Monday, 18 June 2018

Local Eat Treats #70 Still Shining Bright at Star Bistro

I’ve been to Star Bistro both at Royal Crescent and Ullenwood now, on numerous occasions; sometimes for coffee and cake, sometimes for breakfast, sometimes for brunch, sometimes for a quick lunch, and sometimes to go all out and have three courses of fine food. And do you know what? It’s never let me down. Not once. They crisp my bacon just right, their poached eggs are never snotty - always oozy, the cakes are tempting, the choices numerous, some of it fancy, some of it just bloody good, the atmosphere relaxed, and the staff friendly and helpful. Plus, they just keep getting better and better. Those who have tried it, love it. And those who haven’t, are missing out!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Local Eat Treats #69 Hot Stuff at The Fire Station

There have been a few changes at The Fire Station of late: A new menu, a new manager (who, by the way, is one extremely dapper chap), exciting cocktails and monthly gin and whisky tastings! Wanting us to experience the new vibe and new menu, Jason (the dapper one) invited Kingsley and I in one Saturday evening for dinner and drinks. How could we refuse? We got a sitter, washed our hair and made an effort to make conversation with each other for one evening and one evening only.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Local Eat Treats #68 Sushi or Not Sushi? That is the Question.

I make no secret of the fact that I’m not all that brave when it comes to eating fish, and although I’m getting more adventurous, you’ll never catch me eating raw fish! So why on earth would one of my favourite restaurants be a sushi place?! Let me tell you all about the small but unbeatable Kibou Sushi.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Local Eat Treats #67 What a Find!

The Find, if you haven’t found it yet, has been a welcome retreat for brunch, lunch, teas, coffees and those cruffins from Salt Bakehouse since the autumn. But what you might not know yet, is that they are also open for supper (or tea or dinner or whatever name it goes by in your house) on a Friday and Saturday evening! A coffee house doing dinner you say?! Well don’t worry, I took it upon myself to go along one evening - with my mama in tow - to see if it’s worth booking a table.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Appetite.

This blog post has been a long time in the making because it is something I feel so strongly about: diet. Do you know what a diet is? It’s what you eat and drink. It’s not Slimming World, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Slim Fast, Paleo or 5:2 or any other twaddle someone wants to come up with (don’t even speak to me about them, talk of these diets bores me to absolute tears). Being healthy is not about starvation, restriction, food substitutes or replacements nor excessive exercise; it is about nourishing the body and mind.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

To Split the Bill, or Not. That is the Question.

You’ve had a fabulous evening out with friends, your tummies are full, your wine glasses almost empty and you could talk until the small hours, but then the waiter places the bill on the table and everyone falls silent, eyeing the innocent bit of paper nervously. Will someone offer to pay the lot? Oh God, is Kirsty getting her phone out to start totting up what everyone had? Shall we just split it? Have they added a service charge on already? And what about poor Harriet who was just on tap water?!

Friday, 9 February 2018

Coffee Break #37 Pancakes for Breakfast at Madison's Café

Pancake day is looming and so I did the honours and had a whole plateful of them for breakfast this morning. Madison’s Café is my local coffee shop and ever since it opened, it’s been a favourite spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch, elevenses, and all the other made-up meals and snacks in between for me and all the family (we’re one of those weird families who all live within a few streets of each other!).