Hi lovelies! You may have noticed that Dave and I are partial to a little day trip here and there. It’s a great way to explore new cities and find favourite places to return to. There are so many lovely towns around where we live in the South of England, so I wanted to share another one with you today. Salisbury is a medieval city, just on the outskirts of Wiltshire and not too far from the New Forest. It’s a city that we always knew about, but never really appreciated until we visited recently before Christmas and again just last week. Filled with cobbled streets, ye olde buildings and lots of pubs, Salisbury is like a bigger Winchester. It also has a beautiful market square, quite similar to the ones peppered around European cities, giving it a really modern vibe. This time, we decided to take a bus from Bournemouth so that we could have a few drinks in the evening. It was much cheaper than getting the train, and although it took an hour and a half, we didn’t mind too much as we had some pretty views of the countryside and the little towns that the bus went through. Upon arriving, we walked around a little, taking in the scenery and just exploring the places that we didn’t get to see much of last time we came here.
Before we knew it, we were starving and ready for some lunch. We decided to try the Giggling Squid, just on the side of the market square. Thai food is a love that Dave and I both share so we were excited to try a new restaurant with our favourite cuisine. Inside, it was really modern and cosy, and the lunch menu had lots of options, including the usuals like red and green curries, spring rolls, soup and Pad Thai noodles. My green vegetable curry was really lovely but a little too salty and greasy for my taste. Dave had the spicy Tom Yum noodle soup and, again, he found it had too much salt. It was a little disappointing but our favourite Thai restaurant back home sets the bar really high. After our lunch, we were sleepy and full, so a stroll to the cathedral to walk off the calories was in order. We didn’t actually go inside this time as it was getting a little late, but the cathedral is really beautiful inside and holds the Magna Carter so it’s definitely worth visiting.
To finish off our day of exploring in the cold, we popped into a few of the quaint pubs in the market square to warm up with some wintery drinks. Our favourite was the Market Inn with its cosy, hyggelig vibe and well-priced drinks. Another great pub we came across earlier in the day was the Old Ale and Coffee House not too far from the cathedral, where Dave tried one of the craft beers on tap and I had the last of their mulled wine (sob). Salisbury is full of these ye olde pubs so there is somewhere for everyone!
Sadly, we couldn’t stay out for too long as we had an hour and a half ahead of us on the bus home! We’re excited to make this our new Winchester and spend more time in a different setting, even if it is a little further away. Have you been to Salisbury before? I’d love to hear if you take any day trips near your hometown, and whether you enjoy reading about mine!