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Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast inspired Afternoon Tea

Cardamon Tea Lounge

The Cardamon Tea Lounge and Shop in Colchester Essex hosts a monthly themed afternoon tea. For the month of September welcomed the wonderful Be Our Guest, Beauty and the Beast inspired afternoon tea.

They offer over 50 varieties of tea and lots of other savoury and sweets treats in a traditional tea room environment.

Be Our Guest Afternoon Tea

This wonderful Beauty and The Beast inspired Afternoon Tea is one of my very favourites. Accompanied by Mrs Potts and Chip, this afternoon features wonderful theming based on the much loved tale of Beauty and The Beast. The Be Our Guest Afternoon Tea comes beautifully displayed on a traditional cake stand.

Savouries

The savouries are French themed and really delicious. You receive a chicken and cranberry croissant, Brie and apple mini roll and Croque Monsieur cheese and ham wraps. Alongside the sandwiches you receive a mini salad served in a tea cup!

Sweets

The sweets are a real treat with this Beauty and The Beast themed afternoon tea. You receive very own chocolate Cogsworth, a macaroon served in a mini clear dome, a Belle themed lemon cake, ‘Try the Grey stuff it’s delicious’ sweet treat and a strawberry mousse parfait served in a tall glass.

To accompany the sweets, a vanilla dress shaped scone is served with clotted cream, jam and a chocolate pot. The scones and cakes are all made in-house and are very fresh and delicious. The lemon cake is covered in sweet buttercream icing and crusted with sugar, amazing!

Children’s Be Our Guest Platter

A children’s version of the Be Our Guest, Beauty and The Beast inspired afternoon tea is also available. Each platter comes with a teapot and dress shaped sandwiches, a mini croissant and a mixture of themed snacks and treats, along with a drink. They are always so beautifully put together and children love them! So much attention to detail. They are very reasonably priced at £7.50 per child.

The Be Our Guest Afternoon Tea is £20 per head and available to book for the month of September 2018 at the Cardamon Tea Lounge & Shop in Colchester. Pop over to their website or Facebook page to book or for further information.

To read our reviews of Cardamon Tea Lounge’s other fantastic themed afternoon teas in Essex. Please see below:

Wizards themed Afternoon Tea, for any Harry Potter fan.

A Tale of Peter Rabbit Themed Afternoon Tea.

Mary Poppins Themed Afternoon Tea, Practically Perfect in every way.

Sherlock Holmes Themed Afternoon Tea.

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea

Silly Old Bear Afternoon Tea.

The Cardamon Tea Lounge features in our list of the Best Afternoon Teas in Essex, please see here.

Thank you for reading Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast inspired Afternoon Tea. Written in collaboration with the Cardamon Tea Lounge, all views and opinions are my own.

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Silly Old Bear Afternoon Tea

Silly Old Bear Themed Afternoon Tea

Cardamon Tea Lounge

Cardamon Tea Lounge & Shop in Colchester, Essex is one of our favourite tea rooms to visit! They feature on our list of The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex. Cardamon Tea Lounge specialise in such imaginative themed afternoon teas and children’s platters. Each month they introduce us to an exciting new theme. For the month of August 2018 is the Silly Old Bear Afternoon Tea. Perfect timing for any Winnie the Pooh fans out there as it hits the big screens the same month.

Silly Old Bear Themed Afternoon Tea

The Silly Old Bear Afternoon Tea is very charming.  The thought, planning and effort that goes into each themed afternoon tea is incredible. The Silly Old Bear  Afternoon Tea does not disappoint. Your table is decorated with cute Winnie the Bear themed props. A map of One Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh and friends including Piglet await your arrival. The look is completed with crockery laid on its very own grass place mat decorated with carrots and flowers.

The Cardamon Tea Lounge have over 50 wonderful varieties of tea to choose from to accompany your afternoon tea. The Silly Old Bear Afternoon Tea can also be served with a delicious homemade fruit compote. Due to the hot weather, this time round I opted for a minted ice tea and it was the perfect refresher.

Top view Silly Old Bear Themed Afternoon Tea

Full set up, ckes and sandwiches Silly Old Bear Themed Afternoon Tea

SAVOURIES

The sandwiches were served in mini picnic baskets and were a great selection. My favourite was the vegetable salad and mayo, I didn’t know what to expect but it really was delightful. I think Rabbit would be a big fan! You also receive a cheese and tomato sandwich and a ham and mustard mini roll.  Alongside the sandwiches you also get a mini salad in a tea cup. A combination of spinach, feta, strawberries and nuts. It made a delicious accompaniment to the afternoon tea.

sandwiches and tea cup salad Silly Old Bear Themed Afternoon Tea

Tea cup salad winnie the pooh afternoon tea

Sweet

The scones arrived in their own mini picnic basket served with little buckets full of clotted cream, jam and lemon curd. The scones were delicious and freshly baked.

‘Winnie’s Delicacies’ consisted of a honey cake, chocolate mouse with chocolate crumble served in a mini plant pot, a mini muffin with vanilla cream centre and chocolate topper and a sweet pastry! The sweets treats were also accompanied with a wheel barrow of fruit and some sweets and chocolates! The honey cake was amazing, light and covered in cream and drizzled with honey, a sure favourite for Winnie the Pooh!

