Does anyone else get an overwhelming urge to go on an adventure the minute we get one ray of sunshine? Me too. I never know where to go, and generally have zero inspiration. I'm going to start making a list so I have an arsenal of fun days out - I suggest you add this to yours.
Ages ago our friends Wayne and Vicki had been to the Bells of Peover in Cheshire, and had loved it so much they planned an imminent return trip. These are people of good taste so we knew we would love it too. So as I sat there thinking of places to go, this little nugget of a memory popped back into my head. I thought our chances of securing a table would be somewhere between slim and none, but to my utter amazement, they managed to squeeze us in!
The drive down to Peover was unreal. The sun was shining, the grass was green and I even saw two hares in a field. The small neighbouring town of Tabley looks like something out of Midsomer Murders and has the cutest train station I have ever seen. It's the sort of place I'd love to live if I won the lottery!
We arrived at the Bells of Peover a little early, so had a walk round its beautiful grounds. I'm sure it's pretty all year round, but it was particularly stunning in the sun. Outside got really busy later on, so if it's outdoor dining you have in mind, I'd go no later than about 12.30pm.
We were starved by this point, so when a platter of homemade bread arrived, we were all over it. There was farmhouse white, one that had a soft glazed crust with an oaty top and the best of all was the cheese and herby number with nigella seeds. Oh my lord this was outstanding! The only constructive criticism of the day? The butter was a little cold for spreading. That's it.
We ordered the mixed berry brûlée with biscotti and a berry milkshake, pecan pie with honeycomb and mascarpone sorbet, and the caramel and hazelnut gâteaux with vanilla ice cream. There is clearly some sort of sorcery going on in that kitchen. They were all massive, so we knew we had absolutely no hope of finishing them, but we felt better for having tried the ones we were craving.
The mixed berry brûlée had a beautifully caramelised top with soft vanilla infused custard on the inside, which was layered with fruit compote. The berry milkshake was pretty special too. The biscotti was either home made or bought from somewhere excellent, as this had actual flavour as well as texture. I often find it tastes of nothing and threatens to break your teeth.
Go hungry and leave with a belly bursting with good food and a heart full of contentment. This is one of my new favourites.
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