My week started with dinner at Harrys. A family run restaurant which is a stones throw from my front door. Steve and I popped down after having such a wonderful breakfast there a few weeks ago and we wanted to try out the evening menu again. It must have been last summer since we last visited. We had a lovely evening and a full review will follow in the upcoming weeks. Here are a few pictures to be going on with!
Sunday was Valentine’s Day. Steve and I don’t really buy into the whole valentines thing but we do exchange cards. We try and do nice things together regularly and Valentine’s Day was another day that we both had free to do just this. We ate cake (twice), took a train journey to Exmouth where we ate chips on the beach. Thankfully the weather was fine if not a little chilly! From Exmouth we walked to Lympstone before getting the train back to Exeter. It was great being out in the fresh air and taking in the gorgeous views along the estuary.
On Monday I visited the Exeter Dance Festival where a few of my students were performing. On this particular afternoon Anju and Alex were performing in the 8yr novice ballet competition. They both came joint third with 82 marks. A pretty good effort I think considering it was both their first foray into the dance festival world! I was on hair duty and thought I did a pretty good job with Anjus!
Thursday saw Steve and I travelling on the train again. This time it was a day trip to Bath Spa. We had planned it a while back when I had booked a few days off from work during the half term break. The journey to Bath takes about an hour and a half so we arrived at about 11.45. Which was enough time before our lunch reservation to look around Bath Abbey. The Abbey is pretty impressive. The stained glass windows are virtually floor to ceiling. The biggest I think I can ever remember seeing. Totally amazing. The other thing I noticed was how warm it was inside. Normally churches are a bit drafty but the abbey had recently had underfloor heating installed which felt very apt in an old roman town! The Romans were famous for underfloor heating and the abbey was toasty warm compared the the chill in the air outside.
From the abbey we walked up through town almost to the highest point in Bath ending up at the Royal Crescent. We walked the length of the crescent and back again to build up our appetites. Lunch was booked at 1pm at The Circus. A restaurant that I have walked past a number of times and have always thought it looked good. It has recently been voted number 4 in the Times newspaper’s hidden foodie restaurants. We were welcomed with a smile and shown to our table. It was already busy and there was a nice buzzing atmosphere. I will do a full post on my trip to Bath soon.
It’s been a very foodie week as you can see.. Having a few days off from work has enabled me to do lots of lovely things. I even had the time to visit Circa 1924 for lunch on Friday to sample their new Swedish express lunch menu. I will do a full post out shortly.
Ballet resumes on Monday and my annual leave from my day job is now done and dusted until the Easter weekend. Hopefully there will be some exciting things to write about between now and then. What am I saying? Of course there are some wonderful things in the pipeline! Reviews, recipes and the like. I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Plus, next weekend I am hosting my sell out Tara’s Busy Kitchen Presents Afternoon Tea. I am nervous and excited at the same time. I have lots of lovely treats on the menu as I put my baking skills to the test.. Fingers crossed for a successful Sunday.