Step back in time!

One of my all time fave villages is Cawthorne. We used to visit my friend's grandma as a child and I always thought it was such a peaceful place. It has changed overcty years but kept this feeling of peace and tranquillity. It is a picture postcard village with many amenities: its post office and traditional sweet shop, gorgeous village pub, craft and gift shop, Antique centre, village store and tea rooms, bistro, churches and village hall. And more!
We have been very lucky to visit the Cawthorne open gardens for the last two years with friends. The first year, we were on the last push. We'd been to Cannon Hall and saw the sign on our way home so asked to see just one garden.. We were not disappointed. We bought cream teas and settled on the lawn. After a game of croquet with friends we saw heee, we walked the outline of the garden, following the little stream. It was so beautiful and we stayed as long as we could! Monies go to charity and Cawthorne church.  The year after we went with our friends and re visited this special garden for cream teas. We also visited a garden with a miniature train and track running around the edges of the garden. They'd made their Summer house into a gin and Prosecco but. Imagine having that at the bottom of your garden!
Years ago, we would go to the Spencer's Arms and order stilton mushrooms in a deep bowl. My friend would serve us with her lovely smile and I remind her to this day of my favourite ever starter and how sad I was when they changed the menu! We love the Spencer's and have been for so many meals, bar meals, pub quiz nights, live music nights over the years. I used to drink wine there but now it is always the Whitley Hall Rhubarb and ginger gin with aromatic tonic. It's lovely sitting inside with the log fires burning or outside in the beer garden, nibbling on bar snacks and drinking gin with juniper berries in.
Dogs are welcome inside around the bar area and outside which is always a bonus! Children can go and play down in the playground where the orchard is. The beer garden is right next to the gift shop so you can have a little browse at their thousands of cards when you have eaten! The live music is of such a good quality. We enjoyed a lovely Summer's evening full of gin, live music, dancing (we watched) and laughter. You can hear the bells peel on the hour and You are transported to Midsomer Murders. Actually, that was more so as we left the pub in the darkness and walked past the red telephone box  with the owls hooting goodnight! Love this village!


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