Despite the fact that things really do get less exciting with age, I still really love Birthdays.
A few weeks ago I turned the grand old age of 26. (I wasn’t bothered at all by this, but then whilst filling out an online form today I realised I had to move up an age box… goodbye 18-25, hello 26-30! Terrifying.)
With everyone’s increasingly busy grown-up lives, it’s virtually impossible to get everyone together in one place to celebrate. How to solve this problem? Take a little Birthday holiday! Wayne and I booked a few days off from work and headed back to the West Country for some home comforts and celebrations.
Here’s a little bit of what we got up to (I’m fully aware this list mainly revolves around food and drink).
*UPDATE* – I’ve just finishing writing, and it is ALL about food and drink…
A Birthday Breakfast
Wayne and I spent the morning of my Birthday at Whiterow Farm Shop where we started the celebrations with breakfast. We tend to go here whenever we’re home and the breakfast is always amazing. The quality of the food at Whiterow is amazing and couldn’t be any further from a greasy fry up. The perfect little breakfast spot!
Coffee and Cuddles with Crumpet
After breakfast, Wayne and I went to meet my Dad at his restaurant for coffee. As we were early, we parked up in Bradford-on-Avon and I gave Wayne a little walking tour of the town I grew up in. It was so strange to be wandering around the sleepy little town and I lost count of the amount of things that have changed since I last lived there. We met my Dad at Amici where we drank coffee, ate pannetone and played with this little beauty. She’s already so much bigger than she was the last time I saw her. I want her to stop growing!
Dinner at The Bath Arms, Crockerton
After spending the afternoon with my Grandparents, Wayne and I met his parents and my Mum and Stepdad for dinner at The Bath Arms in Crockerton, Wiltshire. This is a sort of countryside local for Wayne and his family and is one of the first places he took me for dinner when we met.
Having recently been refurbished, The Bath Arms now reflects a modern twist on a classic country pub and has an impressive menu to match. I had the fishcake with buttered crab and minted broad beans and wouldn’t hesitate in declaring this the best fishcake I have ever eaten.
The Lodge, Bath
The latest addition to Bath’s famous Christmas Markets is The Lodge. After a Thursday morning wander around Bath, Wayne and I killed time before meeting friends for lunch with a drink at the new festive popup. The Lodge is a pretty little bar decked out like a perfect wintery ski lodge. One pint of Bath Gem and a hot chocolate later and we were feeling suitably festive!
Lunch at The Bath Brew House, Bath
We met our beautiful friends Claire and Buddy at The Brew House pub for a leisurely lunch and catch up. The Bath Brewhouse is a really good spot for a casual get together with good food, but is also the perfect place for ale enthusiasts. With its own in-house brewery there is always a new beer to try – much to Wayne’s joy. And for the rest of us there is a great wine list! Plus, the Cobb Salad is amazing.
It was so good to catch up with these two lovelies and Claire gave me the sweetest gift – a handmade date jar! She’s just the cutest. I don’t think Wayne is up for the ‘go for a morning run’ date idea though…
Zia Pizza, Westbury
Our Friday night food decision was an easy one. Not wanting to crash my Sister’s dinner at my Dad’s restaurant, Wayne and I decided to pay my Uncle a visit at his pizzeria. It was really good to catch up with him, and my goats cheese, sun-dried tomato and sweet pepper pizza was delicious (obviously!).
Wedding Dress Excitement
My beautiful friend Bridget is marrying the lovely Dave on New Year’s Day and, as I was back at home, Bridget asked if I would pop along to her dress fitting (and learn how to tie all of the fiddly bits on her dress – no pressure!). I haven’t seen the dress since the first time she tried it on, but seeing it again just confirmed how perfect it is. She looks absolutely stunning and now I really can’t wait for the big day!
Bath Christmas Market
Bath’s Christmas Market has become pretty famous. Despite the memories I have of trying to push my way through the crowds of tourists on my way to and from work during the busy lead up to Christmas, there’s no denying that seeing the beautiful Georgian streets lined with tiny, twinkling wooden huts is simply magical. With the illuminated Bath Abbey as a backdrop, it’s clear to see why the market set up is impressive to both residents and tourists alike.
On the Saturday we met some friends for dinner and drinks at Hall and Woodhouse before braving the chilly evening air to immerse ourselves in the festivities. We drank mulled wine, ate cinnamon waffles and made it into another pub just as it started to pour with rain. I really do love Bath at Christmas.
Before driving back to London, we headed to my Mum’s house for the most impressive Sunday lunch. My Stepdad is American, meaning that Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal in their house. I’m all for a holiday that revolved around food, and so lunch consisted of the biggest turkey I have EVER seen. Followed by pumpkin pie and chocolate cake. I love America.
I had the most lovely (and very food orientated) few days of Birthday celebrations. I feel very lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful people and can’t wait for Christmas so that we can do it all over again. Any excuse to pop open the Prosecco!