Little Miss Marple thought she was the princess from the ‘ Princess and the Pea ‘ story when she settled down on these cushions! She gets herself into some wonderful spots for an afternoon snooze. LOVE HER!!
Steve and I visited Pebblebed cellar in Topsham at the weekend to try out some wine and have a nibble on some pizza. Steve had the red and I opted for the pink fizz. So beautiful to look at and tasty to boot! The red is quite light and fresh. I guess it represents the weather here. We don’t have long hot summers so the grapes flavour might not develop as they do abroad. I have to say that it suited my pallet when I had a little sip to try. The fizz is very good. I have had it a few times now. Once again it is very light and fresh with a nice amount of bubbles.. Beautiful in taste and in appearance.
Steve was in heaven because there were fresh salty anchovies on our pizza.. We love our fish! I must say.. It was rather nice. We didn’t stay long as we had had a long day out but it was nice to give it a try. I had wanted to go for such a long time. I had been on a couple of wine tastings at the vinyard before so it was nice to try out the cellar bar. It is obviously very popular as it was pretty full when we arrived on Saturday evening at about eight. I know that they do proper wine tastings so it is great for parties. In fact my friend Jemma held part of her hen party here.
It isn’t open everyday .. Just Thursday , Friday and Saturday evenings I believe.
I met up with a couple of friends in the week and we decided on Cakeadoodledo as our venue. A small independent tea room/bakery that makes the most amazing sweet treats in the form of cakes, scones and the like. They also serve breakfast and light lunches too. The girls met me from work.. I was fortunate to be doing a half day so we tootled past the cathedral on our way for a spot of lunch! My lunch consisted of tea and cake… Rebecca’s was more of a breakfast.. Doorstop toast and marmalade! Cat was sensible and actually chose something from the lunch menu! She went for an egg salad sandwich on seeded bread. I had a little bit of food envy…The sandwich was on thick, chunky bread… Just how I like it!
We sat out in their lovely courtyard. A little haven away from the hustle and bustle of the main drag. The staff were courteous and couldn’t do enough for us which is always much appreciated! Cakeadoodledo is a great little place and I would highly recommend it. Plus they have a sense of humour too.. For example the photo above of the ‘no smoking’ sign says in the small print ‘if we see you smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action’ … Love it!!
I wholeheartedly agree with this statement!
On another cakey treat day I met my chum Emma Elliot of Lorna Ruby fame! ( my favourite boutique in Exeter! ) We visited a fabulous vegetarian cafe called The Plant on Cathedral Green. It’s always so hard to get a day off together but when we do we love to gossip over tea and cake! Ummmm… Who doesn’t?? I plumped for a slice of their vegan beetroot and raspberry cake and Emma went for the vegan coconut slice. ( a bit like a bounty bar but so much better! ) Both cakes were truly scrumptious. We washed it all down with lots and lots of tea and chatter. Lots of catching up to do as always.. We have such a laugh!
Date night this week started with a glass of Friday fizz at Artigiano. It was busy, busy in there but a good atmosphere. I opted for a glass of prosecco ( always the norm for me! ) and Steve went for one of their craft beers. My prosecco was chilled to perfection and after a long and busy day at work it settled me in to that “Friday feeling” pretty nicely!! We moved on to Jamies Italian. I am not normally a “chain” restaurant type of girl but we had a voucher to use so we thought we would give it a whirl. We started with arancini and a selection of olives and piano bread. I followed that with some rather good fritto misto. Steve had the special of the day which was tuna puttanesca with freshly made pasta. It was good but not fabulous unfortunately. Tasty for a chain restaurant but you expect a lot more from the name Jamie Oliver. I decided against dessert but Steve being Steve decided on the Tiramisu. Ever since our holiday to Trevignano Romano in Italy, Steve hasn’t wanted anything else! He said that it didn’t taste traditional with the zesty orange kick but it was good none the less. We washed the whole lot down with a bottle of the house red which worked very well with the food we were eating.
I was loving the acid yellow of my clutch bag with the blue and rose gold of my Cabinet studios ring. Perfect for a Friday night date night!
Enjoy your week everybody!