Mount Edgecombe & The Little Fox

On a beautiful hot Sunday me, my partner, his dad and best friend traveled to Cornwall to attend the Mount Edgecombe Classic Car show.

The event is held annually on the first weekend in August, and it has become a family thing for us to attend in matching t-shirts with our almost 40 year old Scimitar.

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The event is so so much fun, as lots of classic cars from around the UK travel to be part of the exibition, paying £10 to socialise with other car enthusiasts and eye up each others vehicles.

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But, you don’t have to own a classic car to attend. You can simply visit for the day, parking your car separately or traveling on the little Cremyll ferry from Plymouth direct to Mount Edgecombe and, in addition to the cars, there’s a massive boot sale too.

The event is an all day thing, starting from about 9am with cars usually leaving around 5 or 6 in the evening and, as we were up at 5am getting ready to go we knew we deserved a good evening meal to end the day. So, we made a reservation at the Little Fox Hotel for a delicious dinner with a view.

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The Sunday evening menu was a little small and the by the time we had arrived the waitress had advised that the roast beef and steak options were no longer available, which we were all a little disappointed about to say the least.

However, in the spirit of feeling a little adventurous I decided to order roast duck with black pudding croquettes, something actually quite far outside of my comfort zone.

I’ve only tried duck once before whilst staying in the Cotswolds and had never dreamed of trying black pudding. The thought before that evening made me feel uneasy but as a meat eater anyway, I thought I’d give it a go and, I liked it.

I’m upset to say that and I certainly won’t be raving about it to my vegetarian mother.

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The overall dish and presentation was stunning however, I have to comment on the two little perfectly formed potato rosti.

I’m not sure if they were homemade or not to be honest? I like to think that they were but, they just look too perfect. They weren’t particularly rich and crispy like you usually expect either and, felt a little more like mash potato inside.

For pudding, we were given two menus which were a little confusing. There were lots of items available on both it appeared, until the waitress came back and mentioned that they were out of several options and we had to change our order.

I wanted the advertised lemon tart but, ended up with a classic dark chocolate and raspberry tart with chocolate ice cream and was not disappointed. The thing was beautiful. Very rich and the pastry fell apart on your spoon. There were also whole raspberries inside to add a lovely additional texture.

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What can I say?

The restaurant and food at the Little Fox Hotel is really special. If you’re in the area and fancy some good hearty food I’d recommend stopping by.

The meal for me and my boyfriend came to about £50 in total but it was certainly worth the money and, despite the lack of beef available on the menu, there were lots of other choices including fish and chips, halloumi and chips, roast chicken and duck!

What an incredible day all in all.

The service at the Little Fox could have been better but it certainly wasn’t terrible by any standard, and the car show is always great.

I’m seriously looking forward to next year already and if I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it again, I love coastal living! Having events like this, food, vast countryside and sea views is a total dream and I never want to leave the South West.

 

 

Visiting the Cotwolds

If you’re looking for somewhere to visit this Winter I’d highly recommend taking a trip to the Cotswolds. Whether you’re looking for a countryside day trip, a mini break or long holiday, Cirencester has plenty to offer you.

At the end of November, we travelled to the Cotswolds for a two day short break, staying at the Stratton House Hotel. The hotel has new owners and is currently going through a refurbishment period however; there are plenty of high quality standard and comfy rooms to choose from. Not only are some of the bedrooms beautiful but, both the breakfast and evening meals were outstanding.

On our first night, we had dinner included with our Groupon deal so went all out, ordering starters, mains and a dessert. I tried mushroom risotto with a quail’s egg to start, pan fried duck for main and a chocolate and caramel lava cake to finish. I had never eaten duck before or tried a quails egg, and I was truly impressed. I’ll certainly be trying both again when the next opportunity presents itself.

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After devouring our meal and repeatedly commenting on how amazing everything tasted, “just like you see of Masterchef Professionals” to be exact, it was time to rest and make a plan over wine and a warm fire.

It was decided that visiting Bourton on the Water would be a great start to our first day after a big hearty free fry up. Our first stop, the vintage car museum was a must and roughly only cost £6 each to enter. If you want to travel back in time, reliving some historical moments though transportation history AND meet the original Brum, this is the place for you.

I was also very much excited to attend the model village only a short walk away from the high street, also in Bourton on the Water. I was amazed at the detail that went into recreating the village of Bourton. Every shop matched and was up to date with the current village, every sign was identical and, the buildings I believe were also made from sandstone, just like the golden coloured building you expect to find in the Cotswolds. They even had a mini village inside of the village model, which I was very impressed to find.

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For our next stop we travelled to to Morton on the Marsh, which has a great high street full of rustic pubs like the White Hart, which I would highly recommend for their big portioned sandwiches, burgers and sharing platters. The town also has lots of little independent confectionery shops selling homemade, chocolates, fudge, honey, jam etc. I purchased several indulgent chocolates from an amazing little cafe including white chocolate and champagne truffles, which were presented beautifully and eaten that night with a glass of wine and monopoly back in the hotel room.

On our final day we attended the Morton Arboretum with my camera to take in the vast landscapes and autumnal scenery. The weather was crisp and sunny at only 2 degrees in temperature.

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There are still so many little villages and incredible landscapes I’m sure I didn’t get around to seeing so, I’d definitely love to go back in the NY.  The Cotswolds is one of those places that will look beautiful no matter what the season I can imagine. It’s looked after all year round, their residents and shop owners are nothing but friendly and helpful, and their buildings are restricted in terms of modernization. It simply feels like you’re really visiting somewhere unique and truly special.

If you’re looking to plan a break to the Cotswolds I would definitely recommend having a look on Groupon or, head straight to the Stratton House Hotel website for more info.