Monday, 16 January 2017

Another trip round the sun


Tuesday the third was my birthday.  Where does the time go?  How did I ever become "over 50" when I feel 20?  Last year was bad enough but now, I'm 51 !!!

Oh well, better than the alternative, as they say.  

This was my day, my choice of venue, so we went charity shopping in Stourport on Severn, then popped in to the absolutely gorgeous Queens Head in Wolverley for lunch and on to Kinver for a bit more retail therapy.

I was hoping to find a bargain in Stourport as I had a voucher to spend, and found out I could use it in The Original Factory Shop, which I quite like.

No, on this occasion, there was nothing, not one item that attracted my attention enough for me to buy it.  Never mind, rumbling tummies took us to the Queens Head in Wolverley.

Unusual houses opposite the pub

I had looked on the website before we set out to check the menu and prices.  I assumed they had not updated the website as the prices were ridiculously low, so we winged it and hoped it was reasonable!

It was.

OH, who was paying for my birthday meal, got a bargain as the lunch menu is just £4.25

I had cajun chicken with chunky chips and salad, the OH, who was already halfway through his by the time I got the camera out, had gammon, egg and chips.

Desserts were £4.50, so we treated ourselves, I had white chocolate cheesecake with raspberries and cream, OH had spicy apple crumble and custard.

It was all absolutely gorgeous!

We were stuffed to the gills and had time to sit and admire our lovely surroundings (although I think most of it is not original, it still looks nice)

Wearing my new favourite jumper, £5.50, Cotton traders jeans £1, both charity shopped, and Fat Face grey leather boots from ebay.

Outside, the large car park is bordered by sandstone cliffs, which contain caves similar to those found in the nearby Kinver area.  Who knows what these were used for but I know what's at the top of the cliff...

St John the Baptist church and graveyard!  I didn't peer too carefully into the gloom in the caves.

We drove onwards to Kinver for more retail therapy at the charity shops there.  I found nothing suitable to buy so was slightly disappointed, I really wanted a birthday treat.

Never mind, charity shopping always throws a curveball when you least expect it, there's always next time.


  1. A belated happy birthday! I know the Queen's Head well, they do lots of good vegetarian options for me and all at reasonable prices too. The little cafe next door is lovely too with mis-matched china. Glad you enjoyed your birthday :)

  2. What a wonderful price for lunch, it is remarkable. I remember that area well.
    I am about to celebrate my 72nd Birthday and - horrors- I have not grown up past 25!

  3. Your birthday meal was fantastic value! As you know, I'm only down the road in Worcester so I think we may well call in. Glad you had a great day, Jx

    1. Hi Jan, yes it's a must visit for lunchtimes, slow service but fab prices xx

  4. I had to smile, as I too chose to go charity shopping on my birthday! The meal was fantastic venue. Must make a note of the pub, should we ever be in the area. It looks quite cozy too, even if not all is original. I hate it when pubs are modernized too much, with the emphasis on food and without a scrap of atmosphere. But I'm old-fashioned like that, I know. I wouldn't ever want to be 20, or even 30 again. Being 50 rocks! xxx

  5. Don't worry about your age, there's always someone older than you for instance! What a shame there were no birthday bargains in the chazzas for you, but at least you got a bargain lunch...great value indeed!

  6. i saw some good stuff in the Kinver shops in the summer but it was on a sunday and the shops were shut ! I want to go back again

  7. A very happy birthday to you! I hope you enjoyed your day! Lunch was a bargain!

  8. Wishing you a somewhat belated Happy Birthday. Glad you had a yummy lunch and a good day out even if it was not your lucky day shopping.


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