Revisited our regular haunt - The Georgian Townhouse - this weekend for Valentines. It was A's first time on the bike since October but we still managed a good speed, probably helped by a tailwind. Saturday was lovely and sunny and about the right temperatue for cycling. We stopped off at Manor Farm Tearooms for drinks before proceeding to the town via the usual route.
Arriving at about 1.30pm we set down our things changed and went for a mooch around Newark. The market was on and in full flow and the town was nicely busy but not crowded. The Cafe in the Buttermarket had stopped serving hot food so we went back to the eatery that we visited the last time for snacks and drinks.
In the evening we went to Cafe Bleu for super food - Chicken Ballantine and Lamb for Angela, and Butternut Squash soup and roast chicken for me, all washed down with a bottle of white wine.
After a lovely evening and the quaffing of much alcohol, including a bottle of Pol Roget Champagne (Winston Churchill's favorite apparently) we collapsed on the bed happy and full.
After a bit of animal romance the next morning and a lovely breakfast (English for me, smoked haddock for A) we set off into the windy grey Newark morning toward home via Hoveringham and the Reindeer Inn for lunch.
As usual the Reindeer In was very busy but we had booked in advance to be sure to get a seat. I had duck salad for starters and beef for main course. Angela started with the Ox Heart salad and had the roast Chicken for main course. Of course the Reindeer Inn is very special to us. Not just because the food they serve is absolutely wonderful, but because it is where we held our wedding reception on 17th July 2010; in a marquee in the car park.
By now it had started to rain so the last eight or so miles back onto the Thurgaton road and straight through Burton Joyce/Carlton valley home proved a bit uncomfortable but not too slow at around 12 mph.