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everbean, mayfair

Everbean is one of those magical places in London that stops you in your busy tracks and says “come in, rest those sore feet, drink fabulously tasty coffee, eat unbelievable amounts of scones with jam and lashings of clotted cream”.

Naturally, of course, I listened to their calling.

I’m wearing: Blouse {Primark, £10}, Biker Jacket {Red Herring Debenhams £45} Skirt {New Look £12.99} Boots {Primark £19} Bag {River Island, old}

My feet were killing me, we had walked and walked and walked, pacing the corridors of Somerset House for London Fashion Weekend as well as a cheeky spree on Oxford Street. We then found ourselves stumbling upon Everbean in Mayfair.

I could happily have stayed my whole day on the benches outside Evenbean, just watching the London world dashing past. Mayfair is very different from the typical “London” experience you see in places like Oxford street or on the Embankment. Mayfair if beautiful. The people in Mayfair are pristine and everything about the wonderfully spectaular streets make you just want to stay, and drink coffee.

Ok, and scones with jam and clotted cream.

So for the next few hours, that’s just what we did.

And it was just dreamy. Our day in London left me feeling like nothing in the world could get any better. I spent the day with my best friend in the world, in a city that will always hold my heart.

the cotswolds :: day 2

After a lovely night’s sleep in our giant bed and an English Breakfast of kings, it was time to take in that view for one last time.

It was another beautiful summers day as we headed back into the Cotswolds. Our first stop was Stow-on-the-Wold. Another quintessentially English village renowned for its Antiques dealers.

We were lured into Huffkins Bakery by the smell of fresh bread baking and gorgeous cakes in the window.

We grabbed an iced coffee and set off on foot to explore.

There are lots of unusual antiques dealers dotted through the high-street selling all sorts of unusual collectables like these giant champagne bottles.

Scott found his favourite, an antique chess shop. Such a shame it was closed…

We then stopped in to Bourton-on-the-Water, nicknamed “Venice of the Cotsworlds” for its tiny bridges that cross the river.

It was bustling with locals who had gathered on the banks of the river with their children and dogs to enjoy the sunshine. It really was beautiful.

Our last stop before the looming “M” roads was Burford. This was our first taste of the Cotswolds on Friday night when we drove through, and we couldn’t wait to come back and visit. Set on steep high-street, ivy climbs almost every building.

Fortunatley we found another Huffkins and decided to stop for lunch.

Of course we had the Club Sandwich.

And a Chocolate Éclair and Chelsea bun for the journey home.

The Cotswold’s are without a doubt the most picturesque place I have ever visited. I would recommend a trip there in Autumn, when the leaves are starting to turn and there is a cool breeze in the air. The smell of the log fires set the scene perfectly for an autumnal visit.

the cotswolds :: day 1

Life has been pretty crazy lately so my lovely other-half treated me to a weekend away in The Cotswolds.

We stayed at the wonderful Riverside Hotel set on the outskirts of the Cotswolds on the river in Evesham. It is a perfect location for exploring and surrounded by very romantic scenery. We stayed in the unusual “Fish” room set across 2 floors with a jacuzzi bath and a huge bed.

As we arrived late on Friday night, we rushed in for dinner and chose the Dim Sum Selection for starter thinking that as a sharing starter, it would be enough to suppress our raging appetite!

And it certainty did the job, it felt like a meal in itself!

Then I moved onto the delicious sea bass with a wild mushroom risotto.

I was a very happy lady (Rose in hand of course).

First stop, after a dreamy night’s sleep, was a trip to the wonderfully picturesque village of Stanton. We both agreed it was the prettiest village we had ever seen. The Mount Inn is set above the village with spectacular views for miles over the village. The lunch menu made it well worth the visit, Scott opting for the Smoked Chicken and Pesto Panini (I hadn’t had smoked chicken since New Zealand, note to self – make smoked chicken!)

Obviously I opted for the Mountmans…

And it was incredible. 3 roasted meats, 3 local cheeses and 3 home-made chutneys served with a rustic baguette. De-lish.

After a gargantuan lunch, we rolled down the hill into Stanton. You find yourself so captivated in the individual cottages which line the roads. The colour of the brick, the tiny doorways and the green ivy which climbs so many of them are so quintessentially English.

After gorging ourselves in the September sunshine, we headed through Broadway and then to Chipping Camden. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t bump into Johnny Depp.

Back at the hotel, we sat in the gardens and drank wine for the rest of the afternoon watching the canal boats occasionally passing by. I also made some new friends.

Ginge is a homeless cat that the hotel has taken under their wing. Apparently the chef cooks him an omelette for breakfast every morning. And they wonder why he keeps coming back? Clever cat.

As the sun set over the rolling English countryside, we resided to the restaurant for round two.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of my amazing Salmon Terrine starter  (if you’d had seen it, you wouldn’t have had a chance to take a picture either!). We then opted for the duck breast with orange sauce.

Leaving just enough room for some chocolate dessert.

Day 1 of our Cotswold adventure ended with a fuzzy head and a very full tummy.