Sunday, 3 August 2008

A Couple of Days in Orford

Having just returned from a couple of day's away just up the coast in Orford, a very welcome birthday treat to me from the tartist I felt another post to be well overdue. We stayed at the Crown & Castle, our third visit now. It's owned and run by Ruth & David Watson (she of t.v.'s 'The Hotel Inspector') and as one might expect the quality of food and accomodation is very good.

Their restaurant is called 'The Trinity' and often features dishes from one of Ruth's three recipe books 'Fat Girl Slim', 'The Really Helpful Cookbook' and 'Something for the Weekend' all of which we have at home and use from time to time. Apart from containing interesting recipes they are also very nicely designed. The tartist made me probably the finest Lemon Meringue Pie I've ever tasted the other day from one of Ruth's recipes!

On our second day we took a stroll across the square to The Kings Head (also run by the Watsons we understand) and took our lunch there. Maggie having a better than average traditional ploughman's and I had what I can only describe as a fantastic slab of 'Gloucester Old Spot' pork pie with Courgette Pickles.

The Riverside Tearoom

The 'Tartist' in The Riveerside Tearoom

Orford Castle

Orford really is a very unspoilt piece of East Anglia with abundant good walks, an imposing and well preserved castle, a large forest nearby at Rendlesham and not very far up the road is Snape Maltings with it's shops, galleries, cafe and concert hall. We went to Snape on our first day and were rather taken with the work of artist Melanie Wickham who makes these chunky linocuts of animals. We had to have one...

'Beaks of the World' by Melanie Wickham

I'm aware now that this all sounds a bit like a tourist office press release, apologies for that, suffice to say we had another lovely couple of days here in this rather quaint Suffolk village and probably will again soon, when time will allow.

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