Le blog seems to be blooming with gardening posts lately and today isn’t any different!  A while back, G’s mum picked me up to visit a beautiful cottage in Silsoe, Bedfordshire which had an open garden as they were participating in the National Garden Scheme.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

The National Garden Scheme (NGS) is a charity that supports numerous nursing charities and this year they are celebrating it’s 90th anniversary.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

Having no idea on which garden we were going to visit…a little sign beckoned us in for a cuppa and cake…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…then there were squeals of delight as the property we were visited was a cute little thatched cottage…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…and you know how much I love a thatched cottage!

You pay a small entrance fee and can wander around the gardens…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…the front garden was laden with roses…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…a rainbow of colours with a dash of bunting as it’s not summer without some bunting hanging in the garden…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…and a vegetable garden of my dreams…seriously someone has a little bit of OCD…or maybe someone has a bit more gardening time on their hands than me!  Everything looked perfect!

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

I did spot a little bit of door porn…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…their front door is super adorable! Notice the initials on the post box…the Queen’s fathers.

Popping around to the back garden, I was truly blown away…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…how gorgeous is this garden…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…there were secret gardens to explore…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…behind the fish pond.

We sat down for a cuppa and a piece of cake…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…there was a HUGE cake selection and two gluten free options which is pretty amazing and I was super thankful…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…and we enjoyed a spot of people watching which was rather fun to see the variety of wannabe gardeners!  I may have had the biggest hat in the garden.

After that quick refuel, we went off to explore the summer house…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…I’m trying to convince G’s mum that we should paint her summer house in candy cane stripes (she’s not convinced as yet!)…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…and the glass house for a little snoop to see how they were growing their tomatoes (I’m trying to see what way is best for growing tomatoes…every day is a school day!).

I couldn’t resist this little gardening shoefie…

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

…I thought it was appropriate!

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

So there is a reason why there is a number of gardening posts recently on the blog; I was pretty sick in May more than most people realise or that I alluded to in my weekly diary posts…and I’m going in for another procedure next week.   When you are stuck inside for weeks on end trying to build up your strength, walking around a garden is a right little blessing…it took me two weeks of bed rest to actually be able to walk around this garden for over 30 minutes and I needed a big nap when I got home.

I’m not going to apologise for all the gardening blog posts…my blog changes with my own lifestyle and this is my life currently…I’m now a flower sniffer and I love it!

If you fancy a snoop through someones garden, then you can check out the National Garden Scheme website for gardens in your area…remember to take cash for entry and cake…and it’s all for charity hence it’s calorie free!

England Travel Inspiration - The National Garden Scheme, visiting Round Cottage in Silsoe - a beautiful English Garden that provides plenty of gardening inspiration. I left with many ideas for my own garden and also wanting a pond! This garden is a traditional English Cottage Garden at it's best! Pop over to the blog to see more photos from this gorgeous garden, the vegetable garden isn't to be missed.

xx

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After spending some time in hospital and an operation fast approaching, I was in need of a much deserved treat so G and I popped down to London to enjoy a gluten free Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel.  This wasn’t my first visit to Brown’s…maybe my fourth or is it my fifth visit, I can’t remember.  I wanted to check that the gluten free Afternoon Tea on offer was just as good as I remembered it as I always recommend the hotel when asked for gluten free recommendations…spoiler alert…it was!

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, London; one of London's most luxurious and historical hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Gluten Free Sandwiches

The gluten free sandwiches were served first and let’s just say the Coronation Chicken sarnie was out of this world…it even beat the egg sarnie which is my favourite.  I’m a traditionalist through and through and it was lovely to see the classic fillings served to perfection…the quality was perfect.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, London; one of London's most luxurious and historical hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Gluten Free Scones

You know I love a good gluten free scone and I can say with my hand on my heart that the gluten free scones at Brown’s Hotel passed my scone test with flying colours – they were easy to cut into (you aren’t required to take a chain saw to afternoon tea in your handbag thankfully), they aren’t rock hard…they were light as a feather (so no teeth will be lost!) and they were super yummy.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, London; one of London's most luxurious and historical hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, London; one of London's most luxurious and historical hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, London; one of London's most luxurious and historical hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

I was provided with a few scones however I couldn’t fit them all in my belly so I had to ask for a doggy bag…hello breakfast the following day!

