St Mawes hotel & Cornish cheese

Spending the week in Cornwall with a baby and a dog is slightly different to the glamorous summer holidays of the past in Italy. 

Yesterday we managed to find a little gem which made us feel just a little cool again.

We visited St Mawes, a lovely part of Cornwall. I had planned to have afternoon tea at the Idle Rocks, set right on the harbours edge with a lovely terrace, but unfortunately they did not like furry friends to join. They suggested their sister hotel the St Mawes Hotel so we strolled back down the road.

St Mawes Hotel was a great choice. Friendly, kind of cool, easy going and dog friendly.

The menu was very relaxed, but not all the typical pub choices, I had Calamari and a Panzanella salad. The Panzanella was not quite how the Tuscans do it, but still tasty, with very fresh tasty tomatoes.

To finish, I was convinced to go for the cheese platter. I would have loved to have a sweet, but actually a selection of local Cornish cheeses was the perfect finish.

Still looking for my perfect Cornish cream tea… Maybe tomorrow.


The Grocer: Lemon poppyseed cake & great coffee

For the eagle eyed among you, you may have started to notice that many of my visits to cafés and afternoon tea outings don’t actually involve tea.  

As I am perpetually tired most of my indulgence occasions require copious amounts of coffee. In fact, most days involve a lot of espresso coffee.

And yesterday was a great example of that. A large flat white, followed by a small flat white. At one of the best coffee spots in bucks.

We are getting ready for a week away and so on my to do list was getting the dog groomed. While Harry was getting preened, I took the chance to enjoy a nice break in my favourite spot in Amersham, The Grocer.

There are two locations in Amersham old town both are great, cozy and always busy. It can be difficult with prams as both venues are small, so it isn’t really suited to a mums lunch date with all the babes but great you want a bit of ‘me’ time. I love having lunch for one. A chance to breathe, relax and read the paper. 

I went to the Grocer at 91 (91 the high st) they have one large communal table and then a few small tables, but the vibe is great, and the coffee is even better.

Being an Aucklander, I like my coffee and the flat whites here are amazing.

I started with a Chicken and peanut dressing sandwich – delish! 

As Harry’s haircut was taking a while, and the little one was still sleeping, I took the opportunity to have another flat white and a piece of the lemon poppyseed cake. I normally go for their chocolate or carrot cake, but the lemon poppyseed cake was fab. It had a lovely glaze and was double layered with a lemon curd and thick icing filling. Definitely worth the calories. I worked extra hard at the gym this morning to make up for it!


Harry looking smart , haircut at Leo’s Pet Spa


The Squirrel Penn St: babies and dogs.

The Squirrel in Penn Street was the location for today.  My friend and I were celebrating our last lunch together with the babies before she returns to work next week so I chose The Squirrel, just a short drive from Chorleywood and a promise of child friendly and dog friendly with great food.

Being a Wednesday lunch it was relatively quiet, however it certainly did deliver on the promise.  Really tasty classic pub food.  I had the Burger (naughty) and my friend had the Chicken Asparagus salad (good girl) both were really fresh and tasty.  Salads in pubs are so often tasteless but it looked really fresh and I will definitely choose it next time (if I’m feeling good).

the squirrelLila was of course asleep and enjoyed her milk on waking, while the other little one enjoyed a squirrel burger and peas.  The kids menu was really flexible and I did see Lila eyeing up the burger and am sure she will be happy to dig in on the next visit.  The babies weren’t big enough and the weather also was not great for enjoying the garden and playground, but this does look like fun for the kids!

We had a lovely afternoon, finished off by a nice walk in the woods.. thankfully it stopped raining long enough for Harry to have a good run around.



Wendover: Woods & Cheese


Today was another beautiful summers day so what better way to spend it than a walk in the woods, finished off with some fabulous cheese.

Today, we headed to Wendover Woods, a fantastic spot in the Chilterns for walking the dog and baby.  The paths are wide and relatively flat surface (not too bumpy for the little one), the walk loops around the woods and finishes off walking through the great picnic spaces.  We are thinking of heading back in a few weeks with our NCT group for a Picnic!

No2 Pound St

So after a brisk walk in the woods, we were starving, Lila was due her feed so we headed into Wendover village for a bite to eat.  We went to No2 Pound St, it is a great deli, really amazing selection of cakes, pastries and sandwiches. But what I really love is their cheese.  They do great cheese boards and mixed cheese and cold meats – I will be heading here for supplies for our party in a few weeks!

Cheese at No2 Pound St

Enjoying a cheese platter and giggles in Wendover


Rowan’s Garden Centre: Fruit Smoothie in the countryside

Millions of peaches… Peaches for me…

Today’s stop off included the dog and has a dual purpose, firstly the job of finding out how to save my apple trees from the terrible fungus that is killing my apples this year, and secondly to have lunch!

Rowan Garden Centre in Chalfont St Giles is the perfect spot as it is smack bang in the country side, they are dog friendly and the cafe is great for a bite to eat.

The food is very simple, but tasty and freshly made sandwiches. Today as it was so hot it only seemed right that I tried one of their summer smoothies. Peach and Strawberry – very refreshing!

Best thing about this place is the view – no traffic, just fields and horses. A perfect Friday afternoon.


Cinnamon Square: The best tea and cake in Rickmansworth

I’ve been living in Chorleywood for 3 years now and feel a bit embarrassed that I have never been to this place. I have always been a bit diss appointed with Rickmansworth, a town dominated by Cafe Nero and Costa.

But yesterday, after our Baby Sensory class I went to Cinammon Square looking for a little afternoon treat.

I had the Bruschetta first, because if you have your Veges then it’s ok to have dessert.

The bread was a little hard, but that is what you get with sourdough, but the flavouring was lovely, really tasty tomatoes and fresh basil. It didn’t feel too oily either which often is what Bruschetta can be.

For my sweet treat, I was tempted by the red velvet cupcake. It was lovely. Really light and fluffy and the cream cheese icing was gorgeous, not too sickly which they sometimes can be.

Their selection of cakes and pastries could rival any French patisserie, it is all made by them and they have fresh bread too.

I definitely recommend for lunch or afternoon tea and cake.