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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