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, London; one of London's most luxurious and historical hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

^^^My scones dressed up to the nines!

Gluten Free Pastries

Gluten free pastries can be a bit repetitive with the trusty old macaron and panna cotta making an appearance at almost every gluten free afternoon…what I loved about the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown’s Hotel is the detail that has gone into making this one of the best in London…the variety of pastries on offer were outstanding…hello mini little gluten free cheesecake!

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, London; one of London's most luxurious and historical hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

The pastries were all divine…not feeling 100%, G had a number of nibbles and he was well impressed with my gluten free offerings.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, London; one of London's most luxurious and historical hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Afternoon Tea for the Gluten Eating Monsters

As G was with me (we ventured into London without killing each other…apparently it was because I wasn’t frog marching him around London…he needs to take bigger strides!)…I have photos of the afternoon tea for the gluten eating monsters out there…G was rather spoilt as he didn’t have to share the stand with anyone else.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, London; one of London's most luxurious and historical hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

^^^My reflexes were a tad to slow so G had already munched through a few sarnies before I managed to snap a photo or two.

The very delicious looking scones and pastries…

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, London; one of London's most luxurious and historical hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

…and we didn’t have to share clotted cream or jam which is fabulous due to cross contamination…I don’t like sharing my jam…I’m always asking for more jam before I’ve even started cutting into my scones.

Tea

I cheated and went for a peppermint tea *coughs* I was trying to be healthy…balancing out all that sugar.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, London; one of London's most luxurious and historical hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Atmosphere

The Tea Room is gorgeous; it was all dressed up for the Chelsea Garden Show with blooming flowers everywhere…we enjoyed the comfy high back chairs and the soft sounds of the piano.

Service

The service is 5 star as you would expect with lots of friendly chit chat however I did have to pour my own cup of tea on occasion…I know that sounds snobby however I do expect silver service for the price point they are charging.

We made the journey down to London as G and I both enjoy the tea that Brown’s Hotel use which you can buy however you can only buy in the hotel now…not online…yes they had plenty on stock a few days beforehand when I checked and they wouldn’t run out…famous last words…on our arrival they had sold out <insert eye roll>…so I’m sure we will be visiting again some time in the future!

Would I recommend the Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel, London – totally and it’s still in my top 5 places in London to visit for a gluten free afternoon.  A tad expensive however you are paying for a great quality afternoon tea and there are refills on offer as well – Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel starts at £55 per person and can be booked via this link.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the gluten free afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel, London; one of London's most luxurious and historical hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

xx

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After falling in love with the pargetting in Saffron Walden and doing a bit of research, I decided a little road trip exploring Clare in Suffolk was in order.  It did help that someone on instagram told me to visit Clare as I would love the village…and they weren’t wrong at all!

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Suffolk as a county isn’t far from Bedfordshire so I could visit three little villages in a day starting with Clare.

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After a drive through some very narrow little country lanes where I’m pretty sure my bikini line got a trim or two…I needed a wee and a piece of cake so I found myself a little tea shop to settle into.

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The cake wasn’t the best I’ve ever had (it was a little dense for my liking) but still very tasty; the service was sweet and the hot chocolate laden down with a million marshmallows (just the way a hot chocolate should be presented…I suffer from marshmallow rage if there isn’t enough!) and the loo were the bees knees.

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Fuelled up, shoe laces tied, flowers located and shoefie taken…

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…I went out in search of some pargetting and found the most famous house in Clare…aka the Custard Creme Biscuit House…

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…okay not it’s official name but it bloody well should be!  Anyone craving a Custard Creme biscuit now?  And yes that is a graveyard right in front of the house as well.

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A graveyard must mean there is a church close by….

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…there you go now!

The village is rather quaint with a number of little independent shops so you can wander around peacefully window shopping…

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England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…or maybe do a bit of antique shopping…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…this place was amazing, there was so much I wanted to take home…I had to remind myself that I can’t fit a 3 piece lounge suite in a Fiat 500…in my mind I could…then my mind got distracted by gluten free cake which they were serving in the cafe inside the antique centre…I didn’t have a slice but it did look bloody tasty…gluten free salted caramel cake…I’m drooling as I write this!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

You know I love a castle or ten and Clare is home to a castle…or remains of one…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…which means you can climb to the top of it and get amazing 360 degree views of the town and surrounding countryside.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

It was at this point that I realised that I really love Suffolk a lot…the colours, the friendly locals and just how I feel totally calm while visiting Suffolk…it’s very different to the honeycomb villages of the Cotswolds which I find a tad too touristy and a bit beige.

