Stilton is a sleepy little village on the old Roman road, once part of the old A1. It is famous for the eponymous delicious blue veined Stilton cheese as well as the annual cheese rolling competition on Mayday. On a recent visit to the area, my friend Rosie suggested that we head to the Stilton Cheese Inn for lunch. The place was cool and spooky, and the food served was special enough to warrant a full blog post.
We visited the Stilton Cheese Inn on a quiet and sunny Sunday afternoon. Like other diners, we chose to eat alfresco due to the unusually pleasant weather. In between courses, I briefly wandered into the restaurant in search of the Ladies and ended up chatting with the owner of the pub. Sue filled me with stories about the Pub's history, the ghosts that frequent it and their stories. They moved up from London many years ago and were looking to invest in a pub and when they arrived at the then failing pub, they somehow felt it was right.
The spirits that she spoke of were 'friendly' apparently and that you just felt their presence. Their stories date back to when the building was a coaching inn and earlier in history when the area was a frequent stop for the old Romans on their way up North or travelling down to London.
The pub is filled with trinkets, old notes, copper utensils and there has been a clear effort to maintain the original feel of the place.
The owners Sue ( English) and Carlos Rosa (Portuguese) have created an exquisite seasonal menu that combines the best of Portuguese and English cuisine. Our friend Pete went for a starter of cheese fritters with mango sorbet ( which looked and apparently tasted, unusual and exquisite).
Rosie and I went for traditional Portuguese Cataplana and that was super and portions were *huge*! Ed and Pete went for a more anglicised Fish and Chips and Fish Fillet with Rice respectively for their mains and seemed very pleased with the choice.
Sue was quite the mother-figure, making sure we were eating our food the right and eating it all up! Rosie and I didn't quite finish our massive mains as there was simply no room. The boys were very full too and so there no room for hoovering up more. It's been a good few weeks since our visit but writing this post still makes my mouth water as the food was amazing!
Finally, a quick unplanned outfit shot to match an unplanned blog post! I've been living in my Zara camo trousers and Cos oversized top all of late summer/early Autumn as they seemed to go so well together and are so easy to wear, no ironing or dry-cleaning required. I'm also wearing my lovely Charolotte Olynpia Kitty Flats, bought in the Net-a-Porter sale last year and so very comfortable!
I hope you are all having a lovely weekend, and if you are ever in the area, I recommend visiting Stilton. Ann x
Wearing: Cos top, Zara camouflage trousers, Charlotte Olympia kitty flats and Longchamp neo bag.