I am posting my review in the Suffolk and Ipswich forum, just to be sure it's not missed by any who might like to read it.
Saturday, June 9 & Sunday, June 10
We left for our big 2 week UK Honeymoon from Chicago O’Hare Airport on Saturday, June 9th at 6pm on Virgin Atlantic Airlines. We arrived at Heathrow Sunday morning, June 10th at 8am. It took us a bit of time to get though Immigration (line for non-Euro passport holders was quite long), but it wasn’t horrible. If I remember correctly, it took us about 30 minutes in line. After getting our luggage, we met our hosts for our first leg of our trip – my dear friends who we would be staying with at their house in Ipswich. After hugs and kisses all around and introducing my husband all around, we head to their car and off we go to lovely Ipswich. We stop at Felixstowe on the way home and have a drink at a nice pub where we sit outside and catch up on things. I was still trying to get over a cold I managed to catch a couple days before our trip, so we went by a Chemist where I was able to get some good medicine. We headed home to relax for the rest of the day.
Monday, June 11
We slept enough to get rid of our jet lag – waking up nearly 13 hours after going to bed! But, it was nice to have that out of the way. We had some coffee and lovely homemade treats for breakfast. Then it was off to Aldeburgh for some good fish and chips. We ate at the Cross Keys Pub . The fish and chips were wonderful, and for dessert, my favorite - sticky toffee pudding with custard – which was OUT OF THIS WORLD WONDERFUL! – Better than any other place I had on the trip. We stopped at the big shell on beach to have our picture taken. In walking through town, we stopped at a great little ice cream shop where I had a scoop each of stem ginger ice cream & honeycombe ice cream – both were fantastic. While walking along the beach, a bird pooped on the sleeve of jacket – I was less than thrilled, even though everyone says that makes you very lucky. I did look at the silver lining though – it did just get my jacket – narrowly missing my hand – and could’ve landed worse places, like my hair. So, we got that cleaned off with a napkin and went on walking around.
We headed home after a while, where my friend surprised me with a lovely birthday cake (vanilla with raspberry filling – covered with fondant and made to look like a present). For my birthday dinner she made a very yummy rib of beef with individual homemade Yorkshire puddings (which I had been waiting for since originally planning this trip) & homemade gravy, roast apache potatoes, and asparagus. It was a great birthday dinner.
Tuesday, June 12
Today, we ventured out to see Cambridge. We had coffee at a hotel on river (now a Hilton, used to be something else when I last visited in 2008 but can’t remember what it was then). We walked all around Cambridge for a few hours. We paid and went to the top of the St. Mary’s church for the wonderful view, did a little shopping, stopped at a Cornish pasty shop, and looked around at the farmer’s market. On the way home we stopped at the Leaping Hare in Bury St. Edmunds. I had a nice ginger beer, my husband had a local beer, and my friend had an elderflower cordial, which I tried and absolutely adored, and we all shared a cheese & bread plate.
That evening, back in Ipswich, our friends took us out to dinner at Arlington’s with a couple in town they know. I ordered a pitcher of Pimms, which I had been introduced to by our friends – they had made a pitcher at their house on our second day. The Pimms here did not even compare. For dinner, I had the Boeuf Bourginonne and hubby had the Ribeye – both were very good. For dessert, I had the sticky toffee pudding, which was good, but nothing special – nowhere close to the one I had in Aldeburgh at the Cross Keys Pub. We had a nice cup of cappuccino also with dessert. This restaurant was really a nice little place with absolutely wonderful service.
Wednesday, June 13
Today was our last day in Ipswich, before departing for Legs 2 (Scotland) and 3 (London) of our trip, so we didn’t travel far. We went for tea at Seckford Hall, which was really beautiful. I took many pictures here as it was a truly beautiful day in a truly beautiful place.
After that, we went to Christchurch Park and toured Christchurch mansion, which we really enjoyed. It is a very lovely place. After that, we walked around downtown Ipswich, which, to our host, was nothing special, but we found it a very delightful town. We looked around in some stores, but mainly just walked and enjoyed the sights and people-watching. I stopped at Waitrose before we left to pick up a Scotch Egg, which I had been waiting to have, and for my husband to try, and of course, some Waitrose Custard to snack on later after dinner.
We had a homecooked meal this evening (curry dish that was very good) and sat around with coffee and custard for dessert while we prepared for Leg 2 of our trip.
Thursday, June 14
Today, we were dropped off at Stansted Airport at 8:45 a.m. or so for our 11:40 EasyJet flight to Edinburgh. We had some coffee and pastries at the airport while waiting for time to pass before we had to board our flight. We purchased the Early Boarding which came in handy, as there were only about 10 people in this line when it came time to board, as compared to the very long line for regular boarding. We were able to get a seat in the 3rd row of the plane, and then it was off to Edinburgh.
For those who are interested, you can read my trip reports for Leg 2 of our trip (Edinburgh & the Highlands (Pitlochry) ) and Leg 3 (London):