Our friend Nigel took us for a look round the village/town and right in the centre was the church with an unusual doorway..
Were the trees or church here first?
After we returned to our cottage and ablutions done, we ventured into Stratford to a restaurant that had been recommended by the cottage owner. Loxley's. We had booked which was just as well because even though Stratford is full of eateries, they all seemed to be bouncing even on a Tuesday night. We had a Tapas sharing platter to start which even though it sounds Spanish, contained the following: Hot spicy chorizo (Spanish), Salt and pepper squid (Chinese!), Olives (Spanish, Italian or Greek), Aioli (Spanish), Almonds (from anywhere), Sun blushed tomatoes (Italy) and Pitta bread strips (Greek). Very nice though. Next I had lamb done two ways (rack & braised belly) with dauphinoise potatoes & veg whilst GJ had rib eye steak with peppercorn sauce and skinny fries.
All washed down with a decent Shiraz
Having not been out for this type of meal for a long time, it was an eye opener to see the prices (old lady speak) nevertheless, we did enjoy it. We got a taxi back and GJ enjoyed talking to the polish taxi driver who had the same moans and groans that he experienced at Windermere.