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Foraging with The Cotswold Forager & Lunch at The Looking Glass

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. You might just find The Cotswold Forager  leading a group of willing participants, all staring at the floor. One of them might even be me. They’ve not gone mad though – Rob aka The Cotswold Forager will undoubtedly be showing them an interesting item to forage on the forest floor. He’s recently started a series of foraging walks in the Cotswolds area, hooking up with The Looking Glass in Charlton Kings to showcase the foraged bounty in a spectacular tasting menu for that day’s foragers. We…

Sibling Distillery Gin Tasting and Tour, Cheltenham

As the name suggests, Sibling Distillery was founded in 2015 by four siblings in Cheltenham; Cicely, Clarice, Felix and Digby. You’ll find reminders of their close relationship throughout the gin making process; even the bottle design reflects their sibling status (the four dots above the logo are spaced out to represent their age differences). The Tour Whilst we take our gin very seriously, distillery tours should be both fun and informative. We’ve been on tours that border on patronising or assume a version level of expertise. Instead, Clarice and Cicely delivered perhaps the most entertaining tour we’ve ever had; they…

Not Another Review of The Bell Inn, Langford: Do You Prefer Food Evolution or Revolution?

When I sat down to write this post, I had intended it to be a review of The Bell Inn, Langford. Having visited this time last year just after they opened, we went back again for Sarah’s birthday lunch. But then I realised that writing another review would be rather pointless. We told you how amazing it was a year ago, and that hasn’t changed. Since then, heavyweights of the culinary critiquing world such as Giles Coren, Dolly Alderton and Tom Parker-Bowles have been lining up to tell you the same (“on the final day of 2017, I had not…

Dinner at The Frogmill, Andoversford

Arriving at The Frogmill in Andoversford on a busy Saturday evening, we were taken aback by just how beautiful the setting is. The exterior is a picture perfect Cotswolds’ postcard, complete with Cotswold stone, distant rolling hills, the sound of a babbling brook and stunning gardens. On the inside, The Frogmill’s 16th-century interior is warm and inviting; an eclectic mix of vintage furniture and French brocante inspired curios. It recently reopened under new owners and the work they have put in has paid off; it’s truly beautiful. Drinks and Starters Having taken our seats, we checked out the extensive wine…

Brunch is Back at The Bottle of Sauce

If you hadn’t already heard the good news, those wonderful folk at The Bottle of Sauce have brought their brunch back to the streets of Cheltenham. Even better, there’s 25% off throughout August. We went along last weekend to check it out… The Brunch Menu After some much needed tea and coffee to kickstart a dreary Sunday morning, we got down to the serious business of choosing our food. As well as more familiar options such as ‘The Boss Man’ full English, The Bottle is also offering some incredible sounding breakfast burgers and buns. We didn’t try them this time…

Lunch at The Painswick Hotel

I don’t know about you but although I regularly drive through Painswick on weekends, or occasionally stop to wander around the churchyard or have a quick bite to eat, I’d never really ventured further. I really should have though; for if you drive down the narrow olde-worlde streets, you’ll end up at The Painswick hotel. Inside The Painswick Part of the Calcot Collection, which in the Cotswolds includes Calcot Manor and Barnsley House,  The Sunday Times named The Painswick as their “Ultimate Hotel of the Year”. From the second we set foot through the door, it was obvious why. The decor…

Summer Menu Launch at Malmaison Cheltenham

A couple of weeks back, Adam and I were invited over to Malmaison Cheltenham for the launch of their new summer menu. We’d previously enjoyed a delicious, gin fuelled, afternoon tea in their conservatory, so we knew we were in for a little bit of a treat. Cocktails in the Malmaison Cheltenham Courtyard You wouldn’t know it from the outside but Malmaison Cheltenham surrounds a beautiful contemporary courtyard in the middle of the hotel. Imagine an oasis of calm with Japanese planting and beautiful stained glass. It makes for an impressive reception area and we were pleased to be met…

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2018: Top 10 Places to Eat and Drink 

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival is under way and whilst we know it’s all about the music, its also definitely all about the food and drink too. Here are LewisLoves top ten places for topping up your tank during the Cheltenham Jazz Festival… (1) The Bottle of Sauce / Ambrose Street Dirty burgers, cocktails and stonebaked pizzas are the order of the day at this fabulous pub. They’ve got live jazz across the festival weekend so take advantage of their sunny courtyard and get your toes tapping. (2) Koj / 3 Regent Street If you’ve not heard of Koj yet then you need to listen up.…

Dining Out at The Find, Cheltenham

With a mission to create a beautiful Regency coffee house, delivering excellent food, drink and service from dusk to dawn, The Find has proved to be a popular addition to Cheltenham’s foodie scene since its arrival in November 2017. If you haven’t found it yet, fear not and read on; we went along for dinner with some fellow bloggers, having already enjoyed the daytime offering on several occasions with friends. A Warm Welcome During the day, the downstairs area is great for a quick coffee and cake, brunch with friends, and visiting with your pet pooch; owner David keeps some…

Dinner at The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie, Cheltenham

Since its arrival on the Cheltenham restaurant scene just before Christmas, you’d be forgiven for thinking The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie was the only restaurant in town. It’s become an instant Instagram favourite and although they save tables for walk-ins each day, thousands of reservations were made before they’d ever opened. LewisLoves visited recently to check it out for ourselves and see if it lived up to the hype. The Interior If you ever visited The Rotunda in its former guise as a branch of Lloyds bank, you might be forgiven for being rather unimpressed. The building was clearly impressive, but it…