Next stop was to take a snap of a car…you know, a little oh lala car in Clare…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…I crossed the bridge and ended up in the Priory…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…a peaceful little spot…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…which you enter through a private gate and go in search of some Earls, a Duchess and a Countess or two (relatives of King Richard III and Queen Anne Neville) that are buried within the grounds.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

I think this sign clarifies quite well who is buried within the grounds of the old priory with dates for all those history buffs out there!

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

You know I can’t help myself…I took a few photos of some pretty cute little doors…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…told you they were cute!

Wandering around Clare in search of the pargetting which I finally stumbled on…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…it was very beautiful, not as much as Saffron Walden but still impressive for pargetting lovers.

There of course was a number of wobbly houses…

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

…it wouldn’t be Suffolk without a wobbly house or two!

Just take a wander around Clare, it’s a magical little place that will leave you enchanted.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

I really enjoyed my day trip to Clare in Suffolk…the county is a colourful and much cheaper alternative to the Cotswolds.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

Travel Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Day Trip Exploring Clare, Suffolk

  • There is a car park by the castle and antique centre which you will need to pay for however you can park on the outskirts of town and walk in which is what I did and it took less than 5 minutes to walk in.
  • There are a few little tea rooms offering gluten free snacks in Clare, I visited Honey Hill Cafe which also do afternoon tea if you need an afternoon tipple.
  • If you want to walk to the top of the castle then sensible shoes are a must!
  • There is no charge for the castle or the priory and both offer lovely spots of a picnic
  • If you love pargetting as much as I do then I would highly recommend Saffron Walden for a visit as I think it’s the best spot for pargetting in England.  Nethergate Street is where you will find most of the pargetting…the Custard Creme Biscuit house is found by the church in the middle of the village.
  • If you plan to do a Road Trip to Suffolk then why not read my Chocolate Box Suffolk Villages Travel Guide that offers a complete itinerary of places to visit for a weekend or longer including Clare and Lavenham which is a must visit for Harry Potter fans.
  • Clare is apparently a village however folks do call it the smallest town in Suffolk…who really knows.  The folks are so sweet and I had a lovely chat with a few locals on my visit who stopped me and asked what bought me to Clare.

England Travel Inspiration - Exploring Clare, A Sweet Chocolate Box Village in Suffolk. Suffolk is a great destination for a day trip from London when you are next in England on vacation. There are so many beautiful destinations to discover including this gorgeous village in the English countryside. Click the link to read more Clare Travel Tips including what to see, where to eat and where to shop AND a very helpful full itinerary for a weekend trip to this county.

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It feels like an age since I’ve written a gluten free afternoon review so I thought I better rattle my dags and show you a little afternoon feast from a few months ago.  Rachel and I headed into London to try the gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley…now this wasn’t my first visit (you can read my other review here from 2013…and I had visited again after this review but never blogged about it) but thought I would share my findings with you all as obviously opinions can change.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Gluten Free Sandwiches

The sandwiches were okay…I would say that the gluten free bread was a tad thick for my liking BUT they were better than the pastry selection.  We were asked if we wanted more sarnies however we declined as Rachel and I are both sugar monsters.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Gluten Free Scones

No scones…now this was never an issue before when I’ve visited the Berkeley Hotel for Afternoon Tea however I think there is a problem now.

Gluten Free Pastries

Now the pastries…if you offer no scones then I expect you to blow my cotton socks off when it comes to the pastry selection and The Berkeley failed…the mini cakes were very dry to the point that Rachel and I thought they might be stale…yes stale…you can put a glaze on it however if you wanted us to like it then you shouldn’t have overcooked it!

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

To quote my dad – even the birds would leave those cake alone for fear of having to walk home!

