• Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Discovering Hampshire

    Well, more specifically, Basingstoke. We have a friend from Basingstoke who almost choked on his beer when we told him we were having a romantic weekend away in his home town, followed by the question, ‘why?’. Well first off Mum and Dad bought James and I a voucher for money off a brand of hotels and the cheapest one happened to be in Basingstoke. Plus the hotel looked really nice, was set amongst it’s own grounds and not too far away from Bristol. We took the Monday off work and headed up on the Friday so we could make the most of the trip. We were staying at Audleys Wood…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Exploring Devon on the way to Dartmouth

    James and I haven’t really taken any holidays this year, with Mum going through Chemotherapy and our self build project, we’ve not really wanted to be anywhere else but home or plan too far in advance incase we needed to be elsewhere. We’ve taken to booking more spontaneous trips over long weekends instead with one of our most recent being a lovely few days down in Devon. I had booked us into a spa hotel for one night in Dartmouth but James decided we should extend our trip so booked up a Bed and Breakfast in Torquay for the night before. We headed off on the Saturday morning from Bristol,…

  • Cheltenham,  Food & Drink

    Bar Padron, Cheltenham

    I’m talking tapas again but this time in Cheltenham. One of the main things I’ll miss about Bristol when we make the move to our new home on the outskirts of Cheltenham will most definitely be the food scene. We eat out at least once a week at the moment and rarely have a bad meal – the quality and variety on offer in Bristol is probably the best in the country! Cheltenham as a town, isn’t too far behind though and has a growing food scene with more independent restaurants opening all the time. One of the most recent being a tapas bar called Bar Padron, located in the…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    New Moon, Clifton

    James doesn’t have many weaknesses or faults, in a nutshell he’s pretty great. He does however, struggle slightly with memory failure. It may also be that he’s not always listening to me jabbering on but I’m not going to delve too deep into the reasons he can’t remember things I’ve told him as that could be dangerous for our marriage. I knew one thing I had mentioned to him on more than one occasion was that we needed to visit New Moon in Clifton. I love the fact you don’t have go far in Bristol for a good tapas bar and New Moon is one of them. What’s better than…

  • Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Food & Drink

    The Coconut Tree, Gloucester Road

    I first heard about The Coconut Tree from a friend who lived on the doorstep of the original Cheltenham establishment, from her Instagram feed I could tell she went probably far more often than she cared to admit. I’m a bit hopeless and have yet to visit the Cheltenham one but have since checked out the Bristol one on Gloucester Road. I was told by someone at work, who also raved about it, that I’d need to book ahead so I got us a table for one evening after work. This place is obviously doing something right if a lot of it’s growth is based on word-of-mouth. The food is inspired…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    Brace yourselves for a great Sunday Roast

    Now this may disappoint a few people or make you question my reliability as a food blogger but I have to confess; I’m not a huge fan of roast dinners. There are some exceptions of course like Christmas dinner, or my Mum’s Sunday roasts that we grew up with but I can’t say I’ve ever craved them. If we ever went out for a family meal on a Sunday I’d always go off piste and have the burger as opposed to a roast, just because I think a roast can go so easily wrong and leave you feeling disappointed. This does mean when I discover a good one, that gets…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    I’m fondue of you

    James and I don’t venture to North Street enough, it’s only a short walk from us and has a great selection of places to eat. We have managed to try out most of the establishments but there was one I had my eye on for a while. Every time we passed The Malago, I’d say to James, we need to try this one. I’m not going to lie it was mainly the ‘buy two mains and get a free bottle of wine’ that initially had me interested but after a little more homework we discovered they also do Cheese Fondue Mondays. We booked ourselves a table pronto. I’d never had…

  • Cheltenham,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    Le Champignon Sauvage

    For years we’ve been meaning to visit one of Cheltenham’s most celebrated, and highly decorated restaurants, Le Champignon Sauvage, which translates to ‘the wild mushroom’ (if, like me, you’re not a big mushroom fan, don’t worry – there are plenty of non-mushroomy options!). Recently we finally got around to a long overdue visit! So was it worth the wait…? Tucked away in the quiet Suffolk Place suburb of Cheltenham, the very modest and understated frontage gives little away. Enter and you feel like you’re walking into the front room of a private house; it has a warm and homely feeling with sofas and a wonderful range of art. We were…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    Pinkmans, Bristol

    Bristol’s got dozens of bakeries, pizza places and coffee shops. If you want a fantastic bakery Harts or Hobbs will see you right. If you want great pizza head along to Bertha’s or Pizzarova. If you want coffee I can’t help you with specifics as I don’t drink the muck, but there’s plenty of coffee shops in town so I’m sure you’ll find somewhere which’ll willingly take your hard-earned money, grind it up, stew it with hot water and give you a cup of bitter liquid. Did I mention I’m not a fan? What Bristol’s been missing until recently now though is somewhere which does all three – breads/bakes, pizza…

  • Art,  Food & Drink,  Photography,  Travel

    Getting the most out of your first NYC trip

    Recently it was Steph’s 30th and to celebrate the start of her 4th decade I knew expectations would be high; a trip to Nando’s and a new top wasn’t going to cut it this time! Steph’s love of travel and exploring makes things a bit easier, but where to go?! It’d felt like a long Winter so a bit of sun was considered, but in the end I decided on a trip to New York. We had a full week out there and packed a heck of a lot in, but I thought rather than give a blow by blow account of our visit, I’d share some of our key…