After picking our own plums at Secretts (PYO) we stopped off at this busy little tea room situated at Hurst Farm in Milford.
Eliza’s Room & Gift shop has been refurbished and is now under new management by the owners of Butter and Cream who are responsible for a fabulous range of cakes and cupcakes.
With that in mind we just had to order an Oreo and a Salted Caramel cupcake, which meant blowing my diet of avoiding bad/empty carbs, wheat and sugar.
Set in a sleepy side street called Crescent Walk in the coastal town of West Kirby on north-west corner of the Wirral Peninsula, the Aubergine Café is one of those wonderful cafés that you can’t help be keeping going back to again and again.
The Aubergine Cafe (image via Trip Advisor)
It warm, welcoming and friendly café, were the staff know their regular customers and chat to them like old acquaintances.
Charmingly decorated with whimsical wall plaques espousing life mottos and saccharin wisdom and beautiful ornaments and china.
We opted to sit inside, and not brave the wet weather by sitting out side in the covered area… despite the cozy and inviting look of the wicker furniture with its luxurious array of cushions and rugs.
Our lunch time visit was a much welcome break after our wild coastal walk from Moreton/Leasowe. We were spoilt for choice and in the end I opted for Grilled Goats Cheese on ciabatta with onion chutney
while my husband plumed for the Club sandwich.
Great wholesome food in generous portions, filling the hungry amongst us. I was tempted by the Soup Sandwich combo which as Sweet Potato with Ginger and Lime.
Despite my every effort to be good and not over indulge, we couldn’t resist a slice of chocolate cake to share (a small compromise on not having cake or having a piece each). Again the choices exceed my imagination.
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Tagged Cafés, Cakes, Cheshire, Coastal, Food, Lunch, Towns, Walk, Wirral
Today was the 10th annual Watercress Festival in the little Hampshire village of Alresford. We made use of the Festival Park & Ride at Ropley and hopped a very crowded and warm stream train on the Mid Hants Railway for the short journey over.
The Watercress Festival is an annual street festival celebrating the locally grown watercress. The festival also draws together other food producers from all over the local area to create this free food festival.
The colourful Morris men and women were performing at top of Broad Street and attracted a good crowd, both young and old.
The Food Market was situated in Broad Street and had over 40 stalls from Hampshire Farmers Market.
There was plenty to tempt even the steely-willed of us from olives to handmade breads.
For our mid-morning “coffee” we popped into Caracoli Café and Food Store also located in Broad Street.
We have been meaning to visit this café since seeing the chefs participating in day time bakery competition on ITV a few months back. The coffee I am told was impressive.
For our journey home we could not, not purchase one of these naughty fresh fruit cupcake.
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Tagged 2014, Alresford, Food Festival, Food Market, Hampshire, Hampshire Farmers Market, Mid Hants Railway, Watercress, Watercress Festival
A bright but chilly start to the May Bank Holiday weekend with temperatures only just above freezing. After seeing many inspirational photos recently from friends of the bluebell displays around the South East, it prompted me to drive over to the National Trust’s Winkworth Arboretum with my camera.
Probably just in time too, as the helpful lady at the entrance was saying that this was probably the last weekend for the bluebells.
There were plenty of bluebells still to see and admire. Often the camera just doesn’t do the carpet of blue justice.
The blooming azaleas were stunningly magnificent in their white and pinks.
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Tagged 2014, Azaleas, Bluebells, National Trust, Spring, Winkworth Arboretum
Really getting into the festive preparations this year by visiting Christmas markets and fairs.
Found this gorgeous little stall on the bridge in Guildford selling this cute handmade knitted hats. I am exploring taking up knitting again, so was fascinated by these creation.
Then it was off up to Guildford Cathedral for their Christmas Winter Market & Fair. Here are some pictures from our visit.
A Christmas Cracker.
For an early taste of Christmas, we popped over to Secretts in Milford for their Food & Craft Fair (which runs until Sunday 17 November 2013).
Plently stalls ladden with delightful christmas ideas and scrummy treats on sale.
Christmas bunting and hand-craft sewing ephemera
Tempting turkish delight
Smelly cheese (my husband favourite stall)
This stall is much more me, and I couldn’t resit making a small purchase of their lovely guest soaps: Fresh Earth, Black Rice, Cinnamon, Safflower, Mangosteen and (the more traditional scent) Lavender.
These simple handmade wooden Christmas decortations are cute.
There is nothing like receiving an unexpected bunch of flowers from a friend as a thank you and a farewell.