Five years!



Five years! Five! Half a decade! That sounds pretty great, right? In the same way that saying ‘I’m in my mid-twenties’ sounds more substantial than saying ‘I’m 23′, Jason and I having been together half a decade sounds like it’s got some clout. And I like it! We celebrated our three year anniversary just a couple of months after I started writing Cider with Rosie, and if you’ve been reading my blog right from the off you might remember that I titled the blog post about our anniversary ‘We are Three’, and accidentally made everyone think that the post was going to be a pregnancy announcement! Ha!

This anniversary was probably our most low-key we’ve ever had, I think mainly because now that we’re looking ahead to our wedding next year it didn’t really seem like such a big deal as it always felt to me before! Anyhow, it was kind of nice to have a quiet day at home together since we’ve both been so very busy of late. We spent Sunday doing ‘home-y’ type things- a spot of cleaning, colossal amounts of laundry (you guys, this weekend I bought myself a new laundry basket and airer. I should probably pretend that these purchases are far too dull and insignificant to make me happy, but I just can’t manage it even if I tried…) and drinking approximately one hundred coffees each, all whilst trying to ignore the pesterings of the little dog who still isn’t allowed out on a proper walk yet.

The Sunday evening though? There was a whole lot of fancy going on on Sunday evening! We got all dressed up and headed to The Tablespoon for dinner- and even though the burger with chipotle mayo that I’d been daydreaming about all day was completely sold out (a reason to go back again, as if we needed another one!), it was still easiest the loveliest meal we’ve eaten in a long while!


Now, I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned here before, but Jason and I have this ongoing competition over who can order the best food in every restaurant we go to. We turn pretty much everything we do into a competition (you mean you *don’t* race to see who can get into bed quickest each night, and who can hang up first at the end of a phone call?) so it’s basically just another way for us for ‘win’ at something stupid and insignificant ;) But for this meal- we declared it a draw. I was winner of the first course (which we shared anyway), Jason was the winner of the second, and there wasn’t an ounce of gloating all evening!

We started off with olives and a couple of glasses of bubbles, then shared starters of steak tartare, and burrata with roasted vegetables and chickpea puree on toasted sourdough. Both dishes were delicious, but the burrata/roasted veg/garlicky chickpea combo was outstanding. I could happily have eaten a portion of that as my main course, to be honest! For mains, we ordered spatchcock chicken, pork belly, and sides of mashed potato with tons of olive oil, chickpeas with chorizo (which was incredible!), spinach, and tenderstem broccoli. I would say it was an eyes-bigger-than-stomach situation, but if I’m being honest…we smashed it. Barely left a spoonful or two of anything behind. Amazing.

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After our meal, lovely Anya (who we met last time we visited The Tablespoon) suggested we have coffees and finish our wine outside in the little garden. It’s the loveliest space- all heated and sheltered, and lined with pots full of herbs. Jason was particularly taken with the bay tree, because he’s currently trying and uhh…not succeeding…at bringing ours back to life after it turned yellow and moulted a couple of months back. Sidenote: is moulted the word you use for plants? I’m certain it’s not, but can’t think of the correct word so…

The rest of the evening was spent drinking lattes under blankets outside on that little terrace, talking about dreams (our actual most recent nighttime dreams, and also our figurative ones), when we might get another puppy (I want one right this very second!), the chances of Jason being able to revive our dying bay tree, and about how dangerous the sort of attentive service that means you never actually get to the bottom of your glass of wine can be! ;)

Thank you x100 to the charming team at The Tablespoon for taking such good care of us all evening. So glad to have such a completely amazing restaurant local to us!


:: What I wore :: Blouse from Oasis, lace bandeau from Simone Perele, skirt c/o Boden (last season, super similar here), wedges from LK Bennett.

p.s. Jason looked super dashing, but was too hungry to want to hang about having me take his photo before we sat down to eat ;)

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  • Madeline
  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    Congratulations! (And the food sounds lovely!) x

  • zaby

    Congratulations on your five years

  • ekaete

    Congratulations on you anniversary… sounds like you had a perfect evening.


  • Candy

    Congrats on your anniversary! Five years is a great little milestone and it’s lovely to reach it with your wedding in sight. Wonderful! Even now I’m married, I still put more emphasis on our relationship anniversary than our wedding anniversary! It seems more special somehow, even though our wedding was wonderful! Anyway, congratulations guys! <3 And I wish you many more half-decades to come!

