A few weeks ago I was kindly invited for dinner at a local gastro pub; The Old Thatched Inn at Adstock, near Buckingham.  One of the girls I work with raves about this lovely countryside pub, so I was really looking forward to visiting and trying out their seasonal menu. I went along one weekday evening with my parents after spending the whole day on food rations so that we were really hungry for our meal! Although The Old Thatched Inn is technically a ‘pub’, it’s certainly not your average local pub.  It offers real good quality, fine dining whilst…

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One of the local Ember Inns pubs in Milton Keynes has recently undergone a fresh new refurbishment and I was kindly invited to try them out.  I frequently pass the Ship Ashore pub in Willen as it is just over the road from my office, but I’d never actually tried it out before. We popped in one weekday evening to enjoy a new dining experience at the pub which is ran by Ember Inns.  The new refurb has left the pub feeling very cosy and homely inside, with mismatched furniture and rustic touches. I really liked the atmosphere inside and…

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If you’re feeling peckish or are on a no-cake diet, look away now! I recently found this adorable little tea room local to me in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. It’s called Cakestand and Crumb and is a tiny little vintage style cafe down a little side street in the pretty town. I visited back in November and I’m planning on popping in again this weekend for a scone and an excellent big slice of their home made cake! The cafe is only small with a few little tables but it is so so pretty! The tables and chairs are all lovingly upcycled…

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I know it’s still a few weeks away yet, but after getting down all of our Christmas decorations from the attic we really got into the festive spirit! We decided to have a little pre-Christmas buffet for dinner (the best kind of dinner) after putting up the tree to try out some new tableware. Out came the tartan table runner, the snazzy new wine glasses, and all of the Christmas themed tableware. Along with festive dinnerware; pretty tea light candles are great for decorating a dinner table at Christmas time to give a fun festive atmosphere. Dinner Table Paper plates…

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On the drive up to Leeds festival, Terri and I stopped off in the beautiful city of York for a spot of afternoon tea at Bettys tea room, so I thought I’d do a short review. We were lucky that we had a table booked in the Belmont Room as the downstairs cafe looked pretty busy! The Belmont Room upstairs was pleasant enough; a large airy room with a live pianist playing throughout the afternoon. It lacked in atmosphere slightly and the Art Deco interior wouldn’t have been my preference in decor, but it was still elegant and the Bettys…

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