 

Scones and buckets of jam winnie the pooh afternoon tea

Honey cake Silly Old Bear Themed Afternoon Tea

CHILDREN’S SILLY OLD BEAR CHILDREN’S PLATTER

A children’s version of the Silly Old Bear afternoon tea is also available. Each platter comes with a bear shaped sandwich, a mixture of themed snacks and treats, along with a drink. They are always so well themed and children love them! Very reasonably priced at £7.50 per child.

Childrens platter, tray with teddy bear sandwich, winnie the pooh afternoon tea

 

The Silly Old Bear Afternoon Tea is £20 per head and available to book for the month of August 2018 at the Cardamon Tea Lounge & Shop in Colchester. Pop over to their website or Facebook page to book or for further information.

To read our reviews of Cardamon Tea Lounge’s other fantastic themed afternoon teas in Essex. Please see below:

Wizards themed Afternoon Tea, for any Harry Potter fan.

A Tale of Peter Rabbit Themed Afternoon Tea.

Mary Poppins Themed Afternoon Tea, Practically Perfect in every way.

Sherlock Holmes Themed Afternoon Tea.

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea.

 

Silly Old Bear Themed Afternoon Tea

Written in collaboration with the Cardamon Tea Lounge, all views and opinions are my own.

 

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A Wizard’s Themed Afternoon Tea in Essex

The Cardamon Tea Lounge

A couple of years ago we found The Cardamon Tea Lounge in Colchester, Essex. We happened to be walking by and spotted this quaint little tea room and decided to give it a try. Since then it has been one of our firm favourite tea rooms. We aren’t the only ones that like it, it won the Essex Life Food and Drink Awards 2017 for Best Coffee/Tea Shop. Now its quickly becoming a popular spot for wonderful and imaginative Themed Afternoon Tea in Essex.

My daughter fell in love with this place right away and refers to it as the ‘Alice Cafe’. As you step inside there are so many wonderful trinkets and handmade crafts, many Alice in Wonderland themed and available to buy. There are teapots and cups as lampshades hanging from the ceiling and spoons as door handles. Every time I visit I see something new. My daughters favourite part is the little cupboard under the stairs, a cosy spot for the little ones to play.

Shop front of The Cardamon Tea Lounge in Colchester. Themed Afternoon Tea in EssexSome Alice in wonderland crafts and decorations Themed Afternoon Tea in Essex.

A Wizard’s Themed Afternoon Tea in Essex

The Cardamon Tea Lounge create wonderful and imaginative food and children’s platters, each with your chosen theme. Everything is made on the premises with such attention to detail. I particularly love their Alice in wonderland creations. It’s so much fun having your salad served in a giant teacup!

More recently The Cardamon Tea Lounge have been creating other themed afternoon teas. Introducing for any true Harry Potter fan ‘a Wizard’s Themed Afternoon Tea’. Both Eden and I are huge Harry Potter fans so as soon as I saw this, I couldn’t wait to try it. Any Witch or Wizard would be delighted with this magical wizard’s themed afternoon tea in Essex.

The Food

Before our visit we picked 4 sandwich choices from the menu. There were some really interesting and tempting flavours available. We chose ham, brie and apple, it was simply delicious, we also went for egg mayo, cream cheese and cucumber and salmon. We opted for mixed bread and when our sandwiches arrived one side was white and the other brown! What a great idea! The sandwiches were freshly made and simply delicious. They came served in a wooden chest! Our Wizard’s themed afternoon tea was filled with so many magical and exciting delights. We were treated to our very own multicoloured potions (which tasted amazing), popcorn served in a cauldron, and we even had our own mandrake cake! The scones were pumpkin spiced and the white chocolate and almond cake was light as air. Alongside the Wizards afternoon tea you can choose from over 50 variations of tea. We opted for the Dragonfruit tea and it was fruity and refreshing, it complemented the Afternoon Tea perfectly.

Wizards themed afternoon tea in EssexSandwiches in chest Harry Potter afternoon teaWizards themed afternoon tea, potions and mandrake chocolate cakeAfternoon tea cakes Harry Potter Wizard themed Tea cup in front of the Wizards Themed Afternoon Tea

Children’s Afternoon Tea Platter

The Cardamon Tea Lounge offers lots of wonderfully themed platters for children and the Wizard’s platter is no exception. The sandwiches were accompanied by many magical treats, a pretzel broomstick, a cauldron of popcorn, veggie sticks, a cupcake, sweets and a drink. Great value for £6.50 and Eden was so excited when it arrived, I think she enjoyed every bite!

Any witch or wizard would have a truly magical and enchanting time working their way through this Wizards feast!

 

Children’s Wizards platter Eden wearing Harry Potter glasses Wizards themed afternoon tea in Essex

Each month The Cardamon Tea Lounge will be changing their themed afternoon tea… next up ‘A Tale as Old as Time. There are so many exciting afternoon themed afternoon teas to come.  All afternoon tea’s should be prebooked, please get in touch with The Cardamon Tea Lounge, 44 St John’s Street, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AD. Telephone number: 01206 504180.

To read more about our favourite afternoon teas in Essex click here.

Wizards themed afternoon tea in Essex Harry Potter

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Written in collaboration with The Cardamon Tea Lounge, we were invited along to review their afternoon tea, please note that all views and opinions are my own.