There is such a thing as a free lunch

I finished work for Christmas at midday today – 13 days off . Hooray.

A local restaurant offered a free festive meal for four people. They were looking for someone who had been through a difficult time and deserved a treat. I nominated my son giving an outline of what had happened to him in hospital recently and was thrilled to receive an email from the proprietors telling me that he had been chosen as the winner. I told Son and his wife to take friends but they kindly invited us as their guests and we went along today.

Thank you to The Throckmorton Arms at Coughton for their generosity and a lovely meal.


It was a good meal. Our starters included breaded Brie, Roasted parsnip and ginger soup and pate. Three of us chose the traditional Christmas dinner whilst Husband had hake, and we all had dessert too. My black cherry creme brûlée was sublime. The service was excellent too.

Situated in rural part of Warwickshire, The Throckmorton Arms takes its name from the  family who owned the nearby Coughton Court for more than 500 years and, since 1946, have leased it from the National Trust. A stunning example of a Tudor country house, Coughton Court has stayed largely unchanged in archeological terms. Famous for The Throckmortn Plot (Sir Francis Throckmorton was the main conspirator), it was here that the Catholic plot to murder Queen Elizabeth I and replace her with Mary, Queen of Scott’s, took place.

image Not used to a three course lunch, when we arrived home after our meal I fell asleep for an hour and a half. Still, I’m on holiday now so why not?

No dinner this evening; we’re still full up.


  1. Oh, what a lovely meal, Eloise! As soon as you said Throckmorton Arms, I knew what would be coming … I thought they were the Gunpowder Plotters there, but I could be wrong – I must look up my feature sometime. What a lovely house it looks.
    Margaret P


    • The Gunpowder plotters were there, you’re right, Margaret. I actually wrote about them but deleted it thinking that I would go and take some photos and then do a whole post on Coughton Court instead. However, I needed to mention it when naming the pub.


  2. Oh my word-that looks scrumptious. That was kind of you to nominate your son and very thoughtful of him to take you as his guest. Lovely all round.


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