Yesterday was my birthday, I was woken by three smiling faces, two hand made birthday cards, a bunch of pink peonies and a cup of tea in bed. Bliss. This is how birthdays look like when you are mama, well if you are lucky anyway. No more waking with a hangover from too many tequila shots or a wild weekend away somewhere. No, this is 46, happy, with two boys and one brilliant guy.
I’m not good at birthdays to be honest, I do find it all a bit underwhelming, it’s certainly not wild nor exciting as it once was in my younger days. But I am happy with it all, especially when I get taken out for lunch to a gorgeous little pub in a charming Wiltshire village.
The Sign of the Angel is situated in the beautiful village of Lacock, Wiltshire. Home to the Harry Potter filming, that house and those cloistered arches… But look past the Potter connection and you will see a stunning village with pretty stone houses, and a sleepy river running through it.
Yesterday was a gloriously sunny day, and so we decided to sit in the pretty garden, with apples ripening on the trees and roses in bloom. So very English, so very charming.
Choosing from the lunch menu, 2 courses for £19 or 3 courses for £22, I decided to have a feta and melon salad with beetroot sorbet to start, followed with salmon and lemon hollandaise with potato dauphinoise. Dan decided on a cray fish salad to start, followed by roast chicken with new potatoes and celeriac.
Oh my word. The flavours, the presentation, everything was impeccable. Truly worthy of a birthday lunch. My favourite dish was the starter, cubes of cool creamy feta, with water melon and a ball of beetroot sorbet and sun dried tomatoes. A perfect cool and delicious salad on a balmy July day.
The Sign of the Angel not only is an AA 2 rosette restaurant, but you can book one of the many beautiful rooms to stay there too. A great way to see the National Trust village and wander the nearby Abbey.
After a lovely meal and a couple of glasses of prosecco, my birthday was truly celebrated in style.
The Sign of the Angel
Visit their website to book your table or room.