• 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…

  • 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…

  • Bristol,  Cotswolds,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel,  Uncategorized

    A long overdue bike ride

    Living in the center of Bristol I get around on foot, by bike and by car. Doing a bit of everything I see hostility from each group towards the others; in such a busy environment there’ll always be conflict (especially when the roads in the center of town are constantly being dug up, diverting at least one group into the regular territory of the other). I feel like cyclists get the worst deal: They’re not welcomed onto pavements by pedestrians, and they’re not welcomed onto roads by drivers, so on the many roads and routes where there isn’t a cycle path then it’s not much fun being on a bike.…

  • Art,  Bristol,  Crafts,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Uncategorized

    A new skill with an old craft

    A few Sundays ago we went for lunch at the Rose of Denmark in Hotwells. I understand the pub’s changed ownership a few times over the last couple of years and the food’s been on an up and down journey. The roast we had on that Sunday was one of the best I’ve had, anywhere, ever! It rivals the Rummer, and that set a high benchmark. Wonderful moist meat, crunchy roasties on the outside with a fluffy middle, well cooked and flavoursome veg, a rich gravy and huge Yorkshire pud’. Steph had the veggie option and that was also excellent. We’re thrilled to have this fantastic option on our doorstep!…

  • Photography,  Travel

    Mini-mooning to Rhodes

    James and I had lots of honeymoon ideas, we were really struggling to narrow it down to something that was adventurous, yet relaxing, somewhere new, that also had a bit of culture. We had a lot of boxes to tick and in the end we couldn’t decide. For me, a honeymoon should be something really special and a trip we can plan together so whilst we were planning the wedding, we couldn’t dedicate enough time to it. Oh the regrets we had after the wedding. We were both ready for a holiday so, in the end we just booked a last minute trip to Rhodes for a bit of guaranteed…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    The Mint Room, Bristol

    Have you ever been jealous of your tastebuds? I discovered that it is entirely possible when James and I went along to The Mint Room in Clifton. Our lucky tastebuds went on a culinary journey through India, via the Tour of India tasting menu. I have never been to India but I feel like I’ve been treated to a little taster via the chefs at The Mint Room and the staff that explain each dish, showing off the various styles of cooking and the flavours that vary from region to region. Before we began our tour, we needed to hydrate. Naturally we opted for cocktails, the best way to quench…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    Sholay Indian Kitchen, Bristol

    The other night we watched a program about our nations love of curry. Turns out we can’t get enough of the blooming stuff. Although we were pretty disappointed to hear that the favourites apparently include chicken tikka masala and the korma! In our opinion, perhaps the blandest of the two and the least authentic. Each to their own but James and I like our curries with a bit more pizazz and a lot more heat. We were recently invited along to Sholay Kitchen, one of the shipping containers at Wapping Wharf, to sample their new menu and enjoy some of their staple dishes. The menu is short and sweet, with…

  • Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Crafts,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Our Wedding Suppliers

    A DIY wedding is both a great big annoyance and the most wonderful way to plan your big day. The annoying part is not really knowing what you are doing and worrying on a daily basis that your guests won’t enjoy the fact you’ve gone off piste and planned a traditional wedding. But for us the positives outweighed the negatives and we decided to go all in, taking the elements from what we liked about weddings and tie that into what was essentially going to be a great, big party. We were able to have full reign on when things happened, what caterers we chose, the booze we ordered, where…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    The Cauldron, Bristol

    I have recently started a new job. A new job that brings me back to the centre of Bristol after two years of commuting out to Avonmouth. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to be out of that job. On a daily basis I had to question why I wasn’t working in the city centre when we lived smack-bang in the middle. There were many reasons for leaving other than just the location but I won’t bore you with those details for now. James and I now work 5 minutes from each other, we can meet up for lunch and if James isn’t on dog-duty, walk to…

  • Bristol,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Placeum, a new audio map of Bristol

    When we go away on holiday, especially city breaks, we’re always keen to learn the history about the place we’re visiting. Whether that’s through a free walking tour, a museum or a gallery. But what about if you could dip in and out of your history lesson, discover some new and exciting parts of the place you live whilst on your way to lunch or work? Placeum, a new audio map, has just been launched in our wonderful city of Bristol. Apart from the obvious iconic features of this city like the SS Great Britain and the Suspension Bridge, I’m a little ashamed to say I don’t know that much…