One of the first and last walks we did on our glamping holiday was based around Avon Beach. A lot of the beaches are off limits to dogs between May and September, but if you head to Highcliffe Castle beach, dogs are allowed on the beach all year round. It’s a lovely walk along the promenade, with the colourful beach huts on one side and the sea on the other.
On our first evening, we parked at Mudeford Quay carpark and had a lovely evening stroll along the promenade, watching holiday makers try to catch crabs and seagulls bobbing on the coastal breeze. We walked all the way to Avon Beach, noting that most of the beaches along this stretch didn’t allow dogs so we planned to return to visit the dog friendly beach of Highcliffe Castle beach and have breakfast at the Noisy Lobster, as the menu looked amazing.
On our final day, we got up bright and early, packed everything up and headed for Avon Beach. We parked next to the Noisy Lobster, planning on having breakfast there after our dog walk and headed towards Highcliffe Castle beach. As is often the case, the best beaches have dog restrictions during the summer. Highcliffe Castle beach is pebbly, so it’s not super easy to walk on. But it was still good to be on the beach, breathing in all that sea air. There were quite a few dogs enjoying the beach and Poppy was happy to meet them all!
After a while, we headed back to Avon Beach for breakfast at the Noisy Lobster. Fortunately, the weather was lovely so we sat outside for breakfast and Poppy behaved perfectly. The veggie breakfast was absolutely amazing. It was probably the best breakfast I’ve ever had – so much so, I keep dreaming on heading back down to Avon Beach, just for the breakfast!
The Walk: The walk along the promenade is very lovely in itself so if you don’t fancy a walk on the beach too, you can just as easily do this.
Car Park: We parked at the Avon Beach car park, next to the Noisy Lobster and paid, as always, using RinGo.
Refreshments: While we wanted to visit the Noisy Lobster, it’s just one of many cafes along that stretch of beaches. I can heartily recommend the Noisy Lobster! There are also quite a few taps along the beaches, providing free drinking water, which was essential for filling up our water bottles.
Toilets: There are lots of toilets and all are free.
Every now and then, you stumble across a cafe that just ticks all the boxes. Not too busy but there’s enough of a bustle that there’s a good vibe. Great food. Attentive staff, but not overwhelming. Good location. For me, The Natural Bread Company cafe, Companion, on Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, is pretty much my ideal cafe right now.
They sell an amazing selection of cakes, to eat in or take away.
They also have one of the best and most unusual ranges of bread I have ever seen. I could quite happily eat them all!
I was quite looking forward to having some toast but when we arrived, I saw that they were serving a veggie breakfast, with the option of adding a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice for a bit extra. I decided to give it a go. I was not disappointed, especially as I’m on a bit of a health kick. Check out all that veg and healthy goodness! There was plenty of mushrooms, cherry toms, bread, beans, two fried eggs (my favourite) and some manchego cheese. I have never thought of having cherry tomatoes with a cooked breakfast, but they were such a great addition. I love freshly squeezed orange juice and this was worth paying extra for. (Forgive me, but I was in such a blissful state that I can’t remember how much extra the juice was!)
The cafe had such a lovely atmosphere, with a variety of people enjoying their Sunday morning breakfasts, people popping in getting their coffee & pastries to go, friends catching up. Lovely. We also got a sandwich and a cake to go for later, which, of course, was completely delicious. If you’re out and about in Jericho, then do pop in. You won’t be disappointed.
Last week I noticed that Oxfork were going to be doing American Pancakes as a breakfast special. American Pancakes are my all time favourite breakfast dish, especially with eggs on the side. I’ve tried many, and liked most. But Oxfork is one of my favourite places in the area. I love everything they stand for: local, seasonal, independent. But not only that: They do brunch. All day, every day. And they have great tea. And amazing brownies. And free wifi. If I still lived in Oxford, I’d be a permanent resident. There is decent free parking in the surrounding streets too.
The dish came with bacon & maple syrup, but I asked to swap the bacon for some eggs, which was no problem. This was the perfect start to a fantastic Saturday. I really hope these stay for while, if not indefinitely. My mouth is actually watering while writing this! Along with this, I had a pot of the wonderful Jeeves & Jericho Breakfast Tea & perused some of the cookery books that they have on the shelves.
Is there anything better than a perfect brunch on the weekend?!