Trips ‘n Travels: Our trip to England… where we had lunch, afternoon tea and dinner (part II)!


Last week you could read part I of the pubs and tearooms we visited during our recent holiday break to England and today (a little drum roll please…) part II 😀

So last week I told you about a tearoom in Salisbury, one in Corfe and a pub in Marnhull… today I will take you to two more pubs and two more tearooms!

The Greyhound, Blandford Forum


On the third day of our trip, we had lunch in The Greyhound in Blandford Forum, another pub which used to be a coaching inn, just like the one in Marnhull.

Fab pub grub, a chilled pint of Foster’s, a lovely outdoor terrace, served by friendly staff… what else can a person ask for on a hot Tuesday afternoon?! Cheers!


 Sherborne Castle Tea Room, Sherborne

My husband feeling quite at home at Sherborne Castle…

That same day, we also visited Sherborne Castle, which of course has a tearoom

It was another extremely hot day, so we didn’t take the classic afternoon tea. We ate an icecream instead and washed it away with lots of sparkling water!

The courtyard of the castle with on the right hand side the entrance of the Tea Room.

But since Sherborne Castle has its own vineyards and makes its own wine, we really wanted to try a glass of wine as well. We always drink French wine so this was a first try at English wine… and we really enjoyed it! Crisp, fresh, fruity… so good that we made a stop in the visitor’s shop of the castle to buy a couple of bottles to enjoy at home!

The view from the tea room towards the orangery.
We enjoyed this bottle at home. It complemented a lovely cheese platter!

Chawton House Estate Tea Room, Chawton


On our final day we stopped in Chawton, the little village where Jane Austen spent the last and most productive years of her life. I have already written two travelposts about Chawton, which you can find here and here.

Besides a visit to the Jane Austen House Museum, we also visited the Chawton House Estate where Jane’s brother used to live. These days it is a library which specializes in early women’s writing. The house and library can be visited as well as the beautiful gardens.

We didn’t have time to do all of this so we only looked around the gardens ànd we had a bit of a rest on the patio… of course joined by a cup of Earl Grey tea and a piece of Victoria Sponge cake! Yum 😛


The Tickled Trout, Wye


We prefer decent pub grub to yucky fastfood (who wouldn’t?!)… so when we travel back home after a trip to the UK, we make sure we’ve had a proper meal in some cosy pub instead of having to pay an arm and a leg for a soggy hamburger in one of the fastfood restaurants at the Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal.

So when we were planning a daytrip to London last year, I searched the good old web for a pub near the Eurotunnel Terminal and that’s when I stumbled upon this little gem…

The Tickled Trout is a pub in Wye which is situated only 15 minutes from the Eurotunnel Terminal… perfect to end our UK trips I’d say! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this pub last year, so we gladly revisited it this year 🙂

This pub is gorgeous as you can see in above picture which I took last year. The bar is very cosy, there is also a conservatory where you can eat and then there is of course the lovely garden near a bridge and little river.

We enjoyed a pint outside but decided to have our dinner in the conservatory as it was quite windy. I had another fish and chips which was delicious… but I guess it just tasted even better because we were in such pleasant surroundings!

The view you have from the garden of The Tickled Trout.

You can imagine that I gained a few pounds after our holiday break… but when on vacation I just want to enjoy every single minute of it so I don’t want to count calories!!

Love, Kathleen



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