A weekend in the city


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Some of my favourite kind of weekends are the ones spent close to home, unplanned and stress-free. No need to drive in traffic, no need to spend a morning packing, no need to formulate great plans.

Last year was a pretty busy year to say the least. If we weren’t attending the wedding of one of our lovely friends we were planning our own, so weekends got eaten up very quickly.   2016 is already a lot slower paced with no hen do’s, stag do’s, wedding planning or panicking in sight. And as much as I loved (almost) every second of last year, it’s nice to have a chance to breathe and do some of the little things I’ve been itching to do for a long time.

One of my favourite ways to while away a weekend is to spend it in my hometown of Winchester. Winchester is a pretty special place in my opinion, and ideal for a relaxing weekend of eating, drinking, and general mooching around.

Here’s my idea of the perfect weekend…


Breakfast/brunch 

If not spent at home (with breakfast being made by the husband) I like to pick up a stack of papers and head out. Some of our favourite breakfast haunts are Cote brasserie and the St James Tavern on the Romsey Road. Hours can be lost catching up on what’s going on in the world/blog world, drinking endless pots of tea and indulging in all kinds of breakfast food – breakfast food is probably my favourite of all food. And yes, we look like one of those really anti-social couples who go out for breakfast but sit there ignoring each other whilst reading the paper.

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Walk 

To burn off our breakfast a walk is usually in order – armed with another cup of tea (usually from the Bridge Patisserie) we’ll walk past the weirs, out along the river and through the water meadows. If we’re feeling energetic then a walk up St Catherine’s Hill is in order (on even more energetic days my husband loves to tell me how we’ll feel SO much better if we don our trainers and run up it; I’m still not convinced).

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Wander around town 

If I get my way then the husband gets packed off to the pub to watch the football (kicking and screaming of course) and I spend a few hours looking in my favourite shops – The Consortium – great for quirkily furniture, cushions, throws and clothes, The Hambledon – perfect for candles, home interiors and lush stationery, The White Company, Mint Velvet and probably a pit stop at M&S to pick up the kind of food you can only indulge in on the weekend.


Dinner and drinks 

One of my favourite to do in the world to do is to go out for dinner (accompanied with friends/family/my husband/myself, and a few drinks).

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I find it hard to choose a favourite place to eat out in Winchester (we’re lucky that we have quite a few restaurants that serve great, local produce – and I’m pretty big on eating local produce). With that in mind, I’d have to say that my hotspots are River Cottage and The Corner House or Green Man and The SJT… I could keep going.  Drinks at The Mucky Duck to begin and then finished off with cocktails in Greens or Number 5.


And there you have it, the makings of a perfect day in Winchester. Not forgetting, home in time for a cuppa in bed – bliss.

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