Monday, 16 March 2015

The nearby village of Broadway ...

Already March 2015 and an appointment this morning out of town  had led us in the direction of Broadway and most conveniently around lunchtime!

We presumed that due to a road closure on the main access into the village things were unusually quiet and it was almost too easy to find a parking space! - obviously this morning was "just meant to happen .."

It was a glorious sunny day and was it too risky to  believe Spring had arrived ?  ... Broadway is a beautiful village,  just a 10 minute drive from our cottages in Chipping Campden, - and walkable to others who wish to avoid the roads and follow the muddy trails up onto the Cotswold Hills, passing the wonderful scenic Broadway Tower and down into the village itself.

Today we chose to have lunch at The Swan, we've been here many times before and the food in the restaurant to the side is always good :-)  The place itself sits more or less opposite the village green, with a view of the road which leads to the nearby village of Snowshill.

On leaving The Swan the rest of the village beckoned us to take a saunter and as the High Street looked so inviting in the sunshine it was very easy to oblige. 

There is a lovely selection of independent shops and restaurants in Broadway, they stand side by side decorating the wide path & 'broad - way' of the High Street and today in particular the beautiful Cotswold Stone they were built from so long ago was literally glowing.

 As usual, when we visit the village we paused for a while in front of "Leamington Cottage" - although these days it is better known as   BROADWAY COOKSHOP
My mother was born here, and where my great-grandmother, grandmother & grandfather had a Tea Rooms cycle hire & tobacconists X amount of years ago!  ...  I remember my mum telling me how my grandmother used to scrub the tiles on the alley floor on her hands and knees every morning ..... and now here I was looking out from the alley way onto the Village Green thank goodness my boots weren't muddy ... so feeling no guilt :-) !

... and at the risk of becoming too sloppy and sentimental
this was my mum's  bedroom window !


There is a good selection of Tea Rooms and Restaurants to choose from
in Broadway.
The Lygon Arms Hotel
The Broadway Deli
Beautiful houses on the High Street
... from our cottages Broadway is walkable, depending on your ability - on weekdays & Saturdays you can also take the bus back to Chipping Campden if necessary. 
There is a Tourist Information in Broadway, Shops, Galleries, Tea Rooms, & Museums
By car,  the drive between Chipping Campden would usually take no more than 10 minutes.
 -and before leaving Broadway,  - I couldn't resist a trip down Memory Lane !.....
My Mum, (and my uncle!) outside their home

Leamington Cottage back in the days!


 My mum on her pony - Broadway High Street
(in front of what is now  The Broadway Deli )
 .... Happy Mothers Day 2015!
... will keep you posted :-)