We have over 50 teas on our menu, but one of our personal favourites is the Avalon Blend Black Tea, a loving blend of vanilla, Earl Grey, and rose petals.
We created this blend to honour of the Avalon Recovery Society, a local charity dedicated to helping women overcome addictions. A portion of sales from our Avalon Blend goes toward this worthy organization!
The Avalon Recovery Society is all privately funded. As we head into the holiday season, celebrating the blessings and community in our lives, consider sharing the love by donating to the Avalon Recovery Society. Every little bit makes a difference!
Secret Garden’s tea service brings a little bit of tea tradition to the heart of Vancouver.
Legend has it that the afternoon tea tradition began in England in the late 1800s. At that time dinner was eaten late in the evening around 9pm, often leaving people hungry in the afternoon.
The Duchess of Bedford complained of a “sinking feeling” in her stomach during the day, and began taking tea and light snacks in the afternoon. She invited her friends to join her tea breaks, and the idea spread like wildfire through their social circles. Afternoon tea was the perfect way to enjoy a meal and socialize with friends.
While afternoon tea was characterized by lighter fare, high tea was traditionally a heavier meal served at the end of a work day on a high table (hence the name).
Secret Garden’s High Tea could be considered an afternoon tea, though we serve it from noon until early evening. We chose to call our premier service “high tea” simply because our customers in Canada are more familiar with this term! But regardless of the name, our tea service continues a longstanding tradition: taking time to relax over delicious food and tea, and enjoying the company of good friends.
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We love to hear stories of special tea time memories. One long-time customer, Sheahan J., enjoys our Buckingham Palace tea every afternoon. Kathy has known Sheahan since she was born!
Here’s Sheahan’s story:
“I generally make my pot of Buckingham Palace tea around 4pm every day. Having done my household chores and grocery shopping, I have time to enjoy drinking my tea and doing a crossword puzzle or watching a show before getting started on making dinner. It is an hour I look forward to every day!”
Do you have a special tea memory or tradition you’d like to share?
Send us a note, and we’d love to feature you in our email newsletter and blog!
Buckingham Palace is a luscious blend of Earl Grey black tea and Jasmine blossoms.
Click here to buy Buckingham Palace in Tins, Teabags, or 100g loose leaf.
We serve nine different rooibos teas at Secret Garden, including as Creamy Caramel Rooibos, Raspberry Rooibos, and Chai Rooibos. But what is it exactly?
Rooibos (pronounced “roy-bos”) is actually an herb made from a South African shrub that only grows in the Cape Town region.
The resulting infusion is deep red, with a sweet and nutty flavour. We love rooibos because it has a strong, rich flavour, without caffeine. It can even take a bit of milk and sugar like a black tea! On top of that, rooibos is full of antioxidants and other nutrients.
Click here to browse our Rooibos Teas, or visit Secret Garden and try a pot of rooibos. Who knows, perhaps you’ll find a new favourite!
We have so many teas and sweets, our menu can be a bit overwhelming. Of course you can choose any pastry and tea you like, but if you could use a suggestion, our staff would be glad to help!
One wonderful combination is our Vanilla Almond black tea and any sweet treat. The creamy vanilla and sweet almonds in Vanilla Almond tea makes it a true dessert tea. Pair it with our scones and add Devonshire cream and raspberry jam for a perfect morning or afternoon treat!
Click here to buy Vanilla Almond Tea
…or if you prefer your picnic outdoors, try our High Tea To Go!
Tea at the Garden is the ultimate tea experience, but you can enjoy the Secret Garden High Tea anywhere you like. We suggest a quiet picnic in the park, a luncheon with friends…or a surprise tea party for someone!
Wherever you enjoy your tea, it’s sure to create a special moment, and the perfect tea break.
At the Secret Garden, we believe tea time is an important time of the day–whether you pause for tea in the morning, afternoon, or evening. In this busy modern world we live in, taking a tea break gives you a quiet moment to relax and catch your breath. And often, a sweet or savoury treat can make your tea time even more delightful!
One of our most popular sweets is our Mini Lemon Tart. Our light, buttery tart shells, crafted by our pastry chefs, each hold a perfect mouthful of creamy lemon filling. The tarts are sweet, with just enough lemony tang.
Any tea will go great with our sweets. However, one lovely tea pairing for the tarts is the Anniversary Blend Black Tea. We created this tea in celebration of Secret Garden’s inception: Smooth black tea blends with citrusy bergamot (the classic flavor in Earl Grey tea). On top of this, we layer floral jasmine flowers and creamy vanilla.
With sweet vanilla and citrus notes, the Anniversary Blend complements the Mini Lemon Tarts to a tea (pun intended!).
We’d love to host you at our tea room in Vancouver the next time you could use a little tea break. Try this tea pairing or find your own yummy tea and treat combination! You can also order our Lemon Tarts To Go, along with our other sweets and savouries.
Buy Anniversary Blend Black Tea
Here’s a quick iced tea recipe to cool down with when the weather gets hot:
Steep 2 teaspoons of tea leaves in 8 ounces of boiling water, for 3 minutes. Remove leaves and add lemon, sweetener, or milk if desired.
Pour over a glass of ice, and enjoy!