Birthday Boy in Tunbridge Wells
Trip Start Apr 28, 2007
65Trip End Oct 26, 2007
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The M25 is affectionately known as the biggest carpark in England, but we made it to Jo and Mark's in time to take some fortified waters before enjoying one of Jo's legendary dinners.
The weekend was a chance for Jen to introduce Brian to the Young family, otherwise known as "home" in the UK to the Haylocks. Predictably, because that's how it always is at Jo and Mark's, we drank very good wines, ate VERY good food, and laughed a LOT.
Less importantly, we also explored some of the beautiful old parts of Tunbridge Wells. We walked around the Pantiles and shopped just a little. Met one of the locals who inject some added interest to the area...Those of you who know Jen, may be surprised/relieved that it
A good retail find in Tunbridge Wells was the wine wholesalers who stock the best selection of Kiwi wines we have ever seen in England. We weren't going to walk past the Quartz Reef Pinot Noir or the Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir- we think they are flagship wines to share with friends here. Comparatively they are better priced than the rather ordinary NZ wines available in the supermarket chains which we think are overpriced.
We had our "it's a small, small world" experience in an Italian deli bistro in Tunbridge Wells. We wandered in for lunch, and Brian was wearing the Taupo Urban Retreat t-shirt from Chris and Kerry's backpackers. Our waiter had just returned to England that week, after working in the Taupo Urban Retreat for a couple of months, so it was instant brand recognition. Of course we were talking to the converted.
Mark's elderly Mum also lives with Edward, Charles and Jo and Mark. She is 98 and seems to be in good form - she still presides over a weekly lunch at her favourite Michelin star restaurant nearby.
Brian was the reluctant Birthday Boy on Sunday - it was the perfect excuse to head to a
Back to Epsom for the evening and a tasty birthday dinner prepared by Anne. Surely birthdays can't be all bad?