Apologies for the hiatus in posting; Easter celebrations and the mother of all spring cleans has kept me away from the blog recently.
My husband had last week off work and, with the kids staying for an extra few days with my parents, it gave us the perfect opportunity to sort out the garage which has become a bit of a dumping ground for all our stuff since we moved in.
We worked pretty solidly for three and a half days on it, generating a couple of car-loads of rubbish/recycling and a load of items for the local Oxfam store. A trip to Ikea sorted us out with extra storage and I got to channel my inner-librarian with lots of labelling (happy days!). It’s been mucky, cold and a bit boring at times, but the end result is a supremely tidy, organised garage and a sense of a job well done.
Our reward was Friday lunch at The Horse Guards Inn, near Petworth. If I had to describe my perfect pub, I think this would pretty much fit the bill; rustic interior, open fire, locally sourced food (listed on a blackboard for all to see), interesting wine list and really friendly staff.
Given it was cold and grey (again), we were very happy to be tucked away beside the fire while we perused the small, but perfectly formed, menu with its focus on seasonal produce.
The whole meal was relaxed and delicious, but the highlight for me was my hake with almond crust served on kale and mashed potato with a creamy wine and grape sauce; probably the best dish I’ve had in ages, which, in my book, even makes garage-tidying worthwhile.