‘Beauty and the Beast’ at The Grounds of Alexandria


It’s beginning to feel like a tale as old as time: every now and then, The Grounds of Alexandria celebrates Disney in a big way — and unleashes the outdoor setup to prove it. In the past, it’s paid tribute to The Nutcracker, Mary Poppins Returns, Aladdin, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Frozen II and Cinderella, all by fashioning up the kind of makeover that could’ve easily stepped out of one of the Mouse House’s beloved flicks.

Until Sunday, January 30, another dose of Disney magic is on the cards at the popular venue — this time, to mark the 30th anniversary of Beauty and the Beast. Yes, The Grounds of Alexandria wants you to be its guest, to wander through decked-out laneways that nod to the iconic movie and to just generally feel like you’re in a fairytale.

Head by to mosey beneath curtained arches, step through bookcases, roam past blooming roses and spy oh-so-many teapots and teacups (none of the latter talk, though).

Reservations are available for both the cafe and the potting shed, and you can feast on two special treats. As well as ‘Belle of the Ball’, a mini sponge cake made with vanilla buttercream, passionfruit curd, and pineapple and mango compote, you can sip a passionfruit, coconut water and lemon-flavoured drink called ‘The Enchanted Rose’.

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