Editor’s Note: The Pork Shank is no longer available at Gaston’s Tavern.
This tribute to the mighty Gaston from Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast features everything you’d expect, from a rustic atmosphere to antler-ific decor from top to bottom.
While it’s not getting as much attention as the new table-service restaurant, Be Our Guest Restaurant, in New Fantasyland, it’s not to be passed over. Debuting brand new, unique eats, Gaston’s is a must-do on your next Magic Kingdom visit…
While it’s a counter-service joint offering mostly snacks along with the newly introduced Pork Shank, Gaston’s showcases some unique dining areas once you grab your grub.
If you turn to your right after getting your food, you’ll find a main dining room complete with a giant portrait of Gaston. The room sports wooden tables and stools, a massive fireplace, and even Gaston’s giant chair, which is perfect for pictures.
Over in the corner is this great little seating area that’s separated a bit from everything else. This circular spot is crowned with a chandelier of antlers, of course!
If you turn to your left after getting your food, you’ll find a smaller dining room. This one also holds plenty of wooden tables and stools for seating, and also features a dart game — in progress — between Gaston and his sidekick, LeFou!
While small, Gaston’s tavern offers quite a bit of indoor seating for what currently functions as a snack stand. My guess is that the menu will grow as New Fantasyland gets larger.
But even thought there’s lots of seating, it can still get crowded during busy times. Visit when Gaston’s first opens to have the option to sit anywhere you’d like.
Like I said, the menu at Gaston’s is still small, featuring primarily snack items like apples and caramel, and a chocolate croissant (you ARE in France, after all). But the introduction of the brand new LeFou’s Brew and the giant Pork Shank mean this will still be a draw for visitors new and old.
When you’re at Gaston’s, be sure to check out the themeing around the menus. I love the errant arrows and pewter steins!
But let’s get down to the eating, shall we?
The brand new pork shank will definitely be a popular item here. Currently compared to many to the legendary turkey leg, there are definitely similarities. The pork shank is a giant stick of fatty meat, after all.
And it is quite large, though not as big as the turkey leg. (In my shank, the bone took up most of the room.)
Flavor is as expected — salty and meaty — with the meat cooked so tender that it was falling off the bone. And the shank was pretty fatty as well. You’re not going to convince yourself that this is a healthy option, but if you’re a carnivore this is definitely going to hit the spot!
I’d definitely be up for having another one, but I might share it!
LeFou’s Brew is a newly introduced, non-alcoholic beverage that’s perfect for the whole family.
The “brew” is a no-sugar added frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow. Named after Gaston’s sidekick, the beverage is topped with an all-natural passion fruit-mango foam. (And if you’re a Disneylander, this is indeed the same stuff as Red’s Apple Freeze at Cozy Cone Motel in Disney California Adventure!)
Personally, I loved this stuff. But I’ve heard lots of positive and negative comments from other guests. It seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it concoction, so be sure to let us know what YOU thought of it in the comments section below!
The beloved Cinnamon Rolls that you’ve become addicted to at Main Street Bakery can now be found at Gaston’s Tavern…with a twist.
Here, the rolls have a slightly maple flavor, so be prepared!
Overall, I liked the roll, but it was a bit dry — the same complaint I have with the Main Street Bakery version. If you want to see which comes out on top, check out our Gaston’s Tavern versus Main Street Bakery Cinnamon Roll Throw Down!
On my visit, Gaston’s was offering a specialty offering — Hot Cocoa! This came in the souvenir Gaston’s Tavern mug, though I could have gotten it without the mug for cheaper, I think.
The cocoa was pretty standard, but with the generous topping of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder it sure did look gorgeous! And it really hit the spot on a chilly morning…
I really do think that Gaston’s is well worth visiting. The decor is fun, the food is unique and interesting, and the atmosphere is cozy — it’s like nothing else on Disney property!
I can’t wait to hear what you think about Gaston’s!
Have you been to Gaston’s Tavern, or are you thinking about visiting? Let us know what menu item you look forward to trying in the comments below!