Sunday, 27 December 2015

Coffee Break #21 Getting Over the Christmas Binge at The Green Coffee Machine

It’ fair to say that the last few days – actually, who am I kidding - the last few weeks have been one big binge! This morning was supposed to consist of a ‘wildlife walk’ out at Daylesford Farm with lots of fresh air and a chance to stretch our legs; but upon opening the blinds, the rain was pelting down, so we opted for a walk up to the local coffee shop for some breakfast instead of heading out to the country.  

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Local Eat Treats #24 Local Restaurant Food Delivered to our Door

I don’t know if you’ve heard yet or not, but you can now get restaurant food delivered to your door in Cheltenham by the fabulous Deliveroo guys and gals. 

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Local Eat Treats #23 A Lovely Treat at The Vine Leaf in Stow

I don’t know if I mentioned (ahem), but we got married recently and my lovely colleagues treated us to lunch out in the beautiful Cotswold town of Stow-on-the-Wold.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Something a Bit Special #4 Christmas Arrives Early at Court Farm Shop

I love a visit to a farm shop anyway, but when it’s coupled with a Christmas event and lots of food tastings – well, that’s just absolutely fine by me! So, having spotted on social media that Court Farm Shop were doing exactly that, we decided to stop by.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Local Eat Treats #22 Roast Dinner with Two Yorkshire Puddings at The Swan at Coombe Hill

It’s not often I get out for Sunday roast but as I get older the craving for a roast with all the trimmings is becoming more frequent. And when I say all the trimmings, I mean – ALL the trimmings. I’ve never really understood this rule of beef goes with Yorkshire and turkey with cranberry sauce. Actually, I think you’ll find Yorkshire puddings go with absolutely all roast meats and cranberry sauce doesn’t go too bad with most of them either.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Coffee Break #20 A Catch-Up at The Coffee Dispensary

Everyone knows that girls natter best over a piece of cake and a cup of coffee (or a bottle of wine), so to meet up with my friend Naomi and her beautiful curly-haired daughter Elsie, I suggested TheCoffee Dispensary.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Eating Out and About #11 A Taste of Gloucestershire in London at Daylesford Farm Shop

Daylesford is an Organic Farm in Gloucestershire, we first passed it on our way to The Kingham Plough (which you can read about in this blog post here) and since then I’ve noticed them popping up on my Instagram feed lots and lots.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

The Bestest #1 Places to go for Christmas Party Season

Whether you’re celebrating with colleagues, meeting up with family or arranging a Christmas get-together for friends; booking into a restaurant over the Christmas party season can be a bit of a nightmare what with having to pre-order and pay deposits for a three course meal at highly inflated prices. Having gone to all that trouble, the last thing you want is a sub-standard meal, but sadly, that’s often the case.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Eating Out and About #21 A Casual Lunch at The Suffolk Kitchen

The Suffolk Kitchen is a place we’ve been to for dinner, for Sunday roast, and it’s also a place that’s on my radar for brunch (although I haven’t tried it yet); but never before had I considered it as a place for a casual lunch.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Local Eat Treats #20 Lunch in the Wine Bar at Moran’s

Before you read on, I should probably warn you - this lunch in a wine bar doesn’t actually involve any wine; you see, Moran’s is not just a fabulous restaurant, and wine bar, but also a great place for a coffee shop style stop-off. By daylight, it really is best described as a bloody good coffee shop that also serves tapas and wine!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Local Eat Treats #19 We Welcome The White Spoon to Cheltenham

Cheltenham is welcoming quite a few new eating establishments at the moment; and among them is The White Spoon on Well Walk. They themselves, say they offer an alternative to traditional fine dining by delivering the foodie experience with attentive service, but in an approachable and relaxed environment, one where true foodies or casual diners feel comfortable. Well, as a casual diner/wannabe foodie, I can speak from both of those camps, and I think they’ve got it spot on.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Coffee Break #19 Trying Out the New Dish at Boston Tea Party

With a few days off work, I’ve been able to while away time on Facebook. And whilst doing so, a picture of a dish that sounded right up my street, popped up on my news feed from Boston Tea Party. With bare cupboards, I thought it was the perfect excuse to pop into town and try it out.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Coffee Break #18 Cake for Breakfast at The Enchanted Tea Room

I hadn’t ever heard of The Enchanted Tea Room in Cheltenham until my friend suggested we meet there for a natter. I thought I knew of all the local eateries, so it was a really nice surprise to hear of this place, and I immediately warned my friend I’d be bringing my camera long so I could do a bit of a write-up for Honeybourne Line.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Local Eat Treats #17 Cheltenham’s Hidden Gem for a Sarnie

