The Pugliese are not huge lovers of lamb. Walk into any local village macelleria (butchers) and the counter will be well stocked with beef, pork, poulty and horse. Oh, they’ll have lamb, but for some reason it’s one of those things you have to ask for with a nod and … More Half a Lamb In A Wood Fired Pizza Oven
A couple of weeks ago I happened to be mooching around Cirencester farmer’s market. It’s not a regular haunt despite only being ten mins away from home as the award winning Stroud market is generally so much better in every respect. That was until Cirencester pulled out their secret weapon. … More Buying Smoked Back Bacon From Elizabeth Hurley
Our roving reporter Beth jets off to sumptuous Tuscany on saturday for a week at the award winning Torre Del Tartufo cookery school. She’ll be posting daily reports and photos of her trip and hopefully we’ll get a few authentic hints and tips along the way. Keep checking back for … More Coming Soon – A Week At Cooking School in Tuscany
I’ve just returned from spending a week by the sea in Woolacombe Bay, North Devon. Stunning scenery, terrific weather, great surf and a notable cream tea. I had the pleasure of sampling several cream teas during the course of the week. Mainly thanks to my sister who has a bit … More A Proper Cream Tea
Whenever I have a saturday morning free I’ll head to the award winning Farmer’s Market in Stroud. It’s a great place for any foodie or cook to have a mooch and pick up fresh, locally produced treats. Everything from organic fruit and veg, though to locally cured charcuterie and locally … More Pippin Doughnuts – Holy Smoke They’re Good!!
We chose the fairly new Piccolino in Bristol for an impromptu after work meal out last night and it was terrific. Freshly cooked, lovingly prepared authentic Italian cuisine with a great wine selection to match. The first thing that hits you is the chic, upmarket feel of Piccolino. The claim … More Piccolino Bristol – The Best Restaurant In Town To Take Kids!
Bristol’s mighty Falafel King recently expanded his empire from the well known mobile caravan in the city centre to now include a proper sit-in Falafel bar located near the Clifton Triangle shopping centre. The Falafels themselves are awe-inspiring. Somewhat intimidating even. Jam packed with home-made falafels, shredded red cabbage, onion, … More All Hail The Falafel King!!
It was never my intention to start writing this blog in order to whinge and moan, but I am going to make an exception in the case of Brasserie Blanc in Cheltenham.
I’ve been a loyal customer of Brasserie Blanc since it opened. They’ve always offered a really great fixed price lunch and dinner menu whereby providing you select one of the two or three starters and main courses on offer, you can dine for £12 including a glass of wine. A great hook and it works well because there’s always a lively atmosphere in there. Invariably we’d end up ordering off the main menu and spend more than the £12. Continue reading The Snooty Brasserie Blanc, Cheltenham
Just back from the weekly visit to the Stroud Farmer’s Market feeling very pleased with myself for having picked up a couple of treats from the Handmade Scotch Egg Company. With over thirty different varieties to their name, the casual browser could become a little overwhelmed. I sought advice and … More The Handmade Scotch Egg Company
The World’s 50 Best RestaurantsNice to see Heston flying the flag still!
The Ragged Cot Inn -Minchinhampton. Probably my favourite Pub garden round here.
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Collecting wild garlic in the woods early this morning. Gonna try wild garlic burgers
The Double Ended Pie. The Weighbridge Inn sits between Nailsworth and Avening near Minchinhampton. Their speciality is a double ended pie with the filling of your choice at one end and then generally cauliflower cheese at the other. This is then topped with lovely pastry and I recommend it be … More The Double Ended Pie.
If you have young children you’ll know they always spill drinks down their trousers – here’s my little one’s brand new dungarees drying out whilst we ate at the wonderful Crown at Frampton Mansell today.