To celebrate the arrival of Shrek The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome, Harvey Nichols have decided to open their doors to the swamp and create a gruesomely green afternoon tea for all of their customers, young and old. At only £12.50 this is a treat that the whole family can enjoy, although I would suggest that the portions are definitely child-size!
The fact that the plate itself features a giant ogre Shrek face definitely creates some excitement as your bite-size treats are placed in front of you. I started with the savoury products and worked my way up to the sweet treats on the board.
I have to admit that my Shrek-themed afternoon tea got off to a very good start. My donkey-shaped sandwich filled with a sardine paté was absolutely fabulous; the sardine flavour was strong, but not over-powering, and the paté was super smooth and creamy. The Shrek-head avocado sandwich was also a beautifully creamy affair. I thought that it was really great that they had really thought about what kind of colours, smells, and tastes would be associated with the swamp. Next, I moved onto the giant pea and mint mound, which was the only disappointing part of the tea. The flavours were very mild, and there was just far too much of it for such a bland flavour. Neither me nor my best friend finished this particular piece, but that was fine, as we got to wash away the weird after-taste with the refreshingly zesty ‘swamp juice’. In contrast to the pea and mint nothingness, the swamp juice was probably my favourite part of the whole experience. The flavours were strong and distinctive, and really got us talking about what exactly was in it and what it reminded us of! We both decided that it was definitely a non-alcoholic mojito, and much better than any we had ever ordered at a bar.
I also loved the detail of the gingerbread man, and the vanilla cupcake consisted of a beautifully fluffy sponge and a wonderful green frosting to accompany it. However, I was glad I saved the ‘ogre’s booger’ until last, as it really was a gruesomely awesome treat. The ‘bogey’ was a wonderfully fluffy marshmallow, covered in green sugar crystals, with a piercing lemon curd that oozed out of the middle. Luckily, I had managed to save the best to last!
To top it all off, we concluded our session with some cocktails and prosecco.
All in all, my best friend and I had a wonderful time enjoying something that we definitely considered a treat. It was our first time dining at Harvey Nichols and we loved the whole experience and will definitely be going back at some point! We may have left a little hungry due to the size of the portions, but considering many of the big hotels and fancy restaurants charge more than £12.50 for a standard afternoon tea in Bristol it is not something that we felt massively hard done by. Next time, we’ll know to order a scone or two on the side!