Monday, 9 October 2017

Local Eat Treats #61 The Tavern and Their Faultless Food

We were invited to The Tavern to try their new menu and very pleased to see they’ve gone back to what they are really good at. Yes, there are burgers, wings, fries and mac ‘n’ cheese on the menu but they’ve also reworked some old favourites like the salt ‘n’ pepper squid and tender steaks. They’ve seriously upped their game with the most epic of mashes which comes with bone marrow butter and when you add to that a whole host of meat, fish, pasta and cheese dishes, you have a menu bound to excite and please pretty much everyone! 

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Local Eat Treats #60 A Guilt Free Friday Night Feast with Poco Culina

Andy, the man behind Poco Culina, has created a catering company serving up top notch food as well as a healthy dose of ethics. You see, Poco Culina is all about plant-based food which is nutritiously dense (yep, a food delivery company serving food which actually does your body a whole lot of good), the ingredients are sourced as ethically and sustainably as possible, it is all hand-prepared and Andy will even deliver most of the food himself – on his bicycle! Oh and one more thing, even the packaging is all biodegradable or recyclable. Now that is what you call an ethical business!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Local Eat Treats #59 New Chef, New Menu, Old Stocks


Not so long ago, I went for a girls’ lunch at the Old Stocks Inn and raved about their chef at the time, Wayne Sullivan. Well, he moved onto a great opportunity, allowing him to spend more time with his wife and kids, but also leaving a big hole at the Old Stocks Inn. With big shoes to fill, only someone fabulous would do, and they certainly got the right man for the job by recruiting Ian Percival. 

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Coffee Break #36 Three Generations Lunch at Lucy's

In early August, I’d arranged to go for lunch at Lucy’s Café on Bath Road, however, I started having contractions a few hours before and so had to cancel – for very good reasons of course! I’m sure Lucy didn’t fancy delivering a baby along with my lunch! Fast forward a month, and I’ve managed to get my act together (just enough) to shower, brush my teeth, find some clean clothes and get out of the house with Baby Paisleigh and my mum in tow (to perform Granny duties over lunch whilst I snap away at our food). 

Monday, 21 August 2017

Something a Bit Special #22 Getting Closer to Food with Cynneth

In February of this year, Cynneth Bonanos started making and uploading videos documenting his passion for getting closer to the food we eat. He has a Facebook page which can be found here and also a YouTube channel, all under the name of Rough Around The Hedges. Cynneth is definitely one to watch and so it was my pleasure to meet him during National Allotment Week to find out about what he does and how anyone can start to grow their own food.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Local Eat Treats #58 On Fiya for Lunch at The Fire Station


The Fire Station has been open for just over a year now and sits within a renovated – you guessed it – fire station! I’ve popped in on a few occasions for coffee, or something a little stronger, but we haven’t ever eaten there. If I’m completely honest, we’ve heard very mixed reviews - some great with happy and returning customers and some not so great; but keen to find out for ourselves, the manager kindly booked us in for lunch one Sunday.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Coffee Break #35 All Set for Tea in Chipping Norton

Victoria, the sweet tooth behind The Tea Set, has recently opened two tea rooms in the Cotswolds, one in Chipping Norton and the other in Broadway. They are the place to go to enjoy a cuppa and a slice of cake, or in our case, several slices of cake and several cuppas (aka afternoon tea).