Firstly, sorry I didn’t do a blog post last night, but we left Scotland at 4pm (after a busy day) and arrived in Stoke-on-trent around 9pm. I just didn’t have a post in me.
We REALLY struggled with food on the road down. Thankfully, I anticipated this may be the case and made a superb packed lunch.
We stopped for a cup of tea at Starbucks on the way down, but ended up with a crappy McDonalds meal on arrival as everywhere else was shut!
This morning we woke up and decided to hit the little chef for breakfast. Well…that experience is a blog post all of its own. I will review that totally separate, but let’s just say it was an ‘experience’.
Today, we did Alton Towers (right now I feel like Alton Towers did me!) In total, we’ve walked about 7.5 miles…and went on a total of about 8 rides. That aside, it’s been a fabulous day.
My only complaint is….THERE IS NOTHING FOR A VEGAN TO EAT!!! Not a sausage…..so to speak! In fact, there mere mention of the V word sends them into a glaze!
We could eat chips, of course. But not another thing. They apparently do quorn hot dogs, so we enquired if they were vegan, but shockingly were told they had no quorn sausages. So…if you’re veggie or vegan in the park, expect to starve (or pack a VERY good packed lunch!).
We arrived in the park, bright eyed and bushy tailed, at 11.30am. We dragged ourselves out at 6pm…shadows of our former selfs. I can’t believe the amount of walking between rides. Tomorrow (yup, two days of this!) we will invest in a wee buggy for Bettelicious (but if I can fit in it….bonus!). We purchased one of those ‘refill’ bottles at the door….but struggled to fill it anywhere in the park, despite it saying you can fill it everywhere. That’s just plain lies!
On arrival this morning we reserved a table in the ‘secret garden’ of the Alton Towers hotel. As you can imagine, after all that walking, we were pretty hungry.
Surprise surprise….no vegan option. We spoke to our ‘very knowledgable server’ as per the instruction on the menu, but the minute the lassie heard the word vegan you could literally see the life drain from her. She went to the kitchen to chat to the chef.
After about 10 minutes she returned with…wait for it…one dish that we could eat!!! She told us the mushroom risotto on the menu wouldn’t be vegan because of the sauce, but if we wanted it vegan he would make it with normal rice (not risotto) and it would just be plain. So, in summary…we could have boiled rice with a few mushrooms scattered on it and pay £11 for the privilege. Of course, we opted for the bread started (vegan!) and linguini pasta in a tomato sauce.
Despite the fact the life physically drained from the waitress (and I’d imagine the chef) when the vegans turned up…the meal was actually gorgeous! Not worth the money we paid, but we are in a theme park and they very much have a captive audience.
I finished the night enjoying a selection of cocktails, whilst my wain played in an indoor pirate ship (as you do!).
Overall, a fabulous day! Tomorrow we get to do it all again. Yehhaaaa!
I’ll post my little chef review later, along with a wee Alton Towers thing that didn’t impress me!
Hope you’ve all had a fab bank holiday weekend.