On a lovely day in July, my favourite Kiwi, Emma from Adventures of a London Kiwi, and I ventured down the steps of Cutter and Squidge’s store to a mystical cave full of sparkles, treasures, glitter and moody pinky purpley lighting. We had entered the Genie’s cave, which you can probably gather was based on a popular movie 😉 There was a magic carpet to walk on till we were shown to our table for the afternoon, where we were going to experience the limited edition Genie’s Cave Afternoon Tea and pretend to be Princess Jasmine for the afternoon.
How to feel old…That certain disney film was released in 1992! Can you believe it?
We love quirky afternoon teas and this was no exception. We started off with some Prosecco whilst we gazed around the room, at the interiors, which made it really look like a cave of wonders, particularly the gold coins, treasure chests and little monkey statues on the tables.
Genie: Three wishes, to be exact. And ixnay on the wishing for more wishes. That’s it. Three. Uno, dos, tres. No substitutions, exchanges or refunds.
First to arrive from the themed afternoon tea selection, was the Genie’s Welcome, which was a glass tumbler filled with fresh Raspberries, Pomegranates, Pashmak, which is like Turkish candy floss, and topped with a MASSIVE Meringue. Of course once you took the meringue off you were granted three wishes 😉
We then chose our teas, and I went for the Blood Orange Tea, because I have gotten slightly obsessed with Blood Orange lately. They had a really fantastic selection of teas!
It came served in a fabulous authentic golden tea pot, very on theme!
Next up was our savoury selection, which were a choice of classic finger sandwiches such as Cucumber & Fresh Mint, Cheese & Tomato Jam and Coronation Chicken. There were also some Desert Rose Tarts, with thinly sliced roasted vegetables, which were really lovely, a little like a quiche.
On the tiered stand, which were golden platters, we had a selection of savouries on the bottom tier, which is quite unusual as this spot is normally reserved for scones, clotted cream and jam. Instead we had Savoury Scones Swirls, with roasted peppers and feta cheese as well as Golden Cheese Clouds. I loved these, especially as I am a cheese fan. Instead of clotted cream there was cream cheese, which was really light and dreamy.
From the sweet selection, we had quite a variety which included Raspberry & Rose Tart, sprinkled with pistachio emeralds, Hidden Gem Macaron, with peanut butter and jelly, Magic Carpet Cookies, and Ruby Dream Cake, which was flavoured with Vanilla, Strawberry, Orange Glaze and Jelly Ruby.
Cutter and Squidge are famous for their Biskies, which are a hybrid between a cake and a cookie, and for this afternoon tea they had a Golden Treasure Biskie, which was made from Chocolate and Speculous and garnished with 24 Carat Gold.
It was a really fun afternoon tea and I loved the effort put into the treats as well as the decor. I do love afternoon teas that try and do something different as its all about the experience and this particular one brings back lots of nostalgia, especially because they have themed music playing whilst you tuck into your afternoon tea. I left humming to “A whole new world” thankfully and not “I’m a genie in a bottle.”
For something different, fun and served in a casual and very cosy venue, this afternoon tea was fabulous and definitely one worth checking out if you fancy a detour from the classic afternoon tea. My favourites were the Magic Carpet cookie and the Biskie and I also left Cutter and Squidge purchasing some Marshmallows and Sea Salted Honeycomb, because I just could not resist!
Thank you for choosing “Magic Carpet” for all your travel needs. Don’t stand until the rug has come to a complete stop. Thank you. Goodbye, now. Goodbye. Goodbye. Thank you. Goodbye.
As a parting gift, we were given some treasure in the form of chocolate gold coins which was a cute touch and staying very much theme. The staff are lovely, the venue is adorable and if you love afternoon tea and want something magical, use one of your three wishes to book this afternoon tea pronto!
For more information and to book visit their site here.
Our Afternoon Tea was complimentary but all views and photos are my own.