Pendray Inn and Tea House

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174 reviews
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  • Afternoon Tea
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  • 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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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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Portland
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Very nice place. Food was excellent and one of the best tea houses in Victoria.

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LJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

For lovers of traditional tea service Pendray Inn and Tea House delivers! The quality of the food preparations and the selection of teas is superlative. The surroundings are elegant.

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CP
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, Service, Ambiance all wonderful Will do it again in a heart beat!

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m
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This truly is the traditional charm and quaint high tea from our past. The Pendray is like stepping back in time. Take time to look around the different rooms, they are a sight to see as they are very much unaltered. The tea choices are excellent, Geisha Blossom was excellent and I really enjoyed the West Coast Tea with a seafood focus. The lobster bisque is divine!

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LL
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service ! The lady was very pleasant and kind !
They had a promotion for the last day and She offered it to us we saved half of the money! Very nice atmosphere, great place to take photos enjoy your afternoon with your BFF.

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LD
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a wonderful time. Our party of 3 shared the Westcoast Seafood and GF Winter afternoon teas, the food was delicious.

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M
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Quality of food was acceptable. Service was very nice. We have had attended high teas often and enjoyed many...Empress Hotel was nice but you’re paying for the experience of dining there. We LOVED Butchart Gardens it was delicious and price was manageable ($75/two). Decided to try Pendray Inn and Tea House which was waaaay overpriced for what one receives. I believe last time we checked, there was a large price increase. Wow! 2 of us $126!! We’re sorry we went... a very nice dinner (minus wine) cost is comparable.

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GS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

That would have been my third time at the Pendray inn and tea house. All times I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Although the food could be better, and the prices are quite steep. It’s more of an experience for me when I go. My latest visit was quite lovely, even if the waiter wasn’t the most friendly and helpful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Nice first time afternoon tea at this location. For my friend’s bday surprise celebration they served her a piece of surprise cake! Thank you so much! The sandwich bread was bit dry but over all all taste good I chose west coast afternoon tea.

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IW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere with amazing hospitality of staff. High Tea was fantastic. Much better than the Empress. Tons of teas to choose from!! Best was Rose de Bain’s. So convenient to the Clipper Terminal. Go! You won’t be disappointed!!!

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R
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Was a delightful afternoon experience. The lavender scone was the winner. We could have had a whole platter of just that. Was a quaint and relaxed atmosphere. Would recommend.

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OT
Seattle
41 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

My wife and I went there for traditional tea. They have some nice options like west coast versus traditional and a wide range of teas. The price is much more reasonable than other nearby options.

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Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pedro was very attentive and helpful. The tea and food were very good and the atmosphere was great. We loved the Christmas decorations too.

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M
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it, will be back. Our waitress was amazing!

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RE
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was an amazing experience for afternoon tea. The staff were knowledgable, friendly and the food was wonderful. The Earl gray tea scone was delicate, flavorful and everything you expect from an English tea scone. Will be back for sure.

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MT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

The overall experience was disappointing. Overpriced for what was served.

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MM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely setting with nice quiet background music. Scones served, Earl Grey and Lavender were notable. The 1837 House Tea was excellent. Staff and waitress are welcoming and knowledgeable.

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RS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our delightful host welcomed us warmly, was thorough in his explanation of our choices, and charming as he poured our tea. The sandwiches were delicious with a variety of very good fillings, the scones melted in our mouths. The sweets were all we could ask. Everything was fresh and tasty. We never felt rushed and continued to enjoy our tea in this beautiful setting until we were ready to go on our next adventure.

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TD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Pleasant atmosphere and tasty teas. Scones and tea cakes were the best. Sandwiches were fine.

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FH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice, old victorian architecture; traditional tea house. Great experience. Very fitting to the town it is in.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Comida deliciosa, servicio excelente, personal súper atento y amigable.

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BF
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I used open table to book an afternoon tea for myself and my granddaughter. We ended up staying the night and having breakfast at the inn. Everyone one was wonderful and made this a very special memory for us for years to come. Janus checked us in and made sure our room was perfect. She also assisted with suggesting places and sightseeing events to fill our day. Viktoria greeted us with a smile and was a delight. The staff at the Pendray Inn is awesome and it felt so comfortable being there...like dear friends.

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AD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our second visit to the Pendray for afternoon tea, and again, we had a fabulous time. The setting is beautiful, the service is warm and attentive, and the food and tea options are delightful. We will be back!

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Tea and desserts were lovely. Service was great!

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MG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Our only real complaint (but a major issue) was the service. We arrived and stood in the lobby for 15 minutes before anyone came to seat us, despite the fact it was mostly empty. Service was intermittent and sparse. After declining more tea and having our leftovers packed up and brought to us (clearly this is the obvious sign that we are finished), we will sat there being ignored for 20 more minutes and eventually had to get up and find someone to ask for our bill. The rest of it was nice but for not that much more, we may as well have gone to the Empress. Probably would think twice about going here again.

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BC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

It was our first time here and thought it was very nice. Loved the Victorian setting. It was very quiet when we were there so it was nice to visit. Everything tasted good and service was fine. Our waitress really didn’t check on us other than refilling our tea pot. It’s expensive but still worth it. We have been to two other high teas in the area and this one is our favourite.

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CH
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very quiet, enjoyable afternoon tea with my husband. We ordered Traditional Tea for two persons. The food was excellent, with a pot of tea for each of us. I think it was a bit expensive for what you received, but we were very full and satisfied. Our server, April, was amazing - very helpful and informative, warm and charming, too.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Ate here during our cruise stop. Food was good but extremely expensive for amount received. Service and atmosphere was great! Unique experience while in Victoria!

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r
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful afternoon tea in a fantastic old (1880's) home turned bed and breakfast.
The food was a great selection of sandwich's and deserts that even the pickiest would enjoy. Plus a large selections of tea.

Great food. Great service and great views.
We will definitely have tea here the next time we are in Victoria.

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RC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

The Pendray tea house and grounds are lovely.
However the afternoon tea experience was shameful! We arrived at a very quiet time with only three tables being served. The supervisor was training two new people but she herself was not well trained in serving. My husband was served his scones, then soup and sandwich plate ( in that order 🤭) while I waited for my “traditional tea”. After 10 minutes I had to look for someone to please bring me my food and tea.
We were very disappointed with the stale sandwiches and the cakes. Fortunately the scones and jam were good!
The presentation of food was not acceptable for the price!
It is a true shame that this place has the potential to be good. Beautiful setting and location but it ends there! I would not recommend the Pendray to anyone at this point in time. They really need to improve staff training and quality of food and details in presentation!

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JH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The concierge was so lovely with our 7 year old daughter. Made us feel very welcome. Building is stunning so are the gardens. Food was excellent and staff very accommodating. Thank you for a splendid afternoon tea to celebrate our family day together.

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LL
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, traditional fare was outstanding and plentiful. Great value for money.

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V
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful setting, great selection of wonderful teas, flexible options for tailoring food preferences to personal taste and a patient, knowledgeable, friendly staff. All in all, we had a great experience and would highly recommend it to anyone seeking the "traditional Victorian Afternoon Tea" experience in Victoria.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Sandwiches were perfect and classic, sweet and scones were poorly made. Was served tea with the bags still in pot. Should have been removed before service or ramekins provided to remove tea bags. Was not particularly impressive and was out shone by other afternoon tea options. Salmon pinwheel was perfection though.

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