One of my favourite things about living in Somerset is that we live so close to my family. We are sandwiched nicely between my wonderful Mum & Dad (5 minutes away) and my sister (20 minutes away). I love the fact that when Roy and I (occasionally) have a drink too many on a Saturday night we will get a call the next day from my Mum offering us a roast dinner ready for collection at 5pm. I love the fact that Bella’s absolutely favourite place in the whole wide world is her Aunty Lianne’s house.
We are a very close family and my mum, sister and I spend lots of time together, but always with the little ones around. So when we plan a day, the three of us on our own, we treat it as a mini break and that’s exactly what we had on Saturday just gone. We started by visiting Vintage Somerset’s Vintage and Retro Fair in Wells for what my husband calls some ‘treat seeking’ behaviour. We browsed, shopped, sat down for a delicious cream tea, and enjoyed listening to some retro music. We then browsed and shopped some more, all the while enjoying seeing those wonderful visitors to the fair who had dressed up for the occasion.
The hall where the fair was being held was filled with little treasures and crafts made and found by some very talented people. It was very well organised, with everything being displayed so that you could each see and reach any little treasure that you had your eye on, Between us we bought books, jewellery, home decorations, cards and some jam! After a couple of lovely hours at the fair we wandered around Wells aimlessly, gossiping and exploring the markets and shops that the beautiful city has to offer.
You can easily spend a day enjoying Wells anyway, but I would highly recommend the Fair as a great excuse for a visit. The next Vintage and Retro Fair being held by Vintage Somerset will be on Saturday 16th May 2015 and then there will be another on Saturday 12th December 2015.
We then headed to Anton’s Bistrot located at The Crown in the Market Place for our lunch. It was nicely busy without anybody feeling overcrowded and there was a lovely mix of people enjoying their Saturday afternoon amongst friends and family.
We were seated, and I have to say served by quite possibly the nicest waitress in England! My beautiful sister, who is currently smashing the slimming world diet, is restricted as to what she can eat… She wanted some tea (but hold the tea bag as she had brought her own), she wanted the sea bass (but hold the bisque as she wasn’t allowed that), she wanted the fennel salad (but hold the dressing as she wasn’t sure if she was allowed that), and lastly, was there any way that they could please hold the fennel on the salad altogether as she just didn’t like that. If you take away the dressing and the fennel from the fennel salad you wouldn’t think that you would be left with much (!). However, the salad presented to my sister looked very nice indeed!
Whilst I tried to hide behind my menu, our waitress (and the fantastic team in the kitchen) could not have been more accommodating. I think I ought to say as well, that this veeeerrrryyy long lunch order all happened before our waitress realised we were the little team of three that had been invited along to offer a review on our experience. That is what I would call genuinely excellent customer service.
- Marinated Olives, Bread with Olive Oil and Balsamic reduction
- A Carafe of Australian Shiraz, a Bacardi and diet coke and a pot of hot water.
- The Crown cheese burger, 8oz 100% West Country Beef, mature Cheddar Cheese, Tomato Lettuce served in a sesame bun, with Fries and a Spiced Tomato Salsa with an added fried egg
- The Shoulder of Lamb braised in Red Wine and Thyme, Mashed Potatoes, Root vegetables.
- The Grilled Sea Bass, Crushed New Potatoes, Crab and Prawn Bisque, Fennel Salad. (Well, a variation of)
- A round of coffees to finish off and a dessert to share – The Homemade Lemon Posset, Meringue, Fresh Berries, Shortbread Biscuit.
I am not a food or wine connoisseur but I know what I like and I care, generally speaking, about the following things…
Was the service good?
Was the food hot?
Was the portion size good?
Was the food as described?
Was it yummy scrummy and would I like to go back?
Did I leave with that happy feeling that you get when you have had delicious food, enjoyed in a lovely environment with good company?
The answer to all of the above is yes absolutely… the food is of such good quality that is does not surprise me in the slightest that celebrities such as Nicolas Cage, Jonathan Ross and Simon Pegg choose to frequent there, and the staff are so attentive, and make you feel how you should feel when you spend your precious time visiting these places… looked after. If you are visiting Wells I would highly recommend this lovely place for a meal and/or drinks.
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P.S. Even though we were child free for the day I did notice that in the ladies toilets there was a spotlessly clean changing table and mat, and colouring sheets and crayons on offer also.
*Our meal was complimentary for the purposes of providing an honest review. All words are my own and we thoroughly enjoyed our leisurely lunch there.