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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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Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea

Charlie and the chocolate factory afternoon tea

Cardamon Tea Lounge

Cardamon Tea Lounge & Shop in Colchester 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 magical and enchanting themed afternoon teas. Each month they introduce us to an exciting new theme. For the month of July is the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea

The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed afternoon treat is such a delight. So much effort, planning and preparation has gone into each themed afternoon tea. Your table is decorated with fun themed props. Props range from funny Wonka glasses, giant sweets and even a Wonka-vision selfie frame so you can snap some memories from your visit.

The Cardamon Tea Lounge have over 50 wonderful varieties of tea to choose from to go with your afternoon tea. The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea is also served with a yummy chocolate milkshake.

Savouries

The sandwiches served are a great selection, salmon and cream cheese, Cheddar and caramelised onion and a mini egg mayonnaise roll. We even received a Nutella and raspberry sandwich and it was a delicious taste explosion! Perfect for any Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Fan! Quite delicious!

Cake stand with sweets and cakes, Wonka glasses Top view Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea

Sweets

This themed afternoon tea came with so many colourful, exciting sweet treats. We enjoyed a cheesecake topped with candy floss and blueberries, a cupcake with a hidden surprise, a macaroon pop, a Wonka bar and we even got an everlasting gobstopper!

Lastly, no Charlie and the Chocolate themed Afternoon Tea would be complete without a ‘chocolate’ scone! A nice variation from your average plain or fruit scone.

Candy floss topped cheesecakes from the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon TeaClose up of sweets on the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea

Children’s Platter

The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory children’s afternoon tea platter is great fun! A tasty selection of sandwiches, fruit sweets and a chocolate dessert. It also comes with a mini chocolate freak shake! The children’s platters are such good value and children find them so exciting to eat. A real treat!

The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea is £20 per head and available to book for the month of July 2018 at the Cardamon Tea Lounge & Shop. 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 and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea

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Alice In Wonderland Ballet Show – Let’s All Dance

The cast from The Alice in Wonderland Show with Lets All Dance

A Ballet for the whole family

I took Eden to see her very first ballet, ‘The Princess & the Frog‘ by Let’s All Dance. It was a magical experience that we both really enjoyed. I then found out that Let’s All Dance’s next production was going to be ‘Alice in Wonderland’ which is a particular favourite story of ours! Even better, the Alice in Wonderland ballet was touring and visiting our local theatre. I booked tickets right away. These ballet shows are perfect as a first ballet and to entertain the whole family. They are suitable for all and especially aimed at 2-11 year olds, including children with special needs. The productions last around 30-40 mins so perfect for smaller children. You also get the opportunity for a photo with the cast on stage after the show which is really exciting for the children to meet the characters.

Alice in wonderland ballet stall with programs for sale

Alice In Wonderland Ballet

Let’s All Dance brought the wonderful story of Alice in Wonderland to life with beautiful dancing, much loved characters and super costumes in this magical ballet production.

The ballet began with a very charming Alice who disappeared down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. She met many of the characters along the way. Alice met the White Rabbit first. The dancing was so beautiful, fun and energetic. It was so mesmerising to watch. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum were great characters and really made us all laugh. They were definitely the children’s favourite. The pair danced cheekily with Alice on stage.

On our journey through Wonderland we were also introduced to the angry Red Queen, she was quite a character! She was not happy with Alice who ate her chocolates and chased after her through the crowd. During the performance the characters left the stage to interact with the audience and the children loved it… They even got to stroke the flamingo puppets. It really brought the production to life and engaged with the audience!

Alice in Wonderland was a truly spectacular children’s ballet show. I found it even more enjoyable than the Princess and the Frog, we really liked all the extra characters. The way the story was told was also incredibly clever… Alice even shrunk and grew just like the real story! The dancing was superb and so hypnotic to watch. I would absolutely recommend trying one of these beautiful ballet shows. I would of loved for this one to be even longer, we enjoyed it so much! We can’t wait to see the next Let’s All Dance production. To see what coming next, visit their website.

Don’t be late for this very important date!

To book tickets for Alice in Wonderland please visit the Let’s All Dance.

 

The cast from The Alice in Wonderland Show with Lets All Dance

Alice in Wonderland Ballet, the red queen

 

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Written in collaboration with Let’s All Dance, all comments and opinions are strictly my own.