Time for my annual catch-up with my friend and film director, Eric Mival. We normally choose August because of the potential for good weather, but these past few days has just been appalling – rain, rain and more rain!
So, it wasn’t really the ideal weather for taking the XKR for a spin, but luckily, it didn’t!
We met at our usual haunt, The George Hotel in Stamford and also, as usual, they didn’t disappoint! Sandwiches all round (enough to feed a horse!) and quality ale – what more could a traveller ask for!! We spent the time chatting about my favourite subject – the TV series ‘The Prisoner’, that Eric worked on (as well as other less important topics like family and holidays!)
This time, we met up with Geoff & Rhonda and Paul & Sue for a late lunch. And in spite of the familiar location we had a torturous journey there courtesy of a slightly confused Google Maps that in effect, sent us round in a big loop. The estimated 20-minute journey turned out to be closer to 45 minutes!
On arrival, the car-park was full, so we proceeded to the overflow area where there was plenty of space. We all arrived about the same time and after a quick natter outside, we headed for the Restaurant. I had a bit more time to study the place this time round and it certainly has plenty of character – there’s a volunteer-driven railway station & track nearby and acres of eating space outside!
Service was as good I remember it (luckily it wasn’t too long ago!) and we were soon seated at a rather cosy table-for-six inside (it was a bit blowy to be eating outside!). The place was already heaving – a good sign perhaps!? We were soon looking through the menu and more especially the ‘Specials’ board that had at least another dozen dishes on it – yummy! IN the end, after much indecision, we all skipped Starters, and I settled for the Duck as a Main and the Chocolate Brownie as my Dessert – all good food, served with a smile!
It was good to see everyone again and after a slight detour home due to a problem on the A14, we were home just a few seconds before Steve from Jaguar returned with the XKR (it’s got an intermittent fault with a headlight, that wasn’t couldn’t completely solved, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed!)