So, Valentines Day. I often find it’s one of those national recognised days that people either love, hate or just let pass without realising it even happened. Jake and I enjoy it but I can’t say we ever give in to the clear money grabbing campaigns that a lot of companies launch around it. We stick to a tiny present budget and plan an activity where we can spend some quality time together whether it be a movie night with pizza or some cocktails on the waterfront.
As I mentioned in my recent post about our Afternoon Tea at Browns, we haven’t been able to do all that much recently due to my health and money. January is usually a super skint month for everyone and we’re saving for a holiday too. We decided to book a cute budget B&B in Glastonbury to spend some time just the two of us for a night. Our last getaway was Amsterdam in September which seems like a lifetime away now and it’s always nice to have some new surroundings and explore when you can. We’d much rather spend our money making some lovely memories together over cheesy teddies and flowers that will be dead in a few days (although don’t get me wrong, I do love flowers).
Apple Tree Inn didn’t allow check-in until 3pm so rather than hit possible afternoon traffic, we decided to pop down to Clarks Village for a browse in the early afternoon. Neither of us had visited in years and seeing as they had beauty outlets and a Cadburys shop, we couldn’t say no! We spent a good two hours browsing the shops and all we came out with were bags of Lindt and Cadburys chocolate, Bomb Cosmetics blasters and some Yankee Candle wax melts. Neither Jake or I are that into big brands, I personally find a lot of the clothes quite mundane and way overpriced (even at outlet prices) but nevertheless it was a lovely afternoon.
We then drove up to Apple Tree Inn with the help of trusty Google Maps, only 18 minutes away from Clarks which was great. It’s located on an A road so it was super easy to find. We were greeted very warmly and shown the fire exits and to our overly adorable room. The bed was a classic French Rococo which is exactly the same as mine but in silver. Although this room had the matching side tables which I, do not… The room offered an ensuite bathroom, a tv, free wifi, dressing gowns, a mini fridge, a kettle with coffee, tea and milk and the bit we were super excited for, FREE BREAKFAST.
If you know anything about me and my fatigue, you’ll know what happened next. Of course we napped. After watching Tipping Point and Pointless (we’re secretly an old couple), we headed downstairs to the cute, homely pub to see what food they had. We knew they offered a lot of local and fresh produce, situated right by quite a few farms. I opted for the falafel and halloumi burger with “rustic chips” and Jake wanted the steak and ale pie which unfortunately they’d ran out of so he had the cod and chips instead.
The food was super tasty and perfectly cooked and the barman was so happy and friendly. He kept coming over to check if we were enjoying our meal or if we wanted more drinks which was really lovely. After chatting the night away accompanied by beer for Jake and soft drinks for me, we went back to the room to get comfy and settle in for the night.
We requested breakfast at 10am so we headed down to the pub for that time the next day greeted by pastries, cereal and juice laid out. We then got asked if we wanted the chef to cook us anything so Jake had a full English breakfast and I had a sausage sandwich. The sausages were obviously locally made and so full of flavour so it was apparent they were fresh. We were told we could take our time checking out and ended up leaving an hour later than what the website had said which was really nice of them and gave us some time to let our food go down.
After a little stop off on Glastonbury High Street for a snoop in the witchy shops, we headed back to Bristol. I found a teeny little green skull crystal pendant that I decided to treat myself to. I am SO excited to find a nice silver chain for it to go on and to have a cute little souvenir from the trip that isn’t edible or able to melt… We had such a wonderful stay and are already talking about going back again as soon as we can. It is so wonderful to just get away for a night for a change of scenery sometimes.
Have you been on any little road trips recently? Where has been your favourite?