Breakfast al fresco at the Green Room in Brackley.

Breakfast at the Green Room in Brackley

It has been a while since we visited The Green Room in Brackley, though we used enjoy a frequent weekend breakfast there. By chance we have now had two breakfasts there in a week. I have to say there have been some improvement in recent months.

When we arrived the place was busy, with the downstairs seating area full. It was a pleasant day, so we chose the one remaining table in the garden, rather than sit upstairs. As the photo shows, the table was rather small for a full breakfast for two! That was our choice, so no complaints – we could have had more table space upstairs.

Green Room Breakfast

The breakfast menu has always had a wide range of options, from simple toast and marmalade to the traditional Full English fry up. Vegetarian and high protein options are there and the staff are always willing to adjust the plate to suit your own tastes. My family doesn’t know how to use a menu – something is always changed!

Our breakfast started with a great cappuccino and dairy free hot chocolate, made with soya milk, which my wife assured me was good.

My full English was well cooked and tasty. For those who don’t know it a “Full English” is a fry up consisting of bacon, sausage, eggs (poached or fried), and often includes beans, hash browns and black pudding. A big test for me is how “clean” the plate is. Sometimes the full English is served with a lot grease on the plate. This is a no-no for me. I am happy to report that my plate was clean free of stray grease and well presented. As the photo shows I opted out of the beans! My wife’s “vegetarian with a bacon cheat” was similarly a well presented meal.

Other Meals

During the day, once breakfast is over (11:15 on weekdays, 11:45 on Saturdays) The Green Room offers a selection of interesting meals. Not your normal “pub food”, and always something imaginative. I have always found something good to eat there.

This is also a good spot to stop for a coffee. And there is always an interesting looking range of cakes on the counter.

Tapas is on offer during the evening, though I have not yet tried that. The Green Room also has an extensive range of gin, carefully paired with the right tonic. Enjoy that at the bar, or with your dinner.

Would I go back to The Green Room

Without question I would go back for breakfast or lunch. We do aim to try their Tapas at some point soon.

 

 

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A river of Clouds in the moonlit sky.

River of Clouds

A river of clouds in the moonlight.

I spotted this weird cloud formation a couple of nights ago. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Lumix TZ100, using the handheld nightshot function.

Not a lot I could do about the pole – I have a very narrow sky view, adn couldn’t find another vantage point quickly enough.

Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse on the kwaZulu-Natal coast, South Africa

Weekly Photo: Lighthouse – Umhlanga Rocks

Following on the lighthouse theme, here’s a shot of the lighthouse at Umhlanga rocks on the kwaZulu-Natal coast near Durban in South Africa.

Built in 1954, the lighthouse has always been automatic. It protects ships from the dangerous local rocks as well as providing a beacon for the nearby port of Durban.

The photo was taken on a Samsung Note 4 during our 2016 South African holiday. The view is from the Lighthouse Bar in the Oyster Box Hotel.

This is a second post for Bren Ryan’s Photo for the Week – 4 – Lighthouse challenge. Couldn’t resist it as this is one of my favourite beach spots.

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Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse seen from the Lighthouse Bar at the Oyster Box Hotel.

Lighthouse Fort de Brescu

I spotted Bren Ryan’s “Photo for the Week – 4 – Lighthouse” challenge, and was certain that I had a lighthouse picture.

I found these two, from our little trip to France last year. We took a day trip to Cap d’Agde, which actually gave us just a few hours there. We chose to take a boat trip from the harbour, up the Herault River through part of the town of Agde, then back around the fort. A great to spend the day!

Cap d’Agde

Cap d’Agde is a seaside resort in the historic town of Agde in France, on the Herault River, which, in turn, connects to the Canal du Midi.  Cap d’Agde is better known for its naturist village (which we didn’t visit).

Cap d’Agde is accessible via the TGV SNCF train services from Paris or Lille, or by air through Beziers or Montpellier.

Fort de Brescu

Fort de Brescu is located off Cap d’Agde in France. Originally intended, by Cardinal de Richelieu, to be the entrance to a port, it was built in 1586, but destroyed in 1632. Rebuilt for defence in 1680, it was used as a prison in the 18th century.  I’m guessing that the lighthouse was added much later.

Photography

This trip to France was a good test of that great little travel camera, the Panasonic Lumix TZ100. I deliberately left my DSLR at home. I have to say I am pleased with the results.

A touch of cropping and processing in Snapseed finished the shots off and ease the bright white highlight on the lighthouse.

Fort de Brescu, off Capd' Agde, France
Fort de Brescu, near cap d’Agde, France.

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Caught My Eye: Coffee and Black Ops

Caught My Eye: Coffee and Black Ops

Coffee seems to have been in my life a lot recently. Testing coffee in a new business – Brett’s Own Brews (good for a post at a later date), acquiring a new coffee machine and doing some experiments. I’m not talking instant here. And I’m also not talking high street coffee. No, it’s been all about great coffee from various suppliers for different purposes.

Personal Coffee Machine

Like many people I do enjoy a good cup of coffee in the morning. Producing a really good cup of coffee can be a real hassle, especially when it comes to the clean up afterwards. Back in my student days I had a great little single cup filter machine. That’s useful – fill it up in the evening and load the filter with some good quality ground. In the morning, just switch it on and a few minutes later there’s a tasty, steaming cup of coffee ready to get you going for the day. Afterwards, just wash the cup and clean the filter and it’s ready for the next cup.

Morphy Richards SAingle cup coffee filter machine.

I haven’t had one of those for years, but I was given one recently and I’ve really been enjoying it. I’m currently enjoying a Rocko Mountain coffee from Monsoon Estates Coffee Company in Stratford upon Avon. In my view it certainly beats the Nespresso hands down.

Contact Coffee Company

I have also been given a bag of “Black Ops” from the Contact Coffee Company. Tried this one this morning, and it is everything it promises. Kick start your day with a mug of this and you will not be dozing off any time soon.

There’s not much “about” the company, but to quote from a search “Contact Coffee is an idea from two military men derived from our passion for Fitness, Military and most importantly, Coffee!”. Good coffee guys!

Coffee Blogger Italy

Taking a trip to Rome? I also found this interesting post about coffee in Italy, from a Northamptonshire (that’s nearby!) blogger, Nicole. Now this looks good – I think I need a getaway soon!

Coffee Cups

And before you go, do have a look at the selection of coffee mugs on my site, featuring some of my photos from various places. One of these is my morning coffee favourite. A good solid, interesting mug which is dishwasher proof!

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Just a pretty sunset

Weekly Photo: Pretty Sunset

Missed most of the spectacular sunset yesterday but caught this late bit of colour in the sky.
Involved in a local function, we were inside at sunset. I was very disappointed when I saw other peoples photos the next day. At least I caught this pretty sunset!
 
 
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