Tuesday, 28 November 2017

A Day in the Life - Stow-on-the-Wold

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...

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
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, 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
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  1. It sounds like you had an amazing time, and all of the food looks incredible! I must say that, that is the weirdest Banana split I have ever seen haha!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  2. ‪I love the Cotswolds and recently took my kids to Bourton-On-The-Water. Stow On The Wold is definitely on the list next as is Broadway. Enjoyed the read x‬

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    1. Thanks Rosie! I hope you are able to visit Stow soon! I'm hoping to see some more of the Cotswolds this year xx Nai

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