(Editor’s note: Office Manager Anne read the following post and commented is was a “scathing review” of Wishes Brew Tea House. Ouch. I did not mean to be ”scathing.” There were some, easily correctable, negatives about Wishes Brew, but our overall experience was more positive than negative. However, re-reading the review I found some cleverly worded phrases that I am loathe to revise. *sigh*. These are the challenges of the journalistic artist…Your comments…as always…are very much appreciated–LanceAround.)
Tea rooms near Disney are becoming hard to find as both Sherlock’s in Celebration and Churchill’s on West Hwy. 192 have closed their doors.
The next closest tea room is the Wishes Brew Tea House of Hunter’s Creek. Our experience there proved to be as schizophrenic as the name of the tea shoppe. Is “Wishes Brew” meant to be a play on the expression “witch’s brew?” If not, the unfortunate allusion proved to be prophetic.
The first thing you notice upon entering Wishes Brew is the dichotomy of the furnishings. Interspersed throughout the elegant, Victortorian style tables, chairs and place settings are seatings obviously designed for the masculine set; dark wood, upholstered chairs with masculine table settings and chess sets are a stark contrast to the whimsical “Alice in Wonderland” tea set or our dainty, white table.
In the center of the room was a platform containing extra large, king and queen throne-like chairs. According to our waiter they are used by “reservation only.” These different table settings further added to our dual feelings about this place. We loved the creativity and whimsy; the yin and yang. But what lay ahead? Were in for “Wishes” or “Witches” a-brewing? Turns out, it was a little of both.
The menu was a typical tea room menu and Mrs. LanceAround and I eagerly ordered the afternoon tea while Number One Daughter selected the hummus platter. Our second disconnect occurred with the waiter, who was a handsome, eager to please young man. He was personable and engaging, but lacked some of the social graces one might expect from a person charged with the serving of an afternoon tea.
The tea, scones, sandwiches, pastries and hummus were served. Thus came the final disconnect. The hummus tasted like it was a store bought. The pita was sliced, buttered and toasted. This did not disguise the fact that it was quite old. The egg salad and cucumber filling for the sandwiches were wonderful–but, again, this did not make up for the bread which was so old the exterior was hard and stale. The small scones were okay, but the miniscule amount of cream provided was not enough to make for a satisfying scone topping. Lastly, the pastries were all store bought, not fresh made. Albeit, we did enjoy the familiar taste of Walker’s famous shortbread cookie.
You might be surprised to hear that, despite our experience, we actually think that Wishes Brew is worth a visit–especially if you have never had a tea room experience. Anyone can have a bad day. It won’t take much for them to ensure that they use fresh bread next time. Who knows, maybe even someone from Wishes Brew will read this review and offer Mrs. LanceAround and me a chance to try them again. Maybe even give us a free tea? We are not above such petty bribery. Be forewarned, however, just because you give us free food does not guarantee that we will amend this posting with a more positive rebuttal! Our fine readers deserve our honest opinion!
In the meantime, we are heading towards Tampa to try out another tea room that is currently ranked #3 in Florida by TeaMap.com.
Stay tuned, we’ll post about it soon!