No wonder this place for a cup of tea is among the best in the game in Vancouver ♟ ♜ ♞
The creative minds were at work at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, known as the “Castle in the City”. Historic Venus is also the longtime home of one of Vancouver’s most famous afternoon tea services – they truly are among the best in the game.
Late this spring, hotel restaurant Notch8 debuted its new chess-themed afternoon tea, complete with oversized chess pieces, themed food and sweets, and plenty of photo ops.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, dubbed Griffin’s Gambit, has continued its modern tradition of creating a limited edition themed tea set this time by enlisting Vancouver-based Koncept Designs to reinvent the tea room. The result is a compelling and immersive experience in Notch8’s “library room” that is a complete escape from the city and encounter with whims.
In addition to chess pieces and chessboards on all the shelves (and yes, you can put them by your tables for a friendly tea-time game), there are figures fixed to the ceiling and on a large wall display. The former, of course, will take you back to 2020 and watch the immersive Netflix drama The Queen’s Gambitwhile the latter beckons you to have your picture taken in front of it – and Notch8 Tearoom’s friendly staff will be happy to accommodate you.
At your table, naturally covered in a checkerboard pattern, sit down to enjoy Notch8’s always excellent tea, which features a three-story tower of homemade sweets and savory items.
Griffin’s Gambit menu features two scones (aged cheddar and buttermilk) with strawberry jam and crème fraîche, which we had oven-warm – perfection.
The savory level showcases elegant finger sandwiches and small bites like a deviled egg with Kaiserham, a Dungeness crab corn custard tart, and a parmesan crisp with tomato jam and meringue (it’s like a chilled one-bite version of grilled cheese and tomato soup). Sweets include a charming checkerboard cake slice, cupcakes and chocolate chess pieces.
Of course, since it’s tea time, you have a choice of Lot 35 teas, and your waiter can help you choose the tea that best suits your taste buds. Children will also love their fruity “chewing gum” tea.
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Griffin’s Gambit Afternoon Tea is available now through September 4th Thursday through Sunday with seating at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. The special Afternoon Tea menu is available at USD 69 per person (USD 34.50 for children under 12), reservations are strongly recommended. While it’s not quite the same as sitting in the tea room, Notch8 also makes its Afternoon Tea available to take away at weekends by prior arrangement, with pick-ups at 12pm and 2pm