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Castles, cake and cream tea (and chorizo, and chocolate, and chips…)

Those of you who know your Waugh might be aware of Castle Howard. It’s been the setting for both film adaptations of Brideshead Revisited, but that aside, it’s a pretty impressive stately home. I’ve visited before with Momma P, but Danners and I decided to get some photography practice in, and with the weather playing ball, we thought we’d drive out to the country. I’m not sure how great the photos are, but the cream tea, ice cream, and sweets more than make up for them. The finale to our day was dinner at Bill’s – York’s newest restaurant. Anywhere that has chorizo, sweet potato chips and chocolate dipping sauce on its menu is going to be fine by me.

A civilised setting for lunch

A civilised setting for lunch

Decisions to be made while we wait for a table

Decisions to be made while we wait for a table

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Cream tea to share

Cream tea to share

Wedge-sized ham sandwiches

Wedge-sized ham sandwiches

We resisted the urge to hop on the tractor

We resisted the urge to hop on the tractor

One of many cenotaphs

One of many cenotaphs

Aaaaand there it is!

Aaaaand there it is!

Not bad for the back of the house

Not bad for the back of the house

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Smile!

Smile!

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The writing desk that would help me pen a bestseller...

The writing desk that would help me pen a bestseller…

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Eerie, yes?

Eerie, yes?

Every home should have a corridor of busts

Every home should have a corridor of busts

As entrance halls go, it's a corker

As entrance halls go, it’s a corker

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I thought the light looked pretty

I thought the light looked pretty

I'm sure I must be in here somewhere

I’m sure I must be in here somewhere

A sort of 'sorry you lost' scroll from the people of West Yorkshire to an unsuccessful Howard MP

A sort of ‘sorry you lost’ scroll from the people of West Yorkshire to an unsuccessful Howard MP

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That's you, Mr T

That’s you, Mr T

Sweeeeeets

Sweeeeeets

Giant strawbs. The best kind of sweet

Giant strawbs. The best kind of sweet

Cinder toffee. Om nom

Cinder toffee. Om nom

Danners realises she made an AWFUL choice with rum and raisin

Danners realises she made an AWFUL choice with rum and raisin

I should have saved some of my ice cream for this part

I should have saved some of my ice cream for this part

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What shall I photograph next?

What shall I photograph next?

The rather majestic front view

The rather majestic front view

A bit of a 'water feature'

A bit of a ‘water feature’

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Hide and seek

Hide and seek

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Entering the Rose Garden

Entering the Rose Garden

Small child not mine

Small child not mine

I promise the skies were blue!

I promise the skies were blue!

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Castle Howard's own jam. Very fancy

Castle Howard’s own jam. Very fancy

Back to York for supper at its newest restaurant - Bill's

Back to York for supper at its newest restaurant – Bill’s

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Crispy squid

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Chicken and chorizo burger. Yummy

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Sweet potato fries. My favourite!

Cinnamon doughnuts with chocolate dipping sauce, and pecan pie

Cinnamon doughnuts with chocolate dipping sauce, and pecan pie

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