As all you parents will know, it’s rare to get ‘couple time’ when kids come along, and the last time Peter and I got a night away together was way back in June. A whole season ago then! Wow!

Excitingly however, to celebrate Esso’s Synergy Fuels launch, the husband and I packed our bags (OK I packed, he never gets it right when it comes to packing and yes I do need ALL of my wardrobe for one night away)!- and zoomed off to beautiful Bath, a city we’ve always loved, and have a historical connection with.

Road trip time-



…We actually moved from London to Bristol when my first child, Oliver, was 6 months old and share so many happy memories, both there, and in the neighbouring city of Bath.

Bath was also a city we once visited on a romantic break pre-kids touring the stunningly beautiful Roman Baths before making our way to mystical Stonehenge.

I actually discovered some of the photos in my Facebook Albums (remember those?) from that time, and added a few here for posterity!

Two words: so young!



Roman Baths Roman Baths



But back to this recent weekend away…A cultural haven steeped in history, Bath always takes our breath away-it’s a magical city with something for everyone from theatre to shopping and of course spa days at the Roman Baths!

A self-proclaimed fashionista, I love the city’s eclectic mix of luxe and high street stores along with quirky indie boutiques.

The city is simply bursting with character and similarly to Oxford and Cambridge, has the most tranquil of atmospheres. You feel all worries dissolve as you see the sign for ‘Bath’.

The spotless, wide streets and cobbled roads also make it a joy to stroll around and you’d be hard pushed to find somewhere more romantic in the UK in my opinion.

And when it comes to romantic hotels, we picked wisely.

…Arriving on Saturday, we checked into Georgian boutique hotel, the Queensberry Hotel which consists of 5 properties in one, in an eccentrically wonderful layout.

Queensberry HotelQueensberry Hotel

Thanks to valet parking on arrival, we didn’t have to worry about parking the car ( a must in Bath) and were immediately impressed by the sumptuous but warm decor, and the attentive service of the staff.

Nothing was too much trouble.

We were suitably impressed from the off.

…The best was yet to come though, as we were shown to the most impressive suite in the hotel-what a beauty!

4 poster bed, check.

four poster bed

Dual matching showers and sinks, check.

The most perfect bath in Bath (!) check!

posh bathroombathroomChaise longue in the ensuite bathroom, check (I mean, hello, how amazing?)

chaise loungeStand alone bath I could have lived in, check.

bathBasically a room fit for Beyoncé and Jay Z. Am I right?!

suite hotelsuite

And let me take a minute to praise that epic super super super Queen size bed.

That bed, my friends is now firmly on my #lifegoals list.

Forget world fame and a 5 carat diamond ring (OK I’ll just take my kids sleeping through the night)-that bed is the DREAM, I actually woke up at 9am the following morning that to it- amazing for someone previously incapable of a lie in. Peter had a whole hour more than me, in the land of nod, rising at 10am. Seriously lush!

Room service, dinner and breakfast (we literally didn’t stop for breath) at the award winning Olive Tree (so funny that my parents own several unrelated Olive Trees in Leeds), were all utterly exquisite.

Here’s a quick pre-dinner shot! Wearing this Phase Eight jewel print dress I rediscovered and the shoes I designed myself with Upper Street.


Then off to dinner we went!

As one of Bath’s longest established restaurants, the hotel’s contemporary British eatery is led by renowned Head Chef, Chris Cleghorn, the protégé of a trio of world-renowned Michelin Star chefs, (Heston Blumenthal, Michael Caines and Adam Simmonds), and his food did not disappoint.

From the most flavoursome butternut quash soup I’ve ever eaten (sorry Mum) to creamy Caesar salad, delicate halibut and a filling full English the morning after, the dishes were all made of local, seasonal produce and made our weekend a joyful culinary feast!

