Well Street Kitchen – Hackney Wick, London

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Back in April Jade, Laura and I woke up fresh and early on a Sunday morning (for once!) and decided to go for brunch. We had tried to go to Dishroom the previous day but breakfast there stops at 12 noon. We thought we had plenty of time to head over on the Sunday but had to reevaluate again when sat outside Laura’s place in the car waiting at 11.30am. One morning we will make it there all together! So instead we headed to Well Street Kitchen in Hackney Wick on a friend’s recommendation.

Hackney Wick Brunch

The menu wasn’t too big but we wanted to try everything on it, so it took us quite a while to decide what to have. The waiter came and asked for our order 3 times before we were ready to make a final decision!

Hackney Wick Brunch

Hackney Wick Brunch

We enjoyed some Virgin Marys and coffees while we waited for our food.

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Hackney Wick Brunch

After a quick debate on the realness of the flowers on the table, our food arrived.Hackney Wick Brunch

Laura and Jade went for the hash brown stack with chorizo, smoked aubergine, breaded poached egg and mint and yoghurt sauce.

Hackney Wick Brunch

Credit to Laura for the egg shot!

I went for smashed avocado, roasted tomatoes, feta, poached eggs on toast with a side order of chorizo. Everything was delicious!

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Hackney Wick Brunch

We stayed for quite a while enjoying some uninterrupted girl time and then headed over to Westfield for a spot of Sunday retail therapy.

Hackney Wick Brunch

 

Elevenses, shooting & a dungeon lunch – Jen’s 30th Birthday

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For my sister’s 30th birthday Gareth arranged a get-together consisting of a clay pigeon shoot in the morning followed by a pub lunch in a one of England’s oldest pubs.

To begin the celebrations, family and friends met up at Wick Farm in Bath to shoot some clays. The day started with sausage baps, a quick warning about the potential shoulder bruises and then people were split into groups to head over to the different shooting stalls.

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I had ear ache so didn’t shoot (I didn’t think loud noises right next to my ear would help!) so I was the designated photographer. That means quite a bit of pressure when your sister studied the topic at university! Mike went first in his group and made it look easy getting 8 out of 10 clays!

Jen's 30th Birthday

Although looking back at the pictures, this could be him tampering with his score…

Jen's 30th Birthday

Everyone managed to hit some clays, which was quite impressive seeing as it was the first time for some.

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Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday

Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday

Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday

Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday

Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday

There were three areas; two in wooden huts where you shoot the clays coming across the field and one where you shoot the clays as they come over your head – definitely the hardest one.

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Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday

Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday

Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday

Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday

After shooting, we all headed back to the barn and huddled around the heater, enjoying a glass of prosecco for the girls and cider and beer for the boys, whilst we warmed up.

The scores were talleyed up and the winner of the day was Gareth (and he was the organiser – fix!!). The instructors didn’t reward him though as they thought the prize should go to Anneka for coming top out of the girls. Out came some trout they had caught themselves – little did they know that Anneka was a vegetarian! The prize then got passed to Jen for being the next top girl, and the poor man didn’t realise that fish is Jen’s worst nightmare (allergic apparently hmmm…!).

Jen's 30th Birthday

Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday Jen's 30th Birthday

Whilst looking around the cabin I noticed the below picture on the wall, the games keeper came over to tell me the story behind it – a man shot a clay, hit it and also hit a duck flying behind! The day was renamed daffy duck day!

Jen's 30th Birthday

A few more of Jen’s friends arrived and we headed over to the pub, The George Inn, to warm up next to the huge log fires.

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Gareth had hired out the ‘Dungeon’ Room in the pub which sounds a little scary but was a great location for us all to have lunch.

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Jen's 30th Birthday

The food was delicious – I managed one shot of my salmon and sweet potato fish cake before becoming too preoccupied with eating and even that picture didn’t come out great. After dinner Jen opened some birthday presents.

Jen's 30th Birthday

After everyone had finished their main course, Mike and I went out to the car to get the birthday cake I had made for Jen. This was a chocoholics dream inspired by Georgina Haydens – favourite chocolate cake she made for Jool’s Oliver’s birthday.

Jen's 30th Birthday

Mike and I stood outside the dungeon door trying to light the candles and 30-shaped sparkler. Unfortunately the 30-shaped one was really difficult to light and by the time we managed it the others had gone out! Not that Jen noticed with everyone singing “Happy Birthday to yooooou” as we walked over to her table.

