I absolutely love my birthday, mainly because I'm allowed to shove my favourite people together at the same time.
This year I wanted to do something a little bit different. I believed it was time to fully embrace turning into my parents and decided to organise a walk in the countryside. After some research I stumbled on a place called Shere, a little village just outside of Guildford. I found a circular route on ifootpath and ignored the weather forecast *grabs new weather proof jacket*
The walk started at a quaint cafe called the Dabbling Duck who made organising a fairly large group fairly easy. The brunches were lovely and they even provided stale bread to feed the ducks. Naaawwwww!
I knew taking charge of such a big walk was a risk, leaving myself open to complete ridicule. I tried tirelessly to ensure that we didn't get lost but we did. Luckily I still had signal and could navigate the rest of the way fairly easily. I also kept quiet to keep panic to a minimum ;)
However it meant that we ended up walking closer to 9 miles than 7.5 miles but an unexpected pub stop made up for it (she hopes). I fell down the stairs last night, I'm pretty sure that was karma biting back. View the actual route here.
A real walk would not be complete without a pooch so it was nice that my friends could bring their German Short Haired pointer Plato with them. He was lovely enough to organise impromptu hurdles whilst we were walking (queue finding branches as wide as the bridal way and charging forward without warning). What a cutie <3
As we circled back to the village our reward was dinner at the William Bray, where a couple of non walkers joined us (cheaters). The pub was lovely, and accommodated the large group well. I was really taken back by how amazing the food was; the perfect balance between filling and fancy. I shared the scallops and calamari as my starter. The scallops were particularly scrumptious (even if I have lost the picture of them). For my main course I had the pancetta wrapped pork loin with dauphinoise potato, baby beetroot & sage cafe au lait, see below (oh la la).
After dinner some of us headed back to Guildford town centre where we were residing for the night. After a refresh and more prosecco we headed out for some cocktails and dancing. Apart from some chavtastic ladies informing us that we were told old to be hanging out in a cocktail bar (they were sick in the bar area half an hour later *internal cheer*). It was a superb way of ending the perfect day. DJ Neev from KissFM was particularly awesome at Cameo, I must get my hands on that setlist!
You can read about my friends William Bray experience here (Ceri was one of the non walkers).