11th June 2019
Following the recent announcement of Dream Escape’s London office expansion and the addition of Sally Strange to our team, Dream Escape have been out and about in London sampling the culinary delights of the city.
The team were very kindly hosted by the Doyle Collection at the Kensington Hotel for an indulgent afternoon tea. Their latest offering takes inspiration from the iconic and historical landmarks for which London is famous.
‘The Kensington’s London Landmarks Afternoon Tea leads diners on a tour of the capital’s architectural feats and culinary traditions, with tributes to London’s most famed structures’
The Menu is a celebration of London and the tasty scones, sandwiches and sweets stood proudly on a London Eye inspired tea stand and were heartily enjoyed by all.
For a Royal flavour, indulge the taste buds at The Rubens at the Palace for a Royal Afternoon Tea where you can sit in the Palace Lounge overlooking the Mews at Buckingham Palace. Enjoy the Queen’s favourite’s of lemon curd, peaches and Gin and Dubonnet which have inpspired this delicious menu.
Other notable afternoon tea offerings include the award winning ‘Art Afternoon Tea‘ at the Mirror Room in the Rosewood Hotel, London which is inspired by some of the Van Gogh’s most famous masterpieces including Sunflowers, The Starry Night and Almond Blossoms. Little ones can also enjoy an art inspired culinary treat. Equipped with a painter’s palette, paint tubes filled with jam and lemon curd and palette knives to spread the sweet toppings, the tiny artists will be able to enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches and art inspired pastries especially designed for them.
Further afield, our recent trips to Ireland hosting educational trips for Joanna Heathcote and Companies and Valerie Wilson Travel have given us the wonderful opportunity to explore culinary options and hidden foodie gems in Ireland. Whether it’s an elegant celebration dinner or authentic and home-made we have it covered.
Ireland is renowned for its seafood and Galway is the centre of the foodie revival. Enjoy oysters at source with a private tour and tasting. Led by a marine biologist, this tour includes a lesson in how oysters are grown and harvested, plus a demonstration on how to shuck them. Alternatively, enjoy lunch in a wonderful thatched cottage with Galway Oyster Shucking champ in family. Have a chat and find out about the different types of oysters and see an expert shucking demonstration.
Discover chocolate being made in small batches using rare Trinitario cacao beans and raw sugar on a 45-minute tour of cottage-housed chocolate factory in a picturesque hillside location.
Then onto another farm for artisan ice cream! In our opinion this is a pretty special place making a pretty special product, with the milk sourced from their Burren native shorthorn cows and as many ingredients as possible sourced from the Burren. The owner makes her own honeycomb, wild berry purees from local fruits and uses many other local ingredients as possible, such as seasonal apples, rhubarb and hazelnuts which are plentiful.
Check out our foodie programmes below.
"Everyone, from the Tour Guides to our excellent driver, were amazing. All aspects of the trip were beyond expectations. Even changing our day schedule for outside reasons (like the airline sending my bag to a city 120miles away) they were always happy to help and move the schedule around so we could keep enjoying our trip. Everyone made us feel at home and like family."
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Client of Trisha Rathke, VIP Travel Designs, Gifted Travel Network
"Dreamscape designed an itinerary that combined an exploration of Scottish history and culture and a visit to some of the filming locations for the hit TV show Outlander. The tour guides provided were personable and knowledgeable and responsive to our interests. Our driver who was with us for the entire trip was professional and pleasant and again, flexible and sensitive to our interests. The hotels were magnificent and the pacing of the trip, spending at least two nights in each hotel was perfect. The itinerary was everything we wanted!"
Client of Susan Morley, Journeys around the World, Cadence
"Sally Strange was wonderful so knowledgable, friendly and fun. 100% would use her services again. We feel like we have a friend for life! We LOVED our tours, where we ate lunch, and spending the days with Sally......Thanks (once again!) for looking after our clients so well. We so appreciate you. "
Lauren Ainsley, Black Tomato
"Rosie...thank you for giving us such a world-class experience in Scotland. Everyone had such a wonderful time and your presence was a large part of that. Your warmth and generosity in taking care of us on our little excursion is so beyond appreciated and I can’t wait to work with you again soon."
