With my best friend’s wedding venue booked and planning well underway, at the weekend I drove down to visit her for a spot of lunch, a little bridesmaid-dress-trying-on and a much-needed, obligatory catch-up fuelled by coffee and Mexican takeaway(!!) In between catching one another up on family trials and tribulations, relationship milestones and having a good natter about our puppies – to think it’ll most likely be our children in 5 years’ time! – we settled down for some lunch at a nearby farm shop, Tanhouse in Newdigate.
Tanhouse is a cutesy little farm shop that stocks locally handmade wares (think toys and home decor) as well as jams, chutneys and the like made from farm-grown pickings. Inside is a lantern-strung ceiling, mismatching farm and patio tables and a log burner, whilst I imagine the garden is absolutely stunning in the summer! It’s dog-friendly too, so we made a note to return in the summer with our pups running circles around our feet.
I opted for their cauliflower cheese accompanied by a side salad to beat the November chill, whilst Ebony and her family opted for ham and cheese platters. (The Brie! The chutney!)
And after all of the foodie goodness and admiration of the farm shop wares, we drove the short drive back to her new(ish) flat and gossiped aplenty, I tried on my bridesmaid dress, she provided me with food and drinks, we both bossed the boys about and then we all settled down for veggie quesadillas, a pup walk and a competitive Nintendo Switch evening.
There, was a Saturday well spent.