• Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Portraits of Cheltenham

    A meaty treat

    We’ve recently moved from Bristol to the outskirts of Cheltenham and one of the hardest things about moving away from Bristol has been leaving the thriving food scene behind; we were never short of options for somewhere fantastic to go out for dinner.  So after only a couple of weeks in our new home town we were delighted to get an invite to the opening of a new steak restaurant in Cheltenham’s food and entertainment area- The Brewery Quarter. A really good, well cooked steak (well cooked on a good hot charcoal grill, rather than ‘well done’) is a wonderful thing, but all to often restaurants serve up poor quality,…

  • 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…

  • Food & Drink,  Photography

    Like pigs in muck

    When I was young a walled garden had a magical appeal to me: I can’t put my finger on whether it was childhood stories which romanticised them, the fact that they were normally within the grounds of a castle or stately home, or simply the mystery of what was beyond the wall and the fantastic hide and seek opportunities they presented. 30 years on and the walled garden still has an enormous appeal to me, albeit for a different reason now. Nowadays I associate a walled garden with food, and not just any food, but the very freshest hand picked ingredients you can get. The Ethicurean (just outside of Bristol)…

  • 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…

  • Beauty,  Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    A Festive Day Spa at Cowley Manor

    The Christmas countdown is now in full swing with less than two weeks until the big day. I don’t know about you but I am very much ready for a break. My last long break in the midst of summer seems like a lifetime ago. That sunshine glow is long gone, I’m now in need of something else to get my skin looking healthy and rejuvenated. How about a Spa Day you say? What an ingenius idea! Cowley Manor, just on the outskirts of Cheltenham, are currently offering a Festive Day Spa throughout December. This includes a 60-minute facial of your choice, a 2-course lunch or dinner from the Christmas…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Chomp, Bristol

    There is a bit of an art to a good burger, it’s pretty simple yet some places manage to get it wrong. Bristol is lucky enough to have several places that have got it spot on, Chomp being one of them. A little hidden away, along St Nicholas Street, it could almost be forgotten about. However, a strong following with positive word of mouth and awards coming out their ears, it’s hard not to think of Chomp when you’re craving a good burger. But burgers aren’t all they do; there are all types of steaks ranging from 21-70 day aged beef. Along with veggie options, if you don’t mind photographs…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    The Ox, Bristol

    A hidden gem is probably the perfect way to describe The Ox in Bristol’s city centre. Tucked away in the basement of a building along Corn Street you would barely know it’s existence if you were passing by but with a high reputation for great steak they couldn’t stay hidden from me for very long. They offer a great early evening deal if you get there between 5-7pm. For £12.50 you can get a 6oz Rump steak, a sauce, fries and a glass of house wine. Dream combination at a bargain. Situated in the basement, you feel as though you are stepping back in time to the same period of Bugsy Malone…