Our itinerary was slightly over ambitious for one day: a fly-by shopping trip to central London then over to Bankside for the Rauschenberg at Tate Modern & new Switch House Pyramid tower, Borough Market, The View from the Shard and a gig in a vintage 70s caravan. Phew! And as what usually happens, things don’t always go quite to plan…especially after a bottle of Prosecco, or two…
After dropping our children off at their various schools and a liquid breakfast on the 9.23am Rugby to Euston Virgin train – the four of us were in the Big Smoke in 50-mins (adv booking, £16 return each, instead of £80 – bargain!).
Have you been to the new cafe-bar in the row of shops opposite Lawrence Sherriff boy’s grammar school in Rugby?
It’s been quietly running for three months now but I finally made it down during half-term and loved it.
Three is a small, stylishly decked out independent family-run bistro, cafe, bar and cakery with Made.com furniture. I love the navy and white colour scheme, minimalist interiors and those lampshades.
If you feel like a bracing winter walk on one of those crisp February days when the sun’s out, the sky is blue and the first snowdrops are out, Warwickshire is a country jam-packed with nature reserves, wildlife hotspots, ancient bluebell woods, canals and heritage sites. And there’s usually a cosy village pub nearby for a warming Sunday lunch, a hot toddy (and more importantly a loo!).
The Kitchen at Farnborough, near Gaydon
After stomping through the beautiful rolling Warwickshire countryside around Farnborough Hall how about heading back to The Kitchen for some rustic British cooking where wet dogs and muddy wellies are always welcome?
Quite a few of the restaurants in this list have a French leaning hence the nod to one of my favourite 90s romantic films – Betty Blue (I know the ending’s sad) – starring Beatrice Dalle and Jean-Hugues Anglade.
Café Vin Cinq restaurant & Bar Twentyfive, Rugby
A three-storey elegant Parisian inspired boutique restaurant with stunning antique chandeliers and wrought iron spiral staircase, overlooking historic Rugby School.
As Muddy Warwickshire launches today on Bob Marley’s birthday, Mon Feb 6, I know where I’m heading – straight to Leamington’s Turtle Bay for an all-day 2 ‘4’ 1 on Marley Mojitos. It’s made with Appleton Estate Special Jamaican rum, green melon liqueur, fresh mint, watermelon and home-made ginger beer … how good does that sound on a Monday? No need to struggle with dry January anymore.
Here’s 4 seriously hot Caribbean joints where you can satisfy cravings for Jamaican jerk, fried plantain and rice & peas…