Well, the bank holiday is upon us, and it came round particularly quickly for me, as I only got back from a lovely long weekend in Bath on Tuesday late afternoon.
I wanted to share a little about our lovely trip away. This is the third year now that we have gone away with my folks and Andy’s Mom and Step Dad, for a UK long weekend away. We always have such a great time and this year we picked the beautiful Bath as the destination. We booked a fabulous cottage in Prospect Place. It was full of character, as you would expect from a cottage, but it had been refurbed to a really high standard, with gorgeous Laura Ashley and White Company touches all over the house.
We were so blessed with the weather, we had gorgeous sunshine for the whole weekend, which made all of our plans a lot easier and more enjoyable. We arrived and checked in to the property, had a quick glass of wine in the gorgeous kitchen with the big beautiful glass ceiling. We then made a quick dash as we had a table booked for lunch at 2pm at the Bathwick Boatman.
It was a lovely little restaurant, next door to the punting station. They had an outdoor terrace over looking the River Avon, which we sat on to enjoy our lunch. I had a super healthy lunch…oh wait no, I had fish, chips and mushy peas, followed by half a sticky toffee pudding which I shared with my mom.
We had planned to go punting after our lunch, however, after a quick look at the punts, we saw they were soaking wet and may not be that pleasurable. So we instead walked into town and got on the next boat tour, which we liked to call the Royal Britannia. We sat on the top deck and watch out over the River Avon as we sipped our Pimms and lemonade. We made it just in time for the next boat, but there wasn’t space on the top deck, so Princess (AKA my lovely moma) wanted to wait for the next boat so we could enjoy the weather.
This is us waiting around for the next boat.
We actually went back past the restaurant we had lunch at, it looked beautiful from the outside.
After the boat trip we made our way back to the house and had a lovely evening chilling out with Bubbles, games and a film.
The next morning we had a lovely family brunch out on the terrace in the sun. We then got ready and headed into Bath…we had to get taxis even though we were relatively close to town because the hill we had to walk down was the steepest hill I’ve ever seen, and I had obviously only packed shoes with heels. I had a white summer wedges on, as it was such a lovely day. We then spent a few hours going around the lovely Roman Baths.
We spent a few hours looking around the Baths and then went for a stroll around Bath and some light lunch sat outside in a lovely little side street. We had a big meal booked for the evening, so only had something light for lunch. I did then force an ice-cream on everyone from a beautiful Italian gelato (I hope that is the right word.)
After getting back to the cottage we all had some well earned relaxation time and some more bubbles. Mom and I played about 70 rounds of Boggle over the course of the weekend, including a few games here (I won!!) We all met for pre dinner drinks in the beautiful kitchen and then headed in to The Allium for our meal at 8.30pm.
The restaurant was nicely busy – if that makes sense – enough tables seated to have a good atmosphere but not so busy you know food and service will suffer. We all really enjoyed our food, it was delicious and nicely presented. The service was fairly slow, and not all that accurate – I ordered a Dry Martini and lemonade, waited AGES for it and when it arrived it was a Vodka Martini cocktail with a bottle of lemonade, entirely not the same thing and that wasn’t the only mistakes. The Cosmopolitan I had was of a very high standard, and I am super picky with my Cosmos. All in all it was a lovely meal, but very slow.
It was my in-laws 25th Wedding Anniversary on the Tuesday (this was now the Sunday) and we were eating in on the Monday night, so we called ahead to let the restaurant know and they brought out a cake at the end of our meal.
The next day was a fabulous day of shopping for the ladies and the men played crazy golf and bowls just off the Royal Crescent. I treated myself to a few new bits from Hourglass and a few lovely new jewellery pieces.
We met the men at the Royal Crescent Hotel later that afternoon for Afternoon Tea at The Dower House Restaurant.
The afternoon tea was one of the best afternoon teas I have ever had. The menu gave you an option of more savoury afternoon tea, a mix of savoury and sweet, a more sweet focused one and a vegetarian. The scones and cinnamon buns were truly exceptional. There was a huge tea menu too – although I just stuck with breakfast tea.
The savouries were also really delicious, my favourites were the Bath Chap Beignet and the Chicken Coronation Chicken Sandwich.
It was a really great afternoon, and I would recommend to anyone to try here for afternoon tea if you go to Bath.
That evening we just chilled out back at the house, as we were so full from our late afternoon tea we didn’t need any dinner.
The following day was the In-Laws Silver anniversary and the day we were heading home. So we dressed the kitchen with banners and confetti and had some bubbles with orange juice, before heading home.