Afternoon Tea with the Easter Bunny



I never really 'got' Easter till I had kids. Although I obviously learnt the Easter story at school and have fond memories of rolling boiled eggs down hills, it's only since having children of my own that I can fully embrace this holiday. There are lots of things to do over Easter and I thought what better way to start the festivities than a trip to meet the Easter bunny with some afternoon tea thrown in?

We hopped on down (sorry!) to our nearest Wyevale garden centre Gosforth to have afternoon tea with the easter bunny. The last time we were there we’d had breakfast with Santa, which the kids had loved so we were all very excited to come back. As it was on during the school holidays my friend and her niece and nephew where able to join us for some Easter fun.
Kids Lunch Bag
My friend and I had gone for the afternoon tea (you have to pre-book) which includes all the usual suspects including massive homemade fruit scones with proper clotted cream and jam, freshly made sandwiches and a great little selection of sweet treats, for £8.50 per person. We tucked in while waiting for the (real!) Easter bunny to appear. The kids were very happy tearing through their lunch box, and then decorating (and eating!) Their chocolate chicks. The brioche buns had either cheese or ham in them, which you could exchange if your kid had a preference.
Afternoon tea with the Easter bunny
We were helped throughout our meal by a lovely lady called Stella, wearing an Alice in Wonderland costume. She was fantastic with the kids and making sure everyone at the table had what they needed (they’re great at keeping your teapot topped up, and the kids juice). It’s all about the staff at events like this and we’ve found Wyevale to have some absolute gems, who seem to both enjoy their jobs and be good at them! 
Fruit sconesAfternoon tea Wyevale garden centre GosforthScone, clotted cream and jam
A little bit about the afternoon tea as this is something you can enjoy year-round…

Sandwiches

Positives: freshly made, not dry, good quality fillings (ham & salad on white, brie and chutney on brown)

Negatives: crusts left on, could’ve done with another choice of filling (there were only two)

Scones

Positives: you only got one each but it was massive, tasted homemade, good quality

Negatives: My friend only likes plain scones so a choice would’ve been good

Cakes

Chocolate brownie – Nice and gooey, filled with chunks of fudge

Eton Mess meringue – delicious, very sweet, nice cream and fresh strawberry

Bakewell slice – classic, no complaints

Macaron – sweet but not overly so

Cream and jam scones

After we’d polished off most of our food the Easter bunny appeared, (after the kids had shouted his name, adding to the build up). By this point the kids were giddy with excitement! After some high fives the bunny and Stella led us round the garden centre hunting pictures of eggs and collecting stamps at each one. This led us outside into the glorious spring sunshine and was a nice little tour of the place. There were plenty of opportunities for hugs and high fives as we went, the kids were loving it! There was a wide range of kids, from the teeny tots to the almost teens and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Back in the café the kids were allowed to choose a chocolate egg for completing the hunt (this is free for any child visiting the centre over Easter – which lasts till the 27th April).

We finished our afternoon tea and were told there was one final treat in store from the Easter bunny – the children could choose a cuddly toy from an assortment of cute fluffy animals.

We headed to the soft play next to the café with 4 very happy, excited children and therefore happy adults. Wyevale Gosforth has done it again, we absolutely rate their great staff, food and child-friendliness and will be back!

We were provided with a complimentary meal for the purposes of this review, however we have paid for this experience in the past and were equally as impressed. 

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