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 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.