I was recently invited to visit the newly refurbished gastro pub called The Lazy Pig in the Pantry in the market town of Chesham in Buckinghamshire. We were so lucky that the day we visited was the hottest weekend of the year so we chose to sit outside so we could enjoy the beautiful sunshine! The pub features a mix of contemporary and traditional décor which brings the outdoors indoors with lots of stylish tropical accents, plant features and fancy accessories throughout the interior. There is a variety of different places to sit, but my favourite part of the restaurant…

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Last month I was kindly invited to check out the new Marriott hotel in Oxford. The Courtyard by Marriott hotel is located south of the city centre in Abingdon, which was just a short drive south from Oxford itself. It’s also within reach of Bicester Village shopping outlet and many of The Cotswolds villages, so it’s an ideal location to explore the local Oxfordshire area. Oxford Oxford is one of the most popular places in the UK to visit, so we we’re looking forward to exploring the city as I’d never properly been before. Unfortunately the weather was bitterly cold…

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I had a few days off last week before starting my new job, so on Friday we went to Stratford Upon Avon for a little day out. I’d seen on Twitter that a new cat cafe called Shakespaw Cat Cafe opened its doors in Stratford Upon Avon last month, so I was desperate to visit! You have to book online in advance, but I was lucky to grab a lunchtime spot the day before we were due to visit. Entry is £5 each which you pay when you book, and this allows you 90 minutes in the cafe with all…

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Last month I was invited to The Black Horse in Great Linford, Milton Keynes to take an exclusive first look at their newly refurbished restaurant and stunning new interior. The Black Horse (probably one of the most well known pubs in MK) is a premium pub, bar, and restaurant located in an idyllic waterside setting next to the Grand Union Canal. The location is perfect for a refreshing drink, a quick bite to eat, or a delicious Sunday roast. They offer a great selection of pub food with a twist, plus a fantastic range of wines and drinks. I visited The Black…

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During our recent trip to London we decided to try Flat Iron; a popular steak restaurant known for selling their signature steaks for only £11. Gav and I love ordering steak whenever we go out for dinner so we were excited to visit Flat Iron and see what all the fuss was about! Their website is a bit mysterious as there’s no menu, and they don’t take table reservations. I hear that they’re usually pretty busy and you might have to queue to get a table, but as it was raining when we went there were a few spare tables…

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Going out for a tasty afternoon tea in a cute little tea room or glamorous hotel is one of my favourite pastimes. But most places charge at least £20 each (or in excess of £30 each in London!), so it can add up to be a slightly expensive experience. However I am a big fan of throwing my own afternoon tea parties at home. Any excuse for a tea party and I’m on it; baby shower, birthday celebration, a girlie catch up with friends… anything that calls for cake! There are so many benefits to throwing your own afternoon tea…

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