We set off on our journey in glorious sunshine; planning to have lunch on the way. The SatNav was advising  an hour’s delay on the motorway so we decided to take a detour which led us to a lovely café that we have previously visited, The Café Craycombe at Fladbury in the Vale of Evesham.
Cafe Craycombe

We enjoyed our lunch sitting outside soaking up the rays.  I chose a tuna and sweetcorn baguette which was delicious.

Gloucester Services

After lunch the motorway delay seemed to have subsided so we rejoined it, stopping off at Gloucester services for a drink. Inside the services was hectic so I found the perfect seat overlooking the outside pool and the wildlife area. Back on the road the SatNav detoured us off the motorway onto delightful country roads although towards the end of our journey we got stuck behind a tractor on a narrow lane with no chance of overtaking.

Sloe Gin

We eventually arrived in Sherborne and, after a slight confusion with parking, we checked in to the Eastbury Hotel. We were taken to our lovely room overlooking the garden. After unpacking our bags we took advantage of the complimentary Sloe Gin that was conveniently waiting for us.

Nightcap View

We freshened up before walking to The Green restaurant for dinner. The food and service was as good as we remembered it from our previous visits in 2019. I chose skate wing followed by meadow fresh nougat. We returned to the hotel for a nightcap where I sampled the local Sherborne Castle rose wine. I wasn’t disappointed.

7 Comments CherryPie on Jun 19th 2021

7 Responses to “Sherborne & Cirencester – Day One”

  1. lisl says:

    Sounds like the perfect start to your holiday, Cherie

  2. Fladbury is lovely – although we missed the cafe!! The hotel looks and sounds delightful. There was an hour’s delay on the M5 by Worcester last Monday and we left early to cut across country and then ended up getting lost! Thank goodness for SatNavs which come to the rescue! Look forward to hearing more of your holiday.

    • CherryPie says:

      I have only ever visited the cafe at Fladbury. Maybe next time we need to explore a bit further.

      My TomTom SatNav is great for choosing lovely routes, routes we would never have found if we mapped it for ourselves. The SatNav in Mr C’s car is terrible at mapping an optimum route and takes us off on unnecessary and lengthy detours. We never use it apart from turning on the map (without navigation instructions) to see where we are.

  3. I have never been to Cirencester.
    But I always got this place confused with another place that I have actually been to,

    Yes, I have to visit all towns end with -chester in England one day.
    Chester in Cheshire would be a good start!
    Have you noticed that the letter H is missing in Cirencester? I wonder why…

    • CherryPie says:

      You would love the mosaics in the museum in Cirencester.

      In the hotel there was a glass panel in the floor showing off some roman mosaics.

  4. The Yum List says:

    That sloe gin is a nice touch.