Santa’s Grotto at China Fleet

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You may remember Mr B and I having a wonderful time at the Aqua Spa and afternoon tea at China Fleet back in the Summer, well this time we were invited back with the girls to visit Santa’s grotto and have a wonderful family Christmas meal.

Walking into the Atlantic Suite at China Fleet was amazing. We were a little early because you never know about the traffic on the A38 to get to from Truro to here, but the helpful staff (dressed as elves!) took us to our table to get settled in. As we were the first ones there it was fantastic to take in the room. The decorations were beautiful in silver and blue. 

Dining Room at China Fleet
Dining Room at China Fleet

Our table was dressed spectacularly. The tables in the room were arranged so there was plenty of space for all, without feeling squashed in. Important if you have wondering kids and need to stand up to soothe a crying toddler! 

Our Festive Table at China Fleet
Our Festive Table at China Fleet

One thing I really enjoyed about this event was that it was for families. It didn’t matter if you had a crying baby or a toddler that wouldn’t behave. We were all in the same boat and I know for me personally I could relax more knowing I wasn’t ruining someone else’s lunch. Yes, Little Dottie was having one of her crying episodes when we got there. She is like this when she is in an unknown place but after a while, she calmed down and was fine. 

We were asked what welcome drinks we wanted, I opted for mulled wine as a treat. At the table, I loved the note explaining how the event went, important when you have kids! It was great knowing that Santa’s Grotto was open at 12:30, so if it was getting a bit much for the girls I knew I could take them out to see him. Then the lovely staff let us know when we could go up for the carvery. Santa came around to each table to speak to the children, a lovely touch.

Santa at China Fleet
Santa at China Fleet

The carvery was delicious, there was a choice of beef, gammon or turkey with all the trimmings. I’m not a huge fan of sprouts but these were just right. L (who has already had two Christmas dinners this past week at preschool!) ate all of hers, she thoroughly enjoyed it. Both myself and Mr B cleaned our plates, it was lush! For pudding, the girls enjoyed icecream tubs and we had Christmas pudding, again yummy! 

Christmas Carvery at China Fleet
Christmas Carvery at China Fleet
L enjoying her lunch
L enjoying her lunch
Christmas Pudding
Christmas Pudding
L eating her ice cream
L eating her ice cream

I must give a special mention to the choir singing the Christmas carols while we were eating, it was a great gesture and brought that warm festive atmosphere to the room. They brought around bells for the kids to join in. L loved this!

After lunch, we followed the snowy footprints to Santa’s grotto. Where we found an elf with Santa. L was a little shy at first but Santa got her talking about what she wanted for Christmas and if she had been a good girl. Little Dottie was happy to just watch Santa. The grotto was well decorated and fine attention to detail was taken, it gave us the perfect experience.  

Little Dottie meeting Santa
Little Dottie meeting Santa

The girls came away with a chocolate selection pack and a Christmas Eve box. Santa did tell them not to open it until Christmas Eve but we got a mile down the road and heard a “Wow” from the backseat from L! It was full of goodies for Christmas Eve including hot chocolate and reindeer food!

We had a marvelous time in Santa’s grotto at China Fleet, memories made and it’s got us all in the mood for Christmas! 

Visting Santa's Grotto at China Fleet
Visting Santa’s Grotto at China Fleet

Thank you to China Fleet for inviting us along to meet Santa and his elves. This event was sold out this year – can see why! But for next year I’d recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. 

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

rachel bustin


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