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Summer Picnic and Throwback to the Squamish Gondola

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You might have heard about the Squamish Gondola being closed because the line was severed by vandals. Our heart goes out to those in Squamish and the many employees who lost their jobs!

The photo above is a throwback to when we took our High Tea To Go up the Squamish gondola to enjoy tea with a view. You can still enjoy a fun day out with family and friends with our Treats by the Dozen and High Tea To Go.

high tea to go for picnics and family outings in Vancouver

 

Gluten Free High Tea and Afternoon Tea in Vancouver!

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Gluten Free High Tea and Afternoon Tea in Vancouver

The Secret Garden is happy to offer a completely Gluten Free High Tea at our Vancouver teahouse! We do our best to accommodate dietery needs, and many of our customers love our gluten free offerings, including our famous three-tiered tower of treats. We also recently launched a Vegan High Tea which guests are raving about!

Our High Tea menu changes every two months to feature seasonal delicacies and new sweets. We like to keep things fresh and interesting, so you’ll never experience the same menu twice! However, High Tea always features a decadent selection of sweets, mouthwatering savouries, a fluffy fruit scone, and petit cheddar cheese scone.

Click here to see the current menu, and reserve your table today!

Here are a few photos from a recent Gluten Free High Tea:

Gluten Free High Tea and Afternoon Tea in Vancouver

On the sweets tier, our current High Tea features Dark Chocolate Coconut Mousse Cake, an Orange Raspberry Macaroon, and English Breakfast Chocolate Chai Meringue.

 

Gluten free afternoon tea vancouver

The middle tier features a Cheddar Cheese and Chive Scone, and a Petit Cranberry Scone with Raspberry Jam and Devonshire Cream.

 

Gluten Free High Tea in Vancouver

The bottom tier of savouries currently feature Walnut & Dill Chicken Salad on Petit Cheddar Cornbread Muffins, Secret Garden Egg Salad on Rosemary Crackers, and Lemon Mint Cucumber Sandwiches on Housemade Buttermilk Biscuits.

 

Gluten Free High Tea at The Secret Garden

Everything is served on a three tiered tray, and comes with a pot of Secret Garden Tea (your choice of flavors). It’s the ultimate tea experience!

**Please note that our gluten free items are not prepared in a gluten-free environment.

See the current Gluten Free High Tea Menu

 

Gluten Free Treats To Go

We also sell a variety of freshly made gluten free pastries, available daily in-store. Our Gluten Free pastries and sandwiches are also available to order by the dozen for business events, at-home tea parties, showers and other catering events and occasions.

Order Gluten Free Treats By the Dozen

 

French Earl Grey Tea

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French Earl Grey black tea with rose

If you stop by to enjoy our High Tea, consider pairing your meal with luscious French Earl Grey. It’s classic Earl Grey layered with fragrant rose blossoms, creating a sweet and aromatic infusion.

Or savour your tea with our Blueberry Earl Grey Buttercream Cakes, filled with French Earl Grey-infused buttercream!

Black teas like Creamy Earl Grey and jasmine-infused Buckingham Palace are popular options for High Tea, but French Earl Grey is a delightful alternative with a sweet flavor profile. It will have you saying, “C’est délicieux!”

Click here to buy French Earl Grey Online

French Earl Grey black tea with rosebuds

Lavender High Tea in Chilliwack: July 11th

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Lavender High Tea in Chilliwack

The Secret Garden is excited to host a very special pop-up High Tea event in the lavender fields of Chilliwack!

High Tea in the Lavender Fields

When: Thursday, July 11th, 2019, 6-9pm

Where: Greendale Lavender Company in Chilliwack

 

Enjoy the fragrant lavender field in full bloom while you watch the sunset over the mountains and savour our premier High Tea service: three tiers of gourmet sweets, savouries, sparkling wine – and of course, tea!

Tickets are limited, so reserve your spot today!

 

Friends of the Garden

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Shirley Smith and Kathy Wyder

Shirley Smith is a long-time friend of the Secret Garden. She is very skilled at sewing, fixing pillows at our old shop and making a green stuffed kitty cat that kids have enjoyed at the Garden for over 20 years!

You can still admire Shirley’s work at our store. Her kitty tea cozy and three plush cats watch over our shop every day!

Cat Tea Cozy at The Secret Garden

Kitty Cat Stuffed Animals at The Secret Garden Tea Company

 

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Secret Garden Stories: Solitude and Socializing Through Tea

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Long-time customer Wendy Jarvis and her quilting group, at the old Secret Garden shop

Wendy Jarvis has been coming to The Secret Garden for close to twenty years. She first stumbled upon our place when out for a walk in Kerrisdale with her mother-in-law who was visiting from Toronto and they stopped in for soup and she said she remembers the lovely lunch and connection they had that day.

Over the years, The Garden became her quiet place, where she sought solitude and a few moments away from the busy life of raising her five kids and all the “bungee drives” as she called them – driving the kids to and from school and all of their various extracurriculars.

“It was kind of like a little refuge I found. I considered Secret Garden kind of like my little away time,” she said. She would come and read the paper, write letters or just sit with a cup of tea.

During a home renovation, The Garden became her office and she was here every day for a week. Now, she comes in for a pot of tea and an omelette or scone to reward herself for getting a bunch of errands done.

It’s also a regular gathering spot for her quilting group and they just celebrated one of the members’ 80th birthday here at The Garden.

“For me tea is a ritual,” she says, “the tea cozy, the china, the sugar bowl.”

Wendy says she’s met some great friends through The Garden over the years, other “frequent flyers” as she calls them, and we know we look forward to seeing her every time she comes in as well!

 

Do you have a Secret Garden story you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

Meet the Team

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tea quote - "The people who give you their food give you their heart."

“The people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez

We put our heart into everything we offer to guests here at the Garden. Pictured above is Paula, our newest kitchen staff. Her favourite Secret Garden treat is our mini lemon tart!

If you’re interested in joining the Secret Garden team, click here to learn more.