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  • Michelle

    Happy half decade to you!
    It most certainly has some clout to it.
    M x

  • Ala

    Congratulations – half a decade haha we did the same in calling it that! Looks like a fab meal xx

  • Lilly

    Looks like you had a lovely time, Rosie! Congrats on half a decade together. I love reading these personal anecdotes, and your days looks and sounds perfect (especially the low-key part, which is something my boyfriend and I always tend to do). But an anniversary isn’t celebrated properly if you don’t go out for/cook a nice meal together :)

  • Rosie

    Ash and I will be celebrating 5 years together tomorrow! I can’t believe how fast it’s gone!

    Congratulations you two x

  • bobbi

    Happy anniversary, love!!! You looked gorgeous (per usual)! <3

  • Tammy-Louise Wilkins

    Congratulations and happy anniversary, here’s to the next half of a decade!

    I will most definitely make a date in The Tablespoon if I ever find myself in your part of town. It looked like the perfect dining experience.

    Wonderful outfit, also!

    Tammy xo

  • Sarah

    Congratulations on your five year anniversary. This place looks amazing and I love your outfit! x

  • Helena

    wow, congratulations! isn’t a decade 12 years though? anyway you looked lovely and the food, wow, it looks absolutely amazing.

    • Helena

      nope it is ten, blonde moment there oh dear

  • Ngoc Lan

    Congratulations on your anniversary. Thank you very much for sharing your lovely moments with us. ^^

  • Jo

    Congratulations on your anniversary! It sounds like a lovely way to celebrate and you look gorgeous :) Seeing others in happy relationships makes me happy :)

    Jo xx

    She Wears Burgundy

  • kezia @ Super Naturally Healthy

    Looks great! Happy 5 years and many more to come!

  • Jessica Edmunds

    You look gorgeous & the food looks amazing, sometimes low key is the best, we never do anything major but I think it’s nice once in a while xx

  • Anca


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  • Caroline

    Congratulations on five years together. The food looks amazing!

    Hubby and I have silly competitions all the time. It’s great fun thinking of the most pointless competition too.


  • Nadine Ralph

    The word when a tree loses its leaves like your bay tree is called shedding .-)

  • Jill

    Happy anniversary! Sounds like you had a great weekend :)

  • Caroline

    Happy Anniversary! Sounds like a lovely evening :-)

  • Mimmi

    Happy Anniversary! Sounds like you had a lovely evening :) And your outfit is absolutely stunning!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • Floor

    The dinner sounded wonderful, and such a cute name for a restaurant! But what I really love is your skirt, so elegant and cute, I checked out the website immediately but I live in the Netherlands and get kind of nervous buying things from the UK when I’m not sure whether they’ll fit me as nice. I’ll have to wait till the next time I come to London… Anyways, lovely post, and congratulations on the 5 years ;)

  • Chelsea

    It sounds perfectly dreamy!! Happy anniversary!

  • Victoria

    My boyfriend and I celebrate our 4 year anniversary in a few weeks. No sign of wedding bells though… damnit! :)

  • Roseann

    Happy 5 years! Love going out for meals, and even more so when there’s a reason to celebrate! I also love your outfit. My first ever Boden order arrived today and after trying on the clothes, I’m already flicking through the magazine to see what I can buy next!

  • Rachael

    Happy five years to the two of you! You look so lovely Rosie and it sounds like you really enjoyed your night, what a lovely place! x

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  • April

    Congratulations guys! It sounds like you had such a great meal and the food looks absolutely amazing!
    Shane and I just celebrated our 5 year anniversary last month, I never thought of it as being half a decade though! Wow haha!
    Have a lovely week!
    xo April Everyday

  • Jaclyn

    Ah me and Stu just celebrated our 5 year anniversary last week too! For some reason it felt way more significant than previous years, as you said half a decade sounds like a lot! Now I just need to show him the ring on your finger and tell him to get a move on hehe!

    Congrats! lovely photos too


  • Kenzie Smith

    Happy anniversary! That food looks absolutely delicious! John and I are pretty competitive on occasion too :D

  • Kerri H

    Yay! My bf and I will be celebrating our five years together in October, I’m thinking something fancy might be in order :) So much yummy food!

  • Amy


    I’ve just discovered your blog and I am so glad I have! You have the most wonderful relationship with your fiancee, congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I can’t wait to see photos.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely life with us.

    Amy x

  • Sara Hook

    seems like a perfect way to spend an anniversary – at home bliss followed by a fancy meal out. I also get way too excited by things such as new laundry baskets as well!

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