So I took almost 2600 pictures and a Lot of them are what we ate so I am going to have to do this in pieces. The food was simply TOO yummy not to take pictures of Everything!
The start for the trip – a pint at Dulles airport. Of course, they didn’t have any hard cider, which is my preference, so I was stuck with Bud Lite Lime
Flew Virgin America – WOW… dinner! My Heart ordered a gluten-free meal… not bad. The chicken was tender and moist. Breakfast wasn’t as good (didn’t take a picture)… he got a muffin and I got a tiny bag of grapes and apple slices but still was better than the American airlines we’ve flown lately!
Our first meal in England – a fry-up (potatoes, fried eggs, bacon, grilled tomatoes & mushrooms) at a small cafe in London… It wasn’t really a “proper” fry-up (missing toast, beans & sausage) but it was very good and had a lovely cappuccino with it.
Dinner our first night in London at my Heart’s eldest son & girlfriend’s house. I can’t remember all the lovely Indian dishes that they made – I did make mabo tofu as our contribution to dinner. It was a great dinner for our first night… family time and amazing food!
mabo tofu – our contribution!
Our next stop was Cambridge – lunch at the Anchor Inn before going punting on the Cam River. (pictures to follow) Starting with a couple pints and my first hard cider in a pub.. Yum
My Heart had a Yorkshire Wrap: slow roasted beef wrapped in a Yorkshire Pudding with gravy for dipping, much like a French Dip but dramatically yummier!
I had the “health” choice (grin) – sausage in onion gravy on mashed potatoes in Yorkshire Pudding. All I can say is OMG!
Next Stop: Strafford-on-Avon, my Heart’s sister & her husband’s house. She had the family over including their two boys, daughter-in-law, and my Heart’s other sister & her significant other… quite the crowd. First starters: olives, tortilla chips & stuffed peppers
Quite the feast including BBQ chicken, sausage, & salmon – a great selection of salads – Yum!
And dessert – a bowl of absolutely gorgeous berries
Mine topped with homemade rhubarb & ginger ice cream
My Heart’s berries ON a marble brownie and then topped with homemade vanilla and the rhubarb ice creams
Next stop: The Barley Mow in Newbold on Avon, just outside of Rugby. My Heart’s parents owned the Barley Mow when he was growing up and he and his first wife lived across the street right after they got married. (pictures to come) Of course, lunch had to start with a couple pints… I could definitely get used to having cider on-tap.. it is so Yummy!
This main room of the Barley Mow was part of the original pub, although it had been renovated and changed. It was very quaint.
The glasses are actually marked for a PINT – they have to fill to the mark.. no shorting!
My Lunch: Steak & Mushroom pie with chips (fries) and peas – it was simple but really delicious and the pastry (which I should not be eating… and I did leave some) was flaky and lovely.
My Heart’s Lunch: faggots (lamb meatballs) & whipped potatoes and peas.