We arrived at Wyevale Garden Centre outside Gosforth just before the 9am start time, having battled rush hour traffic in our quest for Santa & sausages. Having two small children I am a recent expert on the best garden centres for kids. This one ticks all the boxes – a large aquatic section, lots of wendy houses and space to run around outside, a good toy department and cafe and also a soft play! Literally kiddy heaven. At Christmas they have some great displays up that transform corners of the centre into a winter wonderland, with moving polar bears, reindeers and penguins amongst other festive favourites.
Wyevale have this Breakfast with… thing nailed. We’d been for Breakfast with the Easter bunny a couple years ago and been impressed with the whole thing. As soon as we arrived an elf ushered us to our table which was decorated with a mini Christmas tree, crackers, colouring in and a cookie to decorate.
There’s juice on the table for kids and I was promptly offered coffee or tea and told it could be refilled whenever I wanted (heaven for tired parents!) Juice was also unlimited. The cost for Breakfast with Santa (and also Afternoon Tea, another option) is £10.95 for children, which includes pork sausage, scrambled egg, baked beans, hash brown and toast and unlimited squash. They also get to decorate a cookie, have a story read by an elf, meet Santa and choose a present.
Adults are given the option of a full English (£8.50) or a mini breakfast of a bacon or sausage butty or a pastry (£5).
I went for the full fry up which includes pork sausage, smoked back bacon, hash brown, grilled tomato, fried egg, baked beans, mushrooms and toast and a pot of tea or coffee. Both times I’ve been the adults were also given a cookie to decorate, not sure if that was intentional but it was appreciated!
As it’s all pre-booked your food is brought to the table without any faffing around with menus meaning we could focus on decorating our cookies and pulling our crackers. There was Christmas music playing and twinkly lights giving the place a very merry vibe.
Our food soon arrived and was very welcome since I’d been up since 6am! The adults breakfast had one of each of the basic components of a full English – just enough for me! Here’s my fry up checklist….
Sausage – decent quality, not the biggest banger but tasty
Bacon – smoky back bacon, cooked well, not greasy or too fatty
Fried egg – runny yolk – check! Cooked white – check!
Mushrooms – proper mushrooms, not those horrible little button ones
Hash brown – standard, cooked well, non greasy
Tomato – half a tomato, cooked – could’ve done with a little longer in the oven but not bad
Toast – malted grain, plenty of it, butter and condiments already on the table
Beans – Probably the weakest component of the breakfast, not Heinz but I won’t hold that against them!
For kids the breakfast is a little more basic and just includes the stuff kids love. Little Dude is four now and he tucked into his breakfast (with brown sauce of course!) with gusto. His feedback is high praise indeed for a pre-schooler: “it was nice.’
Little Miss is only 10 months old and had some scrambled egg and toast, which she was more than happy with!
Once we’d finished our breakfast (and staff had been round with more drinks) the elf asked the children to sit down in front of a little grotto so she could read them a Christmas story. It was adorable seeing how mesmerised the kids were by the ‘real’ elf!
After the story they heard some bells and after shouting his name a few times who should appear but the big man himself! The elf told us to go back to our tables and we would be called up when Santa was ready. LD was more than happy to do a bit more colouring in and cookie eating in the meantime.
We got to see Santa pretty quickly, and LD had a nice little chat with him. He told Santa he doesn’t like chocolate or sweets and just wants a surprise for Christmas! Long may this non-material phase last….!
Once we’d had a chat and a photo with Santa the kids could choose their own toy from a table full of some pretty awesome presents. The average RRP of the toys must’ve been at least £5, it really is a lot better than most Santa’s we’ve seen and choosing your own is a great idea. There was something for all ages from babies to pre-teens. After much deliberation he chose a dinosaur and LM got a fluffy penguin.
After a quick trip to the soft play (of course) we were ready to head home. Well LD didn’t want to leave actually, he’d happily stay there all day! Wyevale have thought of everything that could possibly make this experience perfect for little children. We had a fantastic time and thoroughly recommend it, it’s great value for money. We will be back for breakfast or tea with the Easter bunny in the spring for sure!
Many thanks to Wyevale for gifting us this breakfast in return for our honest feedback.