It always rains in Winchester.
Doesn’t it? Oh, maybe it’s just while we were there.
Rob and I booked a long weekend off work to get away to celebrate our anniversary a few weeks ago and it rained more or less the whole time. That’s irony with a splattering of British weather for you. Despite the bitter-as-a-sodding-lemon tone, we still managed to have a lovely time, so I thought I’d share it with you!
We stayed in a hamlet just outside Winchester – I found a gorgeous little one-bed cottage on Owners Direct that had its own kitchen and living room, meaning we could eat in or eat out depending on our budget and energy levels. And of course the weather 😉
Luckily there was a lovely pub right next door that I’d booked a table for us at on the first night (although it was nice and sunny on that first evening – and for that evening only – so we made the most of it and ended up forgoing our indoor table in favour of an outdoor one).
When we went into Winchester itself the next day, we weren’t quite as lucky and got a bit wet in the rain so sought shelter inside the cathedral (no photos allowed inside, I’m afraid). It did mean we didn’t get to see a huge amount of the town centre itself unfortunately, but what we did see was very pretty. And although we weren’t able to do much countryside walking in the surrounding area, we did a lot of countryside driving instead which we still enjoy doing.
One huuuuge positive about the weekend is how lucky we were with food. There’s nothing more disappointing than a crappy meal on holiday is there?
On the first night, which I mentioned earlier, we had proper pub grub – ham, egg and chips type food, really good and hearty.
On our anniversary itself we went to The Shoe in a little village called Exton who were probably the most accommodating of my diet of any place I’ve ever eaten. I was able to eat a meal that was both lactose free AND gluten free. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever been able to do that while eating out. Just the main meal, mind, but still. We didn’t have starters but while we were waiting for our mains, we were given a basket of bread and I was given my own gluten free roll which was actually warm, soft and doughy (not dry like many gluten free bread rolls are) and for my main I had a vegan falafel burger which should have come in a normal roll but which they also gave to me in a gluten free roll. And for pudding I had a gluten free chocolate brownie (ok so the chocolate wasn’t lactose free but it was my choice to have the brownie) which came with ice cream but they let me swap it for one of the many sorbets on the dessert menu. I was so happy!
And on our last morning we went to a gorgeous little breakfast place called Josie’s in Bishops Waltham for brunch. Rob had a whopping stack of American pancakes with bacon and maple syrup and I had sourdough muffins topped with bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Come to mumma.
All in all, despite the weather, the company, cottage, food and company more than made up for it. What a top trip away.