Jen's 30th Birthday

Jen’s birthday present from me was too big to fit in my Mum and Dad’s car (with Mike, Orla and I sat in the back) so I took a photo of it to send to her. As it wasn’t Jen’s actual birthday until the Monday, I delayed showing her until Monday evening when she got the following pictures texted to her.

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An almond blossom tree! My sister seems to already have everything (hence the unusual birthday present of glass blowing last year) so I was finding it difficult to buy something that was suitable for a 30th and something ‘keepable’ for many years to come. Then my Dad inspired me – he bought my Mum a cherry blossom tree when she was thirty and you can still see it in the garden of our old house in Weymouth.

I chose it as it had the prettiest flowers (on the label) out of all the trees in the garden centre and also bought a big pot so that Jen can save planting it until they are in a house of their own.

Happy 30th Birthday big (old) sister!

Jen's 30th Birthday

 

Alphabet dates: Dancing!

It was my turn in alphabet dates with the letter D. I took quite a while to think of something – darts, dominoes!?

In the end I found Gorgon City were playing at the O2 in Boscombe as part of their UK tour so I thought Mike and I could go watch them under the Dancing category! I bought tickets a while ago and then told Mike to keep that Friday night free.

Alphabet dates: Dancing!

I’m terrible at keeping surprises a surprise and kept asking Mike if he wanted me to tell him our plans. He resisted though!

I decided to add another feature to our dates in that we have to get as many letter items in as possible (always competitive!). So we headed back to the Treehouse after work on Friday night and had some homemade strawberry daiquiris with doritos to start, followed by a dinner of crispy duck.

Alphabet dates: Dancing! Alphabet dates: Dancing!

Slight deviation from the date but worth a note for the on-line ‘diary’… just as we were leaving Mike spotted a fly and insisted he ambush it before we left. Every possible fly swatting utensil was used much to my amusement! Here is just a taster of shots…

Alphabet dates: Dancing!

As we walked up to the O2 in Boscombe the queue looked slightly concerning from the outside, in that we were joining an under 18’s disco, but the age averaged out whilst we were inside (probably by us bringing the average down!). I ordered some drinks at the bar but my shouting over the music must have been misheard and we somehow ended up with a double vodka and monster… so romantic for our date!

Alphabet dates: Dancing!

The music was really good and Gorgon City played all my favourite songs, in case you want to listen:

The best song being ‘Ready For Your Love’ (dum dum dum dummm) which they saved until last.

Alphabet dates: Dancing!

Alphabet dates: Dancing!

There were a few DJ’s on after Gorgon City but Mike and I jumped in a taxi and headed back to the Treehouse for ‘D’runk food which consisted of a packet of quavers!

Over to Mike to think of something ‘E’xciting next!

Sunday Skate

Earlier in the spring (I am playing blogging catch up!) after a long drive back from Essex visiting Mike’s family for the weekend, we got back to the Treehouse and decided to make the most of the last bit of sunshine and head down to the beach. We took my penny skateboard and a mini picnic to enjoy ‘beside the sea’.

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I had the first go – Alum Chine has a long stretch of smooth tarmac through the trees so it is perfect for skateboarding on. I went down a (mini) hill and set top speed – about 10mph, so fast!

Sunday Skate

I then passed the board over to Mike, he unfortunately hit a large twig and had a bit of a tumble – whooops!

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Sunday Skate

After surviving the rest of the Chine, we arrived at the beach just as the sun was setting.

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Sunday Skate

Admiring the beach huts that have a never ending waiting list.

Sunday Skate

We walked along a groyne to avoid getting sandy shoes and sat near the water’s edge to watch the sunset and enjoy the last glimpse of the sunshine.

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Sunday Skate

Our beach picnic contained a flask of hot coffee and a couple of cream cakes – they were eaten very quickly. The skateboard made for a great table!

Sunday Skate

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We stayed there until it started to get dark and then headed back home to make some fajitas for dinner.

Sunday Skate

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Great SNC (Sunday Night Club)!

Bathtime

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Mike and I took a week off work back in November, we were going to go abroad for some winter sunshine but left it very late to book anything so decided in the end to stay locally and spend the pennies we were going to spend on a holiday having treeeeeeeats around where we live. It was such a good week and so relaxing, definitely want to repeat it and have a staycation again next year (as well as a holiday though!)

On one of the days we decided to head to Bath, Mike hadn’t been before so thought it would be a good staycation destination.

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Oh sooo happy to not be at work on a Tuesday afternoon!