Earlier this year I attended a bread making course which was taught by Dom Salter of The Sandwich Box in Cheltenham. You can read about my bread making exploits here. I’d never heard of The Sandwich Box before that day, but I knew that if the bread I took home with me (made with my own fair hands with lots of instruction and help) was good enough to devour all in one sitting, then Dom’s must be out of this world. Unfortunately for us weekday workers, The Sandwich Box is only open Monday-Friday and caters for those who are in the town centre (it’s right opposite the Town Hall); so I’ve had to wait all these months (five – and yes I’ve been counting) for a day off that was void of any plans at lunch time.  

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Eating Out and About #10 An Evening at Chambers in Globe Village

When we visit London we always stay in Mile End, and as we drive home we pass through a lovely little place (unofficially) called Globe Village. We always look at the wonderful eateries and say ‘we must come to eat here next time’.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Coffee Break #16 An Alfresco Breakfast at Gusto

Don’t you just love the European café culture you experience on holiday? Supping on a coffee whilst watching the world go by, with no pressures on time; that’s an idyllic morning for me.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Eating Out and About #9 Meat & Beer in St Albans

There’s a new place in St Albans and they’re all about their low n’ slow cooked meat. Now, as you know, we live in Cheltenham, so we’d have had to be really, really keen to drive there for a meal; but add a weekend in London and a couple of friends we needed to catch up with (who just happen to live in St Albans) into the equation and we had the perfect excuse to book in.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Something a Bit Special #3 Too Much Gin and Nothing To Eat at Borough Market

I must start by saying that the title of this blog post is by no means discrediting Borough Market. You see, it’ all my fault: I had been at a fabulous wedding the night before where I drank way too much gin and I felt a bit sorry for myself the next day, so sorry in fact, that I couldn’t eat until 4pm when we happened to be on the other side of London.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Local Eat Treats #16 A Very Late Lunch in the Beer Garden of The Gloucester Old Spot

Our visit to The Gloucester Old Spot was not a planned one. You see, we were on the way home from Bristol at lunch-time and had vouchers to spend at Gloucester Services; that was the plan.  But our car conked out on us, and so after two breakdowns, one wait for the RAC, and one very long tow back to Gloucestershire, we asked him to drop us, and our conked-out car in the car park of The Gloucester Old Spot for lunch at 6pm!

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Coffee Break #14 The Core Blimey Clean Eating Breakfast

It’s no secret that I love food; I’m a great believer in eating to nourish one’s body. I’m not one to count calories, fat content, cut out food groups, or even try out faddy diets; for me, the word ‘diet’ is a way of life, and what with an impending wedding date less than three months away, that way of life happens to be healthy – for now.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Eating Out and About #8 Lunch at the Oldest Restaurant in London

Rules was established by Thomas Rule in 1798 making it the oldest restaurant in London; that, coupled with the fact it appeared on Downton Abbey last year, put it on my hit-list of places to try. Yes, that’s right, I’m a Downton Abbey fan; and not just me, there’s a little group of us – Downton tourists I suppose you might call us! The date was set months ago, and this weekend we went on a day trip to Covent Garden.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Coffee Break #13 Pigging Out at The Canteen in Nailsworth

A few weeks back I declared HPJ the best coffee shop in town in this post; well I’ve now got even bigger and better news…I’ve found the best coffee shop in the county!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Local Eat Treats #15 Testing Out the Gelato at Milkbar

Imagine a dairy farm where a herd of 80 cows are all known by name; where they graze on luscious organic pasture, and their milk is packed full of nutrients and bottled on site. Well that’s exactly what happens at Hardwicke Farm where Jess’s Organic Farm Milk is produced. The milk is sold at a number of outlets across the county and further afield, but they also deliver daily to a place in town I’ve been meaning to try out for a while – Milkbar.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Eating Out and About #7 A Perfect Evening at The Kingham Plough

Kingham is a picturesque little village in the Cotswolds complete with village green, chocolate-box-cottages and the most important of all village amenities…a pub, which goes by the name of  The Kingham Plough.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Local Eat Treats #14 Caribbean Taster Evening at Marinades

Marinades has been on the scene for quite some time in Cheltenham, and we haven’t been there for quite a few years, so we thought it was about time we booked in for one of their taster evenings.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Coffee Break #12 Lunch in the Courtyard at Hot Pepper Jelly

BIG announcement today: The search is over for the best coffee shop in town. We have a winner as of yesterday. BUT, because I’m dedicated to the cause, I will keep working my way round the rest of them – just in case. And anyhow, what’s good for lunch in the sunshine with the husband-t0-be (had to get that in there), might not be the place for an all-out breakfast or a long girly natter over a hot chocolate and piece of cake. So, I’m not retiring yet!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Something a Bit Special #2 Nanny Violet’s Jams for Breakfast

You know how I always bang on about how breakfast at the weekend should be a bit of a treat? Well here I go again. Cornflakes and the like were made for Monday to Friday; but Saturday and Sunday require something with a little more…panache. A sausage butty has panache right?!  

