Friday 3 April 2015

Our Sussex Adventures Day Two: Arundel

Sussex adventure day two: Arundel, home of ducks and dukes.

My parents are contemplating life down south, and Arundel is on their location, location, location list. So we thought we'd head down and see it for ourselves.

It is a very historic town and the seat of the Duke of Norfolk, (the Duke of Norfolk was close to Henry VIII...obviously a different man to the present one, just to be clear). The castle is enormous and it is very much the beating heart of the town. Its high walls, battlements and moat doubtlessly posed quite the obstacle to any hopeful invader. Today, however, the most is full of ducks and visitors are welcome to explore the castle and its gardens. 

Where we ate...

Trip advisor was our guide and we went to Belinda's, 'Arundel's oldest tearoom'. I opted for soup and the hubs ordered a chicken caesar sandwich. We were going to have a cream tea, but we were so full we couldn't manage it. Gah! 

This might have been because we had ice cream elevensies from Castle Chocolates, located just a few doors down from the tearoom. An olde-world shop, the variety of chocolate Easter eggs, ducks, bunnies, chickens was incredible. And delicious!

Where we shopped...

There are vintage and antique shops on every corner, but we resisted. We bought glasses from the cook shop, Per La Cucina, which is unfortunately closing down. The hubs bought some ale from The Arundel Brewery, and I bought duck food (to feed the ducks on the wetland walk). 

What I wore...

Fat Face slim jeans. These are so comfortable and perfect for exploring!
Joules blazer.
Breton top by Cos (found in a charity shop near London Victoria). 
Barker ankle boots (bit of a splurge, but worth every penny).
Scarf is from London House, as before.
Sheep pendant from Joules, as before. 
Tom Ford sunglasses (a birthday present from hubs. My last pair were stolen on holiday, so if you're in Vietnam and bartering from some 'genuine' Tom Fords then look out - they just might be real!). 

Would we go back?
Yes, on a sunny day. We didn't go round the castle because it's not cheap (approximately £20 per person), but we would like to see it on a better day. James also wants to buy more beer, and I would really like to try Belinda's cream tea! In the wetland area there are rowing boats available to hire, too, which will be good fun in the summer.

Next stop: National Trust Standen, near East Grinstead.

In the churchyard.

In the Protestant churchyard, looking towards the cathedral.

Devouring ice cream outside one of the lovely shops in Arundel.

Tea at Belinda's.


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