Autumnal Sundays and Traditional Afternoon Tea at Stoke Place

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On a recent idyllic autumnal Sunday, my husband, my in-laws and I went for afternoon tea at Stoke Place, a 17th-century country house venue located in Buckinghamshire. I had been lucky enough to win a voucher for afternoon tea at Stoke Place in a raffle and it was the perfect way to spend an autumnal Sunday.

Afternoon Tea at Stoke Place

Stoke Place

Afternoon tea Stoke Place

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Cosy Dining and Autumnal Vibes at Bill’s Bracknell

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A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to try out the newly opened Bill’s* restaurant in Bracknell’s new shopping complex, The Lexicon. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between, Bill’s has a wide range of seasonal fare on offer, including a brand new autumn menu.

Bill’s Bracknell

I have only been to Bill’s restaurant once or twice before (and I think both times in Windsor), as often trying to get in on a weekend has proved a bit of a mission sometimes, so I was excited to be invited to try out the new restaurant in Bracknell. Also, Bracknell as a place is somewhere I haven’t really had much of a chance to properly visit, so I was keen to see what The Lexicon shopping complex offered local residents and visitors from (slightly) further afield like me.

Bills Bracknell

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An Evening at the Deliciously Ella Supper Club at The Kitchen Counter

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If you have been coming around here for a while, you will likely be aware that I am a big fan of Deliciously Ella aka. Ella Mills nee Woodward; I have all three of her recipe books and I was even lucky enough to meet her at a signing early last year (here). Now with three delis to her name, I have been super keen to find the opportunity to visit one of them and continue fangirling. Fortunately for me, my bestest best pal, Kate, knew this, so for my 30th birthday she purchased us tickets to attend a supper club at The Kitchen Counter, Ella’s deli in Herne Hill, with an overnight stay at the nearby Half Moon pub and hotel (another blog post on this to follow).

Supper Club at The Kitchen Counter

On arrival to The Kitchen Counter, which is located underneath one of the arches a short walk from the tube station, with the train line overhead; there were two long tables with benches laid up ready for diners. As we were a little bit late arriving, we took the last two places near the entrance of the deli, which suited us fine.

Supper Club The Kitchen Counter

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Perfect Chilled Saturday | Bottomless Brunch at The Botanist Marlow

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At the beginning of the month, I was invited* to try the new bottomless brunch at The Botanist in Marlow. I had recently visited and tried out the dinner and cocktail menu at the new Reading location, so I was excited at being able to get the opportunity to return to The Botanist. I also had never before visited Marlow.

Bottomless Brunch at The Botanist Marlow

Located on West Street in Marlow, The Botanist is set amongst gorgeous old English buildings containing a mixture of restaurants, coffee shops, thrift stores, and high street fashion retailers as well as more boutique offerings; I fell in love with Marlow straight away. The Botanist has a lovely large front that on our arrival was wide open so customers could sit in the open window and people watch as they enjoyed a beverage or two. My friend and I were greeted warmly on arrival and lead to the back of the restaurant to our table.

Bottomless Brunch The Botanist Marlow

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Cocktails, Delicious Food & Laid-Back Dining at The Botanist Reading

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A couple of weeks ago I attended a pre-launch evening at Reading’s newest restaurant, The Botanist, located on King Street.

The Botanist, a concept like no other, offers an award-winning selection of botanical inspired cocktails, craft beers and ales along with an extensive dining menu.

The Botanist offers over 80 different beers and ales from around the world. The pub chain even brews two of their own ales, Passionate Blonde and Pacific Pale Ale. 

My husband and I were a tad early for our dinner reservation, which was no bad thing as it allowed us to head to the bar and try out some of the extensive cocktail menu. I had happened to have a bit of a stressful day at work and even though part of me wanted to curl up at home and feel sorry for myself, an evening out at The Botanist Reading proved a great distraction.

Cocktails

As I was the designated driver for the evening (earnt some top wife points), I could only try one alcoholic cocktail before switching to the alcohol-free options. The menu of options was endless and if you are a gin lover then The Botanist (Reading) is definitely somewhere you need to spend an evening. As it turns out, I am not hugely into gin but I adore a Mojito and The Botanist Reading offers three versions, I decided to try the Plum and Thai Basil Mojito (seen below on the left) and I can report it was delicious.

The Botanist Reading

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