A hotel run by a mother and daughter who won Channel 4’s Four in A Bed have apologised to a vicar over their Easter-themed hamper that featured ‘Twice Resurrected Souffle Tart’ and ‘Passion of the Christ Cheesecake’.
The Farrier in Cayton, Scarborough, created an Easter gift dubbed the ‘Holy Grail of Hampers’ ahead of the religious holiday this weekend.
But local priest Reverend Andrew Moreland got in touch with Suzie and Dani Bushby, who run the hotel, to say some of the wording contained in the offer ’caused offence’.
Mother and daughter Suzie and Danie Bushby have had to apologise after a vicar complained that their Easter hamper ’caused offence’ over some of the names used for the dishes. The hotel recently won Channel 4’s Four in a Bed competition
The mother and daughter’s £70 hamper offered meals including ‘The Breaking of the Bread’, ‘Twice Resurrected Souffle Tart’ and ‘Passion of the Christ Cheesecake’.
In a statement on Facebook, the family hotel said: ‘We would like to apologise unreservedly if we have inadvertently offended anyone.
‘We would like to state that any reference to Easter, in religious terms, was intended in an honourable sense and not to disrespect any event, belief or faith.
Rev Andrew Moreland got in touch with The Farrier in Cayton over the names used in their Easter hamper, such as ‘Passion of the Christ Cheesecake’
The hotel apologised to locals, telling followers its attempt to ‘be an asset’ to the local village had been ‘misconstrued’
‘We are saddened that despite our best efforts to be an asset to our village in a respectful and meaningful way, that our attempts have been misconstrued.
‘We are now working with The Reverend to ‘re-word’ our offering. Please be assured that the ‘food element’ of the hamper will remain unchanged.
‘We would like to thank all our customers for their support during this very challenging time for us all.’
Comments its original post promoting the hamper do not show any sign of people complaining about the wording.
Suzie Bushby told YorkshireLive: ‘Things have been so hard for our business because of the pandemic and Dani and I were very upset by the ‘storm’ we had inadvertently created.’
Customers have stuck by the hotel despite the complaints.
The mother and daughter’s £70 hamper offered meals including ‘The Breaking of the Bread’, ‘Twice Resurrected Souffle Tart’ and ‘Passion of the Christ Cheesecake’
One follower wrote: ‘Just had a scroll back to see what was so offensive. Well haha, my goodness. I think you can only be applauded for actually including references to what Easter is actually about and not just getting chocolate eggs.’
June Hughes wrote: ‘I’m sick of this snowflake woke society we live in. Wishing every success to The Farrier and hope to visit as soon as we are allowed.’
Steven Bairstow said: ‘And the Church wonders why so many people have stopped attending. The vicar needs to concentrate on his own work.’
Martin Sheppard, spokesman for the Diocese of York, said: ‘The church is glad of The Farrier’s place in Cayton and the part it plays in village life, admires its determination to face the challenges of the Covid pandemic, has not criticised it and until now has made no public statement about it.
‘After careful consideration the Revd Andrew Moreland spoke privately to The Farrier to alert them to concerns he had heard in the community about its choice of titles for hamper dishes, and he offered to work with The Farrier to find alternative titles.
‘Mr Moreland has made no public statement and did not request or suggest publication of any apology or statement by The Farrier; he remains available to discuss this and any other matter of concern within the parish he serves.’