We were all impressed with GLOUCESTER QUAYS outlet stores in September and there was not enough time to visit them all. There are dozens which include Next, M&S, Gap, Jaegar, L K Bennett and many more. So I have allowed a little longer this time! Shopping will be followed by a fizzy afternoon tea at THE GREENWAY.
On a recent trip up the M5 I stopped at Gloucester Services (FARMSHOP) and was amazed! It's a bit like Daylesford, and some of the food would not have looked out of place in Fortnum and Mason.
Thought we might stop here for coffee before going on into Gloucester as its certainly worth a visit if you've not been before. £45 (Coach).
It's been a long time since we were last at GRAFTON MANOR - had almost forgotten it - but it is ideal for a fashion show.
Bodega are looking forward to coming again - they came to The Elms - and also the lovely make-up lady will be there to give anyone who wants it - a make-over!! £30.
Have you tried Teppan-yaki? It has been a new experience for me and one I thought you might like to try. SHOGUN is in the Cube in the heart of Birmingham and we will watch the chefs prepare our lunch at the table.
Not sure how many of you have been to the massive M&S on the site of the old Rover works at Longbridge but worth a visit - and they even have a Prosecco Bar.
I Did ask if they would lay on a bit of 'added value' for us, but sadly 'no - you will have to rely on your Sparks card'! I have included a coach for this one as parking around the Cube is a nightmare with roadworks and diversions everywhere. Two courses, wine, coffee, coach £40.
THE MULBERRY RESTAURANT is rated #2 of all of Bewdley's many restaurants. It's tucked away well behind Load Street and specialises in good food.
Not fine dining and not pub grub, but somewhere between the two. And for dessert they still have a sweet trolley! You must remember those..... So plenty of wine, main, dessert(s) and coffee £30.
And then, if the weather is fine you could perhaps visit the Museum (opposite) with its row of shops, the antique and fashion retailers nearby, or go and sit by the river with an icecream if you still have room.....
RALPH COURT was built in 1850 for Reverend Arthur Lucton Childe. He was related to the Childe, Lacon - Childe and Baldwyn – Childe families of Kinlet Manor, Shropshire and Kyre Park, nr Tenbury Wells.
The present owners, Stephen and Paula Morgan purchased the property in 2004 and have created over 12 amazing gardens. From Italy to Africa the gardens transport you around the world and beyond into a fantasy world.
They stress this is nothing like an RHS garden and is designed to provide fun and interest. The garden pictured was inspired by Claude Monet's 'The Japanese Footbridge'. We start our day with a cappuccino in their restaurant overlooking the Malvern Hills.
And to follow an absolute treat! A couple of miles along a farm road and in a converted pigsty is GREEN COW KITCHENS.
Google it on Trip Advisor - 5 stars from every reviewer. The restaurant is simple but the food is amazing and all foraged or provided by local farms.
Celebrity Chef Pat McDonald started me off on these ladies' lunches around twenty years ago - he lives nearby and has had a hand in creating Green Cow and can occasionally be found in the kitchen there. Trust me, the food is to die for. Coach £60
RAGLEY HALL, Park and Gardens is the family home of the Marquis and Marchioness of Hertford. After coffee in the Terrace Cafe we will be able to explore the state rooms of this fine Palladian mansion built in 1680 on our guided tour.
A two course lunch with wine and coffee will follow and then another guided tour of the formal gardens by Head Gardener, Mark Morrell. We can explore the gardens, stables and carriage collection at our leisure. Many of you will not require a coach for this one and the cost is £38.
For those preferring not to have the worry of getting there I will organise a small coach and you will need to add on £10 for this
BROMPTON COOKERY SCHOOL is owned and run by Celebrity Chef Marcus Bean and his wife Jenny.The school is based in a beautiful barn conversion within a collection of original farm buildings.
A spacious, purpose built farmhouse style kitchen allows for the tuition of 16 people and Marcus will be demonstrating a dinner party menu which we will then enjoy for our lunch in their stylish dining room.
Brompton is one of the most well equipped cookery schools, attracts foodies and cooking enthusiasts from all over the UK for enjoyable and informative courses.
Coffee on arrival, Prosecco and wine with our three course lunch. Coach £75.
LUDLOW RACES are always a great day out and open to all (husbands/partners).
This is the first meeting of the autumn season, with the first race at 2.30 pm and the last one at 5.20 pm.
The £106 covers all the following: Coach from usual pick-ups around 10.45, Badge giving entry into all areas of the course, race card, and superb THREE course lunch at around 12 noon, tea/coffee.
Tote is in the restaurant which is on the first floor which overlooks the course and has great view of the start and finish. Coach £106.
Shopping in Cheltenham with lunch at the town's newest hotel - The Clarence.
Christmas lunch at The Elms.
Ladies Who Lunch is a group of ladies from all over Worcestershire and the West Midlands who aspire to dine in all the best restaurants, both local to Worcestershire and on occasion further afield.
Over the past couple of years we have dined at Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and taken afternoon tea at both The Ritz and The Savoy.
Ladies of any age are welcome to join us, and occasionally we are able to invite husbands and partners, for example to Ludlow Races. And just so we don't feel too self-indulgent at most of our events we aspire to raise money for local charities and in particular Kemp Hospice www.kemphospice.org.uk
Most of our lunches comprise two courses (main and dessert), plus coffee/tea and two glasses of wine. Soft drinks are usually available as an alternative.
We travel to many of the events by coach, usually with pick-ups at The Lyttelton at Hagley or Stone Manor at Kidderminster. If our event is in the right direction we can also sometimes pick up at Sixways, Worcester.
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