On Wednesday I met a friend for lunch at the Polly Tearooms in the delightfully attractive small town of Marlborough. It's over an hour's drive away, and so I was pleased that the sun decided to shine, making my route even more pleasant than normal. It is a route of vistas and not much traffic - always a plus!
The river Kennet runs through the town, and I enjoyed watching the ripples,
and the water fowl.
Marlborough is a market town, and Wednesday is market day. The High Street is reputedly one of the widest in the land, but unfortunately that means that the stall holders' large vehicles can be accommodated alongside their stalls: ugly. But it was too sunny to bother me for long. There was so much else to delight the eye.
I have known the Polly Tearooms since the 70s, and always enjoyed going there. I have not been for some time recently, however, and had seen an adverse review online - but I can report that it is better than ever. Clean, bright, welcoming service, good food, and we never felt rushed as we chatted.
I had been apprehensive about parking, about Christmas crush, ... but it turned out to be one of those glorious days which is full of joy.