The Bell Inn, Langford

As you know, Adam and I often go out for dinner. Most of the time the places we frequent are good, although there are a few terrible meals out there. Occasionally though, we stumble across something truly exceptional. As The Bell at Langford had only been open a few days, I had no preconceptions when we were invited over to try the Cotswolds’ newest pub; we had a good idea though as the owners, Peter Creed and Thomas Noest, have an excellent pedigree gained in and around the Cotswolds. Happily, The Bell turned out to be a real gem – exceptional…

Dinner and Stay at Eckington Manor, Worcestershire

Nestled in the Avon valleys on the border of the Cotswolds in Worcestershire, you’ll find the rather beautiful Eckington Manor. Boasting a top of the range kitchen and cookery school, their restaurant is headed up by husband and wife team Sue and Mark Stinchcombe. If Head Chef Mark’s name sounds familiar, you’re most likely a dedicated Masterchef – The Professionals viewer – Mark won the series in 2015, after wowing the judges with his impressive culinary talents. As Adam and I had heard rave reviews of Mark’s food from foodie friends, we jumped at the opportunity to visit Eckington Manor for…

War Horse at New Theatre, Oxford

After seven award winning years in the West End, The National Theatre’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse has hitched its wagon and galloped off on tour. Having coveted tickets for ages, LewisLoves journeyed to the New Theatre Oxford at breakneck speed last night to check it out. The Story The play begins in rural Devon at the outbreak of the First World War, and follows the story of Albert and his horse, Joey. Poverty and desperation necessitate Joey’s reluctant sale into the Cavalry and he is sadly transported across the English Channel into the midst of battle. His war is not straightforward though and…

Spa Time at Bristol Harbour Hotel 

With the dark winter nights drawing in, it’s sometimes hard to think back to the gloriously bright days of summer. I’m currently finding that life seems to consist of just working and commuting, with very little ‘me time’. This is something I’m so committed to changing in the New Year.  Thankfully, Bristol Harbour Hotel recently invited Adam and I to their underground HarSPA for some express pampering and high quality downtime, so as you can imagine, we jumped at the chance. Bristol Harbour Hotel Bristol Harbour Hotel is a relative newcomer, occupying a rather impressive former bank on the corner…

The Cotswolds Christmas Gift Guide

With just over two weeks until Christmas Day, Adam and I wanted to share our top local gift ideas with you. What you’ll find below is a selection of fabulous gift ideas from Cotswolds businesses we know and love – and hope you will too. So if you’re struggling to find the right gift for your best gal, or you just can’t face the idea of your dad opening another pair of socks on the big day, take a look below at all the gorgeousness that is right on your doorstep, and get shopping from some of the best businesses…

Sudeley Castle’s Spectacle of Light

Sudeley Castle is undeniably a beautiful attraction all year round. Much like Westonbirt Arboretum though, you’ll see it in a whole new light at Christmas as the grounds and castle are creatively illuminated during their Spectacle of Light. Fans of fairy lights and disco balls will be in their element. Sudeley’s lawn is carpeted with a rainbow of vibrant parasols, walls and trees are colourfully uplit, and the Queen’s Garden is swathed in a stunning fairy light net. As you walk around the grounds, you’ll find a magical experience around every corner; the lighting has been cleverly designed to enhance…

(S)wine, Dine & Sleep at The Pig Hotel Near Bath

It’s not every day that you turn 30. To celebrate the occasion back in late October, Sarah surprised me after work by commandeering the car and directing me down a series of narrow country lanes near Bath. Given her notoriously poor sense of direction, it was therefore both a relief and surprise when we arrived at the entrance to The Pig near Bath for a rare staycation. Making ourselves at home at The Pig Spending a night away is, for me at least, always something of a paradox. I want to feel as comfortable as though I were at home,…

Chocolate Making with The Hampshire Confectioner at Foodworks Cookery School

I don’t know about you, but for me nothing feels more decadent than receiving a box of artisan chocolates (or indeed treating yourself to some). They can be rather pricey though, so knowing how to make them yourself seems like a rather handy skill to have. Sarah and I jumped at the chance then, to make luxury chocolates with The Hampshire Confectioner at the Foodworks Cookery School in the Cotswolds. Foodworks The Foodworks Cookery School specialises in luxury cooking courses, delivered by expert chefs in a stunning Cotswolds barn. Recent courses have included Italian cuisine, and learning to prepare and cook delicious local…

​The Victorian Christmas Market at Gloucester Quays

It seems like almost every city has a Christmas Market these days. But if you head down to Gloucester Quays this weekend, you’re sure of a big surprise. Imagine a winter scene from a Dickens’ novel; street urchins, sooty chimney sweeps and children’s entertainers surrounded by open fires, a steam engine and of course, chestnuts roasting on an open fire. The Victorian Christmas Market at Gloucester Quays aims to bring something a bit different to festive shoppers and day trippers. It’s bigger than ever this year, with an open air ice skating rink overlooked by a glorious gluhwein tent; not strictly…

Mamma Mia at New Theatre Oxford

Mamma Mia, here we go again! Having been seen by over 60 million theatregoers worldwide, it was about time for Benny and Bjorn magic to take centre stage at the New Theatre Oxford. The Story Perhaps the most famous jukebox musical of all time, if you haven’t seen the stage show then you’ve more than likely seen the smash hit film starring Meryl Streep. If the plot is still slipping through your fingers, fear not as here’s a quick summary: Young Sophie is about to get married on the idyllic Greek island she inhabits with her hotelier mother and former pop…