Pendray Inn and Tea House

4.6
208 reviews
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
Enjoy a traditional Victorian Afternoon Tea in the Pendray Inn and Tea House (formerly Gatsby Mansion), in a historic dining room with a stunning view of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. We offer a selection of fine teas, as well as elegant tea plates filled with assorted sweets and breads. The Pendray Tea House makes for the perfect location for this well-loved British tradition, followed by a stroll along Victoria’s inner harbour.

Experience a breakfast like no other!
Served daily in a beautiful historic setting, our fabulous three-tiered style breakfast boasts a delectable combination of sweet and savoury flavours, coupled with TWG Gourmet teas and Oughtred organic coffee
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DD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were gracious and the pace of service was unhurried. Our reservation was for 12:45 and we were there until 2:15. The atmosphere is elegant but not stuffy. Food was fresh and tasty.

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FL
Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We wanted tea on our recent cruise stop in Victoria and chose The Pendray Inn. They had several tea menus to choose from . It was a relaxed, quiet and enjoyable experience. Very easy to get to from the port and in downtown. Lovely atmosphere and beautiful gardens.

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CD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely what we were hoping for as an afternoon high tea experience. Michael at the desk and Michael our server made our afternoon even better, both were delightful, attentive and had so much information and history to share. Thank you so very much for a lovely day ❤️

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G
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had lunch here the day our cruise ship was in port. Excellent in all respects.

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AK
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A quaint place to have high tea. We celebrated my mother's 70th Birthday and they even brought a piece of cake with a candle for her. Very nice!

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HP
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every was amazing . Best service we have had in Victoria! Really great experience!

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M
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This a fantastic option for afternoon tea downtown. They have several different tea and tower options. The most unique was a beer and tea tower pairing! With the different options, even if you aren’t a tea person, you can still enjoy the high tea experience! Their tea towers also come in a range of prices, though high tea is always on the pricier side no matter where you go. We will definitely be coming back next time we are in Victoria.

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HM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

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AB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful old building and decor. Staff was professional and attentive. Tea was wonderful and platters were very yummy!

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CR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

As someone not super into High Tea I was stoked they offer a menu catered for everyone including a fresh cold beer and more savory options. It was a super special atmosphere with the garden right on the harbor and the sun shining, such a special place to eat some lunch after an engagement proposal!

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JK
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Very charming. Great service. A bit pricey for how much (or little) food you get.

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TC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We didn’t go for value we went for the experience and the atmosphere. It was perfect and delicious!

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GW
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The experience here was wonderful. Our server was very friendly and attentive. The food was great. We were also given a tour of one of the rooms when we asked. We were given the history of the family and the inn itself. It made the whole experience completely awesome. We look forward to returning there as often as we can.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was great however wasn’t quite happy with the server.. I have had experienced afternoon teas at many places, including Fairmount in Victoria and London and am used to having that nice china cups. When we came in , there were just regular white cups on the table .. When I have asked our server Sydney to please provide us the nice tea cups I have been given the whole speech by her saying that they do not provide the nice cups at the patio, and they ran out of them because they had to place them at the table behind us, but she will go and get us some.. Well, first of all the guests behind us came after us, so why did you prioritize them over us??? Second- you are saying that you ran out of cups and then you say that you will go and get them??? Lastly- I honestly don’t need to hear all that lecture! I live in Victoria and do enjoy having a nice afternoon tea with my friends but will not be back to you guys, nor will recommend to my friends.

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SB
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing afternoon tea! With choices for everyone’s taste

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RD
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

My 10 year old daughter and I enjoyed high tea for the first time together. The setting at the Pendray was lovely and the tea was perfect. Overall the food was very good as well. Afterwards when we showed interest in the building our waitress offered to show us around the building and provide a bit of history. I would recommend the Pendray for high tea to anyone.

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EL
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved everything about it. When I come back to Victoria, this is the hotel I want to stay at. The west coast and traditional teas were amazing. It was all delicious. Every single member of the staff went above and beyond. The gardens were gorgeous and I'm totally jealous of they're yellow roses. I'm looking forward top trying all their teams sometime, even the vegetarian one.

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LF
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful Vegan Tea service with excellent food. Tasty and high quality, which can be difficult to find for vegan options. Highly recommend for anyone. Beautiful location, friendly service.

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TH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful place for afternoon tea. Great food and service. Would definitely recommend.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Tea was overpriced for what you got. We’ve done the Empress tea before so were familiar with pricing but the quality and quantity left us feeling that this was not a good value for price. The quality was just ok, the quantity was skimpy. Unfortunately we left feeling disappointed

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MS
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere & tasty West Coast Tea. I will return next time I am in Victoria.

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J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had such a special mother-daughter afternoon tea at Pendray. Our waitress was so helpful and sweet and the food was So good. We especially enjoyed the scones. We were able to substitute selections for no extra charge. We were also seated early as we arrived before our reservation.