Food matters hugely to we, foodies and the Queensberry have certainly got it right, there.

english breakfast
And it wasn’t just the food that was captivating. The firework display in Bath city centre, was out of this world too!

firework display

It’s been nearly 6 years since we’ve enjoyed fireworks as two ‘scared of bangs’ babies later, has meant staying indoors and watching from the window, if we were lucky.

Our return to firework night, was nothing short of spectacular and walking hand in hand around the city afterwards, taking in the crowds as we made our way back to the hotel to get dressed for dinner, had to be one of my favourite parts of the weekend.

And not just because I got a quick gel manicure on our way too. Those salons open late people!

Seriously, it was so wonderful for Peter and I to get time to ourselves, to chat, laugh and feel a bit carefree again, just how we were when we met in our early 20’s in London.

We always seem to revert back to those early days when it’s just the two of us, and as gushy as it sounds, I really do love that man more with every day that passes.

Calm, creative, funny, handsome, I certainly lucked out when it came to husbands hey!

…The following day, I headed straight to my happy place-House of Fraser (ha) and trying out some autumnal looks, I left with a new kit of brushes, lipstick, lipliner and concealer.

Peter picked up a bottle of Chanel Mademoiselle for my birthday whiles we were there too!

Outside the store, we caught a touching memorial march for Armistice Day in remembrance of the fallen and felt privileged to have seen it.

Starving, we stumbled across an independent sushi restaurant, ‘Yen Sushi’ and made our way through the menu from sashimi to hand rolls and salads, finding ourselves the last to leave before they shut up shop!


bento boxsalmon sashimisushi roll

japanese foodsushi meal

As the day grew darker, we jumped into the car and started our long journey home, back to the bambinos.

We’d missed those little faces but felt grateful to my folks for looking after them and giving us some time to just be two again, for the weekend.

Seeing their little faces, yelping with joy at being reunited with us was the perfect end to the weekend.

Next trip, they’re coming with us!

Do check out the video we made while we were there so you can re-live our weekend with us.

Think you’ll enjoy it!

Thank you Esso for a super time in Bath.


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52 Responses

  1. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    Sounds like you had the most amazing time! Childless couple times are so important aren’t they?! Love Bath – such a beautiful historic city. Hope you enjoyed every second 😉 P.S You haven’t aged a bit! x

  2. Kirsty Ho Fat

    Reading your post has spurred me on to get a baby sitter sorted. My husband and I don’t have any friends/family close by as we moved just 20 months ago and our son is only 7 months. We’ve had only one night off since he was born. The thought of a weekend away like the one you’ve just had to Bath makes me weak at the knees. We’re muddling through at the moment, as we’re also moving house. Me thinks we should book somewhere for February! Now to find that childminder! #brilliantblogposts

  3. John Adams

    This makes for a fascintaing contrast as I also spent a night in Bath without kids a few weeks back. Sorting out car parking in advance is indeed a must as I spent about an hour trying to park. I then caught up with a group of my brothers’ friends…as it was his stag do. The dress code was “pirate” so I turned up dressed looking something like Captain Pugwash. Only thing is they’d been out for several hours already and had already ditched their costumes so I looked a bit daft. Entertainment for the night came courtsey of a nightclub so awful I’m not going to name it. As for accommodation, this was on a river barge. That said, it is a beautiful city and I want to stay in the Queensbury. I used to be a travel journalist and have stayed in some great places but I’ve never seen anything quite like that. Thanks for hosting #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • Honest Mum

      Oh John this comment made me laugh out loud, did you blog the night?! I want to see you as Captain Pugwash! Can’t believe they didn’t tell you they’d ditched the costumes! Bath is beautiful isn’t it-you must stay at the Queensberry, it was so utterly stunning there and the restaurant is unmissable!

