Monday, 26 December 2016

Local Eat Treats #47 Bloggers Feast at The Bottle of Sauce

The Dodo Pub Co., who have a name for themselves in Oxford, have ventured out of the city and opened up a new place in (the rather fabulous) Cheltenham. Their latest baby is called The Bottle of Sauce, and if you’re wondering where it is, you may remember the building as the pub by the bowling green, which nobody could pronounce the name of – The Quaich!

Monday, 19 December 2016

The Bestest #6 At Its Fastest

This time of year is super busy: What with buying pressies, wrapping them, putting up the Christmas decs, attending parties and nursing hangovers. All of that leaves very little time for food (although somehow we manage to consume more during December than any other time). If you’re anything like me, you’ll need something a little more substantial than the Galaxy Caramels plucked from a tub of Celebrations, so I’ve found the best local places serving up good food in double quick time. So, you can have your cake, eat it and go to the ball!

Monday, 12 December 2016

Local Eat Treats #46 Burritos at Paparrito’s

Paparrito’s hit the Cheltenham fast-food scene a while back, wanting to offer something a wee bit healthier than the usual fat-laden takeaways to those on the run. Since then, they’ve gotten themselves a huge following of burrito-loving people, their menu has grown (just a tiny weeny bit) and they’ve even had a make-over.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Local Eat Treats #45 Indulging in the Base with the Fattest Fat Toni’s

If you’re from London or you frequent the capital, you’ll know about a pizza place called Franco Manca. They do the whole sourdough base thing and they do it well, but here in Gloucestershire we do it even better, thanks to Fat Toni’s.

Monday, 28 November 2016

The Bestest #5 Places to go for Sunday Lunch

I don’t think Sunday lunch was ever intended to be seasonal, but to me, there’s no better time to indulge than the colder months. Sunday lunch has a fair amount of stodge involved – and I’m not complaining. I love comfort foods; they warm you up from the inside out and are perfectly complemented by a roaring log fire and a rather large woolly jumper.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Local Eat Treats #44 Celebrating Our Anniversary at The Clarence Social

The Clarence Social is the newest place to hit Cheltenham’s food and drinks scene and I love it. The owners – Terry Croft and Steve Jones – have worked super hard on getting the place, its spaces and talented team ready for opening.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Eating Out and About #15 A Partridge in a Pear Tree at The Fat Fox Inn

Earlier this year, I walked the length of the Thames path from source to barrier. There were a few places along the way that caught my attention and I vowed to return to one day – minus the hiking boots and rucksack. So, I was dead chuffed to be invited to The Fat Fox Inn in the village of Watlington, which is just a short drive from Henley-on-Thames, for dinner and an overnight stay.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Local Eat Treats #43 The Famous 2 in 1 Pie at The Weighbridge Inn

The Weighbridge Inn is famous for their 2 in 1 pies. 2 in 1 pies?! When I first heard of these wonderful things, I presumed they were half savoury and half sweet, but actually they are half pie and half veg – usually cauliflower cheese. The cheesiest, and therefore, the bestest cauliflower cheese you ever did try by the way!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Local Eat Treats #42 Our First Trip to The Malthouse Bar & Kitchen

Being a big fan of interiors and constantly doing home improvements we are no strangers to Malt House Emporium found just on the outskirts of Stroud. So when a new eatery opened up right next door to it, we were super keen to visit and see what they had to offer.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Coffee Break #30 Nursing a Cold at Campden Coffee Company

To celebrate our first wedding anniversary we had a right treat lined up at Cotswold House Hotel with a visit to the spa, dinner, drinks and an overnight stay. There won’t be a blog post, as I honoured our romantic weekend by not allowing the camera to join us at the dinner table, but I did manage to sneak it out to lunch with us earlier on in the day.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Something a Bit Special #15 The Locally Sourced Breakfast Sandwich

Being a true Cheltenham girl, I love a day out at the horseracing, starting with a hearty breakfast with family and friends. For The Festival in March, my guests had asked for a breakfast sandwich (because I host the sort of people who know what they want and aren’t afraid to tell me), so I set about sourcing the very best ingredients I could find – and not just from anywhere, I wanted to support local people and producers and see what our county (and just a bit further afield) could offer.

