Friday, 13 June 2008

Sidmouth sojourn

No prizes for guessing that Mr Gnome's recent travels took him to Sidmouth on East Devon's glorious 'Jurassic Coast'.

Perfect weather, sea breezes and Sidmouth's unspoiled charm combined to provide a week that refreshed and re-invigorated.

This small seaside resort (population 14,400) seems to have the happy knack of combining modernity with a sense of having stepped back into a slower and more human-focused era.

There can't be many towns of similar size that boast a successful, independent department store (Fields - 'For service like it used to be').

Mr G will have more to say about Sidmouth in days to come.

Meanwhile, he celebrates his favourite local eatery: The Chattery in the High Street - the place for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea...

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