Earlier this week, Emily and I took her nanny out for a birthday treat. We were away for her birthday a couple of weeks ago and promised to take her out for a nice lunch. We had planned to go to Oakes Farm Shop in Balsall Common, but we discovered just before leaving the house [when checking the address online] that they are shut on Mondays! After a quick hunt for an alternative and a call to Emily's mom for inspiration, we picked Rita up from her house and headed to Packwood House - a National Trust property in Solihull.
Packwood House was built in the 16th Century and has immaculately kept grounds, which we enjoyed wandering around after a nice lunch in the fairly recently built restaurant on site. You can pay extra to go in the main house, but we spent around £6 each on entry to the cafe and grounds only, which was good value for a nice afternoon out. The food was very tasty and reasonably prices in the cafe.
We were pretty lucky with the weather, as there were a couple of showers while we were there, but thankfully when when we were able to take shelter in different places in the grounds!
The nicest part of the gardens was the Kitchen Garden, where lots of different fruit and vegetables were grown. You could also take away some of the fresh produce in return for a small donation to the upkeep of the gardens. There was a Teddy Bears Picnic on display, which was really cute.