One of my favorite places to enjoy afternoon tea is the Garden View Tea Room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. If you happen to be in Orlando, I highly recommend this British style tea. Don’t think that you can’t visit this tea room if you are not a Disney resort guest. Just call for a reservation and security will check your ID on arrival and direct you to a car park. This is a very large, opulent Victorian style resort, with six striking buildings and beautiful grounds.
The Garden View Lounge (or tea room) is a small room off the grand lobby. As you enter the lobby, you’ll admire the lofty space with its twin open grill work elevators, grand piano, comfortable furnishings and lavish floral displays. Straight ahead you can see the tea room. Check out the marble floor in front with the Mrs. Potts and Chip inlaid medallions. My husband and I were seated at a small round corner table next to the window, with lovely views of the gardens and the Seven Seas Lagoon. The table was set with Old Country Roses bone china teacups, matching sugar bowl and silver strainers.
There is an extensive menu with five afternoon tea offerings (Grand, Prince Edward, Buckingham Palace, Sally Lunn and Mrs. Potts), as well as a la carte items such as a British Cheese Plate or Gentleman’s Tea Platter. My Grand Tea included a glass of Domaine Ste Michelle, several tea sandwiches, scones, jam tart, freshly baked tea pastries or English trifle and a pot of tea. Although the pastries are great, especially the cream filled puff pastry swans, I can’t resist the trifle with its airy cake, custard, raspberry filling and whipped cream.
Since I’m a black tea lover I ordered a pot of Darjeeling. My husband had Eros – a medium bodied Ceylon tea with sweet Mandarin orange and vanilla, a delicious blend. There were quite a few interesting teas listed, including Mad Hatter (passion fruit, pomegranate and vanilla), Silver Leaf (white tea from the Yangtze River region), Osmanthus Oolong (scented with rare Osmanthus flowers) and many more.
So, if you are going to be in the Orlando area, be sure to add the Garden View Tea Room to your travel itinerary.
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