When I heard there was an Aladdin inspired afternoon tea (although cleverly called ‘Genie’s Cave Afternoon Tea’ for copyright reasons) I was beyond excited and had to get it booked in. My sister from another mister and I had no plans & being the top gal she is, we planned to go ASAP. Don’t you love people who make spontaneous plans with you that just happen without too much effort?!
Needless to say, the Genie’s Cave afternoon tea definitely did not disappoint.
As you go down the stairs you are greeted by a pretty chest with a genie lamp, with magic carpets on the floor leading the way to the seated area. As soon as you walk in, the place immediately gives off cave vibes. The ambience of the place was deep purples with sparkling objects all over & only had space for 8-10 tables. The place is small, but I think this really helps give emphasis to the magical cave feel this afternoon tea is aiming to hit.
To start, we had what was called ‘genie’s welcome’, which was UNREAL. Think of the best yogurt you have ever tasted and add it with some Turkish candy floss (which was amazing), and genuinely you are in heaven. The genie sure did make his appearance eh?
The teas on offer were impressive. I am a good old English Breakfast kind of girl so ordered that, but if you love a fruity or minty tea, you will love what Cutter & Squidgy have to offer.
Overall, the sweet treats of the tea far outweighed the savoury in my opinion. Although scones are naturally dry anyway, the savoury scone was really quite dry (even with the relish provided), but otherwise the rest of the food was spot on. The ruby dream cake was so light & refreshing and the shortcake carpet biscuits were lovely! You really do not need to order additional food at the end because we were stuffed! I have listed what we had below:
Dessert Rose Tart, with thinly sliced roasted vegetables
Savoury Scones Swirls, with roasted peppers and feta cheese
Golden Cheese Clouds
Finger sandwiches of Cucumber & Fresh Mint with cream cheese, Cheese & Tomato Jam and Coronation Chicken
Raspberry & Rose Tart, sprinkled with pistachio emeralds
Hidden Gem Macaron, with peanut butter and jelly
Magic Carpet Cookies
Ruby Dream Cake
Golden Treasure Biskie
From a value for money perspective, this afternoon tea did not disappoint. For £34.50 we received everything listed on the menu, unlimited tea and a glass of Prosecco. For £55 you can get bottomless food, but we really didn’t need it. We considered it at the beginning and soon realised how full we were halfway through, so swiftly decided against going unlimited. Surprising really, as my favourite thing to do is eat decent food!
Basically, if you love a certain Disney film and love afternoon tea, you 100% have to go. It really reminded me of my time in Morocco too, with is golden style teapots and appropriately themed music and we genuinely had the best time. It is on until January 2018 and wasn’t too hard to book, but I imagine that as popularity increases this will be hard to get availability – so get booking now!
Have you been to the Genie’s Cave Afternoon Tea? What did you think of it?