October, the month that brings lots of birthdays, not only my lovely Mum but 2 of my closest friends, both called Laura, both 30 this year, both amazing and both deserving something extra special to celebrate this milestone!
Bovey Castle was the perfect place to gather the group and enjoy an afternoon giggling, sipping tea and indulging in sugary treats until we hit coma status. The smartly dressed waitresses greeted our table with plates of delicate deliciously filled finger sandwiches, warm homemade scones with lashings of cream and jam plus a cake layer to put a smile on even Paul Hollywoods face…we were in our complete element, 100% my happy place!
Bovey with its 5 star AA and luxury listing was amazing from start to finish, from the valet parking through to the velvet chairs in the dining room the vibe of the hotel felt so much more welcoming then I had experienced in previous years, a castle can easily feel stuffy but Bovey felt light, friendly and glam! The afternoon flew by in a haze of giggles, stories and present opening and even though it was typical blustery October weather, we still managed to soak up the views of the Moors
An afternoon with my girls was exactly what I needed and Bovey Castle played the most perfect host!
Love Harriet x
Date night, I love the idea but am crap at following up the concept! Ian and I last had a ‘date’ back in January for his birthday, we’ve since had valentines and my birthday both of which we opted for a cosy night in, they were lovely don’t get me wrong, nights in are my favourite after all but they quickly turn into us both being on our phones and becoming part of everyday routine.
It was time to get that over due date night in the diary and with the bank holiday approaching it was a perfect time for Sonny to enjoy sleeping at Grannies whilst we went out for some delish food and maybe the odd drink or two in the sunshine!
After having children the simple concept of just getting out of the door without a little one in tow is so strange, it feels so freeing! Dressing up is a nice feeling too, how often do we just get home and put our comfies on?? It was nice to get smartened up, get the lippie out and not having to take a massive rucksack with me!
For once our dinner time discussion wasn’t all about Sonny, it was phone free (apart from obligatory food pics) and relaxed.
Of course we promised ourselves we would book another one in and this time I’m determined to not leave it another 5months plus it doesn’t have to be an evening, a casual stroll childfree or a breakfast date would be just as nice!
Do you have any date night plans?
Oat crunch is surely something I can pass off as half good for you right?? I mean its oats and that’s a beneficial aspect to any diet?..Ok joke aside its one of the easiest things to whip up and bake for a massive sugar hit and in this case a good lashing of caramel and chocolate.
London is brimming with restaurants, cafes and amazing foodie haunts, so no wonder a girl can be overwhelmed when picking a place for a long leisurely lunch or in our case special birthday spot. After a bit of research mixed with MIC notes and some good ol’ insta stalking, I decided that the Bluebird cafe and restaurant would be a perfect place to dine amongst the hustle and bustle of our London girlie weekend.
Sat beautifully along Kings Road, the courtyard lit with fairy lights greets you whilst fur blankets and squidgy sofas await perfectly positioned under a heated canopy.
Stepping into the restaurant was like stepping into a little garden sanctuary, greenery swaddled the building whilst a beautiful open bar decorated the middle of the floor. Once shown to our booth, the lure of pancakes with pancetta and maple syrup led us to ordering the 3 course brunch and wow it was delicious!
Dishes of chilli and lime squid, crushed avocado on sourdough, sirloin steak, sea bass and the most tasty chicken dish with garlic and olive oil creamy mash graced our table. Obviously we couldn’t say no to dessert so between us we choose, french toast, quinoa granola and molten chocolate. The food was outstanding, full of flavour and just the right portion size. The service was attentive and slick, we spend the whole afternoon grazing and chatting and not once felt rushed.
The professional service mixed with the light and airy restaurant meant the atmosphere was perfect, not stuffy but smart enough, a perfect place for a special birthday, lunch, brunch or afternoon tea.
If you fancy more of a pit stop whilst running errands or whilst grabbing a quick espresso with friends the Bluebird cafe beside the courtyard provides a more casual vibe and definitely worth checking out.
The whole experience was amazing and so memorable, I cant wait to brunch here again and 100% recommend you stepping foot into Bluebird if you get the chance!
Love Harriet x
Prepare yourselves for the most amazing gooey cookies you will ever make! This recipe will give you 12 large soft cookies and if you follow this method then I guarantee you will not be disappointed!!