Monday, September 10, 2012

UK 2012 - Bicester, Milton Keynes & Bibury

A cottage in Bibury
After Wiltshire we drove to Milton Keynes to stay with my cousin for a couple of days. We stopped by Bicester on the way there. Unfortunately it was the Jubilee weekend so Bicester was absolutely packed. There was no parking so we had to park in an open car park and took a feeder bus to Bicester. It was actually very convenient. We didn't stay long though. It was raining and cold, so we had something to eat, then drove to Milton Keynes.

Trout sandwiches
Baked potato with trout

Trout fishcake

Milton Keynes is a very nice place to live, and has some great shops, but nothing much to do in terms of tour-isty things. So my cousin drove us to Bibury, about 2 hours drive from Milton Keynes. Bibury is absolutely beautiful. It has lots of quaint cottages (also under the national trust) and a trout farm which is very popular with local visitors and tourists. They have a cafe serving the trout they farm, so we had trout sandwich, trout fishcake and baked potato with trout. Everything was yummy, and Little H even finished off his fishcake. The farm itself is a nice place to spend the day with the family. You can buy fish food and feed the trout or you can buy fresh trout and barbecue there or catch your own trout which you also had to clean yourself.

Feeding the trout

Scenery at the farm
After the trout farm we took a walk around the village to have a look at the the cottages and the gardens. It was cloudy and a bit nippy, so we bundled up in the car and drove back to Milton Keynes after a couple of hours.

My cousin brought us to some really good restaurants while in Milton Keynes, one of them is Frankie and Bennys and American/Italian style restaurant which serve really good burgers. A must try if you happen to chance upon one of their restaurants.

We drove back to London the next day. We expected some delays due to the Jubilee weekend. But luckily for us there was not much traffic so we were in London within an hour. All in all, our first road trip to the country went really well. I must say it's mostly because the GPS was really good. We got to where we wanted to go without much problem. And we're looking forward to doing it again.

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