Holiday High Tea replaces our regular High Tea menu and pricing for the month of December. Spaces fill up fast, so we encourage you to reserve your space by calling our shop at (604) 261-3070!
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 was featured in the June 2014 edition of Traditions Magazine by Darpan, as the perfect place for a bachelorette party:
“The Secret Garden Tea Company is a local favourite, located in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood. The warm, cozy atmosphere, delicious tea and delicate tea cups provide a beautiful setting for the ultimate girlfriend bonding experience. One of the owners, Kathy Wyder, says many bridal showers are conducted on site. You can bring your own décor and request your favourite tea blends to make your shower perfect. But if having a shower on site is not your “cup of tea,” The Secret Garden offers a “High Tea to Go” package with tea and a set menu of sweet and savory treats, so you can surprise the bride with a lovely tea party picnic, including the aunties and grandmothers, before the real bachelorette partying begins!”
The holidays are coming! Here are our upcoming holiday hours:
Thanksgiving, October 13: Open 9am – 6:30pm
Remembrance Day, November 11: Open 9am – 6:30pm
Christmas Eve, December 24: Open 8am – 4pm
Christmas Day, December 25: Closed
Boxing Day, December 26: Closed
New Year’s Day, January 1: Closed
This week’s tea story comes from Sydney, one of our younger customers who has a special birthday tradition!
“I have been going to the Secret Garden since I was three years old for high-tea with my Mum. My mum created the tradition for me and it is our own very special mother and daughter activity every year on my birthday.
“I love going to the Secret Garden because its nice and quiet and because everything is so fresh and very high quality. My favourite tea is Blue Angel. I normally have it a few times a week. Me and mum are so happy that we have an amazing place for high tea.”
Do you have a special tea memory or tradition you’d like to share? Send us a note!
Gluten intolerant? No problem! Just ask your server, and we can adjust many menu items to accommodate you.
We even serve a special Gluten Free High Tea, complete with savouries and freshly baked pastries.
From lemon tarts made with meringue shells, to chocolate bon-bons and scrumptious cookies, you’ll find all sorts of gluten free treats to enjoy too! (Please note that our gluten free items are not prepared in a gluten-free environment.)
To celebrate our new Online Shop, we’re hosting a contest: tell us what your favourite Secret Garden tea is, for a chance to win a free 100g bag of that tea!
To Enter the Contest: Simply post your favourite tea choice to either:
1) our Facebook Page or,
2) Our Twitter page.
Your comment must be posted by Tuesday, September 30. You’ll be entered into a drawing to win a 100g bag of your tea, and the winner will be announced on October 1. If you’ve never tried our teas, just tell us which tea looks the best to you.
We look forward to hearing what tea you love best!
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.
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.