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.

Country Living

Country Living

Country Living

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.

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Country Living

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.

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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. 

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And did I mention the alcohol? 🙂

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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.

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Seb went for the vegetarian platter served with some artisan bread, hoummous and more of that wonderful salad. Yum!

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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.

Broadway Cotswolds

Broadway Cotswolds

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!

The Cotswold Chocolate Company

The Cotswold Chocolate Company

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 🙁

The Cotswold Chocolate Company

After being dragged out of the chocolate shop by Susan and Seb,  it was time to go home unfortunately.

Broadway

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. 😉

Toddington Sign

Toddington Train

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.