Monday 25th September 2022
Last night we finished off our visit to South Wales with another nice meal in the Red Kite Restaurant. This time we settled for the traditional Sunday Roast Dinner. Jumping Jehoshaphat! It was huge and had the biggest Yorkshire Pudding I had even seen on it. Betty’s eyes were on stalks. We reckon 4 of us could have shared this lot and still been full. This Red Kite is truly value for money and service is absolutely excellent. It capped off our stay in South Wales. Pity my sister didn’t check her email.
Before leaving this morning we drove to Castle Square and had breakfast on the Costa Cafe – a relatively new chain in the UK. After breakfast, we drove off and headed north, not sure of where we were going but heading north in the right direction. We got onto the A49 which is a main trunk road going up near the Lake District. I roughly knew where we were going and we went through Hereford City Center – pronounced Her-eeee-ford not hurford. Then it started raining quite nicely too. We hadn’t seen much rain since we arrived but it was a welcome break. We carried on north enjoying the countryside as we were OFF the motorway and back on ordinary roads. We eventually decided on Shrewsbury in Shropshire (or Salop for short). They had a HIE there and the rate was pretty good. So we booked a night from the iPad and headed that way.
The Holiday Inn Express was very nice and on a small industrial estate. Room was nice and everything hunky dory. As with most HIEs they had evening dinner and breakfast dining. So that suited us as we don’t particularly like anything fancy. Good old American meat and potatoes suits us just fine. They did have a rather novel way of ordering though.
On each table there was a slip of paper with a QR code on it and to get the menu and place an order you needed to scan the QR code and bring up the app. The app knew which table number you were and then you just ordered off the menu on the app and 15 minutes later it arrived. You dropped your credit card info on the app, and tapped and paid. Oh wake up America! Anyway, we had a nice meal and a couple of drinks to wash it down. Betty was starting to enjoy this Zin Spritzer stuff. She was smiling more – did I just say that?
There were a few business type guys and contractors in and we had the odd chat with one or two to pass the time away.
This has been part 7 of a series of posts highlighting the trip of a British ex-pat in the US when he returns to the UK for a vacation. He shares the experiences with us here on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for the next few weeks. I hope you will enjoy reading them as much as I have, and seeing the areas he (and his lovely wife) visit, through my friend David’s eyes. ~ Sherry
David invites you to visit his eBay store while you’re in the neighborhood!