The Black Horse, Fulmer

The night before you go on holiday is usually spent in a windowless, soulless room in a Travelodge, counting down the minutes until you can stop pretending to sleep and go to the airport.

NOT THIS TIME.

In my infinite wisdom, I used Booking.com and found a country pub, just a little way out from Heathrow, in a picturesque Buckinghamshire village called Fulmer.

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Just what we needed after a stressful couple of days packing and moving out of our London flat.

(Yes, the BIG NEWS is that we’re moving to Bath. But first, we’re going to the States for a Big Holiday.)

The pub was gorgeous. Luckily for us, they have two bedrooms nestled in the attic. This was ours.

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Complete with a gorgeous free-standing bath. To fill it, you press a button and the water cascades down from the ceiling.

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After relaxing for a bit, we wandered down to the pub downstairs for dinner. Starting with a well-earned drink in the beer garden.

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We started with some delicious freshly baked bread, served with a roasted garlic bulb (for instant garlic bread!) and some oils for dipping.

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Delicious (although very messy) and the perfect starter.

I ordered pork loin, which came with a potato rosti, spinach and teeny tiny toffee apples!

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It was amazing.

Alex went traditional and ordered good old fashioned fish and chips.

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After dinner, we made the most of the evening sun with a stroll around Fulmer village.

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The whole place reminded us of Dibley (although rather more investment bankers).

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We then retreated to our delightful four poster bed, for a good night’s sleep ahead of tomorrow’s adventure…flying to San Francisco!

My advice: if you’re flying from Heathrow, ditch the Travelodge and start your holiday a day early here.

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