I’d been meaning to try the Leaside Hotel’s restauraunt, Brasserie Azure for months ever since my friend made their brunch-time discovery.
Sadly the said friend is currently bed-bound after an operation, so couldn’t join us on this sweet Saturday afternoon. However, being the true friend I am, I did take her a meal from the new Franksters Burger Bar in town, the very same day. What can I say, I’m total friend goals. Ha!
So instead myself and my sister headed off to our enjoy a sisterly lunch, filling our belly’s with cocktails and good food.
This partly undiscovered, weird and wonderful spot is the perfect reminder that Luton holds far more history than a fifty year-old shopping centre.
Nestled between farmland behind The Luton Airport, is the remains of a medieval manor house named ‘Someries Castle’. I mean I can’t say I’m hugely into history, but it holds quite an interesting story none the less.
The Castle was built in the 15th century by Sir John Wenlock, a soldier, an MP and the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, who later bought the residence.
What’s quite special about the building is that it was one of the first residential properties to be built by brick in England.
The building was actually never finished and some of it has been torn down, but you can still see remains of the chapel and other parts of the castle today.
Rumour has it, Sir John Wenlocks ghost is said haunt the remains. Thankfully I didn’t stick around long enough to find out! Might be worth an evening visit on Halloween, to scare the shit out of yourself for free.
I would highly encourage a visit, just to say you’ve ‘been there and done that’. Is that a big enough excuse? Probably not.
Or if you’re into cute things, you might like to know the windy roads leading up to the castle are filled with ducks and other birds trotting down the road in front of your car. I mean it’s pretty cute really…
Back when I was a student, I lived just 5 minutes from Stockwood Park and only ever visited the once.
Myself and the girls took a walk up to Farley Hill in search of a chip shop and happened to pass through the park on our quest. We’ll do anything for a decent chip and a bit of curry sauce. Nine years later and nothing’s really changed!
But other than passing through, I had never really explored the park and what it had to offer. That was until my sister decided to visit me one Sunday August afternoon.
My sister hadn’t visited Luton since bidding me farewell at my new student house back in 2009, back when she was a High School Musical obsessed 8-year-old. Though since turning 18, my Mum has entrusted that she can take the journey from Essex to Luton and make it in just about in one piece.
To mark the occasion, I decided that we’d take a trip over to Stockwood Discovery Centre and check out the gardens and their new cafe for a spot of lunch.
Luton may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think about Instagrammable locations, but I might just change your mind. I actually struggled to choose just five, would you believe! I mean who knew that Luton was so photogenic?
Well the spots are certainly out there, it’s just knowing where to find them.
Here’s five of my fave spots you might just want to consider….
It would be criminal of me to launch this blog and not mention one of my most favourite restaurants in the whole of Luton! It had to make the cut.
If you’ve ever followed the path to Luton Station from the back of The Mall, you may have seen an interesting little Arabic restaurant on your way through.
I first discovered Desert’s Rose when my former work team arranged a Christmas meal here back in 2011. I was a little uncultured in food terms back in those days, so I wasn’t sure it was totally my scene but I’m so glad I persevered.
On a more recent visit, I decided to take some photos to share one of my more up-to-date experiences with you guys…