Mike and I met at the Potters Arms in Harlow on Christmas Eve in 2008. Well, technically we met about a month earlier in the November at a work rounders match, but I stumped Mike out at 4th base and he sulked so we never exactly got hit it off then!
On Christmas Eve 2008 a few of our work colleagues were heading across the road to the Potters Arms (as I did every Friday afternoon too as we only worked in the building opposite). I joined my team, Mike joined his team and then we all congregated in a cosy corner of the pub restaurant for a festive drink. The rest, as they say, is history! 11 years later and here we are happily married with 2 kids.
We always try to go back on Christmas Eve for a drink, but this year we celebrated early as we were invited down to celebrate our anniversary.
Cookhouse & Pub invited us to go and celebrate our anniversary and they spoilt us rotten with a 3 course dinner & lots of gifts; they gave us heart shaped balloons, roses & Mike got a bottle of prosecco too.
The Potters Arms has changed over the years (though I’m sure if the building could talk it would say the same about us!). It has been renovated and has a new menu which is really varied and delicious. I am dairy and egg free and they had lots of choices for me – I had leek and potato soup to start, gammon, pineapple, chips and peas for main and vegan apple pie and custard for pudding.
Mike had Prawn Cocktail to start, Steak, chips, peas, mushroom & grilled tomato for main and after eight Sundae for pudding.
Lily had some bread and butter to start, hot dog, chips and beans for main and chocolate brownie and ice cream for pudding.
The food was amazing, the restaurant has been renovated and the staff were really friendly.
I can see us going back a lot…especially in the summer as its just down the road from Mike’s outdoor bowls club!