Tea for 60

Shoal Centre will host royal tea to celebrate the Queen Elizabeth II and her 60th coronation anniversary

Anna Hudson

Anna Hudson

The Shoal Centre in Sidney is hosting a Diamond Jubilee High Tea to commemorate the 60th coronation anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II.

Shoal chef Don Bottcher is planning a themed menu that will include, royal tea sandwiches, crown ‘n cranberry scone, palace squares, queen lemon tart and coronation strawberry garnish. Special touches for the event will feature Town Crier Kenny Podmore in full regalia escorting guests to their tables and opening the festivities with an official cry composed exclusively for the coronation anniversary.

Heritage Productions, a Victoria non profit group, is on board for the event, offering a fashion show highlighting the six decades of the Queen’s reign, from the 1950s to the present.

“We are encouraging people to wear hats for this high tea,” said Anna Hudson, activity and rental co-ordinator at Shoal.

Last April, the Shoal Centre held a sold-out royal wedding gala in honour of the marriage of Kate and William.

“We had guests coming in evening gowns, and tuxedos, fascinators and gloves,” Hudson said. “We hope people will respond to the theme for this event. It’s a wonderful opportunity to go full out with hat creations.”

The event is Wednesday, June 6, at 2 p.m.

Seating is limited to 60 in the Tides At Shoal dining room.


Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance, either by phone at 250-656-5537 or in person at the centre, 10030 Resthaven Dr.