A White Christmas At Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons

Imagine the frosty countryside bathed in winter sunshine, a beautiful manor house hotel with festive food from the kitchens of Raymond Blanc and a Christmas scene dressed by The White Company… all served up in front of a roaring log fire. All at once. Yep – my Holiday Season excitement levels went through the roof last week!

At least that would be my excuse for all the festive spam via Instagram Stories on Tuesday when I spent an amazing day at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons hosted by The White Company.

My fellow bloggers and I hopped aboard a train at London Marylebone and were spirited away to Oxfordshire for a truly stylish white Christmas. Upon arrival we were treated to a warm welcome from hotel staff and The White Company team with coffee and pastries by the fire, before heading out to explore the gardens and orchards in the grounds of Le Manoir.

Simple Spaghetti Supper

Listed under one of those things I could never give up is Pasta. With a capital P. When the yearning strikes, nothing beats a bowl of the good stuff accompanied by a large glass of red – when the rest of the day goes wrong, pasta makes it right.

This simple spaghetti supper was born out of a conversation about the left over Pecorino cheese in the fridge closely followed by some instructions to…

London Brunch – The Alfred Tennyson

Last weekend I had the joy of a girls weekend in London with my friend Eve – an annual pilgrimage that we make once a year at this time and one that centres around and shopping and beverages.

The trip has beed affectionately named Cocktails & COS as that’s basically the gist of it… and where the majority of the budget goes.

Such an undertaking requires stamina that must be topped up with regular…

Celebrating Mother’s Day With Afternoon Tea

It was Henry James who said “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea” and I would have to agree wholeheartedly with this.

A ceremony that involves sitting down to time honoured traditions of tea and sandwiches combined with newer rituals such as champagne and cupcakes is very high up there on my list of agreeable ways to spend an afternoon!

Today, I’m…

Tea Time In Good Taste

In line with this year’s mantra of taking frequent breaks and not chaining myself to my desk for seven hours straight, I’ve recently been making a bit of a ritual of enjoying an afternoon cup of tea.

Rather than a quick run to the kettle followed by downing said beverage whilst plodding onwards, I’m slowly getting into the habit of stopping for a proper break whilst the kettle boils.

Even just staring out the window…