Sunday, 31 August 2014

Eating in Lancaster/Kirkby Lonsdale

Hey guys!

So i've been spending quite a bit of time in Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale recently and so thought i'd share with you a few of my favourite places that i'd recommend you go for a meal or two! :) I don't have any photographs of the actual food but i've linked each place so you can have a look on the website! :)

The first place that i'd really recommend a stop at is The Plough in Galgate.

(Photo from The Plough Website)

You'll find it as you leave the M6 at the Lancaster south junction (the university junction) and you'll reach it before you get to the University. In the 3 years that I was an undergraduate at Lancaster I only ever visited this place once for a christmas meal with my girlfriends and I honestly don't know why I didn't go more often! As a postgraduate i've been a lot for lunch dates, catch ups and family meals. 

It has a great atmosphere, the beer garden is beautiful in the summer and the food is amazing. They also serve their sandwiches on slate plates. (I have a thing for slate plates, everything would be served from slate if it was up to me). They let you book in advance (i'd recommend it!) and they also give purple card discounts to Lancaster students, so if you're a student, visiting a student or even just visiting lancaster you really need to go here!

The second place has the same name and is just as amazing if not more: The Plough at Cow Brow, Lupton.

(Photo from Google)

I only went to this place for the first time about two or three weeks ago, but I will definitely be going back. I have friends that live just around the corner that i've known for about 4 years and I hadn't seen them in a while so they invited me out for a family meal there and I don't think i've ever eaten pork belly that was as good as this one! We went on a thursday as it is Steak night so the steaks are on offer, and they looked amazing, everyone else had one and if my meal hadn't been so delicious I would have been seriously jealous!

This place is a real country pub. It has an elegance about it, without being stuffy. The decor is traditional with old wooden tables and gorgeous cosy fires, but in my white playsuit and mint dinner jacket I didn't look out of place, and that's the beauty of a place like this. The atmosphere is lovely and even though the place was full we could still sit and have long conversations and hear each others jokes! I could not recommend this place enough.

Stepping away from the Ploughs, and now onto my favourite indian in the county: Spice Essence in Kirkby Lonsdale

This Indian restaurant in Kirkby Lonsdale has been a favourite of mine ever since I lived in Cow Brow about 3 years ago, and i've driven up to it from the many places i've lived since. The food is fantastic (i'm extremely fussy about my curry but this place always gets it right!) they are always fast, especially for take out you're only waiting 15 minutes from hanging up the phone before it's in your hand! And best of all, it's always service with a smile, which many people forget is so important! So if you're ever in the area wanting an indian, I would definitely say this is the one to visit! I actually went there this week after talking to one of my friends from the area and saying how much I fancied one, so my recommendation couldn't be more recent!

I think my last recommendation has to the The Royal Hotel in Kirkby Lonsdale

(Photo from The Royal Hotel website)

I'm sure i've mentioned this place before in my blogs, but seriously, amazing. Their dinner menu is fantastic, the service is amazing and the food tastes incredible. (Can you tell I love to eat in Kirkby?) I've also been a couple of times just for a drink in the afternoon, and once even for warm cookies at lunch time (also amazing). If there is only one place you eat at in Kirkby Lonsdale, this has to be it. It's perfect for so many occasions, i've been for afternoon coffee, dates, family meals, celebrations, romantic dinners, seriously it's just perfect for all occasions, and i'm making sure it's on the list for the next time i'm up there, and you should make sure it's on yours too!

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend out in the sunshine! It's been beautiful blue skies here in Yorkshire and it would be a shame not to have made the most of it! :) Have you visited Lancaster/Kirkby Lonsdale before? What was your favourite place to eat? :)

Love Amylou xxx

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Dealing with a Break-up

Hey guys,

So this is a post i've been thinking about for a while now.

If you are looking for a post that says you should hold on to them even though they left, they'll come back, this is not that post. This is a post that says, you deserve better, so start living your life again.

Break ups hurt. Whether it's your fault or not. A few people close to me have gone through them recently and so I thought i'd share a few of the little bits of advice and quotes (surprise surprise) that got me through when I needed it.

Before saying anything else I just want to say, that if someone left you, you deserve better than someone who thinks they can do better than you. Unless they left you because you cheated, because that was a horrible thing to do and you need to take this opportunity to question your life choices and become a better person. Seriously. That's not ok.

Let's turn to Pinterest. (At this point my blog has pretty much become an ode to Pinterest) All of the following pictures can be found with their original links here :)

This first one was my favourite. Reasons he isn't good enough for you:

No one should do any of these things to you. You deserve to be with someone who wants to make you smile every single day, and would never dream of hurting you.

For now it may feel like the worst thing in the world, but you WILL get through it, and you will be a stronger person because of it.

It will hurt, only a fool would say that it doesn't hurt to get your heart broken, but why keep people in your life that don't value you in theirs? 

If you look for ways to seek revenge on someone, you are still giving them a power over you. They know that it still bothers you. The best thing you can do is to accept it, and move on. I won't say you should forget, because you shouldn't ever regret anything in life, everything is a lesson, and you need to remember those lessons. But just don't let it hold you back.

A hard truth: 
If they miss you, they'll call. If they want you, they'll say it. If they care, they'll show it. If not, they aren't worth your time, because you obviously aren't worth theirs.

You will be ok. You might not feel like it right now, but you will. The problem with being honest and always saying what you feel is that you think everyone else does too. But there are people who will, so stop chasing the wrong ones and the right one will come along.

Most importantly, stop giving them your happiness. Unfriend them on facebook, don't check their twitter, stop caring what they put on instagram and delete their number from your phone. You might think you want to know what they are doing, but you will feel so much better if you just remove them. Trust me.

I'll leave you with one last quote:

Love, Amylou x

Friday, 15 August 2014

Fall Fashion

Hey guys!

It feels like it has been forever since I last blogged! I had a lot going on in my personal life that I had to deal with, and then amongst that I suddenly remembered that i'm halfway through my masters degree and had a mini panic/locked myself away to work!

But I can spare myself an hour or so to write a little blog post! I've been missing it too much! Plus it gives me an excuse to look through pinterest. Yes it's another post with pictures from pinterest, I am sorry, but it's like an actual addiction. Plus I need the style inspiration now i'm single again! *cue worlds smallest violin* Although to be fair, I probably needed the advice/inspiration before too!

I thought instead of my usual bombardment of words, i'd just put some of my favourite looks below for this fall/autumn depending on what you want to call it!

All photos are from Pinterest and can be found here :)

So basically just tall boots or heels, tights, skirts and really cute coats! I'm already wanting to buy it all and it's only August, though it's pretty much gone cold again now in the UK, so I can justify it!

As always,
With love,

Amylou x