• 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

    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,  Cotswolds,  Food & Drink

    Babel, Cheltenham

    Cheltenham’s Brewery just got sexy with it’s newest addition Babel, a new cocktail bar with an interior to lust after for days. I received an invitation to their opening night a few weeks ago and think I may have found my new favourite jaunt in Cheltenham. It offers a little bit of everything; with brunch served on the weekends between 9-4, a full all-day menu consisting of light bites, ‘clean and lean’ options and all your favourites like burgers with varied fillings. The cocktail menu is extensive so you will need a few trips to Babel to sample them all. On arrival with my sister in tow, we were greeted…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    The Fire Station, Cheltenham

    The Fire Station in Cheltenham has been open a while now; after not being able to make the grand opening and what with life being pretty hectic, it wasn’t until recently that we finally went to check it out. With the family in tow, one Saturday evening we entered the 110 year old building, that bares no resemblance to it’s age. We headed to the bar area to grab a drink before taking a seat at our table. The bar area is large, with restaurant seating not too far away on the ground floor as well as on the upper floor. The bar is quite noisy, especially on a Saturday night, so…

  • Lifestyle

    Christmas decorations from HomeSense

    Working in eCommerce, the word Christmas comes about fairly early. Planning for it comes about when most of us are still looking forward to our summer holiday. So when I got invited to a Christmas event for TKMaxx and HomeSense in July, I wasn’t entirely surprised. The event was in London and I found out my lovely friend Kay (and Mummy Blogger extraordinaire) was also attending. We met up an hour or so before the event for a couple of cocktails and a catch up. That week the UK was in the middle of a heatwave so it felt a little odd walking into a large room decked out with…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Brigstow Lounge welcomes one of Bristol best chefs.

    You may remember a while ago I wrote a rave review about a Sunday roast I had at The Rummer Hotel, where the delicious vegetable dishes even out-shone the gorgeous meat. Well, the culinary genius behind that incredible roast is now delighting diners at the Brigstow Lounge which is down on the Millennium Promenade, in the marina opposite the SS Great Britain. On a dark Winter’s eve the Brigstow Lounge is an intimate little bar; on a mild Spring weekend morning it opens up to become a buzzing coffee stop for exploring families. Andy Clatworthy isn’t just a great chef, he’s a scientist too! If you’re into your food, and…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Uncategorized

    Under the Stars

    A weekend in Bristol is a bit of a rarity at the moment, so to make the most of what the city has to offer we often need to treat ourselves to a night out during the week. I know, we’re totally crazy! To quote my father, let work pay for your hangover – don’t ruin your weekends with one! Joking. Or am I..? Anywho, the other night the fella and I went for some food and drinks after work at Under the Stars. Situated on a boat along the Harbour, something you’d expect to be quite unique. Not in Brizzle. There are clubs, bars and restaurants a plenty on…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Wild beer Co, Cheltenham

    You’d never guess it but the Wild Beer Co are all about their beer. Well, I say that but they also knock up some great food too. Jessop House in Cheltenham is where you’ll find them, which is also their first and currently only bar and restaurant. If you are a beer fan, you are in for a proper treat. They stock all of their own crafted beers and others brewers beers they hold in high regard. Anyway, enough about the beer for now, lets talk food. My friend Steph and I went to try out some of their small plates. The best excuse for picking at food. The main…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Edinburgh Day 2

    After a fun-filled yet tiring first day in Edinburgh, I was surprised at how easy it was to get up the following morning. Perhaps because we had plenty more to look forward to over the next 24 hours. First stop after breakfast was The Surgeon’s Hall museums, made up of the Wohl Pathology Museum, the History of Surgery Museum and The Dental Collection. Originally developed as a teaching museum for students of medicine, the museum expands over three floors consisting of bone and tissue specimens, artefacts and some quite mind-blowing facts. It’s fascinating to see how medicine has advanced, how those living before anesthetic had to brave amputations. It’s not ideal…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Spoke and Stringer, Bristol

    Now I live in Bristol my commute into work has somewhat changed. From a 40 minute overpriced, busy, often delayed train journey to a quiant, two minute commute across the river on a ferry. It’s still refreshing to be able to walk out the front door with a lovely view of the River Avon on your doorstep. There are also some restaurants that take advantage of these surroundings including a relatively new kid on the block, Spoke and Stringer. Located on the Harbourside, almost hidden from view. On your visit you can choose to be fed or get kitted out at their apparel store – or you could do both if…