Monday, 10 October 2016

The Bestest #4 What Makes a Good Eatery

As a food blogger I’m very aware that the things I really like and appreciate may not be what other people are looking for in a meal out. However, I am a firm believer that food is to be enjoyed and so if you’re spending your well-earned money on eating out, the whole experience should be fantastic (no matter how little or how much you’re spending).

Monday, 3 October 2016

Local Eat Treats #41 Sunday Lunch at Montpellier Lodge

We haven’t had a roast dinner for ages; it seems more of a cold weather thing than something for long and hot summer days. So, what with this new nip in the air, we booked into Montpellier Lodge to welcome Autumn.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Local Eat Treats #40 Hake, Horns and Hoops at The Daneway Inn

Emma Bradshaw, a fellow blogger over at Bradshaw & Sons, has recently started a new adventure with her family at the Daneway Inn. So we popped over one Friday evening with Sarah and Adam of Lewis Loves to check it out.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Something a Bit Special #14 Hot Sauce with Swagger

Beyoncé sang about carrying hot sauce in her bag and believe you me, after trying Tubby Tom’s sauces and seasonings, you’ll be wanting to heed her advice.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Coffee Break #29 Brew & Bake Pop-up at Aquavitae

Not long ago, we finally got round to visiting the Brew & Bake pop-up restaurant which you can read about here and then, as pop-ups do, Brew & Bake popped-up at Aquavitae, and the good news is, they’re staying put for quite a while.

Monday, 5 September 2016

The Bestest #3 Places to go for Date Night

Date night. This is a relatively new concept. In the olden days we used to do nice things with our loved one from time to time, but now, we have such busy lives that we have to schedule in a night to be romantic. How unromantic! Anyhow, it seems everyone is doing it, so I’m here to help out with some foodie suggestions for your next date night - because those who eat together, stay together.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Local Eat Treats #39 Milkshakes and Burgers for Afternoon Tea at Malmaison

As the popularity of afternoon tea continues to rise, more and more places are offering slates, plates and tiers of sarnies, scones and cakes somewhere in between lunch and dinner time. But with so many people jumping on the bandwagon and making the most of this extra meal in the day, how do you stand out from the crowd? Malmaison Cheltenham might just have the answer.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Something a Bit Special #13 The Great Tradition of Strawberry Picking at Over Farm Market

I always remember going strawberry picking as a child and I loved it. Picking as many strawberries as possible without a thought for how much they might cost (that was Mum and Dad’s problem), and looking forward to dipping them in a bowl of sugar at home and scoffing as many as I could in one sitting.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Eating Out and About #14 Thursday’s Supper at The White Horse in Duns Tew

What do you call your evening meal? For me it’s dinner, but I know many people call it supper. I went to uni with a girl who called it tea, but that never seemed a very sufficient word for a meal that would supposedly keep you going until breakfast time. Supper for some is an extra meal, a snack shall we say, between dinner and bed. The White Horse at Duns Tew serves up a supper menu (which changes daily) and I can tell you, it is most definitely not a light bite to be had just before bedtime; there is no way you could possibly leave this place hungry, even after just one course!

Monday, 8 August 2016

Something a Bit Special #12 A Delightful Sunday Afternoon Tea with Hetty’s Tea Party

Lots of people can bake cakes and the like, but not many people can make them as damn tasty (and gooey when it comes to the brownies) as Henrietta, the talent behind Hetty’s Tea Party.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Eating Out and About #13 Mum and Me at The Maytime Inn

I guarantee you if my mum reads this post, the first thing she’ll think is it should say ‘Mum and I’ not ‘Mum and Me’. But hopefully (argh don’t start a sentence with but), she’ll read on past that grammatical nuance and reminisce about an evening very well spent in a tiny Cotswold village called Asthall at The Maytime Inn.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Local Eat Treats #38 Sharing and Pairing with Wild Beer Co at Jessop House

I thought I didn’t like beer, but it turns out I just wasn’t drinking the right stuff. We were invited to spend an afternoon at Wild Beer Co at Jessop House to try out a few dishes from their tapas style menu along with some beer pairings; and well it opened my eyes quite a bit to the wonderful world of craft beers.  I wouldn’t say I’m an expert (even though I took enough notes to become one), but I certainly learnt a lot – and even enjoyed my beers too!

