Breakfast on my last morning within the Cotswolds began (…after a pleasant bathtub) with Eggs royale for myself and Eggs & troopers for Lloyd – all washed down with some freshly brewed espresso.
The Royal Oak is a reasonably small and intimate place (I feel there solely 6 rooms in whole) so that you’re fairly more likely to stumble upon the proprietor right here sooner or later. (*I truly did the day earlier than and had no thought whereas Lloyd did earlier that morning and had no clue). They’ve obtained a huge poodle – it’s nearly the dimensions of nice Dane and is totally cute! It was additionally the explanation why I realised we’d each gotten to fulfill them at totally different occasions, even when we didn’t know who they have been then.
We obtained speaking they usually defined how they’d moved from London years in the past and determined to save lots of the pub by turning it into the wonderful spot that it’s now.
Additionally they talked about how they’d simply completed doing up a cottage throughout the highway which might be rented out a vacation residence. They’d had buddies staying over to try it out however seeing as the chums have been leaving that morning, they requested if we’d wish to have a sneak peek! Best sure ever!
(*Keep in mind how I’d spent a LOT of time within the Cotswolds mentally house-hunting? There was simply no method I used to be passing up on an opportunity to see one in all these houses from inside!).
Oh and what a house it’s too! It’s a stunning spot – each little bit of it made me want it was mine. Fairly positive I’m gonna go away the Cotswolds with a brand new discovered objective of eager to personal a house right here.
The property wasn’t fairly prepared for rental on the precise date we have been there however it will be a few weeks after and I’ve already began sending around the images to buddies hoping we are able to organise one thing right here this summer season for one in all our getaways.
Anyway, sufficient about homes, it was lastly time to pack up and say farewell to The Royal Oak.
Our subsequent cease was the market city of Cirencester – a spot I’d by no means visited earlier than however was in a short time taken by as quickly as we arrived.
We made a bee-line straight for the Cirencester Church and the market subsequent to it for a little bit nosey round.
The church is each bit as spectacular inside as it’s outdoors!
When you arrive in spring time (and every other time of the 12 months afterwards), you may truly climb up the tower for some spectacular views of the city.
Alas, the tower wasn’t opened after we have been there so our view of the city needed to be on foot (*not that I’m complaining – this can be a very stunning place).
We just about simply spent the following couple of hours on an aimless jaunt across the city, stopping off to tea and scones earlier than carrying on via Cirencester.
It’s one cute road after the opposite and has fairly a implausible mixture of well-liked retailers thrown in with impartial outlets.
Moderately than inform you – let me present you…
Ultimately, we made our method over to The Fleece the place we might be having lunch – a spot you must go to whenever you’re within the city.
(*It could be price reserving prematurely – The Fleece is a comparatively massive restaurant but it surely additionally actually well-liked and I noticed a few folks go away in disappointment after we obtained there as a result of they hadn’t pre-booked so save your self any disappointment and simply name up prematurely).
For lunch right here, I made a decision to throw warning to the wind and just about every every thing I fancied on the menu. I didn’t truly plan on beginning off this fashion – I simply tasted the tempura with the lightest batter ever and knew immediately that this could be an ideal place to gorge on lunch. 🙂 (*Sidebar: Lloyd obtained the duck for his starters).
For mains, we each went for Fish and Chips – which arrived with that trademark mild batter and was completely implausible. Greedily, I added a aspect of prawns in garlic and chilli oil (additionally actually good!).
I do know I’ve stated this earlier than however I really feel like I don’t even must inform you what we had for dessert! 😀 Haha! I figured “in for a penny, in for a pound” and went for the sticky toffee pudding whereas Lloyd went for the chocolate cake. This was probably the most quantity of toffee sauce I’d had with my sticky toffee pudding all this whereas and I LOVED it – there wasn’t a drop left by the point I used to be finished. 😀
Our final cease within the city was one thing of an sudden one. Surprising solely as a result of we’d truly simply popped spherical to say hello to somebody earlier than getting a sneak peek at one thing thrilling arriving to Cirencester – and the Cotswolds as an entire.
Stated thrilling factor is a brand new theatre – one thing which barely intrigued me, seeing as I like going to the theatre in London – and completely blew my thoughts as soon as we obtained a little bit style of a mini-film right here. The sound right here is unreal and I can simply think about the numerous wonderful stay performances one would watch right here.
There’s additionally a restaurant and a bar right here which simply makes for a enjoyable evening out on the town so hopefully, we are able to squeeze in a go to right here as soon as we return with buddies for that buddies getaway I’m considering of. (*Plus I think about there’ll be a good few locations to maintain the celebration happening in Cirencester afterwards… 😉 ).
And that was it! Our time within the Cotswold was over once more and boy had it been sensible! I like spending time within the English countryside. All the things about it’s so simple – even the journey to London is simply an hour again and I positively wish to do increasingly journeys like this sooner or later. 🙂
England is so stunning and there are simply so many wonderful gems I’m wanting ahead to uncovering. 🙂