time before we drove out there to make sure we could get a table, when we got there the table was already made up for us and it was a table beside the window with a nice view. The service was remarkable, our waitress seemed to genuinely love what she was doing..and seemed to be very proud of what they offer. It completely turned the day around. She even brought out a sampler of the teas they had to offer so we could smell them and decide what we would like which was very nice. When we recieved our meal she explained everything she brought out with enthusiam. It looked incredible, and freshly made, and tasted as good as it looked. It had fresh lemon curd, and raspberry jam and two different kinds of scones which were to die for. We were served promptly, and with incredible service. Customer service is a lost art nowadays and very hard to find. My mum was tickled pink from the whole experience, (she almost cried) which was a huge change from the ealier experience which almost ruined the entire afternoon. I would definately recommend this place to anyone that like amazing service, great atmosphere, and incredible homemade fresh food..at an affordable price. I would advise you don't eat anything before going though, because it is extreeeemmmeelllyyy filling for two people. Very impressed.