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

While in the past, the pastries were free flowing and constantly replenished…this is now not the case so don’t expect to try one of each pastry which is disappointing considering the lack of scones and the dad affair of the stale cakes.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

However on a happier note, it was good to see that the hotel have made more of an effort when it comes to the gluten free pastry selection and trying to align it to the regular afternoon tea…this change I am rather pleased about.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

To be fair, I really was disappointed with the pastries overall especially when you couldn’t eat the mini cakes as they were so rough…we did ask if there were any additional gluten free pastries and we were provided with a couple of mini macarons which were tasty (a saving grace to the pastry selection of the afternoon tea).

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Tea

I had a lovely cup of tea however I was disappointed that they didn’t replinish with hot water during our visit…for the price of the afternoon tea, I don’t expect to be drinking luke warm tea.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Atmosphere

The tea room looks like it has had a little revamp and now can only be described as instagram worthy…while it’s very pretty, I just found it lacked a bit of soul and could be interchangeable with a few other hotel lounges in London.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Service

The service was okay, it’s definitely not up to the standards that you receive at Claridge’s Hotel which is a shame as they are part of the same group and some consistency would be fabulous…it wasn’t horrendous but I don’t expect to refill my own cup of tea.  For the price point that The Berkeley has targeted, I would expect my tea to be refreshed during the afternoon tea experience.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

Would I recommend the Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley – if you have cash to burn and are really wanting to try the Pret-A-Portea afternoon tea then definitely go…don’t let my review change your mind but do be weary if you’re gluten free.

For me personally, while I have recommended The Berkeley as a fun place for a gluten free afternoon tea in the past, I would no longer recommend as I thought it was overpriced for the quality that we received on the day.

G and I are off the Brown’s Hotel this coming weekend so it will be interesting to see if I still rate them as one of the best in London for gluten free afternoon teas along with Claridge’s Hotel, The Lanesborough, The Langham and the Intercontinental Park Lane.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

The afternoon tea at The Berkeley starts at £52 per person plus 12.5% service charge.  You can learn more about the afternoon tea here on their website…FYI, the new Spring / Summer afternoon tea menu is out now.

London Travel Inspiration - Thinking of heading to London on your next vacation and wanting to eat a yummy afternoon tea. Why not read my review of the Pret-a-Portea gluten free Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley in London; one of London's most luxurious hotels...warning the images will make you drool! There are plenty of gluten free food travel tips and afternoon tea reviews at my blog www.aroundtheworldin80pairsofshoes.com

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Ahhh Olney, the sweetest market town you’ll ever see…home to pancake races and the beautiful hymn, Amazing Grace.  Living basically in the middle of England means I have a lot of cute spots I can visit so when I needed to escape the house, I met up with G for morning tea and had a little wander around Olney while recovering from my operation.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

^^Apparently Olney is the Best Kept Town In Buckinghamshire…anybody wish to disagree?  Look at the ladies on the sign running with their pancakes…how bloody adorable!

As soon as you get close to Olney, your view is dominated by a large church…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…the church is the finishing line to the famous pancake race on Shrove Tuesday…I happened to visit two days later…doh!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

Unfortunately I couldn’t pop inside the church as they were preparing for a funeral and I didn’t want to intrude.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

I had a wonderful chat with a little old man in the churchyard in regards to world events…after our chat, we admired the snowdrops together…it was a perfect reminder to always smile and be open for a chat…anytime and anywhere.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

So that is the finish line…I’m guessing you want to know where the start line is for the pancake race…here you go…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…while they don’t know where the original start line was, this is the one they use now…we will forgive the residents of Olney as the race started way back in 1445…many many many moons ago.

A little history on the pancake race – there are a couple of stories surrounding the pancake race and the favourite one is that a frazzled resident of Olney (she was probably scrolling through some old form of social media!) was running late to the church service on Shrove Tuesday so she ran from her house to the church while still holding her frying pan containing a pancake.  The pancake race is only open to the women of Olney (you need to be a resident for 6 months prior to the race…I like this rule a lot as it keeps the community spirit alive which I think is important!)...plus they have a race for the school kids of the town as well.

Now why a pancake…various stories again and who knows what is true and correct…it’s like a bad case of Chinese whispers…however a common theory is and the one I was told while in Olney is that you need to get rid of your old flour before Shrove Tuesday and pancakes were a very simple way of doing this without using many ingredients in the old days…as I said, who knows if this is correct and true but I do love a good ol’ tale or two!

