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Monday, December 12, 2016

UK & Canary Islands Travelogue | Cambridge to London

We aimed to visit yet another world famous university town today and this time round, we drove over to Cambridge to visit my cousin. Because it was a weekend, Cambridge was insanely crowded with tourists from all over the UK (and the world actually) so we couldn't find any parking spaces available within walking distance to lunch spots so we picked her up and drove over to Grantchester.

We decided to head to The Red Lion for lunch. Don't you just love the thatched roof? Thatched roofs aren't that common in the UK anymore which is a shame because they give a house such character I feel.

Because it was a Sunday, the parents decided to opt for a traditional Sunday roast and the portions were huge. Shyeh Tjing opted for a fish and chips and me, in my bid to eat lesser, opted for the soup of the day. If you haven't already noticed in all the posts so far, whenever you see a soup, it's most likely mine. I don't know if soups are a healthier option or not but I feel like I eat lesser when I only have a soup.


Beer battered North Sea Haddock, hand cut chips, mushy peas & tartar sauce (£13.50)

Roast Hampshire Pork, Crackling, Roots, Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding & Broccoli (£13)

Roast Lamb, Roots, Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes & Broccoli (£15)

We decided to head to the meadows behind The Red Lion for a little walk and to spend more time with my cousin and I just love it when there are people out and about picnicking in the open.

In Singapore, we never get the chance to have a proper picnic because the weather is just horrid. It is so hot and so humid outside that within 15 minutes you'll probably give up and find an air conditioned place to have a meal. But in the UK, when the weather isn't wet, you can find so many spots to just pack a picnic basket, lay a blanket, and have a good meal with friends and family.

Alas, it was time to head back to London and we dropped my cousin back in Cambridge before driving back. We decided to drive straight to Heathrow Airport to return the car and then taking a mini cab back to the hotel because it seemed simpler this way than to first drop off the luggages at the hotel then return the car. 

For dinner, we found ourselves back at Bugis Street which is the restaurant in the hotel which supposedly serves Singaporean food. Not exactly very true because the food doesn't taste like what we have back home but it is as close as it is going to get.

Chin Chow with Soya Mixed (£2.50)

Chin Chow (£2.50)

Singapore Char Kway Teow (£9.50)
Fried rice noodles stir fried with Chinese pork sausage, prawns, fish cake and bean sprouts

Singapore Laksa (£9.50)
Thick vermicelli, chicken in spicy coconut soup

Fried beehoon (£9.50)
Stir fried vermicelli, pork, seafood and vegetables

Eating food that tastes similar to the options we have in Singapore just made me miss Singapore's food all the more because the food tastes similar but not quite there if you know what I mean. We only had a few more days left in London and I really couldn't wait to come back to Singapore. After dinner we headed to bed because we had a full day of driving that day and the next day we were going to be spending the whole day with Auntie Sau and her family so we definitely needed the rest.

Thank you so much for reading! x

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