Most of the buildings in Bath have all been built with Bath Stone, a warm honey coloured stone  which gives the city a lovely appearance. We arrived in Bath just as the sun was setting, so quickly checked into our hotel Henrietta House and then headed out for a wander.

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First tourist stop was Pultney Bridge and the weir below. The bridge is quite unique as it has shops across it on both sides.

Bathtime

 

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Then we walked past the impressive abbey. I really like the angels climbing up the side of church to heaven in the stone work!

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After completing the toursisty bits we headed over to Bath Spa. Ever since it opened in 2006 I have wanted to try it, so I was excited to finally go. Apparently the natural thermal springs were discovered by Prince Bladud around 863BC, so pretty old! We went at a good time – at dusk – so experienced the rooftop pool in daylight and at night. You weren’t allowed to take photos in the spa, but I have borrowed a shot from the Spa’s website.

Bathtime

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After the Spa we headed back to our hotel, rather quickly with wet hair in the cold, stopping to take a quick snap of the abbey lit up at night.

Bathtime

To celebrate being ‘on holiday’ we had brought a bottle of prosecco with us and the hotel lent us an ice bucket and two glasses.

Bathtime

Bathtime

We then headed out to dinner at Clayton’s Kitchen at The Porter House – which was recommended by our hotel and it did not disappoint. The food, drinks and service were all really good.

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We each had a predinner tipple of Porter Royal – Chase elderflower liqueur, home-made cranberry and juniper reduction, rhubarb bitters and champagne.

We shared scallops for starter and then Mike went for roast rack of Wiltshire lamb with potato puree, greens and a port wine sauce.

Bathtime

I went for the market fish of the day – sea bass – fish veloute (aka sauce!), side salad and chunky chips.

Bathtime

Their cocktail menu was extensive so we tried our best to work our way through – an Old Fashioned for Mike and a Bakewell Tart for me – sooo good, it disappeared very quickly.

Bathtime

We shared an ‘STP’ aka sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Looking at these pictures is making me want to go back right now! It was so tasty my tongue was trying to come out of my mouth to eat it…!

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After dinner we headed over to the Gin Bar on a recommendation from my sister. They had a huge array of different gins, stocked from floor to ceiling. They serve each gin in a vintage champnge glass with Fever-Tree tonic and accompaniments to match the botanical in the gin.

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Our first choices recommended to us by the owner were served with rosemary in Mike’s and a kaffir lime leaf in mine – it really brought out the gin flavours.

Bathtime

The next day we did some shopping and then headed back to Bournemouth. I found a new angle to take pictures from – through the window of Milo the mini.

Bathtime

I spotted a viewpoint on the way home, so we stopped to take some final snaps of pretty Bath town.

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Lovely midweek treat – we will definitely be back again soon!

Christmas Trees and The Pig

My family are definitely one for Christmas traditions and I certainly take after them! Last year Mike and I wanted an excuse to visit The Pig in the Forest and went for a special lunch to celebrate his half birthday. Important things don’t you know… Even Rosie the Londoner agreed with our celebrations this year…

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Anyway, I am getting sidetracked! Last year the day we went to The Pig we also happened to buy our Christmas tree in the morning. So when we got back we decorated it. A ‘tradition’ I was keen to continue this year!

I booked us in for lunch quite a while ago for the last sitting of the day. We dawdled around in the flat in the morning so by the time we left to go tree shopping we were running slightly behind. We wanted enough time to get the tree, take it home then get on the train to Brockenhurst. We did the same last year and walked from the station to The Pig down a road that was closed for resurfacing. It was a lovely walk, no traffic or another soul to see, surrounded by lovely countryside with warm tarmac under our feet (I could actually feel the heat through my shoes!).

Christmas Trees and The Pig

Back to 2014….We headed over to B&Q to pick out a tree however there weren’t many to choose from….

Christmas Trees and The Pig

Which was not good considering our time constraints. The next option was Stewart’s and as the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining- it turned out to be a much better place to get a tree from. There were decorations everywhere (note – must go back), hundreds of trees to choose from and the best bit yet, real Rudolphs!

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After browsing the tree selection we settled on a nordic spruce and then picked the tallest one they had. We may have gone a little bit on the large side. But, oh well, it’s our first Christmas in the Treehouse so it has to be a special one!

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Christmas Trees and The Pig Christmas Trees and The Pig Christmas Trees and The Pig

We drove home as quickly as possible, jumped out of Mike’s car and into tree-free Milo the mini and headed to the Pig.