Monday, 11 July 2016

Local Eat Treats #36 Kicking Off the Weekend with Curtain Raisers at The Daffodil

If you know Cheltenham, you’ll know The Daffodil. It’s got to be the most well-known restaurant in the town, and rightly so. In the 1920’s The Daffodil was a cinema – or a picture house as they called it back then – and still to this day, it’s retained all the glitz and glamour of a bygone era.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Propping Up the Bar #4 Girls Afternoon at The Grape Escape

Back in February, I suggested a girls’ day out. After looking through our diaries for a Saturday the three of us could do, we finally found a date in June. We knew our afternoon would involve a spot of wine tasting and lunch at The Grape Escape, we just had to wait for quarter of the year to pass first.  

Monday, 27 June 2016

Local Eat Treats #35 Pop-Up at Brew & Bake

Brew & Bake, as you might well know, is a coffee shop on the Bath Road in Cheltenham. Mark, the guy behind it all, produces everything on site (apart from the bread which comes from the one and only Hobbs House). Because Mark’s skills go way beyond cakes and sarnies, they run a monthly supper club known as the Brew & Bake Pop Up Restaurant.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Propping Up the Bar #3 A Typical British Summer with Cocktails at The Ox

The Ox in Cheltenham threw a bash to launch their Summer Twists cocktail menu. The invite landed in my inbox:

We don’t want to tempt fate, but with the recent run of good weather it’s starting to feel like Summer is well and truly around the corner. To celebrate we’ve created a brand new Summer cocktail menu…

Monday, 13 June 2016

Something a Bit Special #11 A Feast with Nanny Violet

Last year, Jodie and Shaun of Nanny Violet’s Jams kindly sent me a selection of their jams to try out; so we had an epic breakfast which you can read about here. I enjoyed their fruit jams so much, I ordered a few jars to have for breakfast on the morning of our wedding – now that is high praise indeed!

Monday, 6 June 2016

Coffee Break #28 The Unhealthy Option at Guru Coffee House

Having made the ten minute train ride from Cheltenham to Gloucester for lunch with Sarah and Adam of Lewis Loves, we had to make the most of the short journey by also visiting Guru Coffee House for some dessert.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Local Eat Treats #34 Bloggers Bank Holiday Lunch at TANK

To kick off the bank holiday weekend, I headed over to Gloucester to meet up with Adam and Sarah of Lewis Loves for a late lunch at TANK followed by dessert at Guru Coffee House. I know. We’re greedy - but we don’t care!

Monday, 23 May 2016

Something a Bit Special #10 We Make our Own Thompson Somerset Sausages

We love sausages, but only good ones, so we went on a one-day workshop to find out more about pig-keeping (not that we’re thinking about it) and sausage making.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Coffee Break #27 Two of My Favourite Things Rolled into One at Suffolk Anthology

When Suffolk Anthology opened last year, I was so charmed by the idea of it. It’s an independent bookshop that also has a café area serving up homemade cakes and coffee.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Something a Bit Special #11 Cooking with Seasonal Veg from Over Farm Market

It’s asparagus season people! The season is fairly short, so now is the time to get your hands on some locally grown asparagus as opposed to the supermarket stuff that’s travelled half way across the world – if not more - before it’s even reached the shop shelves.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Local Eat Treats #32 A Japanese Experience at Kibou Sushi

Kibou Sushi has been on the scene a little while now in Cheltenham but I’ve never eaten there myself as I’m not a seafood fan. That’s an understatement actually, I don’t eat seafood at all, other than plain old white fish – usually battered and served with chips.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Coffee Break #26 Warming Up in the Café Bar at Wesley House

