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Dinner at The Slaughters Manor House, The Cotswolds

You may have read that in January we stayed at the stunning ‘The Slaughters Manor House’ in the Cotswolds for Tim’s birthday. While we were there, we had dinner in the hotel’s restaurant, headed up by Chef Nik Chappel, originally from Yorkshire (woohoo!) and who started out as an artist. Nik’s menus have a focus on fresh local produce epitomising the best seasonal dining, but as you’ll soon see, they’re also beautiful to look at, with some really unusual flavour combinations. We started our evening with a drink in the lounge upstairs, with one of the best barmen we’ve ever encountered – we told him we both love gin and what sort of botanicals and flavours we like, and he created bespoke cocktails for us! The drinks menu opened with “the icy tinkle chimed, ‘gin o’clock’ the room murmured.” This was my kind of place!! We were really torn between the two different tasting menus, the 6 course and 8 course. From our experience these menus don’t usually differ very much – the latter usually just …

Tim’s Birthday at The Slaughters Manor House, The Cotswolds

In January we decided to get away to The Cotswolds for a night for Tim’s birthday. Ever since we got the car last year, it has been so nice to just hop in and escape from London for a night or two at the weekends, and we thought we’d treat ourselves with a stay at The Slaughters Manor House. It was a fairly easy two hour drive from South London and the perfect wintery day – crisp blue skies with a chill in the air. And I just fell in love with the place from the moment we pulled up the driveway. It’s exactly what you’d expect from the Cotswolds, with beautiful sandstone architecture and projecting gables. The Slaughters Manor House is in Lower Slaughter, a quaint little village four miles south west of Stow-on-the-Wold, built on both banks of the River Eye, lined with picture-perfect cottages. As soon as we arrived, we went for a stroll… At the west end of the village there is a 19th-century water mill, surrounded by sheep and ducks, housing a …

Exploring Luss, Loch Lomond

You might have read my previous post about our visit to the beautiful Cameron House on Loch Lomond. During our stay, we thought we’d hire some bikes and cycle to the nearest place to the hotel, Luss. Google Maps had said it was about half an hour, but when we hired the bikes from Lomond Shores, we were told it was more like double that. Thanks Google Maps! At which point Tim asked if I could actually ride a bike! Cheeky git! And when my mum called to say ‘Happy Birthday’, she nearly choked with laughter when I told her our plans for the day. There’s a theme here…To be fair I hadn’t been on a bike since I was about 11 years old in Yorkshire when my friends and I used to practically live on them. But after nearly 20 years (blimey) I was pleased to say I could ride it, although it took some getting used to (and I had an extremely sore bum at the end of it, I clearly hadn’t got …

A Birthday Break at Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond

Tim and I wanted to go for a relaxing long weekend away for my birthday at the end of October. We’ve been abroad for lots of weddings over the summer, and we’re planning a long-haul holiday for early next year, so we wanted to go somewhere a bit closer to home. We visited Edinburgh earlier this year for our first wedding anniversary and just fell in love with it, so we thought we’d explore a bit more of Scotland, this time in Loch Lomond. The only obstacle was that we wouldn’t have a car – Tim passed his driving test just under a year ago, which meant he didn’t have a year’s worth of driving on his license to rent a car, and I still can’t drive (that’s a long story for another time!!) So we wanted to find somewhere that we could just relax for the weekend and explore the local area on foot/public transport. We weren’t expecting too much of the weather either, with it being the end of October, so somewhere with …

Exploring Capri

We recently travelled to Sorrento in Italy for my good friend Kelly’s stunning wedding, with so much love, laughter and you will be pleased to hear, excellent food! We were only in Italy for the weekend so we wanted to fit in as much exploring as possible – we’d visited Sorrento a few years ago before I started the blog, which included a day visit to Amalfi and Positano. So this time we thought we’d try somewhere new which we didn’t get around to visiting last time – the beautiful island of Capri! It’s a 20 minute ferry ride from Sorrento port, for approx 18 Euros each way (not exactly the cheapest ferry ride for that length of journey, but worth it!) The arrival into Capri is quite a sight to behold, with the green hilly backdrop behind, and the seafront dotted with cute multicoloured shops, restaurants and boats. There’s certainly lots to explore on this island with quite a few hotels – lots of people were turning up on the ferry with big suitcases, …

Wild Yorkshire – May 2016

You might have read on here that I was born in North Yorkshire, in the beautiful town of Harrogate, to be precise. My mum recently moved back to a little village on the way to York, and I go up to visit as much as I can. I regularly post restaurant/event reviews of my visits up to Yorkshire, but it’s such a stunning place, full of incredible nature and wildlife, that I thought I’d start a series of posts simply with the photos I take when out and about – they don’t really fit into any of my usual blog posts, but the photos are definitely worth sharing. So here are some of my snaps from my last visit in May 2016… Let me know what you think, would love to hear your thoughts!

Exploring Edinburgh Castle

During our first wedding anniversary trip to Edinburgh a month or so ago, we visited Edinburgh Castle. I’d actually been there once before but I was very unlikely to remember any of it – I was in my mum’s tummy when she was pregnant with me, 30 years ago! If you visit Edinburgh, the castle is almost always in sight, standing proud up on the hill in the centre of the city. We headed up there one morning and I was blown away by the amount of things to see and do within the castle (almost quite literally, it was a rather windy day!). After exploring some of the grounds, we ventured into the Regimental Museums, to the tune of bagpipes, where we learned about the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. Next we headed into my favourite (although perhaps the most dark) part of the castle, the prison. There’s a short video of it here: The first prisoners were French privateers captured in 1758 soon after the outbreak of the Seven Years War, but over the years, …