So here’s the thing, I love the movie The Holiday. Like LOVE, love it. I mean how could you not? My girlfriends and I are already booked in to see it at Charlotte Street Hotel’s private cinema in a couple of weeks, to get us in the festive mood (I’ve been in the festive mood for weeks already, but you can never have too many Christmas related events in your life!).
It therefore will come as no surprise that when my friend Cath asked if I’d like to have Sunday lunch in the village of Shere, where much of The Holiday was filmed, AND in the exact pub that Jude and Cameron shot scenes in, I came over all starstruck and got a date in the diary at lightning speed.
Last Sunday, Cath picked me up in her car (this is very exciting in London, not many people have cars!), and we head out towards Shere, arriving just after noon, with hungry stomach’s and the excitement of spending a day in this cute little village.
We arrived at The White Horse Pub, were seated at our table and quickly ordered our Sunday roasts. Let me just add for the gluten dodgers reading this. THE WHOLE ROAST WAS GLUTEN FREE!!! Yup! Even the Yorkshire Pudding!
Sure, it wasn’t the best roast I’ve ever had (that was eaten at The Truscott Arms), but still it was good enough for me to leave nothing on my plate.
Both being gluten dodgers, Cath demonstrates with her big grin just how happy we are to find a good gluten free meal.
Yum!! We devoured lunch but kept room for dessert. Gluten free dessert!
Gluten free plum crumble with custard. I mean how could you not?
It was delicious. The crumble was baked to perfection, and I was glad my skirt had an elasticated waist at this point.
Settling the bill, we made our way out onto the village streets for a wander around.
It was so cute! All the lovely houses, with all their lovely gardens, everything looked like it was out of a storybook.
And of course it had a little river running through the centre of the village, just to add extra cuteness.
We popped into some of the stores, where I wanted to buy ALL the Christmas decorations.
Even the door knockers on houses were lovely!
Having never lived in a small town or village, I found the village hall such a novelty, and couldn’t resist having a look inside.
Which is where we discovered this village fair, selling everything from jewellery to antiques.
The houses were beautiful. The restaurants looked magical. Every corner we turned I would exclaim ‘That is SOOOO cute’. I have this thing with stuff that’s cute you see.
I mean look at that house, isn’t it the cutest?! I wouldn’t say no to the car either.
A sneak peak in another lovely gift store, where again I wanted to buy ALL the Christmas decorations, before we called it a day and jumped into the car to drive back to the big smoke.
Whether you’re a fan of The Holiday or not, Shere is the perfect day trip getaway for a Sunday lunch. I’d love to hear if you visit!