  4. Tracey Williams

    I have always wanted to visit Bath, it looks such a beautiful place. And oh my the hotel looks amazing. I think I would have stayed in the bath all weekend. Looks like you had a lovely time away. I am looking forward to a night away with the husband on Sunday x

  5. Mummy here and there

    What a lovely place to spent time with your hubby. I love the baths and the old feel to bath. It is good to have time.away from kids makes you appreciate then more 😉 #brillantblogposts

  6. Mum in Brum

    This looks like such a lovely weekend away! I used to live in Cheltenham so had the pleasure of visiting Bath on a couple of occasions – it really is a great place fir a romantic break. Your hotel looks fab and it’s great that you got to enjoy the fireworks whilst you were there! #brilliantblogposts

  7. Ebabee

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend. It is so nice to be without kids once in awhile. Although I say that, whenever Richard and I make it to even a meal out without A, we miss her like mad (for the first 10 minutes at least 😉 Looking forward to your next adventures x

  8. Vix Another Mum In London

    What an AMAZING stay in Bath. That hotel looked like pure luxury. Lovely to have some couple time and then be reunited with the kids again!
    We took a trip to Bath pre-kids. Must go back again!
    Vix x

  9. Jenny

    Ooooh, aaaahh and that’s not just the fireworks! What a lovely weekend away, we try to get away once a year for our anniversary for at least one night. The hotel looks amazing I wouldn’t want to leave. Linking up to #brilliantblogposts this week x

  10. Julie Downes

    Sounds like a great night away and that hotel room just looked amazing. I was at uni in Bristol so went to Bath a few times. Great place for sightseeing and shopping! #brilliantblogposts

  11. Daisy

    It sounds like you had such a lovely time away. I’ve never been to Bath but would love to take a little trip there now. The room looks so relaxing and your dress is!

    • Honest Mum

      Oh you must Daisy, it’s just wonderful. So glad you like my dress too, haven’t worn it for years. It’s perfect for the festive season x

  12. Jennifer Howze

    Vicki, I am with on packing. For the first time ever I recently packed for a weekend away and only took one bag. Miracle! Fantastic pictures. xo

  13. Stephanie

    Fantastic video,I agree it is one of the best ones you’ve done. I love that you both did some filming which meant you get to see it from all different angles. I love Bath, having my best friends Hen weekend there next year and I cannot wait.

  14. Rachel In Real Life

    What a lovely weekend! My husband and I are having our first child-free weekend (one night) away in a couple of weeks. We live in Bristol and being our first time away we didn’t want to go to far so I actually checked out the Queensberry but it was full for when we can go! As are most of the nice hotels in Bath for that weekend it seems, so we’re off to the Cotswolds instead.

  15. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    What a fabulous weekend away! It is hard to leave the kiddies but once you are away, it’s lovely to have quality time with your husband! The video turned out fab. The hotel is unreal – it sounds like the perfect time away 🙂 Thanks so much for hosting! x

  16. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby

    Lovely video, I’ve enjoyed watching it… You seemed to have a fab weekend, couple time away. That hotel room is to die for… and the food looks so yum! Thanks for sharing! #brilliantblogpost

  17. Nadia - ScandiMummy

    I don’t think you have aged much at all! Looks like you had a lovely time away. I’m not quite ready to leave Caspian for more than a day, so we will have to hold out on the kids-free weekend for a bit longer, but I do love Bath too. #brilliantblogposts

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  18. Mrs Snow

    You really captured some great shots of your trip and made us all jealous! Good job! 🙂 I really need to get away one of these days, but it’s so hard to be apart from my baby who is still only 18 months old so…in due time. Thanks for giving us a taste of what it’s like!

  19. Notmyyearoff

    Wow that hotel looks amazing, what a room. I’ve never been to Bath but I now want to stay at a place like that when we eventually make it!

  20. Musing Mumma

    Sounds incredible. I was literally salivated at the food photos. Sounds like a pre-kids trip away! What a way to make the most of it! #brilliantblogposts

  21. Random Musings

    Sounds fab! Love the hotel room, with the giant four poster bed, but I have to say the amazing looking bathroom sold it to me! Thanks for hosting #brilliantblogposts 🙂


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