By Tuesday, I'd gotten so bored of watching box sets and dreaming about zombies (the Walking Dead has a lot to answer for!) it was time to break out of the house.
There are loads of great places to eat in this area, such as The Duke of York at Grindleton, but our chosen pit stop today was the Garden Kitchen at Holden Clough Nursery.
The afternoon tea at the Garden Kitchen is amazing. The afternoon tea concept has become increasingly popular and one could argue if you've had one, you've had them all. However, at the Garden Kitchen it's that little bit different which makes it way more special than the average.
My eyes were on stalks when our waitress brought it in. Served on a quirky picnic table, there were lots of different goodies to sink your teeth into. Even a little glass wellington boot filled with banana milkshake!
Overall, the food was excellent and I really can't fault it. Whilst the service was a tad on the slow side, I'd like to mention the guy manning the front of house as he was very polite and welcoming despite being completely rushed off his feet.
Inside the restaurant there is a small gift shop with locally brewed ciders, jams/sauces/chutneys and lots of other unusual food stuffs which would make great foodie gifts. To my delight they even sell a variety of different flavoured Lancashire Bombs, my most favourite local cheese. If you haven't tried it, then you don't know what you're missing! They are mostly available at farmers markets and artisan shops in the Lancashire area.
The garden centre itself is small but has a lovely selection of plants and shrubs. It even holds its own bespoke gardening courses and design services by John Foley who won BBC Gardener of the Year.
It was a fantastic opportunity to explore and get some breathtaking pictures. It makes me very proud that Lancashire is my home!
Now I better get saving for that dream house...