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lucas
06-05-2010, 07:58 AM
Dh and I just returned from a weekend at WDW. We had the tea on Saturday 05/29/10 and I wanted to post a short review because I had gotten such great info on the DIS and wanted to report back.

I had been unsure if this would be enough food for lunch. Boy, was it ever! We didn't order anything extra although I had considered ordering a side order of blue cheese or a side order of the Sally Lunn bread. I'm glad we didn't because we were totally full. Besides the food, all that tea takes up a lot of room!

We both ordered a Buckingham Palace: "Buckingham Palace - Our traditional tea sandwiches, scones and jam tarts complemented by fresh strawberries and cream, or a selection of freshly baked pastries, along with your choice of tea. $19.50 per guest."

Dh wanted a decaf tea and the waitress told him several choices although they aren't listed on the menu. He ordered the decaf English Breakfast tea. I think this was the one: "Imperial English Breakfast - Elegant and refined smooth sweetness. A blend of Ceylon and China Black Teas."

I had read here that iced teas were an option so I asked the waitress. She said that you can order any of the teas in an iced tea version. I had the Mad Hatter iced tea, which the waitress said was an excellent choice and it was! VERY delish! She brought out a tall fancy glass filled with ice and a tea pot of the tea: "Mad Hatter - A blend of passion fruit, pomegranate, and vanilla for a clean and sweet finish. Perfect with decadent desserts and companions."

We both agree that the sandwiches were nondescrip (even though the waitress explained each one). Really, I could tell which one was the shrimp salad but the rest all tasted the same and the bread was slightly stale-ish. Not that they were bad but they were just ok. I don't like onions so the waitress said no problem I could have another sandwich in place of the onion tart. I had an extra sandwich but I really don't know which one it was.

Next up were the scones and jam tart and they were very good. The scones were very fresh.

The next course was "fresh strawberries and cream, or a selection of freshly baked pastries" - but the waitress said another choice was the English Trifle. I had the trifle and it was excellent. Dh had the fresh strawberries and cream and it was delish, too. It was a very big serving of strawberries and the fresh cream was excellent. I saw someone at the next table order the selection of baked pastries and you get to choose 2 pastries. I'm glad we ordered the trifle and the fresh strawberries, they were both really good.

Our ressies were at 2:20 but we were there at 2:00, got in line when they opened and they took us right away. The restaurant had several empty tables the entire time we were there. There had just been a huge thunderstorm and a lot of rain so I'm not sure if that had kept people away. The entire meal took 1 hour and 15 minutes. Our waitress was definitely a little slower than the waiter waiting on the table next to us. I am glad they go thru the courses slowly so that you can really enjoy the experience. But, towards the end, things were really going slow.

The piano player in the lobby starts playing at 3:00 and the band plays at 4:00. I wish we had been able to hear more of the piano player.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience. I would definitely recommend it and would love to do it again.

PixieDustandEeyore
06-05-2010, 08:57 PM
awesome review! I love the quaint view at the tea room. But I also noticed that everytime I go the tables are never all full but when Ive been told there are no reservations left. I wonder if half the thing is to have a non cramped dining space?

TigerKat
06-05-2010, 09:16 PM
Great review Peg, we need to try that!:thumbsup2