A quiet day till Ele and Kenny arrived at 4.30pm.
After coffee and a catch up we disappeared upstairs to spruce ourselves up as we'd booked dinner at the restaurant of a local, newly re-opened hotel.
The hotel has the potential to be amazing but has a bit of chequered history.
It was closed when we moved here but was bought over by a hotel chain in 2011 who spent over £3m turning it into a very bling, boutique hotel. It got off to a great start with amazing reviews and industry awards and we had a lovely lunch there and an afternoon tea.
As time went on we had lunch and dinner there a few times but it never quite lived up to it's initial promise with disappointing food (one example, we were served frozen bread with our soup. No ideal for a place trying to pass itself off as 5*) and the service levels dropped. It was put up for sale at the end of 2016 and was bought by a local business owning family.
It has since been completely refurbished again. All the glass, studded white leather, diamonte and black velvet decor has gone, to be replaced with a warmer and much more relaxing interior.
We had drinks in the bar before dinner followed by a delicious meal.
And our verdict...well the surroundings and the food are excellent. The service was also good but with a few glitches that we are putting down to the fact the hotel only re-opened at the start of this month and the staff are still getting into their stride. We'll definitely go back.