As soon as I heard The Townhouse at The Kensington Hotel in London was partnering with Disney on a magical afternoon tea, I knew I was prepared to get tickets, no matter the cost. Left arm? Sure, take it! Soul? Why not! It's Disney after all... Fortunately I was lucky enough to get tickets for the event (running throughout 2017 until November) at the face value ticket price of £35 per person through Afternoon Tea's website.
The tea has been put together by 5 star The Kensington Hotel in West London in collaboration with Disney ahead of the release of the new live action film: Beauty and The Beast. The afternoon tea is called the 'Tale as old as Time' and is themed around the 'Be Our Guest' scene in the film. Prices start from £35 per person or £45 with a glass of bubbly.
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The Town House room in The Kensington Hotel was decked out in Beauty and The Beast memorabilia such as Lumiere and Cogsworth figurines, the rose in it's glass bell jar, and of course, Mrs Potts and Chip who feature in each afternoon tea holding the 'grey stuff' and the double cream. There were plenty of figurines around the room, so none of the tables missed out on the Disney magic. The room itself is a midsized, gorgeous library with sofa benches at some of the tables, giving the tea a relaxed, intimate feeling. There aren't a huge amount of tables (hence why tickets sell out so fast!) but it means the room isn't too crowded or noisy.
The tea itself was a french twist on a classic afternoon tea- with two mini brioche baguettes with apricot preserve and chocolate fillings (an ode to the baker in 'Belle') instead of scones and a selection of french desserts in the shape of Beauty and The Beast characters/icons.
Savoury starters were: Venison Pie, Cheese Souffle, Roscoff Onion Pissaladiere and Beef Ragu & Saffron Arancini with Lemon Creme Fraiche. All followed by a selection of traditional sandwiches. On the dessert tier there was a Vanilla and Gold Jelly (clear with a rose petal in, to emulate the rose in the bell jar) served with double cream poured from Mrs Potts herself. There was also a chocolate Tart in the shape of Cogsworth, a White Chocolate Mousse topped with 'Grey Stuff' (in this case, cake frosting) inside a Chip teacup and a Spiced Snowball Macaroon with Coconut and Chocolate. And finally, the belle of the ball (wink) was Belle's dress cookie- a Gingerbread Cookie topped with Marzipan.
Although some of the desserts were too rich for me to devour whole, everything was totally delicious and served with loose leaf tea (I chose Earl Grey). The experience was incredibly immersive and a memory I will treasure forever, particularly as I took my boyfriend along with me. The staff where great and I couldn't recommend the day to a Disney fan more!
Finally, I wanted to let you know it's Disney Week (or 'Disweek' as I'm fondly calling it), over on my YouTube Channel. Everyday this week there will be a brand new Disney themed video (including a VLOG of this very afternoon tea!) including a Disney giveaway of a 22ct gold plated Belle inspired bone china tea cup! To find out how to enter, watch Disweek Video 1 here.