Today we went to Bourton-on-the-Water, the so-called Venice of The Cotswolds. We had driven through earlier in the week but today we parked and walked around. We are souvenir-proof, both of us living in London in relatively tiny homes, but we made an accidentally excellent lunch choice at The Rose Tree Restaurant where we both chose today’s special from the blackboard: line caught cod in beer batter with chips and peas, a deliciously cooked bargain at £7.95 including homemade tartare sauce. Delish.
I was really impressed (and said so) in the way this little restaurant is run. Excellent cooking, we were both very happy indeed. Comfortable outside dining chairs where tables were very popular in the balmy 19 degrees for al fresco lunching in October (grateful) but what really struck me was how the waiting team worked so well together and the whole team consequently runs like a well-oiled machine, no errors, no waiting, your every wish met with a smile – even anticipated. Bliss. And a bargain.
En route to Bourton we went to visit another lovely little local business called Antique Pine and Lovely Things. Who could resist a shop with such a name? Plenty of parking and the enticement of a cappuccino, the noise of happy chatter coming from the coffee shop and no pressure to buy as we browsed around the lovely things. An excellent coffee and a splendid (shared) chocolate and Guinness cup cake (much nicer than perhaps it sounds) from The Chipping Norton Tea Set where we may go for tea later in the week if we can fit it in.
Congrats to Wendy on this brilliant little business. If I lived locally, I’d be back more often for coffee and chat with the entertaining company of Mette and Tom who looked like regulars; got our day off to a great start.
Best find so far? Lower Slaughter. No pics. Oversight.