You know the feeling when you look in the cupboards at breakfast & just don’t fancy another bowl of dull cereal? Well that happened in Crafty Chai HQ this morning. My OH quickly suggested breakfast out. Motion passed. We grabbed our coats and headed out the door.
We headed straight for Jericho and back to the place we first went to when we found somewhere to live in the best part of Oxford: The Jericho Cafe. I love this place. It’s perfect for lazy Sunday breakfasts, lingering cups of coffee and tasty meals. We used to live up the road from there so it was even more perfect then! I could eat every meal of the day here. They have an excellent vegetarian range and even today the veggie special was amazing. But we were here for breakfast so I had the cooked veggie one. At a reasonable £7, you get eggs whichever way you want them, beans, veggie sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast and tea or coffee. You get just enough to fill you for most of the day without making you feel stuffed. I really like the veggie sausages here. You don’t feel like you’ve been left out as a veggie. One of the things I like about the cafe is that you can hang around there and people watch to your hearts content! A fab place.
After a bit of Christmas shopping we needed to warm up and rest our weary feet. One thing Oxford does well is independent coffee shops. One of the best is The Missing Bean on Turl Street. Because it’s one of the best, it’s usually really busy without any free tables. My OH & I were lucky enough to grab the only free table in the place. I had a delicious chocolate macaroon and a small chai latte. The chai always comes in a small glass and it always seems to go far too quickly. My OH loves the flat white coffee’s here and he’s something of an expert when it comes to these! The Missing Bean is definitely worth a visit if you’re in Oxford. They have a lovely range of cakes and sandwhiches along with a very decent range of teas and coffees. They also serve Oxford’s own Jericho and Jeeves range of teas. Indies supporting indies. Fantastic!
I don’t know if you were lucky enough to have a lovely Saturday yesterday, but I hope you were. My OH & I had a very lovely day. We went for a walk around Harcourt Arboretum. The sun was shining, there was a slight chill in the air. Perfect. We walked around a bit, took a few pictures that you can see over on my Flickr page. We saw some gorgeous red leaves & some Red Admiral butterflies drying their (damaged) wings on the path. We were so quiet & still taking these pictures that a bird wasn’t bothered by us. I tried to take it’s picture but to no avail. We kept pretty quiet & continued along our way. As we rounded a bend, I suddenly saw a beautiful female deer appear on the path in front of us. We stayed still & quiet & I managed to get a few shots of it. I felt like I was part of Autumnwatch! I couldn’t have taken such great pictures if my OH hadn’t patiently taught me how to use the lens well. I think we make a good team.
After our walk we headed into Oxford. We’ve both been wanting to try out the new Oxfork cafe as well as visit the awesome Comma shop.
I love Comma shop. It’s full of paper, stationary & pretty things. I knew we’d be buying something from there as soon as we walked in. I picked up a set of hair grips (growing my fringe out!) which were so pretty. I also got a roll of wrapping paper for some card ideas that are floating round in my head. Then, while we were waiting, we started looking through the pictures. Now I have to admit that there’s a pug obsession going on in our house. This naturally lends itself to a Gemma Correll obsession too. I’ve blogged before about her ‘Pugs not Drugs’ tote which I use almost every day. We spotted the print in the picture. It’s perfect! I knew we had to have it (just don’t tell the bank manager!) All I need to do is get a frame for it & it’ll be up. I love it so much!
As if this wasn’t enough enjoyment for one day, we then headed to Oxfork. We grabbed a great table & perused the menu. The weekend menu seems to be a brunch menu – perfect for those lazy autumn days. I ordered a fried egg sandwich & a pot of Oxford Brew tea, made by local tea company Jeeves & Jericho. Both were delicious. The tea stayed hot but didn’t stew & the egg sarnie was just what I needed after my morning expedition. My OH had a flat white & a sausage sandwich. The sandwiches were the perfect size for lunch. I could’ve happily sat there all day. There was so a great atmosphere and lovely happy staff. I really liked the look and feel of the place and am pretty much thinking about when I can get back there. The veggie cooked breakfast looks amazing! Plus I totally support their ethos – local produce feeding local people. The eggs I ate were from Witney. They stock the flour that I use from Wessex mill. You can’t get much more local than that. East Oxford is truly coming alive with great independent businesses!
We then headed home, lit the fire & started on the gin. I love these kind of days – I wish they could happen every day! x