Those of you familiar with this special Disney experience know that it is virtually impossible to walk-up to the Garden View Tea Room without a reservation...This was my lucky day, and after a 5 minute wait, we were seated and were coincidentally greeted by our usual attendant.
After placing an order for my "usual" Grand Tea, the attendant informed me that a new offering had been added to the Tea Room Menu:
- The Princess Kate Tea: A Spring Tea served with a classic dish of potted shrimp, followed by a medley of cheeses, an array of seasonal fruits, and cheddar cheese biscuits. A scone, a jam tart, and a selection of delicate pastries accompanied by a glass of Veuve Cliquot Champagne and a choice of tea. ~ $38.00 Per Guest
And before you ask, let me answer: Potted Shrimp is a very traditional English dish consisting of small shrimp which have been prepared or marinated in a tiny "pot" of sorts, with mace and cayenne pepper, and butter, and in my opinion is a spread of sorts, usually served with bread or toast. I can't comment on the style in which is is served at the Garden View Tea Room since I chose to stick with my usual choice, The Grand Tea!
Another change I noticed was the absence of the dainty little tea strainers on the tables. My attendant explained that the Tea Room cast had recently been trained by a Tea Company rep who informed them that the proper way to brew the tea is to remove the leaves before serving. She said she was happy about the change, because in the past many guests had complained that their tea was too strong by the near of the seating. I must admit, I've never noticed my tea being too strong and actually like the silver strainers, but I guess it doesn't make much difference!
In closing: I highly reccommend the Garden View Tea Room as a "Go To" experience at the Walt Disney World Resort! Have you been to the Tea Room lately? What do you think about the changes? Have you tried the Princess Kate Tea? Do you think the name should be changed???