Taylor Swift and Harry Styles
12/13/2012 at 02:00 PM EST
is taking the road less traveled for her birthday.
The country star, who turns 23 on Thursday, has been getting a tour of rural northern England – where a fan snapped this photo
– from her beau
, One Direction singer Harry Styles.
The couple ate dinner by an open fire in a country pub and toured the picturesque Lake District, picking up classic children's souvenirs – and goofing around to seasonal songs in a shop.
On Tuesday night they popped into the Rising Sun pub in Hope Valley, in the Peak District, about 170 miles north of London, where they dined on "traditional English food," manager Sarah Walker tells PEOPLE.
Sitting in an alcove by the fire, they were joined by two friends about their age, locals report. There was little evidence of them behaving like boyfriend and girlfriend, Walker says.
"She was polite and pleasant – fantastic," Walker says. "She is just having a nice tour of England. They were like any typical group of people having dinner. Everyone thinks they are a couple, but to be honest, we had no sense of that at all."
Swift said she "loved" being in Britain and was "excited about her birthday," Walker adds.
With calls coming into the pub from as far away as California and Canada, it shows the reach of the boy band and country star. People are already asking to sit in their special table, Walker reports.
The following day, the couple were spotted a little further northwest, in the Lake District. At Bowness, they stopped into the World of Beatrix Potter to visit the store. Swift bought some soft toys, and she and Styles struck the workers as "nice and charming," chief executive Andy Poole says.
Styles, who is from the north of England, and Swift were being shepherded around by Styles's mom.
"They were dancing around to the seasonal music being played. Harry was being the most boisterous," Poole reports. Sadly, they didn’t break into song. "They didn’t give any impromptu concert, no!"
But Swift's birthday has been more than fun for the singer, she's also marking it with two professional milestones.
Swift released her 23rd video for "I Knew You Were Trouble" in conjunction with her birthday – the video stars Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
actor Reeve Carney as her love interest – and earned her first Golden Globe nomination for "Safe & Sound" which appeared on The Hunger Games
"Best birthday surprise EVER-just found out that Safe&Sound is nominated for a GOLDEN GLOBE!! Thank you @goldenglobes and HFPA! #hungergames," she Tweeted on Thursday