A Country Weekend Away!
Last weekend I escaped to the country! Well, I went back home to North Yorkshire and in some style, in a new Alfa Romeo Giuletta Veloce; travelling from London to the Yorkshire Wolds in this sleek Italian car was the start of a weekend where I indulged in my passions, as well as celebrating my father’s birthday too. “Find your Passion” was my remit when I was offered the Alfa Giuletta for a long weekend’s free hire, and with a handy drop off and collection service in Central London, my “Alfa Giulietta, Steam Trains & Sunday Lunch” weekend was about to start. So, what are my passions, well my family are of course, and I was lucky enough to celebrate my father’s birthday with my mum, my daughter and her boyfriend, which was lovely, as well as steam trains, fine food and the beautiful Yorkshire scenery.
Before I review the drive in the Alfa Giuletta, here’s what my “find your passion weekend” comprised: a trip on a steam train on the world-famous North York Moors Railway, Fish and Chips in Pickering, Sunday Lunch in The Old Lodge in Malton and a seaside drive around the coast of North Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Wolds. The drive from London to Yorkshire was super smooth with extremely comfortable seats with excellent lumbar support for long journeys. I’m not a petrol head, but even I appreciated the ALFA GIULIETTA VELOCE’s Flagship 1750 Tbi 240 hp engine with “dynamic sports mode”, the Alfa TCT semi-automatic transmission, Lowered sports suspension and Steering wheel paddles for ALFA TCT. The styling is sleek and very Italian, but also ergonomic which provides for a very comfortable ride with a compact dashboard and built-in GPS navigation system.
The weekend started with a ride on a steam train with the North Yorkshire Moor’s Railway; we were lucky, as the weekend we were there was one of their special “Swinging 60’s Weekends” with Heartbeat characters wandering about and live 60’s music in some of the stations……a truly fantastic weekend for all lovers of Sixties music, fashion and history who were encouraged to dress for the decade! We travelled from Pickering to Whitby hauled by a steam locomotive, sitting in refurbished old carriages that were lined with wood and with deep comfy seats. The Alfa Giulietta was safely parked in the station car park before we set off on our nostalgic journey across the stunning North York Moors, passing through moorland villages and past old stone farmhouses…..The North York Moors is a special place, forged by nature, shaped over generations – where peace and beauty rub shoulders with a rich history – it’s one of my favourite places.
After our trip on the steam train, there was only one thing to be done, to drive around the corner to Pickering town centre for a “fish supper” of locally caught fresh fish and chips! After a long day of steam, scenery and local food, we all piled into the car to drive home – and here again, the Giulietta didn’t disappoint, as all five of us fitted in the to the car with comfort and ease, making it a perfect car for a family. A special family birthday tea of cakes, scones, sausage rolls, salad, pastries and sandwiches was enjoyed later after we had a wee spin over the Yorkshire Wolds, where the handling was superb as we drove around narrow and winding country lanes. Day one of my passion weekend was nearly over, the sun set on a lovely family day and I was looking forward to the next day’s adventures and activities.
We all piled into the Alfa Giulietta the next day to make our way to The Old Lodge in Malton, where a we were booked in for Sunday Lunch; this is one my favourite eateries in the area, The Old Lodge is a stunning Tudor mansion set in beautiful grounds, on the edge of the historic Market town of Malton, where we often enjoy a drink is the cosy wood panelled bar with a real fire, as well as dine in the excellent restaurant where we were booked for Sunday lunch. As well as dining in the restaurant, you can also “take tea” in the panelled bar, where they serve an excellent Cream Tea with scones, clotted cream, strawberries and tea between 12 and 2pm. But, it’s the Sunday lunch we had come for and for me, that meant a Traditional Sunday roast with a choice of Roast leg of Yorkshire lamb,
Roast loin of west Moor Farm outdoor reared pork with a pig in a blanket or Roast rump of North Yorkshire beef, all served with Yorkshire pudding, butter roast potatoes and fresh vegetables. Mum, who is a pescatarian, enjoyed the Fish pie topped mash and cheese, with salmon, prawns and peas in a creamy sauce. I also enjoyed a starter of Smoked salmon platter with capers, dill and lemon with a glass of crisp, rose wine.
After lunch, we drive to Scarborough and went home via the Yorkshire Coast, ending a full weekend of fine food and fun family activities. The trip back down to London was smooth and comfortable, and with then handy car collection service scheduled for the day after tomorrow, there was a chance to drive the Giulietta next day around the South Downs in Surrey. For more information about the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce, the car I was loaned, I’ve copied some of the salient points to consider below, but, you can also visit the Alfa Romeo UK site here: ALFA GIULIETTA or the video below:
Disclaimer: Collaborative work with Alfa Romeo UK – I was loaned an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce (RRP: £28,480 on the road) for free, for five days and was given a budget to enjoy a family weekend away with the car. All views and opinions are my own and I was not asked to write a favourable review. Karen S Burns-Booth
(Photos are mine unless stated)
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Under the bonnet…..
……there’s now the option of combining the 120hp 1.6-litre JTDM-2 turbo diesel engine with the ALFA TCT twin dry-clutch transmission. Employing second-generation MultiJet technology with a variable-geometry turbo charger, this engine produces 120hp at 3,750rpm and an impressive 320Nm of torque from just 1,7450 rpm and, when paired with Alfa Romeo’s quick-shifting and smooth ALFA TCT transmission, it can be used as a full automatic (with its responsiveness and shift patterns adjusted via the three-mode Alfa D.N.A. drive selector, along with the power steering assistance, ESC and Q2 electronic differential settings and throttle and brake responsiveness) or as a full manual, either by slotting the dear selector into its sequential gate or by using the standard steering wheel paddle shifters.
In the UK, the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta’s model range features five trim levels: Giulietta, Giulietta Super, Giulietta Tecnica, Giulietta Speciale and Giulietta Veloce. The entry-level Giulietta now benefits from burnished headlamp surrounds, satin-finish door handles and new oblique tailpipes, while inside there are new grey and black fabric seats with Alfa Romeo logo on the head restraints, new matte black dashboard insert and luxury floor mats.