Today, we’re visiting the Garden View Lounge at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort as DFB guest author Julie B. takes us to afternoon tea.
Tucked in the back of the Grand Floridian lobby is the Garden View Lounge, offering a perfect afternoon tea.
This is the perfect option for a Mother/Daughter getaway or a relaxing solo escape.
This delightful little room is completely open to the lobby and also features huge windows to bask the entire room in afternoon light.
The icing on the cake to set the mood was beautiful piano music floating in from the lobby (especially the Disney songs!).
Of course, you may see a few familiar faces while you’re here!
This afternoon, we were at the Grand to sample the afternoon tea. There are endless possibilities on the menu. Diners can choose between many a la carte options and teas, or opt for a tea service and food accompaniment.
The two most popular choices are the Buckingham Palace or the Grand Tea (essentially the same as the Buckingham Palace service but also featuring a glass of sparkling wine).
We opted for the Buckingham Palace tea service, featuring our choice of tea, as well as tea sandwiches, scones and jam, and a choice of dessert.
For tea I chose the Mad Hatter — a light black tea with hints of pomegranate and vanilla, while my dining partner went with the Princess Breakfast tea — a rooibos with vanilla and strawberry flavors. Each teapot is served with a velvet tea cozy!
The first course after your tea is served is the sandwich plate.
On the plate were 6 different options: cucumber and watercress, egg salad, salmon, curry chicken salad, roasted pear and gorgonzola, and an onion tart.
The two standouts for me were the cucumber and chicken salad. The cucumber paired perfectly with a light layer of cream cheese and the mild watercress. Maybe it’s just that I associate classy tea luncheons with little cucumber sandwiches, but for whatever reason, it was perfect! The curry chicken was a surprising winner for me with it’s sweet/spicy seasoning.
Our next course was the scone plate. The plate included a strawberry tart, golden raisin scone, cream, and strawberry jam. Sometimes I find scones a little dry, but this was moist, dense, and flavorful! Here’s a pic from DFB reader Mary G, since we dug in before getting a photo!
For the third course, we were given a choice of either strawberries and cream or dessert tray. I love strawberries, but dessert was the only thing on my mind!
They presented a tray of desserts and let us pick two. Choices included: chocolate covered strawberries, coconut mousse in chocolate shells, raspberry linzer tortes, chocolate éclairs, and Bailey’s mousse swans.
The desserts were decent, but not my favorite part of the afternoon.
The pastry for the éclair and swan was a traditional cream-puff like pastry and a little dry. On the other hand, the filling of the swans was the best part of dessert, with a potent and delicious Bailey’s flavor! Put Bailey’s in any dessert and I’m sure to like it!
Pastry flavor aside, look at how cute those little swans are. They were very hard to resist!
And here’s a photo of the strawberries and cream, should that be your choice when you go! Thanks to DFB reader Morgan C. for this pic, which was featured in the Sunday round-up just a while back!
The entire afternoon was absolutely lovely! You know that you’re right next door to one of the busiest parks in the world, but it’s easy to forget when you’re in the serene Garden View Lounge.
If you’re looking for an elegant event or a perfect place for a girl’s day out, look no further than an afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian.
Have you escaped for tea at the Grand Floridian’s Garden View Lounge? Who would you like to take to tea on your next Disney vacation? Let us know in the comments below!