Last year’s “The Cottage” at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has returned as “Buttercup Cottage.” The menu has been revamped quite a bit from both food and beverage selections. From the official website:
“Delight in elegant afternoon-tea offerings and fresh garden flavors near the United Kingdom Pavilion. Drop by this charming locale to sample scrumptious treats, British teas and beverages inspired by lovely English fruits and fragrances.”
The one return item (with a slight name change) is the Freshly Baked Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare. I liked the dish last year, but not enough to revisit it. While I liked the biscuit itself, I felt the smoked salmon was a bit mushy. Even with the price increase of 25 cents though, I still feel its a pretty good value in terms of size and heartiness.
For my visit, I was most interested in the Field Greens with Plant City Strawberries, Toasted Almonds, and Farmstead Stilton. This simple salad was nicely dressed featured some bold flavors and a variety of textures.
The subtle sweetness of the strawberries (mine were big on actual strawberry flavor) paired with the tart Stilton was fantastic, with the cheese not being so strong that it masked the other elements. The sliced almonds were a nice addition for some crunch and their nuttiness was also nice against the cheese. I’ll really be surprised if I don’t return for this dish during the festival, as it was a standout for me.
I was with my aunt when trying the salad, and she ordered the Pork and Apple Sausage Roll with House-made Piccalilli. I was able to sample the dish and didn’t find much apple flavor to the roll, and the pastry was a bit difficult to cut through with a fork (I think every kiosk we visited had unfilled knife dispensers). It seemed the juices from the filling softened it enough that it became a bit gummy.
The piccalilli was a nice accompaniment, with its sweet and tart flavor pairing well with the savory pork roll. In all, despite the pastry being a seemingly a bit underdone, I thought flavorwise it was a decent dish. I’d say it’s worth a try, although I’m on the fence about going back for it unless Matt was with me and interested, and he probably would be.
Here’s a look at last year’s Potato, Chive and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare and Sour Cream, which, from what I’ve seen, looks the same this year:
We haven’t tried the Fresh-baked Lemon Scones with Berry Preserves and Creme Fraiche, but I’m not sure it will happen, but word on the street is they’re pretty tasty and the portion size for the price is a great value. In all, I’ll probably be back for the Field Greens before festival end, and apart from being my top pick from the kiosk, it’s a stand out among other dishes I’ve sampled thus far.
Have you visited the Buttercup Cottage kiosk at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival? What did you order and what did you think of it?