Botley Hill Farmhouse

Enjoying my week off, I suggest getting over the frenzy of the last two days and to continue with the relaxing, so we went for a spot of lunch at Botley Hill Farmhouse in Warlingham.








Hotel And Rides

Wayne and I set off for a two-day breakaway. It started with a drive to Derby and the destination was a beautiful hotel and pub in Dalbury Lees called The Cow.






The next day after a lovely breakfast and the car all packed up we continue the two-day break by driving to Alton Towers Resort. Lots of walking, little queueing thanks to the fast track tickets, a lot of white-knuckle and hair-raising rides, we head home via a foot-long hot dog and a trip to the gift shop, Wayne managed to get a mug just right for when he wants a large mug of tea. Oh, and a five-hour drive because of motorway closures and two serious accidents.



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Starting The Week Off

It is nice to have a week off from work and I had planned not to waste any time or days, so my week off started with a trip to Brighton with Wayne.
The weather was perfect. We started the day off with a spot of breakfast at Bohemian, served by the fabulous Matè.



With a nice feeling of a hearty breakfast inside of us to get us through our busy day we then headed into the lanes for a browse and a drink or two, because you have to be hydrated when you shop.
Some people have a 'home sweet home' sign but whilst shopping we discovered a more appropriate sign for our home, it simply says 'two old crabs live here', perfect for someone with a sense of humour so we bought it.


After a few drinks and a little bit more shopping we both headed to Brighton pier and into the arcade to try our luck on the two penny flips. We managed to win a few items after getting a hefty amount of tickets and then decided to stop whilst we was ahead of our game and then grabbed some sugar and cinnamon dusted churros.
We headed back to the lanes and got a few gifts for friends and family and then finished the day off with a Chinese meal at Gars.





Birthday Week

So the week started with a trip to the dentist, then on the Tuesday the fun started with a trip to Kingston and of course breakfast. Then walked around the shops mainly window shopping and doing silly things and generally having fun intertwined with lots of rests on the way and finished off with tea and cake in John Lewis. That evening we had an Indian take away and watched Carry On Camping.







So in the past we have not had much luck finding a Chinese restaurant, however on Wednesday Nikki suggested the Emperor Chinese restaurant in Stonecot Hill, North Cheam. We had the all-you-can-eat from the menu.


Thursday was a more rested day and the both of us just ended up going to Ikea and yes we both ended up grabbing a bite to eat.


Friday started off with picking up Harrison and from there we headed off to Arundel. We had a walk around the village and noticed just how much it had changed with pop up breweries and most of the shops we remembered on our last visit changed (not for the better) or worse gone for good. Wayne bought a few things and had lunch in The Swan Hotel.
After a drink and a rest from the very hot weather we headed back to the car and drove to Rustington for a walk around the town.



Rustington, like many other little villages had also changed but only very slightly to obviously move with the times and its surrounding modernisations, still very much a charming seaside village.
Saturday we was up very early as we knew that being the easter weekend wherever we decided to go it was going to be busy, so starting early meant avoid the traffic, get parked up and grab breakfast before everyone else would. We headed down to Brighton and started the day off with breakfast at Bill's. Whilst looking at the vast breakfast treats I had a Mocha and Wayne had a huge pot of tea. Wayne then decided to have a hearty full English breakfast and opted for a mix of scrambled eggs on sourdough and a three stack portion of buttermilk pancakes, smoked bacon and maple syrup followed by a refreshing iced mango and mint tea.




So after such a hearty breakfast we headed to the lanes and spent a majority of the day there browsing the vast array of brick-a-brac shops. Wayne had left his cap at home and so one of the days challenges was to pick up a matching cap to go with his pink shirt, of course being Brighton this should not of been a problem but actually it was harder to find just that, we ended up finding what we needed in one of the charity shops in the gayer part of Brighton.
We stopped off a couple of times for drinks at The Dorset pub, The Camelford Arms and then grabbed an ice cream and watched the world go by whilst having a cool lickable treat.




Ye Olde Red Lion

So as to get through the high street in as little traffic as possible us drivers develop an array of short cuts that may only shave a couple of minutes off of our journeys but that sense of achievement that you are now five cars in front is maybe the real goal.  
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for anything to slow drivers down since there are enough arsehole drivers out there, but do we really need speed bumps so big they no longer can be called bumps.


Take a short cut around the back of Cheam high street and you will see what I mean.
After driving over those humps, bumps, oh my god mountains in the road take an immediate right turn, park the car up and head over to ‘The Olde Red Lion’.
Wayne, Harrison and I headed there today.


Now, what can I say about this gastropub?  It is a charming, very friendly, really good priced food and superb customer service, the kind of customer service you very rarely get but so wish for.  The staff are amazingly attentive without being too attentive and genuinely care, not like some places I have been into when you get a server just walk past a few times when they have nothing better to do, ask if you are ok and don’t even wait for you to answer.  It is not like this here.  We reserved a table in a tucked away nook and when we arrived we set up a tab.  



Now setting up tabs in bars and restaurants I find uncomfortable to do as some places ask for your card to be left behind the bar in a tankard with your table number on a bit of paper elastic banded to it, not something I feel safe doing and when I am confronted with this method I refuse and pay as I go.  Be rest assured this is not the case at ‘The Olde Red Lion’, card safety is paramount to them.  Simply put, they pop your card into its very own locker, secure it shut and give the key to you.
Now let us talk about the food.
Taste, texture, presentation and just the right portion size is what this food had, from pub classics to creations.  I’d write more but I think these photos will better describe it.