• Cheltenham,  Food & Drink

    Bar Padron, Cheltenham

    I’m talking tapas again but this time in Cheltenham. One of the main things I’ll miss about Bristol when we make the move to our new home on the outskirts of Cheltenham will most definitely be the food scene. We eat out at least once a week at the moment and rarely have a bad meal – the quality and variety on offer in Bristol is probably the best in the country! Cheltenham as a town, isn’t too far behind though and has a growing food scene with more independent restaurants opening all the time. One of the most recent being a tapas bar called Bar Padron, located in the…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    New Moon, Clifton

    James doesn’t have many weaknesses or faults, in a nutshell he’s pretty great. He does however, struggle slightly with memory failure. It may also be that he’s not always listening to me jabbering on but I’m not going to delve too deep into the reasons he can’t remember things I’ve told him as that could be dangerous for our marriage. I knew one thing I had mentioned to him on more than one occasion was that we needed to visit New Moon in Clifton. I love the fact you don’t have go far in Bristol for a good tapas bar and New Moon is one of them. What’s better than…

  • 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

    Gambas, Wapping Wharf

    Situated in the food haven that is Wapping Wharf, the owners of Bravas tapas bar on Cotham Hill, have brought their small plates down to the Harbour. Already owners of Cantina, the mexican restaurant, they’ve opened Gambas only a few shipping containers down. Serving up authentic Spanish dishes with a seafood focus, hence the name (Gambas mean prawns in Spanish) however don’t be put-off if you don’t like seafood! When I went along with my friend Emma, both not being huge fish fans, we were able to pick out plenty of dishes to keep us grazing for hours. We visited one evening after work and made the most of the…

  • Food & Drink,  Photography

    Award Winning Italian Restaurant, Polpo

    There are always new restaurants for James and I to try out in Bristol but sometimes you just want to go somewhere you know is good. Polpo on Whiteladies Road is one of those. Specialising in Venetian food, they have a varied menu that’s not too overwhelming but has a little bit of everything. Perfect for groups as there is something for everyone. You’ll find pizzas, meatballs, pasta, steak, salads and small plates called cicheti. Like the Italian version of Tapas. Whenever we visit we order up several dishes to start and then if we need anymore, get another order in. The dishes come out of the kitchen when they’re…

  • 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

    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

    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…