One drizzly day we found ourselves in Winchcombe for a wander. It’s a place that’s so near to us and yet, we’ve never stopped-off there, just driven through.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Something a Bit Special #9 Mastering the Art of Cooking Well and Eating Even Better at East India Café

Kingsley and I eat out a lot (as you know). It never gets boring because we both have a passion for good food, but it is exciting to try something a bit different to the norm every now and then; and that’s exactly what we did at East India Café one Sunday.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Eating Out and About #12 Somerset Fare for Breakfast at Huntstile Farm

We’ve just returned home from the most wonderful day spent at Huntstile Organic Farm in Somerset. We booked on to a sausage making workshop and upon Googling the farm, we saw they’d won an award for their breakfast, so we arrived early to indulge.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Something a Bit Special #8 Indian Cooking Made Easy with a Tyga Spice Box

You’ve most likely heard of a recipe box: A box that gets delivered to your home and inside are the ingredients you need to make a meal along with the recipe card. Well a Tyga box follows the same concept but rather than a recipe box, it’s more accurately described as a spice box; with all of the spices and pastes you need to make an Indian banquet (for eight) – or rather than feeding the neighbourhood – it makes two meals, each for four people. I was sent a Tyga box to try out and here’s what I thought…

Monday, 14 March 2016

Monday, 7 March 2016

Local Eat Treats #30 Dining Fit for a King at The Kings Hotel in Chipping Campden

Having spent most of last year saving up for our wedding, we promised each other this year would be the one to treat ourselves a bit more. So having spotted a good deal on the internet a few weeks ago, I booked us in for an overnight stay at The Kings Hotel in Chipping Campden.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

The Bestest #2 Places that Help You to be Healthy

As much as I love all types of food, I do try to have a good balance in my life and eat nutritiously and healthily the majority of the time. However, sometimes eating really healthily can be a right faff, can’t it? All that chopping, preparation and lots of trips to the shops to ensure everything is fresh, it would be so much easier to nip down to the chippy for dinner!

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Something a Bit Special #6 The Best Chippy in the UK on our Doorstep

We are very lucky to have the very best fish and chip shop in the UK right here in Cheltenham and that’s not just my opinion, Simpsons were actually awarded this title recently at The National Fish & Chip Awards 2016.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Local Eat Treats #29 A Night of Celebration at Curry Corner

At the tail end of 2015, the Taste of Gloucestershire Food & Farming Awards took place and Curry Corner was named as Best Eating Out Establishment and Shamsul, the owner (along with his daughter) and chef, was a finalist in the Chef of the Year category. To celebrate these fantastic achievements, Shamsul and his daughter Monrusha, decided to throw a celebration feast to which we were lucky enough to be invited.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Coffee Break #24 Wonderfully Healthy Treats from Applebar

After a morning yoga session at Studio 13, I popped into Applebar on Winchcombe Street, Cheltenham to see what they had to offer in the way of post-workout snacks and maybe even something I might be able to pass off as lunch in the hope of having a lazy day off.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Local Eat Treats #28 An Outstanding Sunday Roast at The Ox

Cheltenham has so many lovely eateries after an influx of newbies in 2015, and one of those relatively new-kids-on-the-block is The Ox which is situated on Cambray Place.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Something a Bit Special #5 A Detox Day with Not Just Juice

Detox: A period of time in which one abstains from toxic or unhealthy substances. And that’s exactly what I’ve done this week (well, one day of this week). To set me up, I collected four juices from NotJust Juice, a small, Cheltenham-based company catering for those with what you might call ‘alternative’ diets (i.e. organic, vegan, gluten-free, diabetic, dairy-free and raw).

Monday, 25 January 2016

Coffee Break #23 Keeping out of the Cold with a Deluxe Hot Chocolate at Café Moochoo

You know those days when everything is frosty, and you look out the window and thank God it’s a Saturday and you don’t have to get out there and defrost the car to rush off to a meeting?! Well what better on those days than to wrap up all warm and toasty in loads and loads of layers and your biggest and cosiest coat in search of a welcoming place serving hot drinks and cakes aplenty?