So this is pretty cringe, I don’t relish situations like this one. It’s my first real blogging dilemma and because everything is new territory for me its hard to know what the ‘right’ thing to do is. But ultimately a review is a review and I don’t write advertisement fiction. You’ve got to tell it how it is otherwise you lose your credit-ability.
We were invited by Wyevale Garden Centres to their ‘Tea With The Easter Bunny’ event. My husband was working so I took Finley along with my sister last Sunday to the Tunbridge Wells branch. The idea of the event is that you meet the Easter Bunny, go on an egg hunt with someone called Alice, decorate a cookie, get a gift and then sit down to tea with your family. I was pretty chuffed to be asked, I knew Finley would love it. He knew he was going to love it, because I’d been banging on about it all weekend.
The minute we stepped inside, you just got the feeling that something was up. It was very quiet and there were no ‘this way to the Easter Bunny’ signs. I’d got the impression that this was an ‘event’ and that other children and parents would be in attendance.
I inquired at the tills, I was met with an odd look and referred to Adam in the cafeteria. We headed over and a polite young women looked a bit awkward and showed us to our seats. They had laid on a brilliant table for us – reserved for Finley and Family. Sweets, drinks, chocolate eggs and gingerbread men. They took our drinks order and Finley begun consuming his body weight in sugar.
Then the nice young waitress came back looking all embarrassed and asked me “Do you know about the Easter Bunny? Did Adam contact you?”
Who exactly, Adam was I still don’t know. Was he the Manager? Was he the sodding Easter Bunny? It was all very unclear.
“No?” I said, starting to feel awkward myself. Turned out the venue had not been sent their Easter Bunny costume and so the Tea With The Easter Bunny was in fact just Tea. I was also told that this venue was one of the branches that did not have an egg hunt and the prospect of decorating a cookie was never mentioned.
I then had the job of telling my two year old that in fact, the Easter Bunny was not here to see him.
Another member of staff who was pretty clued up and must have anticipated an unhappy toddler, came by and presented him with a very nice cuddly rabbit. I pulled together an on the spot story about the Easter Bunny having to dash off but leaving him a special gift and together we pretty much side stepped that shit-fit.
Had this been Tea With Father Christmas, lord knows what kind of shit could have gone down.
Next came the food, which was pretty impressive. Us grown ups had the afternoon tea, served on stands. Sandwiches, cakes, scones and clotted cream. All very nice and plenty of it. Finley had the hot tea option of the Cheesy Bean Boat, which under any other circumstances he would have loved but by this point he was so full of chocolate eggs, actual food was no longer a consideration.
Had this been a review of the Tea alone, you wouldn’t have heard a complaint from any of us. But it isn’t, its a review of Tea With The Easter Bunny and due to the MIA Easter Bunny and lack of Easter related activities -I’m sorry to say I can’t recommend it.
*as you can tell from the awkwardness, this was a sponsored post*