I’m not sure if it’s an age thing, or the fact I just like things feeling a bit more personal, but I’ve come to realise that I don’t love great big bars anymore. Even those really quirky ones, with huge cocktail menus and wine lists and beautiful décor… like I appreciate the efforts, and always appreciate the gorgeous interiors, but truly, I’m happier elsewhere.

Give me a great quality pub, with friendly staff and solid drink offerings, or a fun wine bar type environment and I’m much happier. Like I’m happy going out anywhere frankly, but there’s just certain places that much better do it for me.

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You know when you just need a night away from home - not because home life isn’t OK, and not even because it’s been forever ago since you’ve been anywhere different, but just because you want some pretty surroundings, somewhere new to look about, and no big time restraint to rush home – well I’ve been feeling that feeling for a couple of weeks. I'm pretty sure Gemma has too.

This weekend just past, Gemma and I didn’t have anything planned for the weekend, and no dull commitments needed to be stayed home for, so we decided last week to make a hotel booking for Sunday night, and get away for the night.

Our destination – Stratford-upon-Avon.

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The Template for a Great Day Off

I have not worked in an office for over four years now, but I did squeeze in a little over three years worth of office working, Monday to Friday, 9-5 style, between graduating from university and quitting it all to own a cafe. What I remember doing a lot of with my work colleagues back in my office days was discussing the weekends. This may not be the same now, or it may have just been me and my particular co-workers, but I have a very clear memory of having the same types of conversations, with people from around the offices, and even across the different places of work I held in that time.

Monday to Tuesday would be full of discussion of "what did you get up to at the weekend?" in amongst some work chat as well, because, I did do some work!

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