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I am glad I booked as every table was taken! We sat down, ordered two ‘Friday G&T clubs’ and browsed the menu to decide what Piggy bites we wanted to get.

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We got two starters to share – mushroom pappardelle and fish croquettes with samphire. I almost forgot to take my foodie photos and got stuck in as soon as it came, but luckily Mike reminded me to get a snap before it disappeared!

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We each ordered another drink – ‘Gardeners Tipple’ for me to go with the squash and chorizo risotto and a glass of red wine chosen by the sommelier for Mike to go with the partridge he ordered. As expected the food was deeeeelicious!

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The Pig has a 25mile menu so they source 80% of their ingredients within a 25mile radius. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I rave about them! I have so far been to the Pig on the beach, and in the forest. Next on the list is the Pig in the Wall in Southampton and the Pig in the Bath, in…. Bath!

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Christmas Trees and The Pig

After we finished our main courses we had two macchiatos and then ‘retired’ to the drawing room to sit next to the crackling fire.

Christmas Trees and The Pig

Mums look away now! Mike also had a little stoogie outside whilst we wrapped up in blankets.

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We got to our table at 2.30 and didn’t end up leaving until 8.30 and I could have stayed longer! We headed back home on the train and made a start on the Christmas decorations before getting totally distracted by the River Wild on TV and moving from being next to the tree to being on the sofa, whoops!

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Roll on next year to keep up the tradition!

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

On a Saturday afternoon back in November we took Orla over to Ringstead Bay to reward her for patiently waiting for us in the house whilst we were glass blowing.

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

 

It was a lovely sunny day but quite blustery so we wrapped up warm and drove out through Osmington. We forgot until we got to the only carpark near the beach that the parking was £5 per car! So if you make a visit I would recommend parking in Osmington Mills and walking along the coast path to get down to the bay.

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

I haven’t been to Ringstead before but it’s a spot Orla has frequented many times with other members of the family. She headed straight to the sea, but only dipped her paws in…!

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

There are great views across to Weymouth and Portland. The wind made for big waves and there were a few paddle boarders and windsurfers making the most of the conditions.

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

We walked along the beach, stomping on seaweed and throwing pebbles in the sea.

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

Dad getting some material for his instagram feed…. hashtag blacklab!

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

Jen got a new photo frame in our Home Sense shopping spree the day before and wanted a family portrait to put into it. So we had a impromptu Turnbull photo shoot, poor Gareth’s back!

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

I think I know which one she’ll pick!

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

We walked back to the car and headed home via The Springhead – the village pub in Sutton Poyntz, complete with pond, weeping willow trees and lots of ducks, for some ciders, ales, bacon crisps and dog treats for Orla. Although she was probably more interested in the ducks.

All that walking certainly tired someone out…

Orla Walks: Ringstead Beach, Dorset.

A perfect winters Saturday afternoon.

Glassblowing

My sister, Jen’s birthday was back in February. As she is the girl that has everything I wasn’t sure what to buy her. As if she knew I was stuck, my friend at work sent me a link advertising glass blowing lessons in Weymouth, which is where my family are from. Perfect present!

All of my family also wanted to get involved in the lesson, so it took a long time to find a free Saturday for us all. Roll on to the 1st November and we all headed down to Stuart Wiltshire’s studio on Saint Nicholas Street in Weymouth. Stuart’ studio has been there since 2011, he is originally from Devon and started work in the Dartington Crystal factory, who’s vases are a favourite of mine and feature in the Treehouse!

We had a look around the workshop before Stuart showed us the different objects we could make in the lesson, either two whiskey tumblers, two baubles, a small bowl or a bud vase. Mike went for the tumblers, Gareth and Dad went for vases and my Mum, sister and I went for baubles.
Stuart walked us through what we would be doing and talked about the different machines and his furnace which was at least 1,100 degrees C – hotter than molten lava! Now you could understand why everyone working in the studio wore shorts and tee shirt despite it being November.
Mike went first with his clear tumblers to show us all how to do it.

