• Bristol,  Food & Drink

    An Honest review

    Another burger restaurant? Does Bristol need another burger restaurant? The kind of questions that don’t even justify an answer. But if you pushed for one, it would be yes. Always yes. How is it not a wonderful thing that you don’t have to walk very far to find a great burger in Bristol? We have options all over the city and the centre has just been graced with a chain from London. Chains can get a bad rep but Honest Burger have managed to avoid any of that by simply making really, really good burgers. They started off in London with several restaurants across the city, and also Cambridge, Reading…

  • 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,  Food & Drink

    Our top Bristol Burgers

    It wasn’t long ago that a burger seemed so simple, a bit of beef or chicken, lettuce leaves sandwiched between a bun. Perhaps with a dollop of ketchup. Fast forward to now and burgers have become a bit of an expert field. You can tell the difference between a good and bad burger, and it’s surprisingly easy to get wrong. There are so many things to consider, right down to the choice of bun. Bristol is churning out burgers like there’s no tomorrow. You are never more than 10ft away from a burger joint.* *not an actual fact, I’m just emphasising the burger craze at the moment. The great thing…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    Opso, London

    The only time I’ve eaten Greek food is in Greece. It was on a family holiday to Halkidiki probably about 16 years ago now, where we visited the same restaurant nearly every evening. We had a greek salad to share with every meal and it was my first introduction to feta cheese. That was probably my main takeaway from that holiday; and also the fact we had terrible storms towards the end of the trip due to an earthquake that had devastated Athens – I was petrified it would make it’s way to us. Thankfully it didn’t and I’m hear to tell the tale of the second time I enjoyed…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Uncategorized

    Hollywood Bowl, Cheltenham

    I remember back when I was younger, going bowling was THE birthday scene. We’d go for a bowl, then a slice of pizza at Pizza Hut. The main bowling alley used to be in Swindon Village but has since closed down – Cheltenham now has a swanky Hollywood Bowl, conveniently placed smack bang in the centre of town. I was very kindly invited along with some friends, in my case the fam, to knock down some pins and reminisce over old birthdays. The Hollywood theme runs throughout, with the dining area decked out like a diner. After a friendly greeting on reception, we were guided to our lane and the good…

  • Food & Drink,  Photography

    Britain’s best fish and chips

    I do love visiting and writing about gourmet restaurants, you know the ones; they almost create a piece of art with the food presented on the plate in front of you. You can’t help but be impressed but sometimes that patriotic craving for something a little more simple (but by no means any less tasty) is really all you want. Fish and chips: A quintessential piece of the puzzle that makes this country great and lucky old Cheltenham has the best in the country. Simpsons Fish and Chips, just on the outskirts of the town centre has been in the running for first place for a while now but has…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Uncategorized

    How to nail a good steak

    James’ parents kindly bought us a steak cooking course for Christmas. I am a big fan of good steak but don’t make the effort to cook it much at home as I often get it wrong. The first problem is picking a bad piece of meat from the supermarket. You may already be setting yourself up for failure before even getting a pan out of the cupboard. Luckily enough, on the course we were taught plenty of hints and tips on not just how to cook the steak, but also where and what to look out for when picking out your piece of meat. The key to a good steak…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Atomic Burger, Bristol

    Since working in Bristol, the name Atomic Burger has been bounded around by many colleagues. The toilets proved to be a highlight of many conversations (because of the nostalgic wallpaper). It’s been nearly three years since I first heard the name uttered so it was about time I went to see what all the fuss was about. Found at the top of Gloucester Road, Bristolians rarely have a bad thing to say about Atomic Burger. I mean, why would you? A vast array of burgers, large in portion and in flavour, surrounded by walls filled with comic book posters, dolls and memorabilia from your childhood – spanning many generations. It’s recently had…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Salt and Malt, plus a pub with kittens!

    When I was younger, mum and dad would treat my brother, sister and I to fish and chips from the local chippy every Friday evening. It turned into a ritual and it wasn’t long before the owners knew our names. As we got older that ritual eventually came to an end but that didn’t mean my love for fish and chips did. Not possible my friend. In fact, every evening I’d get off the train from work I would almost be salivating at the smell of that deep-fried goodness that would make it’s way across the road. When I was informed about a relatively new establishment, that was offering great…