• 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

    Cotham Arms, Bristol

    I love going to pubs. Just outside of Cheltenham there are a great array of country style pubs that I’ve frequented many a time. Since moving to Bristol these trips have dwindled but that’s not to say my love of pubs has. When I heard about a new pint-sized classic pub opening in Clifton, I got my walking boots on and made my way up that ever-so-steep St Michael’s Hill – James in tow. The pub has that distinctive Bristolian vibe with industrial touches of exposed lightbulbs and quirky artwork, that is also available to buy. There are a mix of tables and booths in the back, along with stools…

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    Hotel Du Vin’s new Summer menu

    I’ve lost count of the times James has had to tell me it’s pronounced ‘van’ not ‘vin’. I’ve been saying it wrong for so long now, my brain just can’t accept it. I’ll get there eventually but in the mean time if I start harping on to you about how great the food at Hotel Du Van is, I’m sure you’ll understand what I mean. So last week James and I went along to a blogger’s evening at Hotel Du Vin in Cheltenham to sample their new menu, along with some cocktails and a tour around the hotel. It was also a great chance to catch up with other local…

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    Three Choirs Vineyard

    My expectations for an English vineyard were pretty low if I’m honest. I don’t know a huge amount about wine, but I do know that for grapes to grow you need a fair bit of sun, and that’s where I thought we’d have a bit of an issue; we get the odd heatwave but it’s now the end of June, 13 degrees outside and for the last three days it’s been raining constantly. The day we visited the Three Choirs vineyard was a less drizzly day, but still pretty overcast to start with. Our first appointment was at 11.00; a tour. The vineyard sits in a beautiful 70 acre site…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Pretty Prague Part 2

    Sometimes a week seems a long time to spend in a city, however there is so much to see and do in Prague that we could easily have stayed longer. Our next stop was to the Technical Museum, something James’ dad had recommended. It took us a while to find it but eventually we got there and spent the whole morning exploring several floors of old and new technical advances that had been made through the centuries. After lots of reading and walking around the museum, we worked up quite an appetite so made our way back into the centre for our favourite type of food. James’ ‘hurry up and…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Pretty Prague Part 1

    James and I had heard very good things about Prague. Both of our parents had visited and fallen for it’s charm so when we decided to squeeze in one last holiday last year, we knew exactly where we were going. At the end of September we had two weddings over two back-to-back weekends over in Essex and Norwich, we decided that the week in between would be the perfect time to plan our trip for. When it came round to it the packing proved somewhat difficult; trying to decide what to wear to two weddings and one that is a week away is a little tricky but we succeeded in…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Thai delight at Thaikhun

    We’ve never been to Thailand before, and if all we wanted to see of it was their equivalent of a used home ware store, then we’d have no reason to venture any further than Bath. The inside of new Thai restaurant Thaikhun is kitted out with genuine wares from Thailand, packed into a container and shipped half way around the world to add to the sensory overload of this exciting new addition to the south west. Situated a handy two minute walk from the station in the Little Southgate dining quarter, this is the ninth restaurant in this Thai street food chain. Walking inside we received a warm welcome and…

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    Crafts and craft beer

    Beer can be brewed in a couple of weeks, but sometimes it’s worth investing a bit more time in order to get a deeper, richer flavour. The team at the Meantime Brewing Company spend six weeks brewing their latest unique West Country Pilsner, and this inspired the ‘Make Time For It’ campaign. Launched earlier this year, this campaign celebrates the master craftsmanship of their brewers and the care and attention put in to every keg and bottle produced. But more than that, the campaign is designed to highlight the abundance and quality of craftsmanship and innovation throughout the UK. Meantime set six of the best craftsmen across the country a…