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Gareth was up next. Making his blue vase after the wife had ‘advised’ him not to choose yellow for his colour…
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Dad was the last of the boys to have a go with his blue vase. Rocking the safety ‘men in black’ shades…Glassblowing
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Then it was Mum’s go with the baubles.
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She managed to blow a hole through her first one so got another go that one ended up dropping on the floor! It was undamaged as the glass was still so hot it just bounced and didn’t smash.
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Then it was my go with red and white glittery baubles.
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Saving the birthday girl for last, Jen made her white and glitter baubles.
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Dad went to pick them up the following Monday, here are the finished products. I am excited to put the baubles on my Christmas tree!
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A great day out and I would highly recommend it. Stuart was an excellent teacher!Happy Birthday Jen :)

Garnett girls day out

My Mum and Sister are both teachers so were off work last Friday due to the autumn half term. As I still had some holiday left before the end of the year, Mum suggested taking a day off work and all of us having a girls day. They decided to come up to Bournemouth so we could go shopping and have afternoon tea together. Dad must have overheard the conversation as I got a text later in the evening saying “are you going to be doing a trolley dash in John Lewis? Do I need to check the credit limit on Mum’s card hahaha” #dadlols!

It is a rare choice for Mum to go shopping, so my sister and I made the most of it! The last time my sister visited our flat everything she commented on was bought in HomeSense, so she was really keen to pay a visit. Being the shopaholic that she is, she loved it!

My bedroom at home at my parents’ house has just been decorated, so we picked out some new bedding and bits and pieces for it. For those that know my old room, the candy striped wall is no more! :(

"ohh but I really need another one Mum...!"

“ohh but I really need another one Mum…!”

After shopping we headed over to Harbour Heights Hotel for afternoon tea. This is my go to place for any visitors to Bournemouth, as the views across Poole Harbour to Brownsea Island are beeeeeautiful! Despite it being the last day of October the weather was lovely, clear blue skies and lots of sunshine. We sat on the terrace enjoying the view without needing to wear coats or scarves. Probably the last time we will be able to do that this year.

 

Our tea, sandwiches and cakes arrived not long after we ordered and it was all very yummy.

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

I need to learn how to use the camera Mike bought me for my birthday properly, the view was stunning, but I haven’t captured it very well!

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Back to the food! We had a mixture of classic English sandwiches – egg & cress, cheese & pickle, ham & mustard and cream cheese & cucumber. The cake selections consisted of macaroons, coffee & chocolate sponges and of course scones with jam and cream.

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

Jam or cream first?

Jam or cream first…!?

Garnett girls day out

Garnett girls day out

As I insisted we order an afternoon tea each, there was quite a bit left over at the end. The Garnett family are not ones to waste food so we asked to take the remaining cakes and scones home with us. It’s the first time I have had to sign a disclaimer from a restaurant to do so!

Garnett girls day out

Eat your cakes immediately or please sign here.

Eat your cakes immediately or please sign here.

As the sun was setting we left the hotel with full tummies and may or may not have gone back to the shops for a little more retail therapy!

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Birthday DIY afternoon tea at the Larderhouse

Larderhouse, Southbourne

To celebrate Mike’s Mum Frances’ birthday earlier in October, Mike arranged afternoon tea at the Larderhouse in Southbourne. I came straight from my dressmaking course which was just around the corner so arrived first and took some photos whilst I waited. The restaurant was decorated with lots of autumnal pumpkins, corn, and flowers.

Larderhouse, Southbourne

Mike and Frances arrived not long afterwards and we sat at our table to decide what to order. We only found out once we had sat down they didn’t ‘officially’ serve afternoon tea but as we had been looking forward to sandwiches, tea and cake we decided to make our own version up from the menu.

Larderhouse, Southbourne

We ordered a  platter of various meats, cheese, chutneys and flatbreads, a ham hock sandwich with home made pickles to share and each went for a different tea to try.  They had lots of different teas to pick from and also a long list of coffees. You can have the coffees served at your table through what looks like strange looking science equipment, you can see one in the corner of the below photo. Unfortunately they only serve them in the evenings (an excuse to go back!).

Larderhouse, Southbourne

Larderhouse, Southbourne Larderhouse, Southbourne

We all dived in straight away when the food arrived and I forgot to take photos first…. again! Everything was d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s. If you are anywhere as much as a cheese lover as me and you live nearby I recommend you make a visit now!

Cheese me!

Cheese me!

Although the platter and sandwich left us pretty full, we of course found space for desert and each ordered a different one to try. Chocolate brownie for me, almond and plum tart for Frances (my favourite of the three) and a lemon curd Eton mess for Mike.

Larderhouse, Southbourne

When Frances got up from the table Mike quickly asked the staff if they could add a candle to Frances’ desert which they happily did.

Happy Birthday to yooou!

Happy Birthday Frances!

Now to plan another visit to try more of their cheeses and sample the huge wine menu!