• 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…

  • 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,  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,  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…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    The Bath Pig

    James and I successfully passed our Marriage interview towards the end of last year, meaning we can now officially get married at Bristol Registry Office. Whoop! We’re doing things a little differently to some in that we’re doing the signing of the papers and the legal stuff a few days before our actual wedding. We decided it would be nice to keep the whole day at one location, save our guests having to move around and giving us complete freedom for the main event. We’d still like to celebrate the legal bit so have decided to visit The Pig in Bath. We’ve frequented the restaurant a few times now and…

  • Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Food & Drink

    Through the Looking Glass with Wild Beer, Jessop’s House

    Jessop’s House celebrated it’s second birthday a few weeks ago and I was lucky enough to be invited along to join in with the festivities. From the elaborate and beautifully designed invitation I received I knew this was a party not to be missed! I turned up not really knowing what to expect and was completely blown away with the transformation that had taken place in the basement of Jessop’s House. Our journey began just at the entrance before being guided downstairs and handed a bottle of ‘potion’, shrinking us down and allowing us to enter Wonderland. Whilst sipping on the small bottle of what was in fact a bitter…

  • 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

    A bottle of something special

    Fancy pubs and bars are popping up all over the place these days, so to stand out from the crowd they need to either do things simply and well, or do something a bit different. The latter will always generate a bit of attention initially, but unless it’s good as well, they’ll normally fizzle out within six months. We found a winner last week: The Bottle of Sauce is situated in the centre of Cheltenham, on the corner of Clarence Street and Ambrose Street. Walking past you don’t get many clues what’s inside as the large windows are quite high up the building and aren’t any good for peering in.…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    First ever Cotswold Bucket List celebrates the quirkier side of the Cotswolds

    Britain’s best service station, a forerunner to the Olympic Games where men kick each other in the shins and a festival that celebrates the humble onion are just some of the entries in the first ever Cotswold Bucket List. The collection of the 100 must-see, must-do and must-experience things that visitors should do when visiting the region was compiled through nominations made by Cotswold residents. The ultimate insider’s guide, The Cotswold Bucket List highlights some of the region’s more unusual hidden gems – including secret woodland walks, microbreweries, the best photographic viewpoints and even a rally school – rather than recommending the traditional tourist offerings that many associate with the…