Mad Hatter's Tea Party as Fay awaits delayed decision

March 25 2019

THE outcome of Bristol City Council’s tender process has been delayed, the owner of the café concession in St Andrews Park has told The Voice.

The decision to re-tender Fay’s Tea Garden was upheld by Bristol City Council at a full council meeting in March 2018, despite strong opposition from over 5,000 petitioners.  Notices appeared in the park in July in regard to an application for the café’s Street Trading Consent licence (which will allow the successful bidder to trade), and the council confirmed the tender process would launch in the autumn.Following further delays, the tender process finally launched in January.
Fay Aldridge, who has run the café since 2006, was originally told that she would find out by March 11 if she has been successful in tendering to run the provision for another three years. However, at the time of going to print, she had still not received an update.
Ahead of finding out the result of the tender process, Fay held a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the park on Sunday March 17 to thank the local community for their custom and support. The event included an afternoon tea, party games, face painting, and prizes for the best fancy dress.