Having the bathroom renovated is turning out to be much more work and hassle than I ever thought it would be. When the builder started to remove the tiles, the plaster underneath started to crumble, meaning I needed more work doing and no one appeared to have any time. If I ever decide to change career again, please remind me to be a plumber or a plasterer. those guys have endlessly filled diaries! In order to escape the dust and get an actual shower rather than a sink wash, I decided enough was enough and made a booking at the Hideout on Airbnb.
The Hideout is in the beautiful village of Croston, which is small but has some of the nicest pubs I have visited in a long time. Located just outside Chorley in Lancashire, it is the perfect place to escape the retrace and enjoy some ‘me time’.
When we walked into The Hideout, I thought I had walked into a footballer’s pad. It is an annexe style building off the owner’s own house so completely self contained. It is luxuriously decorated throughout with a fully equipped kitchen, the fluffiest towels I have ever used and the softest mattress. So soft that I actually asked where they had got it from so I could get one for my own bed at home.
I could have stayed here all night. The cinema room with surround sound, full Sky access and comfy beanbag style seating was perfect to lounge and enjoy a cosy night in. Unfortunately, I had done some research and had to check out the Village’s pubs, so off out we went.
We enjoyed drinks at The Wheatsheaf before heading to The Grapes for a bite to eat.
I was expecting regular sized mozzarella sticks but these ones were huge! The mozzarella was gooey with a lightly crunchy shell served with a homemade chunky salsa that had just the right amount of heat.
The chicken strips were a little overdone but the sticky yet spicy bbq sauce was delicious and totally made them worth it.
The stuffed chicken sounded a bit random in theory. Goats cheese, basil and roasted red peppers are stuffed in a chicken breast before being wrapped in crispy pancetta and served with crushed new potatoes and a red wine jus. I thought it would be a mess of flavours but, for some reason, it really worked. The goats cheese added richness whilst the peppers were slightly sweet to make sure the dish wasn’t too heavy.
We returned to The Hideout with full tummies to watch a film with the lovely bottle of wine that had been kindly left as a welcome gift. I have never slept as soundly away from home and the price was incredibly good value. I can’t wait to return to The Hideout for more R&R, I just hope it isn’t full after telling you how amazing it is.