I escaped the daily trudge for a few days & went AWOL to Aylesbury to stay with some very good friends of mine, Towse, Graham & Broni
From the train (Marylebone to Ayledbury Buckinghamshire - about an hour) I went to the rendezvous point...
Lunch at the The King's Head Inn (ah we have good taste!)
The King's Head in the Market Square, is notable as being one of the oldest public houses with a coaching yard in the south of England.
The oldest part of the building is of 15th century design but the cellars are much older, dating back to the 13th century and may have been part of the local friary.
Lunch was absolutely scrummy although we ate indoors as it was too cold to sit out in the lovely old courtyard
(and I hope the elderly lady who fell over on the cobbles is OK. She went down quite a whack - one of my friends saw it all happen and helped the lady get up, sort herself out. Oh and thank you to the taxi driver who took her to the car park... and boo hiss to the first taxi driver who refused to help.)
Out to dinner the next night - The King's Head meal was nice enough, but the The Bottle & Glass
was superb. I don't think I've had such a delicious meal for a long time. The sticky toffee pudding is not to be missed!
Their blog site (though a little out of date) states:
"Welcome to the Bottle & Glass in the beautiful hamlet of Gibraltar near Thame. Our ethos is affordable, good quality food, prepared from locally sourced produce with friendly staff catering to all your personal requirements. A roaring log fire, candle lit tables and tasteful decorations to create a wonderful environment."
Nothing I can add to that! Just wish I lived nearer so I could partake of a fabulous meal yet again.
Oh well next visit..... um, mates, when can I come again?
(although, I suppose, it is only an hour's drive from London....
....and it is my birthday soon.... )