Our #SummerOf17 Staycation in the Cotswolds, our summer campaign for Cotswolds Concierge, was mostly about the many great places to go with the kids and the good times we could have as a family in the Cotswolds. And in this blog, first published on Cotswolds Concierge in 2017, we shared the 24 wonderful hours we just spent at one of the most child-friendly hotels in the Cotswolds, the iconic Lygon Arms in Broadway.
A stroll around beautiful Broadway
Arriving early and finding our room not quite ready, we were greeted warmly, our car valet parked and our luggage stored safely for later. We went outside to enjoy beautiful Broadway in the sunshine, spent a bit of time in the awesome public playground, did a bit of shopping and took in all the pretty of this picture-perfect village that it is impossible to get enough of.
The play room of fun
Back at the hotel, we were shown the play room, a large room full of games, DVDs and bean bags, a super room for the kids to have fun for a while. Matthew and Noelle put on ‘Smurfs’ and threw themselves into the pile of beanbags and we went downstairs for a relaxing coffee. An hour or so later it was time for Afternoon Tea.
Afternoon Tea with Harry Potter
…and Harry Styles and Mickey Mouse and Kim Kardashian.
Now, if you follow our blogs, you’ll know we just LUURVE a good afternoon tea, and having already had one of the best afternoon tea experiences at The Lygon Arms last summer, our expectations for this visit were sky-high. This afternoon tea experience at The Lygon Arms were not only as good as the last one, it easily exceeded our expectations. With personalised cakes for the kids, special child-friendly delights, the most beautiful and delicious cakes, sandwiches and scones, Noelle’s vegetarian diet especially catered for and, to top it off, a game of ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ waiting for us (super-fun family game, we laughed so hard!), our afternoon tea experience yesterday at The Lygon Arms was… perfect!
A fantastic afternoon at the spa
If our plan of the day yesterday had a flaw at all, it was that the visit to the spa had to happen right after the afternoon tea. We were stuffed, but off we went to the spa for a couple of hours by the pool and the jacuzzi. The kids were beyond excited about the prospect of swimming-fun and we were all excited to be among the very first to set foot in the newly refurbished spa at The Lygon Arms, just re-opened that morning. The spa was lovely. Brand new facilities throughout and a great atmosphere everywhere. We had a fantastic afternoon at the spa.
A lazy afternoon of luxury
There’s only so much water-fun a person can take (well, that’s true only for the grown-ups, of course, as Matthew and Noelle would still be there if we hadn’t dragged them out!) and it was time to check in to our room. We were in one of the newly refurbished Junior Suites – what a wonderful room. Two rooms, with the living area made up with two beds for the kids making it a perfect space for a family. Met by delicious fruit, chocolates, presents for the kids, a stocked mini-bar and a lovely card to welcome us, we made ourselves unbelievably comfortable with our feet up, TV on, showers before dinner, even a bit of snooze… the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon in a beautiful, comfortable, luxurious hotel room.
An instant favourite
And then it was time for dinner. We had a table booked in the hotel’s brand new restaurant and we were in for a real treat. The new look of the restaurant is right up my street. Beautifully decorated and furnished, in keeping with the original features of the room and with a really wonderful atmosphere. Instantly, this restaurant placed itself in the my Top 5 Favourite Restaurants in the Cotswolds, and I hadn’t even seen the menu yet.
The food… It. Was. Good.
Service in the restaurant at The Lygon Arms was 5-star. Staff were friendly and helpful, no request was too much. As (almost) always, we have to find good vegetarian options for Noelle by looking at main- and children’s menus coming up with some suitable and tasty mix of two or three dishes for her, and we did just that. She had seen the delicious halloumi sandwich on the bar menu earlier, and with that in mind, she asked if they would make her a halloumi and pesto burger and chips. They absolutely would and she loved her dinner. The rest of us had fish & chips, the beef burger and the sorrel and spinach ravioli. And. It. Was. Good. Only to be topped by no less than 4 ‘Out-of-this-World’ puddings. We can’t wait to come back to the restaurant at The Lygon Arms again and again.
Ahhhh, now that’s a good morning
We had had a long and wonderful day in Broadway, and our plans to drink coffees and hot chocolates and chat the night away in our perfect suite at The Lygon Arms were squashed by our falling asleep way too early in the comfort of the comfortable beds. We woke up this morning refreshed and happy and excited about…. more food! It was breakfast time and having already become accustomed to the best of the best in service and culinary delights, we just knew that the perfect end to a perfect 24 hours at The Lygon Arms was waiting for us in the restaurant. And it was. Breakfast was unbelievable. A super buffet with everything you could ever wish for in a continental breakfast, and an incredible cooked breakfast menu, topped off by another vegetarian option made exactly like Noelle fancied it. Everything was expertly made by the top chefs in the kitchen, from only the very best of ingredients. Ahhhh, now that’s a good morning.
A fantastic family-friendly hotel
The Lygon Arms in Broadway is a truly wonderful hotel, for families and anyone in the mood for relaxation, luxury and 5-star service. It was once an iconic destination, steeped in history and the legacy of famous guests from near and far. And it is still all that, only now it is also brand new and updated to the highest specifications, but with the age of the building and the legacy still very much respected and cared for. We love The Lygon Arms, it is a gem of a hotel destination for anyone coming to spend time in the Cotswolds. See you there x
An Amazing Italian in Worcestershire
In fact, it’s more than amazing, it has everything one could ever want in an Italian restaurant: Authentic Italian dishes, all created with great love and skill. A wonderful atmosphere. Top class service by knowledgeable and friendly staff. And the perfect location, right in the centre of Broadway, one of the best loved towns in Worcestershire and the Cotswolds.
