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£20 budget | lancaster

cute-young-couple-lancaster-castle Sometimes the best days are the most pointless ones.  Inspired by Kate and Katie’s posts about ‘becoming a tourist of your own city’, I decided that another spontaneous day trip was in order. Dan and I have been to Lancaster before – I do believe it was my first ever lifestyle post – but it’s such a pretty city that I felt there must be more to explore. Whilst not technically my hometown, Lancaster is less than an hour’s bus journey away, and we’d enjoyed playing tourists last time so thought we could make a day of it again.  Purely for the change of scenery really!
smiling-molinaris-restaurant-lancaster Like typical hungry teenagers we need refueling often, so food played a big part in our day. I’d set myself a food budget of £20, but actually managed to stay well under on this occasion.  Molinari’s offer a ‘happy hour’ (that actually lasts 6 hours) where any pizza or pasta is £4.95, which seemed too good to pass up!  Fettucini Alfredo for me, Carbonara for Dan. It’s kind of crazy how a McDonald’s would have cost nearly the same amount!  Personally I love finding the good deals and having a casual restaurant lunch. molinaris-italian-restaurant-lancaster
spaghetti-carbonara-molinaris-lancaster After bumping into both my Maths and Biology teachers, we headed for a wander round the castle. I’m lucky to have found someone as avid a people-watcher as me; we can kill hours by strolling and chatting!  It would seem that the outside castle walls are a favourite spot for selfie snapping, so I jumped on the bandwagon for a few outfit shots and almost obligatory arm’s length smiles.  Told you we were playing tourists 😉 lancaster-castle-walkway

hm-denim-dungarees How cute is my pug T-shirt? lancaster-castle-empty There’s something strangely fun/creepy about being at the castle once everyone else has left. Having the whole place to ourselves – admittedly in fading daylight and with CCTV everywhere – felt adventurous to me!

cute-teenage-couple Following more wandering, people watching and tea, we decided to make the most of the Wednesday night steak deal at The Borough. It did not disappoint! They didn’t have room for us anywhere but the armchairs in the window, which suited us fine. I had the smaller steak with trimmings from the ‘school dinners’ menu (ironic during my week off school) and it was delicious. Definitely recommend!
the-borough-wednesday-steak-night I’m thinking of making a mini blog series of ‘day trips on a budget’ to my nearby cities – what do you think?

lily kate x
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    21st February 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Yes, do more posts like this! You two are so cute. And I say this every time I comment but YOU ARE A MODEL!!! You seriously are. How are you sixteen? You look older than me! It’s not fair haha
    N xo

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      22nd February 2014 at 2:03 pm

      Woo I will do! Thank you so much, you’re too nice! Apparently I’ve always looked a little older haha, but I’m sure I don’t look older than you!

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    21st February 2014 at 10:08 pm

    this is such a lovely post! makes me want to go out and adventure more


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      22nd February 2014 at 2:05 pm

      thanks lena! I’m sure adventures are loads of fun with the heat in Australia!

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    22nd February 2014 at 7:46 am

    I lived in Lancaster after going to university there. My local pub was The Borough as I lived in the flats next to the town hall just off Dalton Square where the pub is. I’m sure you’ve been before if you know the Lancaster well, but in the summer I bet you’d get a beautiful set of pictures in and around the old Edwardian butterfly house at Williamson park. You’d have to give your camera a few minutes to adjust to the humidity, but the surroundings are stunning and would really show off a bright or light summery outfit.

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      22nd February 2014 at 2:12 pm

      What a fab place to live, it’s such a nice city! I haven’t been to the butterfly house in years, but from what I remember it really is beautiful. Thanks for the idea, I’ll be sure to give it a shot in summer!

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    22nd February 2014 at 3:52 pm

    What lovely photos! It looks like you’ve both had a blast, I too was in Lancaster just last weekend visiting friends at uni there, as it’s also less than an hours away on the bus for me (or 15 mins on the train!) x


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      23rd February 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks Louise! I’m glad they turned out ok. Lancaster Uni looks like such a nice place to study! You can’t be based far away from me then:)

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    Matthew Pike (@mat_buckets)
    23rd February 2014 at 8:33 am

    Doing anywhere on under £20 for food is decent. Lancaster is lovely isn’t it. You ever been to Chester?

    Buckets & Spades

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      23rd February 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Total was £14 so way under budget this time, making the most of deals and offers really helps. I have been to Chester yes, I absolutely love it! One of my favourite cities. It’s a place I’d thought of visiting as part of this little series, but unfortunately it’s not quite so easy to get to for me. We’ll have to see!

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    23rd February 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Never been to Lancaster!

    I love being a tourist in my own city, it’s basically what my blog is all about (although saying that I’ve only lived in Newcastle for a few months so I guess it isn’t really my city yet!)

    Love the idea of day trips on a budget! Do it!!!!!

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    2nd March 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I’m sure you’ve been told this before, but you are SO pretty. I adore your blog. Thanks for the follow!

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      2nd March 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you so much! I was just reading through your blog now too 😀

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