Today MrFF is 75, that sounds old but obviously he isn’t.
To celebrate we went out for lunch at the Boar’s Head in the pretty North Yorkshire village of Ripley, taking the scenic route over the River Wharf and across the moor. The hotel is part of the estate of Ripley Castle, we took a walk round the periphery of the grounds before lunch.
Lunch was delicious, we both had fish and chips with mushy peas and tartar sauce, eaten in a small and pretty dining room. Our window table was ideal with a view down the Main Street as there was a wedding taking place at the castle and many of the guests had spent the night before in the hotel. Sadly we didn’t see the bride arrive but the guests were very well turned out.
Here are views of the front and rear of the Boar’s Head, as well as smart dining there is a bar and outside tables mostly used by cyclists and walkers.
We had such large helpings that we couldn’t face dessert, however a stroll round the village settled our stomachs and we had ice cream from the Ripley ice cream shop, vanilla for the birthday boy lemon curd for me. We chatted to a few holiday makers and a cyclist from our Ilkley club, it was a pleasant afternoon and we were home by 5. Within a few minutes MrFF was fast asleep in his chair. Maybe he’s not as young as I thought.