This afternoon I was invited to preview the new Harry Potter inspired School of Magic afternoon tea set at Trump Hotel Vancouver. This Fall-themed tea set was first introduced last year to very enthusiastic guests who were fans of the acclaimed children's book series. Some even brought children with them to experience this magical theme.
Because I already had an opportunity to taste the tea set last year, I wondered if this year's version would be the same. To my pleasant surprise, the new version of the School of Magic afternoon tea for Fall 2019 features many new treats with only a few recycled elements. That's good news for those guests who already experienced it last year but would like to do so again.
Top left: The scones this time are Philosopher's Scone in red velvet, jelly bean scone and the signature Matcha scone which is served with every new theme.
Top right: Entrance to the Champagne Lounge from inside the hotel.
Bottom: The gilded interior of the Trump Champagne Lounge.
The savouries this time include: pretzel & cheese broomstick; British sausage roll; smoked salmon tea sandwich; Guiness pie; Mrs. Sprout's Pasty - a crispy pocket with seasonal vegetables; and Ron's Chicken Leg. The savouries this time are a lot heartier than in previous sets so if you're a small eater like me, you might even have leftovers.
The dessert tier is served on this new and very fitting 3-tier display made of wood and stone. Sweet treats include: Butter Bubble Beer - boba pearls, non-alcoholic butter scotch; Deathly Hallows chocolate ganache cake; Harry's Favourite Treacle Tart; Cauldron Mousse; Muggles Book of Magic, Golden Snitch Chocolate Truffle; and Magic Wand.
The details on these treats are so exquisite and this is where the tea sets at Trump really shine. Their executive pastry chef, Fumiko Moreton, really knows what she's doing in the dessert department. I can personally say that these desserts not only look good, but they also taste delicious. Of special note this time is the purple Ube flavoured mousse cauldron. I don't often see this flavour being used in desserts in Vancouver and this was executed perfectly with the fluffy cake on top. I also appreciated how the Muggles Book of Magic look like it had actual pages. It's a real clever use of baumkuchen "tree-ring" cake.
Additional treats include the Golden Snitch salted caramel truffle and various School of Magic sugar cookies.
I enjoyed the new School of Magic afternoon tea set, I would recommend it for those who are fans of the Harry Potter book series. It's also an elegant alternative for those who want a chance to dress up with friends this Halloween season. And if you want to get a bit tipsy, cocktails can be ordered from the bar or a glass of sparkling wine can be added for an additional $15. I think you'll enjoy this new School of Magic Tea Set.
Until our next tea date.
School of Magic Tea Set starts on September 15th, 2019
$65/person or $118/person for the same set served in a bird cage display with a glass of sparkling wine and a limited edition dessert box.
Trump Hotel Vancouver
Address: 1161 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C6
Phone: (604) 979-8888
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