Thursday, 30 October 2008
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
with the hotel being based in central london we decided to treck in by train -funny how a journey you commute so often can be so different with good company and no time pressures. and the hotel -it was fabulous! the fox and anchor in farringdon (london) is a little pub, much longer than it is wide and very traditional in style. the pints are served in cute metal tankards and the menu, though i'm sure is delicious, is also suitably traditional and meaty (unsuitably vegetarian!).
my first inkling that the room would be fab was the slightly camp tone of the barman and the grin on his face when he gave us our room key - 'ooooooh, the market suite?'. yes, i know i said our budget was a £100 but the only rooms available were the barbican (cheapest room) and the market suite....so we decided to spoil ourselves. the bedrooms are up a narrow flight of stairs which are seperate from the rest of the pub, and our suite was the first door that we came too. first into the bathroom (a little unusual a layout, but the bathroom was so gorgeous it just didn't matter) - the copper bath was as amazing as it looks. and huge! there is a picture of me in it (which i'm not quite brave enough to post) and i look like a small child - definately enough room for 2. and being copper is kept the heat in so well so you could swim in it until very very wrinkly. i am most definately saving up for one of these when we eventually get to buy our own house.
you can just about see in the top picture that the suite stretches back into a sitting room area and then the bedroom, both seperate from each other. and for that extra excess you can pop out to the private terrace to guzzle your wine and devour your icecream (we didn't get around to doing that, too much wine and icecream at the restaurant....). an extra touch that was appreciated by the boyf was the bose sound system (he'd come prepared with an adapter cable just to make use of the sound system with his mp3 player) and the flat screen tvs in both the sitting room and the bedroom. completely unnecessary but felt very luxurious.
the food at the market really was delicious, a complete onslaught of mouth watering smells and the slightly panicked crush of hungry people bustling their way around the stalls. i recommend fasting for a few days leading up a visit to the market and gorging yourself on the delights there - after our raclette dish we were disappointed that we could not fit more food in our bellies, bar a warm cup of apple juice with cinnamon - yum, just like hot ciderless cider!
Saturday, 18 October 2008
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Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Sunday, 5 October 2008
Rooms from £59
2 - fox and anchor
based in faringdon, the fox and anchor is a b & b and a gastro pub that is close to smithfield market (for all those meat eaters out there). the food at the pub sounds good, but i dont think i saw a single vegetarian dish on the menu. oh, except for the mashed potato side - rubbish! in a recent review, the barbican room was listed as £95 at weekends (not including VAT) but i wouldn't be suprised if the smithfield room shown at the top of this post is a tad more - it looks fab. and that bath - oh!
Double room £95 (not inc VAT)
still very much on the look out - please please let me know if you've stayed in some fab luxury