What else can you do on a long bank holiday weekend but shop? I wanted to go to Witney as I’ve never been there before, it’s local and I’ve heard lots of good things about it.
On the way we stopped off at Aston Pottery. I follow them on Twitter & I love pottery so we headed there. They have plenty of pottery for you to choose from, as well as other little gifts. We didn’t venture to the cafe this time as we’d not long had brunch but I will be going back soon to try out their tea!
We then headed to Witney & after a mooch about the high street, we found the knitting shop. Unfortunately it was closed but next to it was The Old Pill Factory & they weren’t closed! I think I’ve found my new favourite shop! I really like antique/vintage shops and this one didn’t disappoint. I could have spent all day here. They had loads of vintage bits & pieces for your home and tons of vintage fabrics. I couldn’t leave without a Mason jar & some lovely vintage green buttons. I’d never seen one of the blue Mason jars before, except on Pinterest! I’m so chuffed to have my own. It’s currently on my windowsill until I can find a better home for it.
It was the perfect start to the weekend. The only downside was my lunch at Hacketts. It was a very bland and tasteless mushroom risotto. None of my party was overwhelmed by theirs either. Easter Sunday lunch at The Flowing Well more than made up for this, however, as it was amazing!
How did you spend your long weekend? Hope you dodged the rain and ate plenty of chocolate! x
A while ago I started following The Real Food Cafe on Twitter. They were opening up at Cogges Farm & celebrating with a food festival. I didn’t manage to get to that so on Bank Holiday my OH & I decided to take a trip to see the manor house at Cogges.
Cogges is trying to obtain charity status so we couldn’t pay by card, which meant a detour into the lovely town of Witney. I think the admission price is reasonable for adults (£5) but cannot understand why they feel they have to charge £1 for dogs! It’s not like a pooch is going to be bringing its pocket money! Weird! (Not that I have a dog…yet!)
I was expecting to see loads of animals but they only had guinea pigs, ducklings (super cute), chickens & turkeys. The guinea pigs were a bit shy so stayed in their cage. It was amazing to see that the chickens had previously been at a battery farm. They looked a bit worse for wear but it was good to see them out & about.
The best bit by far was the manor house. It had an amazing garden – full of veg & bee-loving flowers. Exactly what I want my garden to be like. Parts of the manor house are really old, like 1200’s kind of old, although the kitchens are currently dressed in the Victorian era. Just my cup of tea. In the kitchens were volunteers baking bread & welsh cakes and they had free samples for people to try. Bingo! They even had homemade butter & jam for people to try. They were all so delicious. The welsh cakes were cheese & chive flavour which I’ve never had before.
The upstairs wasn’t open to visitors so we headed out through the orchard & onto the river walk. There were bugs & flowers aplenty on the walk & we definitely saw evidence of otter activity! Something was making paths from the river, under fencing & across grass.
There were also loads of different flowers & plants that I’d not seen before but the bees were really enjoying. My favourite plant was this hairy looking one. I’ve never seen anything like it & would love to know what it is.
After all that it was time for lunch. We finally got a table & I had a lovely roasted veg & pesto sandwich on toasted bread. It came with a lovely side salad & coleslaw. The disappointing bit was the water. It tasted awful & was so bad you couldn’t taste the tea. There was also very little to see in the cafe or the shop. I’d hoped for some local produce/crafty bits. Maybe this will come later.
It’s well worth the trip, especially if you’ve got little ones as there’s loads for them to do. If you don’t have little ones (like us) then it won’t take long to get round Cogges & back in the comfort of the cafe! x