Warwick Races, Mardi Gras celebrations and the BEST fish curry

It’s been a busy few weeks here in Leamington – Shane and I have hosted for the last three weekends, and I’m looking forward to sharing some new discoveries with you all!

All the cake!
So, I visited the Bandstand Tea Rooms a few Sundays ago with Shane and my parents – a beautiful little vintage outfit that offers a good range of lunch options, a variety of teas and glorious (not to mention generous sized!) slices of cakes. Positioned right by Jephson Gardens and the Royal Pump Rooms, this place is gorgeous and well worth a visit if you’re after a bite to eat! I had a slice of their Victoria sponge cake and it was just delicious!


A day out at the races!
Last weekend Shane and I took Shane’s mother and sister to Warwick Racecourse to celebrate Shane’s mothers birthday! The races were certainly good fun and very exciting! As it was Gentleman’s Day, we donned our finery and braved the chilly wind – despite the cold (but dry, hurrah!) weather the atmosphere was fab and everyone was incredibly jolly, I can only imagine what a fun day out it would be in summer. Book me in for Ladies Day!

Warwick Races

Kayal is this wicked little South Indian restaurant in Leamington (but having a little research they do also have restaurants in Nottingham, Leicester and West Byfleet.) The food is absolutely wonderful – if you’re a fan of well seasoned, rich flavoured curry in a cosy setting then you HAVE TO GO. I’ve had both the Kayal Fish Curry and Cheera Erachi Curry so far and they’re just divine. For starters I had the Chilli Paneer – spicy, cheesy, delicious goodness. The dosas also look beautiful (not to mention massive!) – that’s next on my list when we next visit! Regrettably I didn’t get any snaps of the food but please just take my word on this one! I implore you to go!

Pancake Burgers
This week on Valentine’s Day Shane and I ventured to one of our favourite places in Leamington – the Clarendon! Its been a favourite of ours for years now – the pub actually changed hands last year, but the same great atmosphere has remained. When 25 pence Wing Wednesday was introduced late last year, we were hooked. The pub is lively and friendly – a fan amongst students, families and young professionals alike. There’s a fab variety of board games to amuse yourself with alongside two pool tables, these amusements alongside a fab selection of indie classics on the stereo is lure enough for me!


Whilst I feasted on wings, Shane dived into their impressive Pancake Burger – two beef burgers sandwiched between three pancakes – drizzled in maple syrup and garnished with cheese and bacon, it was certainly a sight to behold! They’re only serving them until the end of this month, so you best be quick if you want to feast!

Mardi Gras Fun!
So this weekend I had some of my beautiful friends visit – we visited the delightful Judy’s Vintage Fair in the Leamington Town Hall, and in the evening after a few glasses of sangria (and prosecco!) we headed out to Wilde’s Bar to enjoy their Mardi Gras party! Widle’s Bar is a wonderful little underground wine and tapas bar at the top of the Parade – I haven’t eaten there yet but it’s certainly on my list, the food looks delicious and very reasonably priced. With metallic balloons scattered around the bar, masquerade masks and French 75 cocktails aplenty, the atmosphere was fabulous!


Next weekend I’m heading to Brighton for the annual Brighton Tattoo Convention with the dashing chap pictured above far right and another bestie. Excited for chips, seagulls and tattoo temptation!

Lisa X


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