|Eastgate clock, Chester|
Originally founded as a Roman fort in AD79, Chester makes the most of
The Roman Gardens is a narrow stretch of park running along a section
|Chester pigeon coop|
|Gargoyles in The Rows|
Not everything in the city is old though. I spent a while admiring this
|Celebration Of Chester by|
We popped into the cathedral foyer and were entertained by a large model of a fluffy white rabbit disappearing down its rabbit hole. Alice In Wonderland is a popular theme around here as Lewis Carroll was born and grew up not far away in Daresbury. Also this year is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice In Wonderland. Fittingly, we chose to have lunch in the Mad Hatter's Tearooms. Situated in The Rows, it has quirky decor but we didn't realise how ridiculously busy it was as the three eating areas are visually separated. I wish the staff had mentioned the potential wait for hot food when we ordered because we could have simply chosen our fallback of coffee and cake. Instead, after half an hour we were offered a free drink to pass the time and another twenty minutes later our lunch finally arrived! My Corned Beef Hash was nice, although strangely presented in a deep bowl, but Dave's Pulled Pork Rarebit was bland and served with lots of boiled new potatoes. Oddness! The apologetic host did knock the drinks off the bill and gave us cupcakes to take away in compensation. I think maybe this cafe is a victim of its own success as they couldn't cope with a full house.
|Our Mad Hatter cupcakes|
Also hat-related, but (probably) less mad, Dave made a surprising purchase today! He's bought himself a Trilby and I think he looks fabulous in it! It makes a real change from his habitual baseball caps. Named after the eponymous character in a George Du Maurier book I read recently, Dave had tried one on when we visited Cragside last month. We thought it had been a Fedora and the helpful assistant at The Hat Place today explained the different types. Dave tried out several variations today before settling on this super elegant Stetson Elkader Trilby. The Hat Place is a gorgeous little shop with an unbelievable selection of hats! You can't see from this photo, but the Trilby even has a little gaudy feather in the band which I like and Dave isn't sure about so that might get discarded. I shall have to get my red felt cloche out of storage when we get back to Sussex!
|Just like Leonard Cohen?!|