Saturday, December 23, 2006


1. The annually recurring date of a past event, especially one of historical, national, or personal importance:
a wedding anniversary; the anniversary of the founding of Rome.

2. A celebration commemorating such a date.

The 20th December 2006 is the anniversary of our move to Henley from Knossington so Wendy decided it was an important enough date for us to celebrate.
We went out to a little restaurant in Henley town centre called Antico.

Neither of us had been there before and we hadn't booked a table. We made our way to Antico via the "Idle Hour" pub which we'd also never been in and probably won't go in again. It's one of those modern GastroBars that is not really suited to Henley. We had to walk past the many flowers left on the street at the spot where a local business man was recently kicked to death.

The Idle Hour does not accept debit cards for less than £10 so a bit of searching around in Wendy's purse was needed to get the £8.50 for the two drinks I'd ordered. Pint of Lager and a large white wine.

Once we'd had enough of that place we then walked around town to the Antico and made our way down the little alley way to the entrance. All very quaint. There seemed to be quite a bit of noise coming from the place and I was concerned that we'd not get a table as we had not booked. We were warmly greeted by the owner and our coats were taken to hang up. They apologised that they had a work christmas party in.

We were seated at a reasonable table and offered drinks, we ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio which was excellent. I really cant remember the Italian names of the food we ordered but we had, Mushroom pasta and Crab pancake for starter and Veal and Fish for main. Wendy didn't want any pudding but I had Créme Brullee and a glass of Ben Rye desert wine which was fantastic.

There was some food left over and of course the bone from the veal so we asked for a "Doggy Bag" for Jarvis. The left overs came back wrapped in tin foil in the shape of a swan. Wendy has pictures of this. I was a bit drunk and for some reason known only the Drunk Steve wore the swan on my head on the way home to the great ammusement of people in the Pizza Restaurant we passed. Wendy Has pictures of this too.

A great celebration for our one year in Henley. We'll certainly go back to the Anitico probably in January as the food and service were top notch.



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