Manifest travelling by heading to Fairmont Vancouver Airport for their 2-for-1 afternoon tea deal! Enjoy buttery scones, heavenly desserts and savoury bites while overlooking airplanes for $40 pp (This price is after the applied coupon amount and does not include tax and tip. Original $79 pp). Also, you get 3 hours of free parking – make sure to ask for the pre-paid parking ticket at the hostess table and keep your token.
This afternoon tea had a major glow up since I used a Groupon to try it back in 2016. This review is not sponsored – Just happy to share great deals and good food!
How to get the Fairmont Vancouver Airport’s Globe@YVR Afternoon 2 for 1 deal
Sign up for Tourism Richmond’s free Summer Savings Passport. The passport is sent to you via text message and you can find the coupon in the ‘Eats’ section.
When I called in to make a reservation, make sure to mention the Tourism Richmond passport. Your server should know to give you the 50% off on your bill amount.
Bonus: when you arrive at the restaurant, ask the hostess for the code so you “redeem” the coupon and be entered to win one of three $100 visa gift cards.
I appreciated this amuse bouche! It’s focaccia bread topped with pizza toppings like cheese and mayo spread at the bottom. A nice savoury bite before sweets.
Top tier: Dessert
This is by far my favourite tier. The macarons had proper feet and a delicate chewy texture. The blueberry cheesecake was light and not overly gelatin-y with strong blueberry flavour. The Strawberry Mousse was airy, tangy and not gelatin-y. The chocolate cake was fudgy and had balanced layers of cake and frosting. The Lemon Meringue Tart had contrasting textures with the crunchy meringue, tangy lemon curd and soft pastry tart. In my opinion, all bites, including savoury ones, with a pastry tart were soggy but still delicious in flavour.
Middle Tier: Scones
The scones were buttery, fluffy with the perfect crumb. It impressed me a lot because scones are quintessential to an afternoon experience and I’m so glad it was not dry. I also enjoyed the Apple Cardamom Scone a lot because you can see and taste the apple pieces. The house-made jam had the right amount of sweetness.
Bottom Tier: Savoury
I wouldn’t say it was spectacular but I appreciate how they incorporated flavours of the west coast appeal into a traditional afternoon tea. The Coronation Chicken Roll stood out the most because the chutney had a wonderful balance of sweet and savoury spices like ginger, onion and possibly turmeric. I liked the toppings on the Shrimp Louie as it tasted like clam chowder.
I recommend taking advantage of this two-for-one afternoon tea! I think the scones and dessert tiers were satisfying and executed well. However, without the coupon, $79 per person is a bit pricy compared to other afternoon tea spots in Vancouver but if you factor in the free 3 hours parking ($30), it’s something to consider if you’re in the area.