This new afternoon tea service is an Enchanted Forest escape

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Known for their themed afternoon tea services that put an awful lot of fun and whimsy into the British-based tradition, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has launched an Enchanted Forest tea.

Tuck into the Private Dining Room of Notch8 Restaurant & Bar and enjoy an escape–and some beautiful eats–right from the pages of a charming folktale.

Photo courtesy Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

The room is decked out with woodland-themed decor (think fairy lights, moss, vintage story books) and your feast is served on a tea tier made of tree trunks.

On the menu:

  • Orange Zest Crème Brûlée topped with candied citrus and phyllo crisp
  • Wild Berry and Lavender Honey Butter Scones served with clotted cream and marmalade
  • A ‘Fairy Ring Tartlet’ featuring wild mushrooms, herb boursin, chestnut and truffle
  • A ‘Mossy Log’ of smoked salmon, trout caviar, cream cheese and chive powder
  • ‘Butterfly Wings’ with curry spiced chicken salad, stone fruit, almond, bee pollen and topped with flower petals
  • ‘Toadstool’ chocolate glazed meringue
  • Black Forest Cake
  • Profiterole ‘Pinecone’ with white chocolate raspberry pastry cream and almonds
  • ‘Beehive’ Tartlet featuring honey lemon curd and a passion fruit foam

You can select your own tea from their menu of Fairmont Lot 35 Tea, though the tea’s curators suggest Creamy Earl Grey or the Kyushu Japan Sencha.

Variations are available by request ahead of time for specific diet-dependent conditions such as gluten-free, as well as dietary preferences like vegetarian and vegan. They also offer a scaled down children’s version, too.

The Enchanted Forest Afternoon Tea runs from September 7 – November 18, 2018, with sittings Wednesdays – Sundays at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Adults $59, Children $29.50 (ages 12 & under). Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Notch8 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is located at 900 West Georgia Street in Vancouver.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom