I won’t lie…I love the snow so you can imagine the high pitch screams of joy that G awoke to when I realised it had snowed overnight during our mini break to Kent.  As we made our way through Kent to East Sussex, the snow was settling and turning it into a beautiful winter wonderland unfortunately the snow doesn’t really settle in Rye but we still enjoyed our snowy day out to Rye…albeit my fingers are still a bit frosty.

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

Parking the car, we went for a wander around the town…G’s mum has wanted to visit Rye for years as it’s always popping up on those day time antique tv shows (yes I love them as well!) and this was my second visit to Rye as it’s a rather easy day trip from London on the train which I had done in the past many a moon ago.

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

G’s mum knows I love a good door photo…so she found me a door…bless her little cotton socks!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

The high street is a tad tight with cars and little boutique shops which are good for shopping (however it did feel a lot more commercial on this visit unfortunately)…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…it didn’t stop us window shopping (my frugal friday spreadsheet has curbed my shopping like no ones business!)…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…G’s mum said this was her dream house so of course we peered through the window to have a snoop inside (best thing about the winter months, it’s good for snooping inside other peoples houses when they have the lights on!)…you can even see the old man reading his newspaper in the living room…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…I found myself another door to photograph which was part of a delightful wobbly house…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…we pondered about having a cup of tea to warm up our frosty fingers…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…but decided to descend Mermaid Street aka England’s most photogenic street!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

Mermaid Street is very pretty…full of dainty buildings…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…wobbly buildings…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…little houses with two front doors..one for Arthur and one for Martha…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…another rather fetching door or three which I’m sure would be more photogenic during the summer months…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…and a rather old wobbly pub called The Mermaid Inn with gorgeous stained glass windows (built in 1420)

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…and flower boxes outside full of brightly coloured cyclamens which offered a pop of winter colour….

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…someone offered a really good piece of advice…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…not sure why you want to stick feathers up your bottom…obviously some things tickle other peoples bottoms more than others.

So Mermaid Street is rather picture perfect and photogenic to boot but we had the cutest experience ever of seeing a little man who lived in one of the houses trying to clean the street with his little brush with no bristles and a watering can while it was snowing…we stood and watched him go about his business…he had also left his front door wide open so we got a little peek inside as we walked past…he was such a little character and really made our day with his Mermaid Street shenanigans.

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

^^He really did add a huge dose of personality to the street and I just wanted to give him a cuddle but you know this is England and cuddling is frowned upon!

After our jolly and chilly walk around Rye where it was snowing but not settling…just think how wonderful it would have looked it if the snow had settled…it was time for a hot chocolate and a slice of gluten free cake to warm up our frosty fingers…we found G tucked up inside Hayden’s enjoying a cup of coffee…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…after the rather delicious gluten free cake and scone the day before in Chilham…things fell a bit short at Hayden’s on the gluten free cake front…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…it was lemon drizzle which was fine, I do love a grand ol’ piece of lemon drizzle cake however it had so much sugar in it that it made my teeth feel funny…

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

…and G’s mum found clumps of sugar inside her cake…someone needs to put a bit more elbow grease into mixing everything together before chucking the cake in the oven!  It wasn’t bad overall but it wasn’t good either.  The hot chocolate wasn’t bad.

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

Travel Tips for a Day Trip to Rye, East Sussex

  • Rye is an easy day trip via train ex London and why not check out this post on other easy peasy day trips from London by train.
  • If you are arriving by car then there are a number of car parks dotted around the town, we were lucky enough to find parking on the main street for our visit
  • There are a number of little tea shops that offer gluten free food; we headed to Hayden’s which was okay but I wouldn’t return.  The Cobbles Tea Room also has gluten free options available but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to try.
  • Rye has a number of little antique shops to rummage through if you love a bit of bargain hunting
  • The town is very popular during the summer weekends so you need to time your visit wisely unless you like rambling through towns with every Tom, Dick and Harry…we thought Saturday during February was perfect for our Day Trip to Rye. 
  • Another cute little spot in East Sussex to visit is Alfriston…the home of the first National Trust property in England
  • Flat Shoes are required as Mermaid Street is extremely wonky to walk up!

England Travel Inspiration - a trip to the English County of East Sussex calls for a visit to the British treasure that is Rye. Full of cobbled streets including the insta-famous Mermaid Street, tea rooms and antique shops; Rye is a perfect destination for a day out from London or a mini staycation. The British Isles is full of wonderful places to visit on your next vacation - pop over to the blog to see more hidden gems in the Britain including my snowy day out to Rye!

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On the last day of 2016, G, his mum, his brother and I all headed for a whistle stop visit to Hitchin so we could scoff some cake at Molly’s Tea Room…they were under the impression we were going to be having afternoon tea, they were sorely disappointed…so much so I told G he had the rest of the year to get over it, thankfully it was only another 12 hours or so until 2017 rocked up!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

Hitchin is a rather pretty market town in the desirable county of Hertfordshire and with an easy commute from London Kings Cross, it has eye watering house prices…alas it still has a rather pretty town centre.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

My love of taking a photo of a door or two was met with ease on our way to Molly’s Tea Room.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

People hate going to work however I love it due to having chats with various people and hearing about fantastic new places to visit (as well as playing with spreadsheets all day of course!)...one gentleman tells me all about his vintage tea room adventures with his wife and this is how I heard about Molly’s Tea Room where the chairs are all wearing little socks….

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

…the socks on chairs totally had me sold, obviously!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

^^R’s crutch and my broomstick obviously…it’s the only way to travel…and another chair with socks!

After G realised I hadn’t pre-ordered afternoon tea (you need to give them 24 hours and there is an additional £1.50 charge for the gluten free version), I ordered a piece of yummy gluten free orange drizzle cake and an egg and mayo sarni which was all lovely…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

…except I don’t know what happened to the rest of the salad and I was slightly shocked at the additional 50 pence charge for gluten free bread (the only bad point of our whole visit).

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

G’s brother scoffed his fluffy scones in a few mouthfuls, G’s mum had a cheese scone and a few bites of my cake and well G…after the moaning session of not booking an afternoon tea, he went for a bloody tuna salad…I wanted to stab him with my cake fork…and then as I was trying to be nice, I offered him the last two bites of my cake which he accepted…if he wanted to make it into 2017 he should have declined but hey ho!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

^^There were a couple of gluten free cakes on offer, it’s lovely to have options so you can choose whichever tickles your fancy.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

The tea rooms are rather quirky and oh so adorable…I can guarantee my mum will love that teapot as Polly is one of my nicknames…I shan’t tell you why mum calls me Polly occasionally but she does along with Kellie Wellie…which then confuses people on how they should spell my name.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

G’s brother (R) managed to take a half decent photo of me and my copious amounts of double chins and I took one of R so he could pass it onto his girlfriend…everyone should have a chance of love even if they have disabilities. (I did wash my hair that morning, it looks greasy thanks to putting oil in my hair the night before…that explanation is for my mummy but just incase you were wondering also…and yes no make up…hello bags under the eyes!)

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

After our morning tea, I managed to locate myself a drunk wobbly house (you know how I’m obsessed with these buildings, even more so after my visit to Lavenham!).

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

Even though we only visited Hitchin on a little whistlestop tour to visit a tea room, it was a truly delightful way to see 2016 out!

Molly’s Tea Room – 96 Bancroft, Hitchin SG5 1NQ – website 

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks!  Warning: the images will make you drool.  Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

 

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I love a mince pie or ten at Christmas time!  It helps when your mum makes hundreds of the little buggers leading up to the big day.  I haven’t tried making gluten free mince pies as yet…so I did what any modern woman would do…I headed straight to the supermarket and thought I would share who makes the best gluten free mince pie this Christmas!

Marks & Spencer Gluten Free Mince Pies – can’t find a link to the M&S website

First impressions were pretty good and I loved the star shape design lid however there was a downside, they started to crumble as soon as I took them out of the box…now this could be okay if you plan to pass these pies off as your own baking as they look less than perfect once you remove them from the packaging and then from their little foil knickers.

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

Cutting into them just lead them to crumble more so expect to find some mince pie in your bra…a little bit of late night snacking thanks to Mark or who knows maybe Spencer depending on how much they crumble.  Taste wise they were okay however they left a very gritty dry after taste in your mouth…similar to what you get from using Doves Farm flour which I dislike a lot.

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

Overall rating 2/5

Tesco Gluten Free Mince Pies – £1.75 per packet

First impressions were wow that is a bloody lot of sugar on top of that mince pie however the colour looked good and it wasn’t crumbly, even when I got the mince pie out of it’s little foil knickers…but I was rather concerned what was hiding under all that sugar and for a bloody good reason!

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

I started on this gluten free journey four years ago and let’s just say these gluten free mince pies were like a trip down memory lane…as soon as I took a bite all the saliva just disappeared from my mouth…they were bloody awful…even G agreed with this observation.  They may be free from gluten, wheat and milk but that should also include taste!  I was desperate for something to eat the next day so decided to give them another go…they were okay however I think I would have said the same thing about a dog turd.

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

I will say that I find the Tesco Gluten Free range really upsets my IBS and these were no different…if you heard rumbling in Bedfordshire it was because I had two of these mince pies.  Come on Tesco, you need to lift your game…it’s not 2012 anymore!

Overall Rating – 1/4

Sainsbury’s Gluten Free Mince Pies – £2.25

G picked up these mince pies and was desperate to try one (he’s not even gluten free!) hence why the box was opened when I went to photograph them.  First impressions were good, nice colour and no crumbling as you remove them from the packaging or their foil knickers.

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

Taste wise, G was right in his observation…if you like your gluten free mince pies to have a crunch to them then you will love these pies from Sainsbury’s.  Overall the filling was tasty however the pastry was just too hard…a tad disappointing really as they looked so promising.

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

Overall Rating 3/5

Waitrose Gluten Free Mince Pies – £2.50

Call me a snob but I love shopping at Waitrose so I was looking forward to seeing how their gluten free mince pies were going to fare in this gluten free bake off!  First impressions were good; nice colour, not a huge amount of sugar on top, thicker lid than bottom and no crumbling as you removed them from the packaging or their foil knickers.

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

Taste wise these gluten free mince pies are truly amazing and I will definitely rate them as the best gluten free pies in the shops at the moment!  Now to make sure that I stand by this rating, I’ve purchased a few boxes and can say with my hand on my heart that every single gluten free mince pie that I’ve eaten from Waitrose was amazing…my mince pie number may now be in double digits.  There is no gritty after taste, just the right amount of crumble (that pastry looks moist compared to the pies above!) and the mince is rather scrummy and they go perfectly with a cup of tea.

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

Okay they may be the most expensive on the market at £2.50 per packet however I’m happy to pay some extra pennies for a gluten free mince pie which is eatable!

Overall Rating 5/5

Apologies for the lack of pretty plates…our house tried to kill both G and I a few years ago…the cupboard which held all our plates fell off the wall narrowly missing me but landed on the dishes that I had just finished washing, breaking almost every plate and bowl that we owned hence I’ve refused to buy new dishes as pay back (we currently live off 4 dinner plates and 3 bowls!).  A few days later, G fell off a ladder breaking his arm and nose…right before our visit to Claridge’s for Afternoon Tea…I have a love / hate relationship with this house!.  I’ve totally digressed from mince pies haven’t I?!?!

So which gluten free mince pie is your favourite?

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

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After a rather soggy bottom adventure to Alfriston in East Sussex, my next stop was my old home town of Arundel in West Sussex…if you love proper castles and tea shops then Arundel is for you!

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

There is no bad way to arrive in Arundel; the journey via train provides sweeping views over the castle and town and they’re just as good arriving by car…the views are just breathtaking.  I will be honest, Arundel Castle is one of my favourites and even though we used to live here, the town never gets old…I love it here.

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

I can’t remember the last time I entered Arundel Castle so to escape the dreaded rain, I popped inside to explore and have a little trip down memory lane…the Norfolk family are big party poopers and won’t allow photography inside the castle so I can’t give you a guided tour however if you are in two minds on visiting…this is how cool the exterior is! (side note: they do like a good party especially for charity…they threw a few when we lived down in Arundel)

Don’t let the blue skies fool you…blue one minute…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…and dark grey the next….

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…it was raining big fat cats and dogs…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…even my shoes were soggy AGAIN…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…my favourite thing about Arundel Castle is that it actually looks like a fairy tale princess castle…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…you could imagine Prince Charming ride through the South Downs to rescue his damsel in distress from the castle…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…or maybe it’s Princess Charming doing the rescuing….I’m not sure of these metrosexual princes these days….

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…metrosexual is our new favourite office word….

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…don’t you think Arundel Castle suits autumn?!?

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

Thinking that I managed to escape most of the rain by doing a tour of the interior of the castle, I popped back outside only for it to start raining again…so I went in search of another spot for my shoes and I to escape the rain…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…through some pretty gardens…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…which were truly lovely even in the autumn…dahlias daddy…dahlias…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…then had a quick look back at the castle and scowled at the grey sky…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…stopping quickly so I didn’t melt in the rain to take a photo of a door…I can’t pass up a good door…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…and inside the chapel…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…which is currently getting restored…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

….I had a quick wander around…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…and then felt that I needed a cake stop.

I walked pass a number of tea shops that were overflowing with patrons and steamy windows  (I like to think they were having hot raunchy chats over a cup of tea but in all honesty, they were english so they were probably discussing the weather)

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…I continued through town which lets be honest, is gorgeous and I felt a bit sad not to be living here any more…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…walked across the river, our house was on the left hand river bank to the end of this photo…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…and then I found gluten free heaven…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…and I do mean gluten free cake heaven…almost every cake was gluten free…

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

…come to mama!

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

All in all a pretty good day exploring…I managed to tick Alfriston off my England bucket list and had a successful castle and gluten free cake hunting day in Arundel.  England is full of hidden surprises, many of which are still to be discovered by the instagram crew!

This is my favourite door photo from Arundel…the light looks like a crown!

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

Have you visited Arundel before…did you enjoy the town?  What’s your all time favourite castle?

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

Travel Tips for Arundel, West Sussex

  • Arundel is extremely easy to reach via train from London (it’s a quick walk into the town centre) or you can drive to the town and there is sufficient parking around which you will need to pay for.
  • Arundel Castle is not open all year round so make sure you check opening times; it will reopen in April through to October in 2017 and entry fees start at £11 through to £20 to access different areas of the castle
  • I stopped for a piece of gluten free cake at Gaskyns in Arundel, they had an amazing selection of gluten free cakes on offer when I visited.
  • I’m slightly gutted that I no longer live in Arundel on the gluten free front alone as there seems to be a number of options looking at this gluten free trip advisor thread of the ten places to eat in the town.
  • If you want to get a photo of the castle like my top photo then you need to walk up the hill past the train station to look down on Arundel, it’s a stunning view.
  • Arundel has a number of independent shops that are always looking for support plus if you love antiques then you will love Arundel as there are a number of little antique shops in the town.

England Travel Inspiration - Arundel, West Sussex is a beautiful little town featuring a castle, a cathedral, pretty gardens, antique shops and many little tea rooms with gluten free options. Arundel is a very British town which almost feels like a village; add it to your wish list as if you're looking for places to go on day trips from London then this is it! Click to see more photos & my tips.

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