I have lived in cities all my life.
Tall buildings, people everywhere and the pollution that comes with the living in a city is quite the norm for me. So getting out of the city is quite exciting and last weekend, Seb and I decided to visit the Cotswolds. Along with Susan ( Seb’s mum), we spent the day exploring the village of Broadway in the Worcestershire part of Cotswolds. And what a beauty it is!
Rolling hills, quaint little shops and restaurants and beautiful architecture, Broadway is often referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’ and I can definitely see why. The air is so fresh, I was tempted to bottle it and bring it backs with me.
After a late breakfast and a cheeky lie in at Seb’s family home in Hereford, we left for Broadway. How is that for a view to get upto every morning? I could easily get used to that.
After an hours drive, we finally arrived at Broadway. We couldn’t have picked a better day to visit – the sun was shining, it was surprisingly warm and the quaint village was covered with beautiful blooming flowers. Absolutely perfect.
As we were walking through Broadway indulging in a bit of retail therapy, we stumbled upon a little shop called Broadway Deli selling fresh organic local produce. Waitrose and Marks & Spencers are never going to sell produce as fresh as this, so I decided to stock up.
This shop had a tiny deli at the back of the cottage dishing out some amazing food made with the local organic produce they sell. We were starving at this point , so decided to get a table and grab some food. And I am so glad we did. It felt like we were sat in the owners front room, complete with comfy cushions and a beautiful view of the well kept gardens.
And did I mention the alcohol? 🙂
And the food was spot on, it was fresh, light and sooo gooood!
I had a Parma ham, Taleggio and sun dried Tomato toasted sandwich which came with one of the best salad I have ever had. Simple but perfectly flavoured.
Seb went for the vegetarian platter served with some artisan bread, hoummous and more of that wonderful salad. Yum!
After a cup of coffee, we decided to walk off the food and keep exploring this beautiful village. I love the colour of the traditional Cotswold stone that the houses here are made off, its so charming and the yellow is so uplifting.
And then I found my favourite shop in Broadway – The Cotswold Chocolate Company
I was like a kid in a candy store (well I was in a candy store after all). I wanted everything!
I decided to go for the white chocolate and raspberry meringue. A decision I definitely did not regret.
I would happily drive all the way to Broadway just for these beauties! I wish I had bought a few more now 🙁
After being dragged out of the chocolate shop by Susan and Seb, it was time to go home unfortunately.
Susan knows of my love for trains and had a surprise planned for me on the drive back home. We stopped off at Toddington railway station, the headquarters of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, a volunteer run heritage railway line. Its absolutely stunning and reminds you of a bygone era. We didn’t have the time to actually get on the trains but hey, I now have a reason to come back. 😉
I had such a brilliant day! I will definitely be going back to the Cotswolds soon.
I don’t think I am going to move to the country side any time soon but you never know, I definitely could get used to living in a charming little village like Broadway.