After spending an afternoon in the pretty town of Brackley, we wandered down towards The Brackley Antiques Cellar. The showroom was packed with a fantastic range of antiques from furniture to collectable masks and pottery. We happily spent a good hour in the showroom and could have easily spent thousands; luckily I restrained myself and walked away with only a collection of kitsch mugs!
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I would have never gone to a Vietnamese restaurant if a colleague hadn’t raved about Dangs on the Wellingborough Road in Northampton. As soon as we walked into the restaurant the welcome was fantastic; the staff were efficient and courteous and were happy to recommend or explain the dishes on the menu. We opted for three different dishes; duck, chicken and cod. I can honestly say the fish dish was the best tasting eastern food I have ever tasted - a huge achievement considering I am a self-confessed fish-o-phobe! The total bill was very reasonable, and the restaurant had a great selection of wine. I would definitely recommend Dangs for any occasion!
While in Northampton town centre, I visited 78 Derngate, the Mackintosh House, designed for businessman Joseph Bassett-Lowke by Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The interior didn’t disappoint with unique decoration and contrasting designs throughout – it gave me a lot of inspiration for my own home! The designs were revolutionary for the time they were created in 1916. A must see for art lovers and interior fanatics! The gift shop is a must on the way out where they sell jewellery and gifts from local artists and the café is also a perfect place to sit down, plan the next stop and enjoy a nice cup of tea.
My partner and I recently visited Silverstone in Northamptonshire and found a fantastic place to stay, Whittlebury Hall. While he enjoyed being within a stone’s throw of the race track, the spa hotel, in its own private grounds, had a great choice of relaxing treatments on offer for me to enjoy. The spa also puts on a fantastic lunch for its guests, healthly but with a hint of indulgence! The luxurious accommodation was very comfortable and we both came left refreshed and rejuvenated.
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