Hi and welcome back.
Today’s post is another addition to the mini-series Eating Out. I hope you are enjoying them so far and helping you see there is so much more a coeliac can eat than just simply salads. I hope you enjoy. C. -x-
There is not much I love more than exploring country parks and houses in my free time. I enjoy walking my dog, Shadow, and just getting lost in beautiful scenery of woods, lakes and rivers; he loves the walks too. That is why I love the National Trust so much. I love the feeling of peace and escape every time I visit one of their beautiful sites. Last Christmas I was lucky enough to be gifted an annual membership which allows me to explore so many sites free of charge, both close to home and afar. Recently, I have visited a few sites including Calke Abbey in Derbyshire and Basildon Park in Berkshire.
Calke Abbey is in Ticknall, Derbyshire (see below images) and it is just beautiful. The grounds are perfect for families and pets alike – my dog Shadow loves exploring whenever I go. As it is close to home I try to go as often as I can. You can explore the woods, follow trails leading up round the deer park or even visit the house itself. Personally, I love walking around the grounds and following it through to Staunton Harold Reservoir – I get the lovely mix of woodland walks, streams and lake.
Basildon Park (see images below) is a country house situated in Berkshire. The house is a stunning Georgian Mansion and tells the history of the main families who lived there. The gardens are picturesque and the parkland walks are so idyllic and peaceful.
Both places have a gorgeous café that serves hot and cold food and drink; the perfect treat at the end of a long walk exploring the sites. Although I was apprehensive about my food options, I was relieved to find they offered jacket potatoes and gluten free soups served with gluten free bread rolls. Snack bites include crisps and fruit. The best part was finding the gluten free cakes – the Sticky Stem Ginger Cake or Fruit Cake is just perfect with a coffee and catch up with family or friends after a day of exploring.
I love all the National Trust do so please explore the sites close to you and the ones you wouldn’t normally consider. Each site is so different and the work that goes into restoring and maintaining these incredible places is simply inspiring. Be safe in the knowledge that when you go, there will be incredible places to visit and good gluten free cake and coffee too.
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