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Nick's birthday treat in 2009 was a surprise trip to the Bath Priory Hotel with Michelin starred meals prepared by chef Chris Horridge, whom we first saw on TV's Great British Menu. Click HERE to see Nick's canal boat birthday in 2008.
Nick's birthday is January 25th, the same as Robbie Burns.
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In the drawing room of the Bath Priory Hotel
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The exterior of the lovely hotel.
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This is the table where we sat for our first evening meal.
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The room where we ate our petit fours.
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A carved figure on the bench.
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In the hotel's garden, next to a 326 year old cedar tree.
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This totem pole was in the city park.
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A tradesman at the farmer's market.
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Who would have thought we'd encounter two men in G-strings eating fire outside the historic pump rooms?
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Bath's cathedral
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In honour of Nick's birthday (yes, that's a sparkler).
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The sparkler is still lit!
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Two men being photographed by their partners.
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Our hotel supplied us with fluffy robes
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We had the pool to ourselves.
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Champagne on Night 2
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The drawing room at night
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This salad had 15 different vegetables in in. Click HERE to read a full description of the food we were served.
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Our dessert
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Cured duck around butternut squash pureé
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Foams are "in". We loved the little Mason jars.
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Our chef, Chris Horridge.
I was so keen to meet Chris Horridge throughout our entire stay. I asked at reception if we could speak to him, and they said he would come to see us after our meal that evening. We waited for him in the drawing room, and he came out at about 10.00, reeking of fried food and sweat, but full of enthusiasm for his delcious, heathly food. He spoke to us passionately about food science and his plans for the future at Clivedon, near Maidenhead, Berkshire, where he is going to have his own restaurant. I don't know if he thought we were food critics or what, but it was an honour to meet the man who has inspired us so much with his cooking.
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Chris Horridge in his trademark hat
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Back home, Nick had a German chocolate cake to eat.
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As in 2006and 2002, we were invited to Gordon and Neil's Burns Night celebrations.
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Once again, Neil shows us how to sit wearing a kilt.
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