scenes from england and wales

December 2, 2011

My lovelies, we just got back from two weeks spent in England and Wales, where I’m from. It was an absolute whirlwind, as always, but amazing fun.

Our first night was spent in a pub on the Thames overlooking Tower Bridge, eating bangers and mash, drinking beer and cider, and feeling absolutely giddy to be home.

We spent the next couple of days in my home town of Reading, with two of my favourite people ever, eating fish finger sandwiches and visiting my old haunts.

In Wales we got to see my parents’ new home and revisit Porthcawl where I spent many a childhood day rock climbing the coast and eating fish and chips. Pretty awesome to be able to show it all to Dan. We also got to visit gorgeous Brecon and wander the town eating Welsh cakes, exploring the cathedral and loving all the Welsh accents. If only I could pronounce my own name the way they do…

Once back in London we spent lots of wonderful time with my sister, staying at her flat as a base and adventuring from there. There was time spent with old friends in cafes and bookshops; walks along the Thames; a visit to Borough Market and so much delicious food that – good god – it was lucky we were walking so dang much or we might have popped at any given moment.

On a Thursday afternoon we had lunch at NOPI which was a complete dream. What an inventive, delicious menu! We shared five plates including roasted cauliflower with ricotta, golden raisins, capers; winter coleslaw; seared prawns with fennel, white oregano, and feta; roasted beef sirloin with almonds, spinach and pecorino sardo; and slow cooked pork belly, coco bean cassoulet and salsa verde. Yeah.

We loved every single dish although the prawns and beef sirloin really stole my heart (as did our server, who brought us extra bread to sop up the juice from the prawn dish. Genius). And I didn’t take a single picture, too busy was I making sure I enjoyed every last second.

Then there was last Sunday when over thirty of us descended on a pub in central London for nine hours of catching up, drinking beer, and eating lovely roast dinners. Waves of friends came and went, which could have been slightly overwhelming but instead was just awesome, awesome fun.

Now we’re back in Minnesota and…winter has arrived. We were spoiled with mild weather and sunny days in the UK and yesterday we woke up to snow and some proper chilly weather. It’s hunker-down time.

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Em (Wine and Butter) December 2, 2011 at 7:08 am

I live right by Tower Bridge!! :). Next time you are here you must must get the sausages with saurkraut from Borough Market, and also have oysters at the Wright Brothers restaurant (In Borough). We are also crazy about a steakhouse on Tower Bridge Road called Constantina AAAAAND finally (in W London) both the Havelock and the Princess Victoria for Sunday lunches.

ALSO Gelatio Mio. Who are currently preparing Panettone Ice cream- so much yes please.


Angharad December 2, 2011 at 10:31 am

Ah so much goodness to try! Lucky you living right by Tower Bridge. We walked past it several times (we were staying with my sister in Canada Water). I’m writing a post on our Borough Market adventure for next week!


Crystal December 2, 2011 at 7:17 am

Sounds like a wonderful trip back home. Makes me want to hear more and see more of your trip :)


Angharad December 2, 2011 at 10:29 am

Thanks Crystal! I plan on sharing some more posts next week of some of our favourite places and days :)


Kathryn December 2, 2011 at 7:18 am

Love these pictures! Looks like you guys really made the most of your time here :)


Claire December 2, 2011 at 8:29 am

Homesick now …


holly December 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

what a lovely recap of your two weeks! SOOOOOO glad you had such an amazing time at home – next time, i want to go so you can bring me to all your haunts and well, let’s face it, we’ll take any opportunity we can to travel.

NOPI sounds bomb.

i want a 9-hour day with friends at the pub.

can’t wait to see you so we can catch up in person – perhaps around Christmas when i am back in Minne?

owe you an email – coming soon!

love you!


Pauline December 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I think I’ve been following your blog for too long because, at first glance, I definitely read the title as “Scones from England and Wales.” Sounds like it was a lovely trip!


Angharad December 2, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Ha! Well we did eat scones…but no :)


snowrose December 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm

It all sounds wonderful! DH’s family is from Wales and I hope some day we’ll be able to visit all about.


Laurie Jesch-Kulseth @ Relishing It December 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Makes me want to visit there so much…Radd, of course, thinks it’s a stellar idea, too Sorry you have to get used to this bitter cold.


Katarina Clapp Tomic December 4, 2011 at 4:13 am

Wow reminds me of home (I live in Munich) but am from Cumbria! I went to a work reunion in London 2 years ago so reminds me of that too! Looks like you had a great time!


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