Things to do in Matlock | Spend the weekend with us

in , by Tori Harrison, November 18, 2023

We recently spent a lovely Autumnal weekend in Matlock Bath. As we're in the full force of our Autumn and Festive content I couldn't resist not posting about what we got up to. In the morning, we drove from our house to Bakewell and spent a wonderful afternoon there. You can read about that adventure here

When we arrived at Matlock we immediately checked in and chilled out in our room. If you're looking for a reasonably priced stay that won't break the bank then the Premier Inn is a great option. Once we'd gotten unpacked we started thinking what we could have for dinner. Now our options were rather limited as it was nearing Alex's bed time and we needed to try and keep to that routine as much as possible. We checked out the Premier Inn's menu, but I wasn't bowled over by the options and sought out Trip Advisor's recommendations. 

In there was a beautiful hidden gem - The Sycamore Inn pub. An olde worldey pub with homemade traditional food and the best staff ever. We were unbelievably lucky to find this spot. So friendly to families, incredible food and perfect beer. We were very fortunate and this place was a fifteen minute walk from the Premier Inn. Highly recommend if you're ever in Matlock.

Oxford Road Cafe | Food Reviews

in , by Tori Harrison, November 15, 2023

If you have followed this little blog of mine for a while, then you will remember the days that this blog was solely about food and travel. That was the era of the food blogger and whilst I cover numerous aspects of life on my blog now, I do absolutely LOVE reviewing foods. 

If you were around during my pregnancy and maternity leave days, you'll know I became a HUGE advocate for local eateries and cafes near us that were family friendly. One of my firm favourites has always been, and very much remains Oxford Road Cafe. 


Ewloe Castle - Castle Number 10 in the Castle Casanovas Challenge

We're finally into the double digits in respect of the Castle Casanovas Challenge - Hello if you are new to the challenge, we are pushing to visit every castle in the UK (with caveats) and you can read more about the challenge in general here

Ewloe is a stunning castle set in the middle of a forest and whilst it bears the same distinctive features of the Welsh castles its location sets it apart from all others. 

There is not much information known about Ewloe castle. It is believed to have been built after 1210 by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great) and started life as a D-shaped tower. It is believed the crtain walls and circular wester tower were added some 60 years lated by Llywelyn ap Gruffydd (Llywelyn the Last) and sadly, that is all I have been able to find out about Ewloe Castle. 

Over the last two years we have really fallen in love with Bakewell. It is a quaint market town in Derbyshire and I absolutely adore everything about it. We often ensure we stop off at Bakewell when venturing to Derbyshire for our little staycations. We've sourced numerous lovely lodges and cute places to stay over the years. We had our babymoon not far from here where we stayed in the loveliest lodge. So to say we visit here a lot would be an understatement. 

I especially love Bakewell from the beginning of November as it turns very Christmassy and everywhere you turn feels festive. Almost like a village straight from a Hallmark movie. 
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