As of 2015, the afternoon tea service at the Empress Hotel in Victoria begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends with the last seating at 4:45 p.m. Patrons need to plan for an hour to enjoy the tea service fully.
The tea service at the Empress Hotel began in 1908 and continues today. Customers wishing to enjoy an afternoon tea service need to make advance reservations, although walk-ins occasionally find a space. Even though the hotel offers afternoon tea service after 4 p.m., afternoon tea traditionally ends at that time and becomes high tea. Afternoon tea includes a selection of scones and other tasty pastries.