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.

LEEK OATCAKE SHOP, HAYWOOD STREE, STAFFORDHSHIRE.

LEEK OATCAKE SHOP, HAYWOOD STREET, LEEK, STAFFORDSHIRE, ST13 5JX Tel No 01538 387556

For some outstanding oatcakes try this shop in Leek. But expect a queue on Saturday mornings as it gets very busy. Then enjoy the standard breakfast filling of bacon, mushrooms and sausage.

I bet you didn’t know that there are over 40 shops specialising in the making of Staffordshire Oat Cakes. There is even a website so that you can find the nearest shop that sells them
http://www.theoatcakeguide.co.uk/