21st March 2011 The Perch at Binsey

I (Angela) finished work at Go Outdoors (www.gooutdoors.co.uk/oxford) yesterday so am now free! The staff there are great and I will miss them, but we will come back to visit Oxford and will no doubt pop in and say hello.  They’ve promised me a job in the company if ever I need one, so I must have done something right ;-) 

They were and will remain a really nice team, with great leadership in Paul and Andy that permeates down through the line management.  If anyone is looking to start out in the world of work and wants a good grounding in business apply to them – it will be a great foundation to build on.

Having my new found freedom, my mother and I arranged to go out for lunch today after visiting my father’s grave, to finish off the ‘spring clean’ she and my brother had given it the previous weeks.


We plumped to go to The Perch at Binsey (thanks Dean for the suggestion) and boy, did we make an excellent decision!  The staff were very welcoming but unobtrusive so we were able to relax and enjoy our lunch. The menu is a combination of a French Restaurant/Countryside Pub, with an A La Carte menu but also a Light Lunch menu ranging in price from £5 – 12 for lunch.  A better explanation can be found on their website, www.the-perch.co.uk.


Both of us had the Beef Salad, with Parma Ham, new potatoes in a white wine sauce and home made mustard!  This alone was gorgeous but then came the dessert…

I’m not really one for dessert but have always fancied a Crème Brûlée.  As lunch was so delicious I thought I would try their ‘Bourbon vanilla crème brûlée’ as if I was going to be converted, this would be the establishment to do it… I am converted! The dessert was amazing, lovely and crunchy on the top with soft creamy vanilla underneath.

I will definitely make a diversion next time we’re back in Oxford to visit The Perch, if only to eat dessert!  Heaven on a plate! 

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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