Hey guys! Welcome back to another review. This weekend I was out on a mini roadtrip to Langley where I experienced high tea at Tracycakes Bakery Cafe. High tea is an intimate dining experience where I place high emphasis on the atmosphere, freshness of the food, and of course taste. Does Tracycakes provide an ideal high tea experience or should you just prepare something from home? Read on to find out.
Disclosure: This was a complimentary tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation.
Team Tastic came here for an afternoon high tea and we got the Signature High Tea ($18.50/person) and I paired my treats with a pot of Bombay Chai Tea. This High Tea included the following:
- Assorted Finger Sandwiches, Mini Quiches, Veggie Rolls
- Pineapple Scones
- House-Made Devonshire Cream
- Artisanal Preserves
- Eclairs, Shortbread Cookies, Brownies, and Babycakes
- Sliced Canteloupe and Strawberries
All photos below show a high tea experience made for 3 guests.
The top had all the desserts and was the most visually appealing. Why is dessert on top? According to Ernestine Ulmer: “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first”! I found the babycakes (made famous at Tracycakes) and the éclairs to be to the best of the bunch. The babycakes were incredibly moist and the eclairs had a tasty filling within their fresh-smelling shell.
In the middle we had freshly baked Pineapple Scones. I’m normally quite biased against pineapples but I managed to enjoy these as they were paired with the house-made devonshire cream and artisanal preserves (jam). The dusting on top made these all the more tasty and the fresh scones were neither dry nor brittle.
Making our way down takes us to the savoury sandwiches, and among these were egg salad, chicken pesto, tomato, cucumber, and more. Seeing bread without the crust reminds me of my childhood where I identified with every elementary cartoon character’s dislike of anything healthy. In this case though, I was enthralled with how fresh everything tasted from the bread to the veggie quiches. This all made for an enjoyable filler and left me wanting more of the quiche. I think the best word to describe making finishing your share of high tea at Tracycakes is simply delight.
It’s up to you which direction you go for high tea. Some start from the top and work their way down, but I think my preferred method now will be start savoury and end with all the desserts. There’s always room for dessert. Calorie-wise, almost all guests will be full with what’s in this high tea experience as found with the majority at my table.
Tracycakes is a quaint bakery cafe in Langley that sits in a restored and renovated home. The interior is quite pleasing with lots of fresh flowers, gorgeous glassware, and decor that reminds you of an old home (e.g. dainty plates hung on the wall). The large windows at the front allow lots of light to stream in and the close proximity of all the tables makes this eatery a great place to use the term cozy.
There’s seating for about 30 guests but I didn’t see any accessibility options from the front. I might have to go check the back next time, but if you can’t make it up the front steps you may want to bring help.
Service was great at Tracycakes Bakery Cafe. The staff offered to fill up our pots with more hot water and were fantastic in describing all three layers of the high tea. They were also experts at maneuvering around some tight spaces.
It was jam-packed at 1:30pm on my Saturday visit, so I think if you’d like to enjoy high tea, you should call ahead to avoid any disappointment. That being said, a party of 2 could probably wander in on their own for high tea and the wait shouldn’t be too long.
One-liner: Tasty high tea treats that are house-made at a great price
Highlight: Any of the desserts and veggie quiche
Price per person: $18.50-$25.50
Would I go back? Yes.
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