The Bear, and Bertie, and Me

Hi everyone,

I am very sorry for not posting in an absolute age!! Last week I was on holiday (more on that in a separate post) and the week before I was terribly poorly with flu and therefore incapable of doing anything other than going straight to bed when I got home from work.

For any of you who don't know - I turned 30 on the 25th February. I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion so arranged a decadent birthday lunch with some of my closest friends at a local establishment called The Crazy Bear. There are only 3 locations for this very individual and discerning chain, one in Oxfordshire, one in Covent Garden and one in Beaconsfield, which is a town just down the road from me.

Designed to harken back to the days of the speakeasies and opulent cabaret clubs, The Crazy Bear is the most exciting and unusual place I know that doesn't involve a trip to a larger town or London.

We started with cocktails in the bar......

Then we moved into the restaurant where we were seated in a private booth!

I started off with smoked salmon - it was delicious.

Everyone happily tucking into their starters.

Myself and Clare.

For the main course I chose the shoulder of roast lamb with all the trimmings.

Clare inspired serious food envy with her posh pasty and triple cooked chips!!

I think I'm rather tipsy here!!

Pudding was iced banana parfait - absolutely delicious.

Mr 'Whatlisawrote' plumped for a sticky ginger pudding which looked rather good.

I had a fabulous time, it was the perfect way to celebrate a landmark birthday.

More info on The Crazy Bear group here. Should you be near one of their locations you really should go, even if just for a drink. It'll be such a fun experience!!

Also, my parents have adopted a black lab puppy called Bertie. He is without a doubt the cutest bundle of fur in the world. But then, I am a little biased.

He is now 10 weeks old and turning into rather a handful (as puppies do!) but I'm sure my Mother will get to grips with him soon enough.

On my actual birthday I was working, so it was a lovely surprise to arrive at the office and be greeted by a decorated desk and presents!!

And cake!!

I was feeling tired all day which I now know was the beginning of my flu, so in the evening Mr 'Whatlisawrote' cooked me a superb dinner of duck breast with red wine and cherry sauce, mash and veggies.

Followed by some leftover chocolate peanut butter cheesecake I had made a couple of days beforehand when my family came over to the flat for dinner. I ate this reclined on the sofa under a blanket.

Tough life!!

Holiday post to come soon!

Bye for now,


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