WHO IS WATCHING WHOM?
-Fairmont Hotel Vancouver transforms longtime Georgia Street retail window into sensational scene for afternoon tea dining-
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver may be known for its whimsical afternoon tea themes, but it’s the unusual new venue for the classic tradition that’s getting double takes at the front of the hotel. A street-level window display on West Georgia Street, previously reserved only for retail advertising, has now been transformed for the leisurely taking of Afternoon Tea, where people watching is at its finest. But who is watching whom?
Two afternoon tea goers will take their seats in the Hotel Vancouver window surrounded by custom art created by Mandy Lau, a Vancouver-based fashion illustrator. Lau, inspired by thoughts of afternoon tea and enjoying time with family and close friends, was pulled towards the idea of an exterior street scene inside an interior – a kind of fantasy world for passersby to stop and peer into. Created both traditionally, using graphite and ink, and digitally, the street scene perspective was illustrated to provide a sense of depth, with focus always resting on the tea table and the diners at the center of it all.
Service begins with guests selecting their preferred choice of Fairmont’s LOT 35 Tea to sip on, with selections like Imperial Breakfast and the popular Creamy Earl Grey – a black tea with cornflower petals and delicious cream flavour.
The culinary experience commences with house baked English scones and golden sultana scones, served with clotted cream, strawberry preserves and orange marmalade. Tea sandwiches include dill fromage frais and tomato madrilene, smoked salmon, shrimp and lobster with Northern Divine Caviar, and coronation chicken salad with mango chutney. Sweets from the hotel’s pastry shop, presented on a mini-suitcase, include a treacle tart, Linzer torte with apricot, Battenberg cake with marzipan, a crème brûlée macaron, raspberry trifle, and Earl Grey éclair.
Afternoon Tea in The Window is available for a limited time starting August 1 through September 2, 2019, Monday to Friday, with one reservation per day available at 12:00 p.m. Priced at $59 per person (maximum two diners per booking), reservations can be made by phone only, from Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 604-443-1843.
For a more traditional afternoon tea experience, Notch8 Restaurant offers a Hotel Vancouver 80th Anniversary Afternoon Tea daily, on now through September 1, 2019 at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Priced at $59 per person and $29.50 for children 12 and under daily, reservations can be made at 604-662-1900 or www.notch8-dining.com/
Media release and hotel image provided by Abbey Vogt of Fairmont.