jans cake 008


175g/6oz unsalted butter or margarine
175g/6oz caster sugar
175g/6oz gluten free self raising flour
4 medium eggs, lightly beaten
2 Oranges (finely grate the oranges)


Preheat oven to 180C/Mark 4
Grease and line a loaf tin
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric hand whisk until pale and fluffy for no longer than 2 mins
Gradually beat in the eggs
Add grated orange of the two oranges, and the juice
Fold in the flour
Put mixture into the loaf tin
Bake for 40 -50 mins or until skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean


Thornbury Castle, Thornbury, South Gloucs, BS35 1HH

Thornbury Castle, Thornbury, South Gloucs, BS35 1HH Te No 01454 281182
How about having an afternoon tea in a castle, Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire, as listed in afternoontea.co.uk

According to the Hotel, Kings and queens have stayed here. Courtiers have flirted with ladies-in-waiting in the ancient yew-hedged gardens. Serving girls have chattered in the stone-flagged courtyard. Today, Thornbury Castle still resonates with history and is the only Tudor castle in England to be open as a hotel… and it’s only 15 minutes from the M5.

However, step behind the heavy oak doors and you’ll find a magnificent hotel with roaring fires, delicious modern cuisine and sumptuous bedchambers – a truly special setting for an overnight stay, a weekend away or for more formal occasions.

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn once walked these rooms and grounds. Today, the 500 year-old castle-palace with its beautiful oriel windows, Tudor hall and historic parkland is yours for the duration of your stay. There has even been a vineyard within the castle walls for over 500 years, from which Thornbury Castle wine is still produced.

Enjoy a regal night’s sleep in the Duke’s Bedchamber where King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn slept or favour the Gloucester Bedchamber and wake up to a view of the oldest Tudor gardens in England – the Privy Garden and Goodly Garden.