Christmas fair today was poor. £10 per head, for limited attractions. There were 4 of us.
Car parking was dreadful, only in a muddy field. As more cars arrived the mud got worse. No footpaths to the grounds, people had to trek through the mud (elderly and disabled too) and back again before leaving.
Market was limited; food stalls seemed to be hotdogs and crepes plus the usual sweets/candy floss.
Horse and carriage rides seemed popular, though cost extra.
Biggest attraction was the house, though it felt like they didn't want people inside it. We asked for the loo, and were pointed to the outside and queued for portacabin loo. Attempting to re-enter, a staff steward simply asked 'yes?' upon opening the door and then told us we had to go back out and walk around to the front. As it was raining, we pleaded to be let back in - he let us in but wasn't happy, muttering "we're trying to have a system here".
After being told off, and finding that we weren't able to visit upstairs we headed for the restaurant at the other side of the grounds. This was packed with people, and though it was open 12-2pm, they'd run out of most food by 12:30pm. Rather than choosing from the menu, it was a case of having what was available. Lasagne and veg was actually pretty good to be fair, but my wife wasn't impressed with a cold jacket potatoe.
We then then left, via the field of mud. We felt dissappointed, and expected much better from West Dean. We'd pre-booked online as their website looked as if it were to be a magical Christmas event. They seem to have fallen for the old 'make people pay in advance' routine and then being unable to deliver.
Sorry West Dean - Christmas fail!
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