Filling up our tanks

PUBLISHED: 15:15 23 May 2014 | UPDATED: 15:21 23 May 2014

Tank driving in Warwickshire

Tank driving in Warwickshire

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Cherry and Emma talk food and tank driving in Warwickshire

Warwickshire is a mecca for food lovers. Tucked away in the leafy corners of our county, you can find anything from artisan bakers that hand-bake some of the most delicious food ever found (Chelsea Buns at Crustums Bakery, anyone?); cosy gastro pubs that turn local produce into delicious food art, and a host of international restaurants that offer everything from Caribbean, Italian to everybody’s Friday night favourite, the curry.

Kenilworth, which has a double helping of great restaurants (along with the above mentioned fabulous bakery), has just hosted its annual ‘Foodie Fortnight’. As well as putting on various gastronomical delights for two weeks, local food suppliers graced the town’s Talisman Square offering eager foodies samples of everything from local wine (hic!) to yumcious cakes free from nasty preservatives (yey!).

After two weeks of tantalizing our taste buds, we thought it would only be right to work off our indulgences with a little light exercise. Again, our lovely county comes to the rescue in the form of glorious open countryside, which is perfect for walking the pooch or cycling along it’s many designated cycle paths.

As well as the more genteel forms of exercise, such as mooching with the pooch, we’ve been terribly brave lately and have been trying our hand at a number of exhilarating experiences – tank driving anyone?

We went from filling up our tanks with the finest nibbles to doing our best ‘Private Benjamin’ impression! We donned our surprisingly heavy helmets and made our way to the ‘beast’. Now, getting in was quite tricky; being little it took more than a little shove to get us on to the top of the tank (most undignified), ready to squeeze down inside. I’m ashamed to admit it but once in position we needed a small booster cushion to see over the top. We were shown the controls, told to put on googles and then we were off - it was fantastic! I was rather surprised how fast they let us drive it through the glorious countryside and up and down the odd mud ditch. Cherry was particularly delighted to get a mud splash on her cheek – commando style!

All too soon it was over, and of course it was only fitting that we went for a bit of a feed afterwards to recover. Our choice of venue was the Red Lion in Hunningham, dinner served up with a cheeky little beer, fantastic riverside location and good company – bravo Warwickshire!

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