Friday, 1 May 2015

Coffee Break #11 Breakfast with the Little Sister at Smokey Joe’s

I have just got home from the most wonderful morning spent with my little blister, more affectionately known as Elouise. She has achieved some great things lately what with offers from two universities and winning a business mentoring opportunity; so I thought she deserved a little treat.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Local Eat Treats #13 St George’s Day at The Beehive

The Beehive in Montpellier put on fantastic events from time to time. The last one we attended was a tapas pairing night with Aspall’s Cyder so when I read their newsletter earlier this year and saw they were doing a 6 course St George’s Day Feast with accompanying ales, I rallied the troops.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Eating Out and About #6 A Spanish Platter at Arch House Deli in Clifton

A few weeks ago, I read an article on a pop-up organic wine bar in Bristol and so contacted the bestie (who conveniently lives in Bristol) to see if she fancied a boozy afternoon with me over the Easter weekend. The only problem was, the pop-up wine bar decided to pop-down just the weekend before my visit, so we had to re-think our plans and quick!

Friday, 17 April 2015

Something a Bit Special #1 Artisan Bread Making at The Weekend Club

Everyone loves the weekend right?! Two whole days to do as you please, do more of what you love, and do it all in good company. Well Gloucestershire College have taken all of that on board and created The Weekend Club: The best club going if you ask me!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Propping Up the Bar #2 Cocktails at Crazy Eights

We don’t really hit the town anymore, instead we go for one or two ‘civilised’ drinks; so to see in the weekend, we decided to head into Cheltenham for exactly that.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Coffee Break #10 A Stop at Gloucester Services on the Way Back From Bristol

We popped to Bristol today to visit a tannery for a leather project that Kingsley is working on, and I got to go along as chief-photographer and sat-nav-setter. As payment for my skilled services, I requested we stop at Gloucester Services for a treat on the way home.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Local Eat Treats #11 A Girly Afternoon Tea at The Daffodil

The girls in our family have set up an afternoon tea club, and slowly but surely we are working our way around the various establishments in the county for afternoons full of eating and nattering, over a pot of tea or three.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Coffee Break #9 Feeding Time at Over Farm Market

Today’s so-called ‘coffee break’ wasn’t so much of a break; I was accompanied by two little people you see – my niece and best friend’s daughter – and thankfully, my best friend.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Coffee Break #8 Lunch at Brew & Bake

There’s a new spot in town for coffee, cake and lunch! Brew & Bake has recently opened up on Bath Road, Cheltenham, and feeling a little peckish we popped in for a quick bite for lunch after browsing round the market.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Eating Out and About #4 The Pig near Bath

A couple of years ago I read a write up in a magazine about The Pig Hotel in the New Forest. It sounded like my idea of a dream, and so I saved the magazine cutting and when we had enough money, we booked in.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Coffee Break #7 A Relaxing Morning at The Wilson Cafe

Bucket lists are for great and marvellous things you intend to do before you, erm…kick the proverbial bucket. On mine are things like visit Las Vegas, eat a pizza in Italy, write and publish a book, and spend a relaxing morning in a coffee shop!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Local Eat Treats #10 A Not-So Light Lunch at The Gloucester Old Spot

What with it being pay-day on Friday, we thought we’d treat ourselves to lunch out to kick start the weekend. We only wanted a light lunch because we had dinner plans already. I’m also making a conscious effort to watch what I eat, so that I can fit into my wedding dress without having to remove a rib!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Eating Out and About #3 Afternoon Tea at The Feathers in Woodstock

I think the whole world knows by now, but just in case you didn’t, me and Kingsley (or ‘Kingsley and I’, as I Mum would say) got engaged over Christmas. What followed was a champagne fuelled week and a smattering of lovely cards and gifts; amongst which was a voucher for afternoon tea at The Feathers. This hotel, bar and restaurant is in the lovely market town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015