A cosy and intimate space
We visited Lygon Wine Bar following a relaxing morning at the luxurious spa at The Lygon Arms Hotel and were greeted warmly by everyone there. Shown to our table in the window, a cosy spot in the front of the restaurant with a lovely view of the High Street, but we would have been happy with any table in the restaurant, really, as the layout is such that each and every one is a cosy and intimate space, a rare effect made possible partly due to the shape of the two rooms that make up the restaurant, but also due to the clever decorating choices throughout.
One of everything, please!
The menu at Lygon Wine Bar is impossible! Impossible to choose from, that is, because what we wanted to say was “We’ll have one of everything, please”! We couldn’t do that, of course, so for antipasti we went for the buffalo bocconcini mozzarella and cherry tomatoes and the Italian spicy sausage arancini, two delicious choices that set the bar for the rest of the meal at an impossibly high level. For starters we chose the beef carpaccio with parmesan and rocket, and the burrata with chicory and pine kernels. Our main courses were the spice Italian sausage, red onion and peppers pizzette (deliciously thin pizza base packed full of Italian goodness on top) and a traditional classic of Italian meatballs, tomato and chilli tagliatelle. And we needn’t have “worried” about the bar set by the antipasti, because the rest of the meal more than lived up to our high expectations on every level.
Our new favourite Italian restaurant
During the course of this first 2-hour lunch at the Lygon Wine Bar in Broadway, we gained a brand new favourite Italian restaurant and we have been back many times since. And not that we needed one, but how wonderful that we now have another reason to visit beautiful Broadway in the Cotswolds.
A Beautiful Afternoon Tea at The Tea Set
“It’s no secret, I just LOVE Afternoon Tea. The delicious sweet and the scrummy savoury delights, the lovely hot tea and the ‘ceremony’ of having your food served on a little tower of pretty plates… what’s not to love?
~ Mette ♡
The Perfect Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea at The Tea Set in Broadway is such a wonderful experience. The beautifully decorated tea room is the setting for a culinary experience with family or friends… and the kids love it too.
The afternoon tea at The Tea Set traditionally consists of a selection of delicious finger sandwiches, two homemade scones with jam and clotted cream and a selection of three sweet & dainty delights. And a pot of freshly brewed leaf tea or coffee, of course.
A quintessentially English experience
Afternoon Tea is the perfect quintessentially English experience for anyone visiting the Cotswolds, but it is an equally perfect experience for friends, for coming together as a family or for sharing with your bestie, your children or your special someone.
Check out www.theteaset.co.uk for more information.
The Tea Set Chipping Norton, 24 High Street, OX7 5AD / The Tea Set Broadway, 1 The Huntings, WR12 7AH.
A Perfect Birthday at The Wood Worton
For Robin’s birthday, I wanted to celebrate and do something just the two of us. It wasn’t a big one or anything, but no need to go into detail, I’ve been told 😉
We were having a party and weekend-long celebration with the kids as it’s the twins’ birthday the day before, but on the day, I wanted to do something nice just the two of us. So I booked us into The Wood Norton for a lovely birthday dinner, overnight stay and breakfast. It was set to be the most wonderful treat for us both as well as a really nice birthday present for him… it was exactly that, and much more.
The most beautiful suite.
We’d been to The Wood Norton many times before (in fact, we had our very first date there, so it’s a very special place for us), but we’d never been to stay overnight. We checked in and was shown to the most wonderful suite. The views were spectacular, the bathroom was luxurious and almost the size of the room itself and the bed was huge and soft and fabulous… it was all beautiful, absolutely perfect.
A really wonderful restaurant.
I love the restaurant at The Wood Norton. Dimmed lighting, wooden walls and romantic decor, completely in keeping with the rest of this beautiful hotel… it’s right up my street. The menu is ever changing, always following the seasons and always full of the most mouthwateringly delicious dishes. On this evening we had an incredibly delicious 3-course meal, perfect for a special celebration.
Top class service, top class team.
When we arrived, I managed to nip into the restaurant without Robin to ask if we could please have the same table we had on the night we met. They were happy to book this for us and they made a point of asking if the dinner was a celebration of some kind, so of course I told them it was Robin’s birthday. For the remainder of our stay, several members of staff who must have been made aware of the celebration that was the reason for our visit, congratulated Robin and made friendly remarks about his birthday. It was a lovely touch, not least when our desserts arrived and Robin’s had a special Birthday message added. Top class service from the top class team at The Wood Norton.
We love a good hotel breakfast.
We absolutely love love love a good hotel breakfast. Don’t you? An abundance of nuts and yoghurts and Danish and jams and everything you could possibly desire on your plate in the morning. And then I haven’t even mentioned the cooked breakfast that comes with it. It’s just SO good. And the breakfast at The Wood Norton was just that: SO good! It was more than good… it was fantastic! Absolutely delicious and the cooked options were so scrummy it was impossible to choose. Robin went for a Full English and I, unashamedly, chose the Waffle, Bacon and Maple Syrup……….. sooooo delicious!
See you at The Wood Norton
We’ve been back to The Wood Norton several times since Robin’s wonderful birthday celebration. It’s the perfect place for a coffee or afternoon tea, for a drink in the evening, for a play with the kids outside in the beautiful garden on a hot day, for lunch or for dinner any time… in the summer time I even go there to sit outside on the wonderful terrace to work in the sun. It’s one of our favourite places to go for absolutely any kind of outing… see you there.
Book your stay at The Wood Norton HERE.