Yesterday, Trev and I went on a bit of a road trip. A sick chicken before we left wasn't the ideal start.
First off to Wisbech to The Orchard Tea Room. Besides the tea room they have big orchards ( I know, there is a clue, ) of mixed apples and plums. I had ordered 15kgs Victoria Plums and needed to pick them up. I shall probably order some more as they have a 2-3 week season and have only just started picking. After I have finished this I shall go over to The Old Smithy and get cooking some jam and some chutney.
We had a delicious cream tea served to us and every mouthful was packed with flavour.
The existing building is built on some of the medieval foundations and spans three building phases. The first dates from around 1720, at the South West corner and has a classic panelled Georgian staircase. Other rooms were added 10 years later, and then the building remained unchanged for around 150 years until 1885.
At this point Edward King was appointed Bishop and he set about making the changes that are in evidence today. It continued to be used as the Episcopal seat until 1948 when the then Bishop of Lincoln moved to a smaller house on the North side of the cathedral.
The building underwent various uses and refurbishments until opening as the hotel in March 2012. The chapel that Bishop Edward King commissioned, St Hugh's Chapel, is still within the hotel, is still used by the present Bishop and clergy, and is open for use by hotel guests.
We had a thoroughly delightful visit even if they do use Tiptree jam! They are certainly ought to become a candidate for our Real Jampaign!
We paid a quick visit to the lovely farmers' market and met Jenny's Jams - good to catch up face to face.