We can show you a world, shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me, princess, now when did you last let your heart decide?
Disclaimer: We were invited guests of the Genie’s Cave Afternoon Tea at Cutter and Squidge
but my lyric wrangling is all very much my own.
We can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder
Down some stairs and underground on a magic carpet ride
A whole new afternoon tea, a new fantastic point of view
In a Soho cakeshop, no-one to tell us no or say we’re only dreaming
A whole new world, a dazzling place we never knew
But when we were there, the prosecco’s crystal clear
And I was in a whole new world with Binny-boo*
Unbelievable cakes, indescribable feelings
Soaring savouries, freewheeling
Under an endless diamond sky
A purple-hued new world, don’t you dare close your eyes
A hundred thousand things to see, hold your breath, it gets better…
The most magical treat was the first – the Genie’s Welcome – an Eton mess style glass filled with fresh Raspberries, Pomegranates and Pashmak (Turkish candy floss), capped with a perfectly crisp Meringue that brought back childhood memories. Tapping the Meringue into shatters granted us three wishes (obvs) which we discussed at great length over the rest of our table of tidbits.
We were like shooting stars, had come so far
We can’t go back to how tea used to be
A whole new world, every golden plate a surprise
With new horizons to pursue, every moment red letter
We’d chase them anywhere – there was time to spare, let us us share this whole new world with you
The sandwiches were tasty; coronation chicken, cheese & tomato jam, and my favourite cucumber & fresh mint, served alongside ‘desert rose tarts’, delicate vegetarian ribbons in a crisp pastry shell. On the bottom tier moreish savoury scone swirls were spun through with roasted peppers and feta cheese, alongside teeny, delicious choux golden cheese clouds – both served with slatherable cream cheese as tradition twist.
Mid-tower the biscuit based magic carpets were parked, sheltering delicate Raspberry & Rose Tarts sprinkled with pistachio emeralds, kept company by peanut butter Hidden Gem Macaron, with cheeky raspberry jelly centres.
But, the jewels in the tabletop diadem were the towers of Ruby Dream Cake, flavoured with Vanilla, Strawberry, Orange Glaze and Jelly Ruby; and Golden Treasure Biskies, a delectable romance between Chocolate and Speculous, garnished with 24 Carat Gold.
The Genie’s Cave Afternoon Tea at Cutter and Squidge is a lovely, informal treat, and the jewel-hued surrounds and exotic soundtrack were so much fun for an afternoon of mischief.
A whole new world (a whole new world)
That’s where we’ll be (that’s where we’ll be)
A thrilling chase, A wondrous place
For a sweetly themed afternoon tea.
*sorry, rhyming rules – with permission!