The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone

I love celebrating birthdays – it’s always so nice to get together with your favourite people, and they’re just such a great excuse to go for dinner (as if I needed another one!)

To celebrate such an occasion for a friend the other week, we booked a table at The Duncombe Arms for dinner – a pub in Ellastone, Staffordshire, which is a stones throw from Alton Towers

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Blenheim House, Etwall

As a temporary resident of Etwall, it seems only right that I take full advantage of being within walking distance of Blenheim House,  and what better night to visit than Ladies Night, where 2 courses were £15.95 and 3 courses were £18.95 (and there was no mention of the World Cup – result!)

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The Cow, Dalbury Lees

You know what it’s like, you’ve got a salad planned for dinner but it’s a gorgeous sunny evening, your willpower runs out and you just have to pop out to a delightful country pub instead! (Just look at that blue sky…!) Cue a little drive down the country lanes to The Cow in Dalbury Lees

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