Heading back in the town square…I found a lovely little teashop called Teapots which I’ve visited in the past for afternoon tea…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…if you love vintage tea rooms then you need to add this spot to your bucket list as it’s delightful and they do a rather lovely gluten free afternoon, sarnies…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…and even gluten free pancakes which are pretty darn tasty…but my favourites are from Rachel’s Pancake House which is now moving to Sydney!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

^^It was a clean eating kind of day…jokes!

After refuelling and having a chuckle with the folks at Teapots, I decided to visit the Cowper & Newton Museum right on the market square…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…it had me at spring flowers…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…the house dates back to the Georgian times…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…with various displays including a fabulous one on the slave trade as Cowper and Newton were both involved in the abolition of the slave trade movement in Britain…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…it’s heart breaking to read about this time in history and all we can do is remember our past and learn from these mistakes.

There is another interesting display about the Lace Industry in Olney, Bedford and Northampton – I was totally unaware of the Bedford Lace industry and I live in the town!  I do wonder how many folks of Bedford can trace their ancestors to these Lace workers who came over from France…genealogy fascinates me!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

Now the house also has a link to the Austen family which you can read about here.

The museum is great for dressing up as well (the sign made me giggle!)…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…you can’t go wrong with a wig or two!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

Popping down to the gardens at the back of the museum which were bathing in the March sunshine, it was so lovely to see the crocus and snowdrops finally popping up…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…how sweet is this inscription…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…it was time for a spring shoefie obviously!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

After my visit to the Museum, I wandered around the market town which is super pretty…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…and Olney has a Joules where I may have bought another Breton Top <insert eye roll!>.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

G tells me that I always get into trouble as I talk to random folks all the time (hence why I ended up with a proper stalker on my London commute a few years ago…when G suggested that I changed my train and carriage to confuse said stalker, I told him no and that the stalker could change his train carriage instead…I have OCD and no stalker was going to change my train carriage…G puts up with a lot of nonsense!)…anyway, I’ve totally digressed haven’t I….oops!  So I was photographing a rather pretty thatched house and a nice man behind me said, “where do you want me”….I told him I wanted him draped over his 4×4…I don’t think he was expecting that response but he gave me a big smile anyway and had a chuckle…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…and so I continued to photographed the crap out of the pretty house!  I am definitely my mothers daughter!

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

The doors of Olney were dressed up to the nines for my visit…well possibly due to the pancake race and not me…I do want to think that the doors were expecting me…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…and they looked ravishing…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…I went home and googled tulip door wreaths (I found somewhere in the UK that sells blooming lovely wreaths…go take a look!)…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…a bit of unicorn love over a mint door…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…now you have to ask that awkward question…is the postman tall or the door tiny?!?!…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

…these hanging baskets remind me of Madonna’s pointy bra…is it wrong that I am tempted to buy two now?!?…

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

Travel Tips for Olney, Buckinghamshire

  • Parking can be a nightmare especially on market day so follow the signs and park in one of the large carparks on the edge of town and walk in.
  • Take a comfortable shoes to walk around the town
  • Teapots in Olney offer great gluten free food options plus they’re super friendly so I can’t recommend the vintage tea rooms enough – you can read my gluten free afternoon tea review here.
  • The church is short walk from the town centre; as with any church please be mindful of services being held within the church.
  • The Pancake Race is held on Shrove Tuesday however to participate you need to be a resident of Olney – you can read more about the event on the official website and the history of the race.
  • The Cowper & Newton Museum is a wonderful space full of history over the writers of the beautiful hymn, Amazing Grace plus there are displays about the slave trade and the lace makers of Olney – it offers a really interesting insight onto life in the area.  Your ticket (£6 per adult) offers you unlimited access for a year and during the summer months they offer tea and cake in the gardens on a Thursday…I will be back for that!

Have you visited Olney before – did you love the little market town?  Where is your favourite spot in Buckinghamshire?

England Travel Inspiration - Olney, The Sweetest Market Town: Home to Pancake Races & Amazing Grace! This little market town in Buckinghamshire is gorgeous with cute vintage tea rooms like Teapots which offer gluten free food to the Cowper & Newton Museum which offers an incredible display on the slave trade. A totally picture perfect little town that you need to stop at to eat a pancake or two...click over to the post to see more photos of this beautiful spot in England.

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