• 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…

  • 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…

  • Cotswolds,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    Testing out the Olympus Pen E-PL8

    I love blogging. The community of the areas I try to cover, both Bristol and the Cotswolds is great. I’ve yet to notice any competitiveness or bragging between bloggers. I guess it’s because we’re all quite similar people in that we either love food, taking photographs of food or writing about experiences we have eating food. It’s a wonderful connection that brings a group of people that are essentially strangers, together. One of my blogging highlights of the year was about a month ago now when James and I were invited by Clifton Cameras to an event they were hosting, sponsored by Olympus. The event was a Bloggers Brunch, involving…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    The Malvern Autumn Show; something for the foodies

    This year’s Malvern Autumn Show falls on the weekend of the 23rd and the 24th September which also coincides with the start of the British Food Fortnight that runs until the 8th October. To celebrate this the show will play host to some well-known names in the foodie scene including one of my favourite bakers from last year’s Great British Bake Off, Selasi Gbormittah. Andi Oliver, a judge on the Great British Menu and Judith Hann, who has just published her new book Herbs: Delicious Recipes and Growing Tips to Transform your Food. Visitors to the Cookery Theatre over the weekend will be in for a real foodie treat. Playing host…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    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…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    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

    The Clarence Social, Cheltenham

    Here comes the summer sun, oh, no wait it’s gone again. That’s pretty much how English Summer time goes. One minute you’re prancing around in shorts collecting all that precious vitamin D, the next you’re wrapping yourself in a warm cardie diving into Netflix. It is unpredictable to say the least. One thing I can be sure of is heading to The Clarence Social on a Sunday and getting a damn good roast. Often debatable in the summer time but it would be cruel to deny yourself this, especially if it’s turned into cardie weather. We had the whole gang together so we took some obligatory family snaps whilst reading…

  • 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…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    The Wheatsheaf, Northleach

    I love a country pub. They’re very British so I feel a little patriotic, they usually come with a warm open fire and their portion sizes keep you full the entire day. What’s not to love. They’re also usually plonked in the middle of some pretty countryside with nothing but fields as far as the eye can see, or you stumble upon them in a quaint village that gives you the perfect excuse to do some exploring. There was no stumbling with The Wheatsheaf as I’ve wanted to visit for some time now, but it is set in a beautiful Cotswold setting. So we booked up early and piled all the…