Right On Our Doorstep
We went for a Sunday roast today in the forest, after trying to decide where to eat as we drove in the vague direction of any number of pubs with good food I know we got caught in the inevitable Lyndhurst traffic and decided that was far enough.
The Fox & Hounds there has been really nice for quite some time now and it’s been a hot minute since I’ve had a roast there.
Oh man did it hit the spot! Great pork loin, incredible crackling, big fluffy Yorkshire and delicious and fresh tasting veg. It was perfect and because everyone was desperate to soak up the sun and also because we were a little after the typical lunch rush time it didn’t feel overly busy inside too which was nice.
After eating we decided to act the tourist and actually walk around Lyndhurst for a little bit. The quaint village is the “gateway to the new forest” and I drive through it at least once or twice a week. It’s literally only ten minutes up the road from where I live if there’s no traffic but I so rarely walk around there. It was lovely!
I had one of those moments where I was really grateful for where I live, not just my house and area specifically, but Southampton in general. The city is nothing special, it’s actually quite dumpy in a lot of places and needs a lot of work. But then all cities do! What we’ve got in Southampton, what has always been our greatest attribute, is our ease of access to everywhere and everything.
Having the New Forest right on our doorsteps is just a part of that and one that I cherish, walking around and stopping for ice cream today just re-highlighted that for me.
It was a lovely way to wrap up a good couple of weeks off work. I feel refreshed and ready to get back to it again tomorrow.