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AC
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely place to have afternoon service. The historic building it is in is very charming. We got a seat by the window. Hostess and server were professional. And the establishment takes food allergies and dietary needs seriously which is a plus for my companion who is on a special diet. Many different options to the tea service including vegan, gluten free, special seafood set, child tea set etc. Tea selection is excellent. I am very tired of most local establishment using Silk Road tea (I understand many want to support other local businesses, but personally I am not that satisfied with the quality of Silk Road tea). They use TWG tea. We were all very happy with our tea. Prices are a bit high but nice to have such treat on special occasion.

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CM
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience! Lots of different choices for tea and snacks.

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GS
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved it. So pleasant an atmosphere. So beautiful a setting. And wonderful and delicious teas and food. Also, Maddie is the best.

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RM
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful location and very pleasant breakfast tea. Good selection of teas and the three tier breakfast was well made with good variety and high quality. Ambiance was perfect, dining area and gardens picturesque. Service ways excellent. Well priced.

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l
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

This was our second visit to the Pendray Tea House. While service was good and our server was nice, the ambiance wasn't as good as it was on our first visit a year ago. We were put in a room by ourselves rather than on the sun porch where we were seated that first time which is a better setting. I felt we were kind of put 'out of the way' and though I had made reservations in advance, it sort of seemed we were maybe unexpected arrivals. We were a party of 6, so maybe that is why. There was a nice selection of teas and everyone liked their choices. Scones, sandwiches and pastries were house made. Everything was tasty--pastries not quite as delectable as the time before.

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KC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time at our afternoon tea at Pendray Inn and Tea House. Our server was Jaling and she was delightful. She took us through the menu and explained some intricacies about the different types of tea. She also took the time to explain the gluten free version of the menu, which I asked her about. We were seated in a quiet area and the food and tea were great. We loved it!

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love the Pendray tea room. The tea tier is always amazing. Ambiance is beautiful, very relaxing.

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JW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food for the price. Better then other tea rooms in Victoria. Staff was super helpful and friendly.

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SH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

A Victorian tea service. Quiet, memorable and expensive

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L
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had been to a number of places for tea in the past and nothing has compared on food, service and atmosphere. You're chef is incredibly talented. The quality of the food was unmatched.

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k
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I'm always surprised at how pricey afternoon tea is; that said, Pendray's prices are lower than some of the other tea houses in the area. The food was fantastic and my husband loves the Judges tea tower (that came with beer instead of tea). I loved that they had multiple tea tower options and a wide selection of tea. The service was good too of course. Overall we were very pleased with our visit and would go back next time I'm in Victoria!

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A
Montana
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot. Good food and welcoming friendly service.

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J
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the outside, this place seems to be a quaint little tea house with little to offer. But walking in, you see the amazing interior design and the welcoming ambiance of the Pendray Inn.

During our afternoon tea, we were served by a lovely lady who knew the menu very well and explained every food item there was on our set. My most favourite part was the Earl Grey Scones.

We came in late afternoon but the place was quiet and calm. There was no need for us to rush or to hush our voices.

Overall, my experience at the Pendray Inn for afternoon tea was quite extraordinary. I would definitely recommend this place and will surely be back again.

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TB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tea service was excellent. For an extra $5, two people may split the full tea service. It was more than enough as a late lunch for the two of us.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I brought my sister and brother in law for high tea. We enjoyed it so very much. We had a great table by the front window so we could see the hustle and bustle of everyone else while we enjoyed our quiet tea.
Our server was very pleasant and was very helpful. We will definitely go again.

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S
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

For a slightly less expensive option than The Empress, The Pendray Tea House was good. It was not the best tea I’ve ever had, but the items we had on the West Coast menu were very good. It was a quiet day with only a few other tables occupied. We enjoyed good service although she confused a few order items.

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TL
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tea was a lovely affair with a tower of sweet and savoury snacks. My partner has gluten and dairy sensitivities and they found some amazing alternatives. Even the scones were delicious.

We had the luxury of staying at the B&B for two nights and found their breakfasts to be equally amazing (also served on a tower, and two different breakfasts on two different days.) The chef may just be a mind-reader: she somehow managed to prepare a poached egg for me that was firm and one for my partner that was exactly the variety of runny she enjoys.

The teas were equally luxuriant; we tried four different kinds and they're well described in their menu to give an exact idea of what you're getting--and there is something for just about everyone.

I'd recommend coming here just for tea over the Empress Hotel--slightly cheaper, less people, better ambience--and you don't necessarily need to be fully fancied up to go. A little flair is always appreciated by other tea-goers, but overall the atmosphere was relaxed and genial. I'd definitely recommend the B&B. Great stay, great staff, great food, great location.

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OT
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We were almost the only people there. Very sweet b&b feel.

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