Blog: On holiday ten miles from home

This weekend I went on holiday 10 miles from home.

I thoroughly recommend taking a break in your own back yard. You don’t have to travel far, getting home is a cinch and you know exactly where to visit. Disappointment and petrol costs are kept to acceptable levels.

Happily, I was with old friends and the Old Pheasant in Glaston was our local for the weekend, located just 100 yards from our holiday cottage. Inside this cosy old pub several pints of JHB by Oakham Ales were quaffed and a few games of dominos by the range were enjoyed. If you haven’t tried this mindless activity (well, I for one was mindless while playing it), you should – it beats meditation hands down in the relaxation stakes.

We cooked for ourselves all weekend, mainly because we had several kids with us. If we’d gone out we would have tried the restaurant at the Old Pheasant. I’d also have liked to have taken my friends to James Goss’s pub, the King’s Arms in Wing, or the Lake Isle in Uppingham.

Last night I cooked a sausage dish that I find very reliable using a recipe published in Issue 2 of Great Food. And to keep the kids entertained, we made some dough balls using spelt flour from Claybrooke Mill, which gives bread a slightly sweet, almost scone-like taste.

The next day we strolled along bucolic single track lanes, took in St Andrew’s Church in Glaston and saw several Rutland kites hovering. Then we said our goodbyes, promised to do it again soon and I drove 10 miles back home to Melton Mowbray.

We booked our cottage through Rutland Cottages.

Making dough balls

 

St Andrew’s Chuch, Glaston

 

According to a notice inside the church, the impressive west window of St Andrew’s was designed by Lord Carbery of Bisbrooke Hall in the 19th century

Matt Wright
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Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.