James Bay Tea Room and Restaurant

James Bay Tea Room and Restaurant
332 Menzies St.
James Bay
Victoria, BC
(250) 382-8282


The James Bay Tea Room and Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and three different choices of afternoon tea.

The tea room has vegan and gluten free options on their menu. There is also a separate kids menu.


The James Bay Tea Room and Restaurant was originally built as a family home in 1907. Since that time it has been a corner store and a cafe style truck stop called ‘Tex’s Grill’ before finding it’s current calling.

The tea room was originally owned by British immigrant couple Norman and Anne Howard; he being from London and she from Southend-on-Sea.

The restaurant originally served afternoon tea with scones, sandwiches, and tarts. Patrons had their choice of regular scones or scones with grated cheddar cheese mixed into the batter before baking. Sunday afternoons would see a fancier high tea being served.

At dinnertime patrons could find featured on the menu roast beef, English beef stew with dumplings, and poached salmon.

In or around 1986, Yvonne and Bernd Woerpel purchased the business from the Howards. The Woerpel’s ran the business for an incredible 27 years.

On June 1, 2013, father and daughter John and Heather MacPhee officially took over the business from the Woerpels.

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