Oak Bay Beach Hotel hosts Downton Abbey season premiere party

TV dinners


Next month, you’ll be ringing in 2014, but hungry fans of the PBS British drama Downton Abbey will be toasting the return of 1922.

Season 4 launches on Jan. 5 and, while many Lady Mary fans may be throwing home-based, tea-laced viewing parties, the recently revamped Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Victoria is doing more. Much more.

In the wake of last year’s wildly popular premiere party, the 100-room historic hotel will host another—with a costumed Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes ushering well-appointed guests through the “Manor House.” After proper period cocktails and English hors d’oeuvres, visitors will be courted with a three-course Mrs. Patmore-inspired meal of lobster bisque (topped with a pouff of brandy foam and a crushed pink peppercorn micro cake), Beef Wellington (with roast potatoes and red wine béarnaise sauce) and a flaming Baked Alaska for dessert.

Following the white-gloved dinner, guests can sit back and watch the drama of the season premiere unfold on the massive screen in the hotel’s theatre.

So raise your pinkies, practise that clipped British accent and join a party inspired by the history and romance of a bygone era. Tickets cost $89 and proceeds will benefit public television station KCTS and the David Foster Foundation.

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