Basically 5 days of Food, Food and more Food
We started the holiday spending the night at the Three Way House Hotel just outside Chipping Campden on the Friday night for Daves birthday meal surprise. The Three Ways House Hotel is home to the famous Pudding Club which happens every Friday, except good Friday, throughout the year and entails eating a lot of pudding – 7 to be exact.
This is not something that sits well with me but Dave is quite partial to a pudding and add in a bit of competition with a challenge to make it through them all and you have a happy birthday boy. The evening was really good fun and quite theatrical with all of the puddings being marched into the dining room one at a time and you get called up table by table to receive our next pudding but only if you have finished the last one. I wouldn’t say the standard of puddings is anything to be wowed by and they are really just home cooking.
After a very restless night due to the large amount of sugar consumed we headed across to Malvern where we had a wander around the area that Daves gran stayed before popping into a cute little cafe for lunch and then onto the Cottage in the Woods where we were booked in for the evening. The restaurant at the hotel has 2 AA rosettes and the menu had intrigued me when booking.
There was a private party on the night we were there which must have been booked into most of the hotel as when we were taken through to the dining room for dinner we were the only people there for the first 20 minutes or so but you could hear the party through a partitioned wall. The starters were lovely and really set a standard which wasn’t really followed by the main course which was served within 5 minutes max of the starters being cleared. Not really what I would expect from that level of restaurant. After the over consumption of pudding the previous night we opted for the cheese course and chose the 5 pieces which you choose yourself from a cheese list / trolley.
We were up reasonably early the next day to drive to Pershore where we were to catch the train to London for a day out with Em and Paul. We arrived at Paddington at 12.05 and the plan was to drop the bags at the left luggage and hop on the tube to meet them at Charring Cross at 12.30. Slight flaw in the plan – the left luggage at Paddington had a massive queue. I have never seen a single person at the left luggage before and hadn’t planned for standing about waiting, we assume it must just be a weekend thing and as all the hotels have check out the left luggage has a midday rush. Lesson learnt for next time I guess.
Once we had made it across town and met up with Em and Paul they took us to Gordons Wine Bar to start the day. Gordons Wine bar is an awesome establishment which I’m not sure you would know was there just by walking past. There is a big outdoor seating bit and little nooks and crannies inside to sit. Whilst we were there we spotted a few people having food which looked awesome and is now added to the ever growing ‘to try’ list.
After sharing a bottle of red we headed over to Borough Market which was having its Apple day so not everything was open as normal and lots of apple themed items were on offer. I ended up going for pad thai and everyone else had jerk style wraps all washed down with a glass of prosecco whilst watching some Morris dancing as you do and all sorts of fancy dress.
From there we headed over to the George Inn and spent the evening there until Em and Paul had to go and catch their train. We headed back to Paddington to pick up our bags and go and check into our apartment before heading out to Edgeware Rd to go to Marroush for some mezze delights. Love Edgeware Rd.
Our second day in London was spent wandering around, a couple of coffees, a visit to Selfridges, a few afternoon drinks, a wander around soho, a wander to Buckingham Palace to see if we could spot Lizzie and a Meat Liquor for dinner before a pretty early bed absolutely shattered and stuffed.
The final day consisted of walking through Hyde park to go and see Harrods for a nose about before chilling out in Hyde park for and early lunch and a few snaps of the squirrels, including the one that ran up Daves leg. After a couple of afternoon drinks we got changed and headed to Bodeans for a meat feast BBQ and then hopped on a tube to Brixton for a couple of cocktails before the Years and Years gig.
All round an awesome holiday with both of our highlights probably being Bodeans BBQ feast.