We arrived in Bibury (straight after leaving the equally beautiful Castle Combe), as the heat of the sun was starting to cool off and wasted no time in heading straight for Arlington Row and its pretty little cottages.
Once we got there, I totally understood why this was a firm favourite amongst visitors to the Cotswolds. This unassuming little street is the epitome of British living.
Also, did you know you can stay in the cottages here? Turns out you can rent them from the National Trust though I imagine the availability on them must be fairly limited due to their location.
Bibury is the only place we visited in the Cotswolds where we didn’t go to the church, we could’ve but at this stage, I was far too hungry and felt rather accomplished from getting to explore Arlington Row so we skipped the church and headed off to Oxford!
Except no journey through the Cotswolds is ever that straight forward and for all our ‘rushing off’ to Oxford, we got distracted halfway through the journey by the village of Banbury. It was only the quickest whistle-stop tour through Banbury but it was enough to convince me of my need to return and spend even more time in the Cotswolds!
Finally at Oxford, we check in, chucked the hand luggage into the hotel room at lightning speed and headed off in search of food!
Lloyd started off with the pate – I went for the prawns.
Followed by lamb for both of us (in the most delicious gravy ever, served with mash) – definitely one of my favourite meals of the trip!
We finished off with crème brulee for dessert – another favourite of mine! (I have like 4 main ‘go-to’ desserts – I’ll try anything but those 4 desserts are almost always guaranteed to be on my plate if I ever find them on a menu).
Exhausted but excited to see what Oxford had to offer, we made our way back to the hotel where I promptly fell asleep, dreaming of beautiful Cotswold villages..
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