It’s already Friday again with a new and long weekend upon us with the bank holiday in the UK (yay) so I thought I better share last weekend with you all, and quick!
I love reflecting on our weekends together, our precious family time, where we switch off from the week before, simply hang out, enjoy delicious food, at home, or out, and take in the lush Yorkshire countryside we live in and relax.
Last weekend saw us drive to the picturesque village of Thirsk, dining at one of our most favourite restaurants, The Crab & Lobster which is set in an 18th century Georgian manor house.
The place is famous for its gourmet British fare and sumptuous seafood. The perfect setting for a family Sunday lunch.
It was just warm enough to sit out on the sun trap terrace, and play in the pretty gardens in between courses, making for one of those lush spring days I had to document on the blog so as not to forget.
Now feast your eyes on this-
French seafood soup
Cocktail of large prawns in a delicate whisky marie rose with a crevette fritter and wholemeal soldiers for dipping. Delicious.
Thin and delicate goats cheese tart decorated with red onion marmalade and a mild Dijon mustard ice cream accompaniment.
Crispy fishcakes of Hartlepool Market codling & haddock, poached egg, baby leaves and a sweet chilli dressing.
Steamed Lemon sole, scallop, lobster & crayfish mousse, wilted spinach, Herbe Veloute and Charlotte Potatoes. Creamy and moorish, Peter was grinning from ear to ear with this.
Roast shoulder of local free range pork, sage stuffing, apples, crackling and roasties for my Dad, Papa G who was unsuprisingly reluctant to share this. Ha!
Mum and I opted for the slowly braised Faceby Farm lamb shank with root vegetables on a bed of minted & basil mashed potatoes. So large, we could have shared one. Tender and tasty, I loved it but we could only get through half each!
The boys tucked into deep fried fillet of local haddock in Skipton Ale batter, proper chips, minted mushy peas and lashings of tartare sauce. Posh fish and chips they loved!
And after all that grub, it was time to explore the gardens. Doesn’t this tree looks like it’s been plucked from the pages of a fairytale book?
Returning to the table for vanilla ice cream and shortbread (consumed so quickly there was no time for pictures), here is Oliver looking serious for his close-up!
He was adamant he wanted to a wear a Christmas jumper that day too. The rebellious son of a style blogger hey!
Then it was time for a spot of fruit and veg shopping in Thirsk at a grocers and florists- The Greengrocer, in the square.
The car was simply bursting with goodies on the drive home.
Lovely lavender. Oliver crushed some in his hands, inhaling their sweet scent.
Back home it was bubble time before bedtime. I love these shots of Xander doing what kids do best!
While I did bath time, Peter chased after the last of the magic hour, to capture the sunset. These golden rapeseed fields near our home are simply breathtaking. You can see more of his shots on his site Yorkshire Camera. Definitely worth a look.
Isn’t Yorkshire gorgeous?
So that was the weekend that was; I just can’t wait to see what this one has in store for us too…