After a hearty lunch at the Hind's Head in Bray, we continued our drive down the M4. Well, he drove and I slept - I was full of grouse and treacle tart after all.
Our destination for the weekend was Hunstrete House Hotel, a beautiful country pile with a 2 rosette restaurant, hidden away south-west of Bath.
No dinner here for us, as we were off to a wedding for the evening, but I couldn't help noticing some interesting puddings like "deconstructed pimms" on the menu.
On our return late that evening we cosied up in the bar with a Baileys (me) and a Laphroaig (him). It felt very Mitfordesque and grand, like staying with an ageing rich relation rather than at a hotel.
Next day, we awoke bleary eyed and slightly hungover to the sight of herds of deer galloping past the window. We eased ourselves from the four poster bed and dragged our weary limbs and throbbing heads down to breakfast.
It was a grand affair with the usual fruit/cereal buffet and an impressive selction of cooked options, all based on local ingredients. Service was high class, slightly on the slow side, but we were in no rush.
Hubby went for the full English, which went down very nicely. In particular the "Saxon Splendour" pork sausage was firm and meaty, full of herby, porky goodness and not too much rusk.
I've had bacon, eggs, pancakes, maple syrup and blueberries in many combinations, but never all at once on the same plate. It was glorious. Rich egg, salty bacon, toothachingly sweet maply syrup and zingy blueberries with a crepe style pancake to mop it all up with.
If that's not a hangover cure, then I don't know what is!
Hunstrete House, Pensford, Nr. Bath BS39 4NS
01761 490 490