English Tarts – Mission, B.C.

I’m a sucker for anything British. No one knows that better than my best friend, Karleigh. For my birthday she made me a coupon for high tea. A few days ago I was finally able to cash it in.

High tea, or afternoon tea, is an English tradition that includes tea, sandwiches, scones and cakes. It is a great way to take a step back and enjoy your afternoon, even if it’s just for an hour or two.

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For high tea I chose to wear a long sleeved black dress, paired with Dexflex high black boots with a quilted detail on the back (found here). I added colour by choosing a bold blue necklace from American Eagle. To finish off the outfit I added my faux fur vest from New Look (similar here) and a black floppy hat (similar here).

We ended up going to a little place in Mission called English Tarts. It’s owned by two British ladies. Flying high above the building is a British flag. Right away you feel like you’re in a different country.

When we walked into the bakery, there was a tea pot and two tea cups set up just for us. We ended up being sat beside a knitting group, the cutest bunch of ladies you’d ever see.

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Our waitress came to take our tea order, bringing a case of teas we could smell before we picked one. I chose Irish Morning and Karleigh chose a blueberry blend. The woman brought our hot teas (in our own tea pots) and then set off to make our sandwiches.

Soon enough, a platter came out with sandwiches and cakes. We were given three different types of sandwiches – deviled egg, roast chicken with cranberry sauce and cucumber with cream cheese, all on freshly made bread.

On the second layer of our platter were scones with cream and double chocolate chip brownies (they were my favourite). On the top layer we had carrot cake and a marzipan cake. You could tell all the food was made with love. Everything tasted so incredibly fresh.

I was so impressed with this high tea, I would definitely go back. I would recommend this location, however, there are many different places for high tea around Vancouver. I look forward to going to try more places soon.

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