I have just come back from a week in Wales. We went to a place where there is no phone signal and not even a hope of connecting to the internet so you have no choice but to properly relax and get away. Holidaying with the family is always good fun; lots of meals in, walks and catching up on silly things. This is what I got up to over the week and, if you’re heading off to mighty Wales, I hope it gives you some ideas for what to do.
This was a gifted meal.
I had heard about Joe Perks opening in Oxford back in October last year but it has taken me this long to get my act together and go and see what it's all about. I ventured to Oxford to the Cowley Road side of the city to find Joe Perks (the place as opposed to the person, more about that later) to see if they really did offer the best hot dogs in Britain.
I like the location, the size, the look and the atmosphere
This was a gifted stay and meal.
Sometimes a weekend away can be so much better than a week away. I find that to get away to somewhere new and blow away those cobwebs just for a few days leaves me feeling like I’ve been away longer than I have. A few weekends ago we headed up to Scarborough to stay at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. I went to Yorkshire last year but didn’t get to that far so was looking forward to having a weekend in Scarborough; somewhere
This was a gifted stay and meal.
Even though I have lived in Berkshire for most of my life I have only been to Windsor once when I was much younger so I don’t remember it at all. I like to go to new places and towns and find out what they’re all about and when Mercure hotels got in touch to see if I would like to head off for a weekend in Windsor I was really looking forward to it. We were so lucky with the weather; a lovely sunny autumn weekend
While I was in Wales recently we took a day trip to Aberystwyth; mainly so we could see the sea. I wasn’t sure whether it would be a big seaside town or a teeny little place perched on the coast. As it turns out it was quite a big town but with hardly any of the chain shops you might find in similar places; plenty of support for independent traders which was nice to see. It was a classic British seaside town with a mix of big houses (now mostly
I have been camping a few times with my family, with school and even once in my own back garden. For some reason unbeknown to me I had the grand idea to pack up a load of camping stuff and go hiking through wild Wales. I have never hiked anywhere before unless you count carrying the washing basket upstairs. If you're considering hiking and camping then this is a tale for you.
I consider my other half and myself to be somewhat sensible people with
I had heard rumours that Hay-on-Wye is a book lover's paradise. In case you weren't aware I love books but could probably be accused of having a few too many. Hay-on-Wye was somewhere I'd always fancied going, just for a nose around mind you, to see what it was all about. We weren't too far away when we were in Wales so went for the day. It's a real classic English town, picturesque and with a huge array of antique emporiums and book shops. And Tomatitos
I hadn't been to Wales before this week except when I was at school. I remember it being quite pretty and that I went gorge walking but that was about as much as I could remember. So off I went on Monday to a stay in a place near Builth Wells in Powys. I learnt a few things about Wales in the week I was there; namely that no matter which way you turn it always looks stunning. There's only so many pictures you can take and upload! Every single Welsh
Last week I jetted off to Madrid in search of churros, tapas and sunshine. I managed to get three out of three so no complaints from me. Around a two hour flight from London it's far enough to be 'away' but not too far stuck on a plane. Before I went I knew next to no Spanish other than what I had learnt from watching Fawlty Towers so you can imagine my delight when, on arrival at the hotel, the receptionist's name was Manuel. We landed late afternoon,
I am very pleased to say that I got highly commended in the UKBA14 for individual food and drink blog! The evening was good fun and I met some lovely fellow bloggers; it was also a great excuse to spend some time in London and see friends I haven't seen for a while. I know there are plenty of blogs about London restaurants and places to go but below are the places I ventured to (one Michelin restaurant, one breakfast club and one traditional pub) and