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Eating on the A33

The A33 is the main road from Basingstoke to Reading. We use that road quite often. To go to Reading, to take the M4 or just for pure pleasure to try the many pubs that populate that road and the surroundings.

So far we’ve tried three.

The Longbridge Mill

This is a really nice restaurant. On Sundays they have the typical Sunday roast and from what I remember it is quite a generous size and tasty. And on normal days they divide the restaurant into two different areas, a proper sit down area with a full restaurant menu (a tad pricey, but good quality) and a more informal order-at-the-bar area with more pub-grub food (cheaper and good too)

The actual restaurant is also very nice, nice old building with a real mill, by the river Loddon and a few open fires inside. Really nice and cosy, especially in winter.

The Wellington Arms

This is a really posh restaurant. We had been in Reading one morning and on our way back to Basingstoke we decided to stop at the first pub that we found. And the Wellington Arms was the first one we came across! The first thing that struck us was the clientele… Have you watched Downton Abbey? Remember the scenes when they go hunting? Well, yes, that’s what everyone was wearing… We felt so out of place! But I must say that the place was really nice, decorated very tastefully. And the food was very good too, but it was extremely pricey. It’s the kind of place that I would be very happy to go to if I was a higher class middle age woman who lunches 🙂

The White Hart in Sherfield

This is the latest one that we’ve tried. It was good, although not as good as the other two. It had more of a “local pub” feeling, and the seating down area of the restaurant was completely empty. We were the only ones in there. Sometimes you wonder why that is… The food was okay and reasonable priced, but it still didn’t feel amazing. I suppose it would be more than good enough as your local pub, the place that you visit regularly and sometimes you decide to grab some grub. But it is not somewhere that I will especially visit to eat there again.

PS: This is my 200th post on my blog! Congratulations to myself! 🙂


Maybe I’ve seen one too many American films, but the thing is that I’ve been wanting to do a roadtrip for quite a while now. I love travelling, I love visiting new places, and I don’t mind car journeys that much (as long as you have plenty of good music to sing along to). If we put all those ingredients together, we get a lovely road trip as a result.

The ultimate road trip has to be a West Coast to East Coast of the United States. I’ve been daydreaming about it for a while, but since you’d need something like 3 months to carry it out properly (due to the vast land mass and huge amount of “must-see” places), I believe it is out of reach until we win the lottery. Or maybe we just have to befriend Stephen Fry and ask him to take us with him in his next Black-Cab-Around-The-States TV Series.

I’ve been consulting it with Google and apparently it would only take us JUST two days to do Boston to San Francisco (no stopping even for a piss, though)



But since none of this is going to happen any time soon, I thought it would be a bit better for my own sanity to try to get a more achievable target in mind. So I came up with the idea of Ireland.

I’ve felt quite curious about Ireland for a bit now. It all started when I read the book “Dublin” by Edward Rutherford (it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as his “London” one), the descriptions (especially the ones of the Wicklow Mountains) really captivated me and I have felt like I had to see all of that beauty with my own eyes ever since.

I’ve been having a look at the “Discover Ireland” website, which is quite good compared to other tourism websites I’ve seen, and they even have a section on “Getting around by car” – exactly what I was looking for!

There are lots of different trip ideas and multiple routes according to your holiday needs. From Castles and Cathedrals, to culinary coast-to-coast tours. Mountains or Cities. Coast or Wildlife. Anything, really.

The one that has caught my eye is the “Medieval Ireland” one, with Castles and Cathedrals and all that really photogenic scenery.


So! We have the plan, the route and the willingness. We just need the time off and the money to pay for flights, accommodation and car rental. Anyone wants to give us a hand here?