Stow-on-the-Wold, The Cotswolds

There's few things I love more than being a little spontaneous, and when my friend Gemma suggested hopping in the car and going on a little road trip, I couldn't think of a better way to spend a free Saturday.  Singing along to Kisstory and drinking our festive hot chocolates from the petrol station, we headed down the M40 to Stow-on-the-Wold...

Sheep on Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold

Quintessentially English, with it's tea rooms and stone buildings, Stow-on-the-Wold is a small market town in Gloucestershire.  Being the foodies that we are, we were keen to find somewhere to eat as soon as we arrived and quickly spotted The Sheep on Sheep Street, a hotel and restaurant with a wood fired oven and an impressive gin menu.  Before even glancing at the food on offer, I had already fallen in love with The Sheep; the mix of contemporary design and a cosy atmosphere made for the perfect setting to enjoy a hearty autumnal meal.  I loved the dark wood features and the use of primary colours in a muted, yet striking way.

Sheep on Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold
A little fact about me; if we are out for a meal and you are not willing to share at least two starters, I likely won't speak to you again. 

We ordered the halloumi chips and the baked breaded goats cheese to start.  The halloumi was served with a jalapeno ketchup and the goats cheese was served with a smoked beetroot salad.  I am not halloumi's biggest fan (I had a negative experience last year) but these were delightful, and the jalapeno ketchup was to die for; I could easily have ordered a second portion.  If goats cheese and beetroot is on the menu when I'm out for a meal, 9 times out of 10 I will end up ordering it.  The Sheep's did not disappoint, it was perfectly baked and had the nicest texture and flavour. 


Stow-on-the-Wold
Stow-on-the-Wold

For my main, I had the Cajun chicken burger, served with caramelised onion, Monterey jack cheese, avocado, tomato and fries.  It was hands down the best chicken burger I have ever had.  10/10. 
Gem had the duck breast in a honey and soy glaze, served with vegetables and pak choi, which looked delicious. (You know you have a good friend when you're a blogger and they let you take photos of their food before tucking in.)


Sheep on Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold
Sheep on Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold

I'm more of a Bailey's-latte-for-afters person than a dessert person, but I really fancied the old childhood favourite of a banana split.  Served baked with chocolate and vanilla ice cream and topped with fudge sauce, I loved that little bit of nostalgia at the end of a lovely meal.  For pudding, Gem had the lemon and honey baked cheesecake, served with lemon sorbet. 

Stow-on-the-Wold


Stow-on-the-Wold, the Cotswolds

Feeling full and pretty content with life, we had a little wander around the shops, browsing homewares and the perfect Christmas gifts - if you are struggling to get into the festive spirit this year and you live near the Cotswolds, pop over to Stow-on-the-Wold for the best selection of unconventional gifts and home accessories you never knew you needed. 

I'd definitely recommend visiting the Cotswolds, and I hope to go back in the New Year for a long weekend to explore more of what is on offer.  I may even stay at The Sheep so I can have another one of those burgers or try a pizza from their wood fired oven! 

This time of year is so hectic, and sometimes all you need is to find somewhere new with good drink, great food and better company... 

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Naomi
With Christmas less than a month away, I expect your calendars are just as full to the brim with events as my own; work parties, nights out celebrating, family gatherings, New Years eve, the list is endless.  One thing I see so many of us struggling with during party season is what to wear.  As much as I look like I'm channelling the 90s grunge trend on a daily basis, and not in the cool fashion blogger way, I do love a bit of glam during the festive season.  My go to look is to squeeze myself in to a bodycon mini dress (I like my legs and bum!) and throw on a leather jacket, red lipstick and some heeled boots. 

Below are some of my current favourite dresses from Quiz*, who are nailing the party looks this season.  Whether you are after glitter and sequins, or that lush velvet number to make you feel a million bucks, they have something for everyone...



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What events are you most looking forward to this season? Remember to stay safe, drink responsibly and have the best time! 

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Naomi

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