"Thank you so very much for the amazing trip to Scotland that you planned for us!! It was truly a once in a lifetime fabulous family trip!! Not only were the accommodations perfect, the activities were above expectations, given the people involved with so much knowledge and compassion for what they do....Many, many heartfelt thanks for making this trip so very special for our family. "
Clients of Kristen Meckem, Kristen Meckem Travel, An Affiliate of Brownell
"I work regularly with Michael Davies, who I can not praise enough! Michael is a gem to work with and always delivers extraordinary client itineraries. "
Jennifer McCrea, Boutique Travel Advisors
"We cannot thank you enough for all you did for us during our stay in Scotland! We loved every minute of it....and we loved you teaching us the history of each town and visit. "
The Pogue Family - Clients of Amy Spence, Strong Travel
"We are so grateful for professionalism, expertise, and purely fun personality to entertain and educate our clients in all things royal! I do believe it was a smashing success. 😊"
Pat Bowden, Red Letter Travel, an independent affiliate of Brownell
"Michael does such an outstanding job with making sure every itinerary he works on with me is well thought out. He is attentive to detail and always allows for the clients interest to be reflected in their tours. He makes sure that the perfect tour operator and chauffeur is paired with each client. I wanted you to know what a pleasure it is working with Michael and knowing my clients will always be well cared for when traveling with Dream Escape! "
Jennifer McCrea, Boutique Travel Advisors
"Without a doubt, what made all of it so special and unforgettable was having the true pleasure of having Sally Strange as our guide. She was truly incredible..so full of life, energy, amazing historical knowledge anywhere we visited was extraordinary. Her sense of humor and fun personality made her extra special. Sally was a winner in every way."
Clients of Betsy Talbot, Travel by Talbot (Brownell)
"Your team excelled on all levels! The execution of the itinerary was flawless!!! Well done. The clients LOVED Sally and this was just the second note from them about how exceptional she was. "
Cathy Major, Cerulean World Travel
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Krista Boyles, Unique Romance Travel
"I want to extend my deepest gratitude for your incredible work on this project, we really could not have gotten it across the finish line without you and your team 😊"
Marieta Carrrero, Boost Journeys
"I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone at Dream Escape who helped in making the Gialamas' visit to London special. I know Dream Escape has many people behind the scenes that work on making an itinerary such as this flow seamlessly and I just wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work! "
Jennifer McCrea, Boutique Travel Advisors
"Activities & Tours - All the events and guides were outstanding.- Guides - Simply the best. All of them. All outstanding! "
Black Tomato Clients
"Thank you for everything you did to make the entire trip, special presentations and events so special. It has added a sparkle in my life!"
Gretchen Ashworth Stewart, Client
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Nancy Ebel, Virtuoso Travel Advisor
"Couldn’t have asked for a better 1st trip to London!......The sites we saw were the best & Sally, you went above & beyond to make it memorable"
Shannon Marie Long - Reed and Mackay
"Delightful to spend time and see the incredible city of London with you all. Dream Escape for a flawless job in seeing the best bespoke sites, Sally you are amazing. Thank you again as this was amazing"
Josh Whitaker - Owner, Rudi Steele Travel
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Rob Arrow, Al Tayyar Group
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William A Heim, Client
"I had the most wonderful time with you and learned so much...What you offer is rare and much needed in the truly exclusive travel world. "
Jean Newman-Glock, Signature Travel Network
"You were the heart and soul of the trip….I truly admired your sunny personality, sense of humor, organization and professionalism. You also demonstrated that a guide’s work is never done as you were constantly researching….. Did you ever rest??? "
Sharon Delano, Frosch
"We want to thank you and the team from Dream Escape. All six of us in our group had a wonderful time, and we all agreed we owed that in large measure to the work of Dream Escape. From the onset of working with you, you demonstrated a tremendous knowledge about all the activities we wished to pursue —from playing golf to dining at excellent restaurants to seeing historical sites and the Tattoo and Fringe Festival. And, then you executed "
Thomas Cohen, Client
"THANK YOU a zillion times over for choosing/assigning Rosie to be with this family. She MADE the trip for them – there’s no other way to put it! "
Jill Jergel, Frontiers International Travel
"Our holiday in Scotland now tops their lists of best trips…… To their growing list of amazing and memorable first-time experiences, our sons may add fishing for trout and salmon on the River Tay; steering a motor boat on Loch Ness; and taking private guided tours on Culloden Moor Of the eight full days we were in Scotland, Alex and Mattie thought each and every day was the best"
Michael Guadarrama & Trammi Nguyen, clients of Peter Carideo. CRC Travel
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Max Levy, Direct client
"Thank you Karen and all of the staff and guides affiliated with Dream Escape…..the Flemings are having an awesome tour of Scotland. You all have made me look like a star! "
Joni Gerace, The Travel Society, LLC
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Clients of Courtney Regan, Affiliate of Brownell Travel
"Rosie was MORE than outstanding – she went out of her way to help us in every regard...She was so knowledgeable – we all loved her"
Jill A. Jergel, Frontiers International Travel
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Cindy Evans, Travel Consultant
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Carole McFarland, Universal Travel
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Donald M. Davis, President, Luxury Travel, Inc.
"Thank you all so much it's great to have trusted friends on the ground to take care of our clients!"
Peter Carideo, CRC Travel
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Ann Lipschitz, Worldview Travel
"Your level of service is just outstanding"
Debra Fini, VWTI
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Financial Times, How to Spend it
"It was, without doubt, one of the most spectacular weekends I have ever had"
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Conde Nast Traveller Magazine
"The level of service they provide is outstanding. They truly care about every aspect of the trip to ensure you have a fantastic stay. Rosie is a hidden gem of a tour guide. Just fabulous."
Yvonne Malka, Signature Travel Network, April 2018