Hello! I have been MIA for most of this week thanks to a rather horrible chest infection which has left me ridiculously tired and dizzy as well as having a continuous cough to keep both me and Ian awake all night…it’s non-stop glamour round these parts!
I’m just about feeling myself again and spending today getting myself back into work mode whilst helping Ian put together a new (and huge!) chest of drawers.
As I mentioned in my last post, we received a lovely Christmas present from Ian’s family which included two nights and a 5-course taster menu at The Feathers Hotel in Woodstock, just outside Oxford.
The sun was shining as we set off along the M4 (I didn’t really how close Oxford and Bath are!) and we arrived late morning in the gorgeous Cotswold market town of Woodstock which is right next to Blenheim Palace. We were a bit early for check-in so explored our new digs and went for a drink with the papers. Woodstock is really beautiful in a pretty ‘typical English village’ kind of way and it was lovely to have a wander.
We checked in to our room and, despite being a bit of a climb up in the eaves, were very impressed. The room was tastefully decorated, had lovely views and lots of nice touches such as a DVD player, iphone chargers and good smellies in the bathroom!
We didn’t have tea making facilities in our room which made me panic slightly until I saw a sign telling me I could call reception 24 hours a day and they would pop up with tea or coffee! This definitely felt like we were being looked after and added a little bit of luxury to the stay.
We ate in the hotel’s restaurant that night for our 5 courses but I will review that in my next post…suffice to say we were stuffed! We also found out that the hotel was in the Guinness Book of Records for having the most extensive gin collection (about 180 if I remember correctly!) so we had to finish our evening with one of their G&Ts, custom-matched to our tastes.
The next morning, we had a lovely breakfast of Eggs Benedict (served with a delicious ham hock terrine) and pastries before heading into Oxford to explore. It was my first time in this city and it is stunning. The buildings are all made of Bathstone, which I love, and it just looked beautiful in the sun.
We obviously saw the different colleges and their buildings, did a bit of shopping, stopped for lots of coffee and had a lovely lunch at a place called Cleaver which specialised in burgers, chicken and ribs…I obviously had to try out their ribs and have to say they were very tasty.
That evening we didn’t fancy a huge meal so had another wander around Woodstock, stopping off for a few drinks at different pubs and finally picking at some tapas before heading back to our hotel room for some True Detective (amazing series!) and my on-call tea service!
After one final breakfast, we headed home via Bicester Village for a spot of shopping and people-watching, where I didn’t move from bed for the next 3 days!
It was a lovely long weekend away. I know it is a rather lazy comparison, but Oxford reminded me a lot of Cambridge and York with its quaint shops and winding streets and now I know how close it is, I can’t wait to revisit it. Woodstock was a lovely alternative if you don’t want to stay right in the city centre and I would definitely recommend both the hotel and restaurant of The Feathers.
Right, back to reality tomorrow! x