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Lunch and Cooking at Eckington Manor, Worcestershire

One of life’s great pleasures surely has to be finishing work early on a Friday and heading out for a swanky lunch with friends. You should be trapped at your desk for another couple of hours, but are instead are being spoiled with fabulous food and great company. Eckington Manor made our Fri-yay dreams come true a few weeks ago, inviting us for lunch in the glorious Worcestershire countryside. Eckington’s head chef, Mark Stinchcombe, won MasterChef: The Professionals in 2015 and thankfully has stayed at Eckington Manor, with his wife and fellow head chef Sue, to grace the Cotswolds with…

Squeezed Burgers @ Wapping Wharf, Bristol

Food Envy If I have one flaw, it would most definitely be food envy. No matter what I order, I’m probably still going to covet every last mouthful of your dinner. I’m sure I’m not alone. Since their opening last year, Squeezed’s award winning burgers have been a constant source of salivation and desire. Instagram square after Instagram square of juicy meat, golden brioche bun and overflowing sauce. Check it out now for yourself but be prepared to feel the hunger . Sadly, although we’d tried to visit Squeezed before, Monday is their much deserved rest day and we were…

Recipe: Tubby Tom’s Tobacco Onions

I recently posted on Instagram about a delicious trout dish at The Pig Hotel Near Bath. Pretty though it was, I wasn’t surprised that most people couldn’t take their eyes off the golden brown, crispy tobacco onions in the background instead. Particularly those people lucky enough to have been to The Pig and tried them for themselves. The post comments reminded me just how much I loved them and so I went on the hunt for a recipe. Boy was I excited when Google instantly threw up the actual tobacco onions recipe from The Pig. Happy days! Annoyingly the recipe…

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…

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…

Fine Indian Dining at Prithvi, Cheltenham

No matter where you are in the UK, you will undoubtedly be able to find a decent Indian restaurant. Ask half a dozen locals and they’ll all argue furiously that their favorite curry house does the best rogan, shashlik or biryani in town. What you will rarely find is an Indian restaurant offering true fine dining. Us Cheltonians are rather lucky then to have Prithvi located right in the centre of town; the menu is classic, contemporary food, all served with an Indian twist. Seasons and Seasoning Living in the beautiful and bountiful Cotswolds, it is rather easy to become accustomed to seasonal…

Cotswolds Whisky Launch

Three years and a day. That’s how long it takes before single malt spirit can legally be called “whisky”. Having recently turned 30, I’ve spent 1/10th of my life waiting for Cotswolds Distillery’s sweet nectar to come of age. We headed to the distillery on a surprisingly sunny October day to see if the inaugral Cotswolds Whisky was worth the wait. The Launch For a one off event, Cotswolds Distillery managed to pull out all of the stops. There were an abundance of delicious food stalls including Todenham Farm burgers and Moo Meadows gin and whisky gelato. Hook Norton brewery…

‘Through the Looking Glass’ at Wild Beer, Cheltenham

Whilst fine wine and food have always been natural bedfellows, the art of pairing beer with culinary creations is still very much underappreciated. In fact, in many traditional establishments, ordering a pint with dinner is cause enough to earn you a withering look. Those people are missing out however; with the right knowledge, beer can absolutely enhance your meal and bring out the most subtle of flavours. If you aren’t sure where to begin, might I suggest Wild Beer at Jessop House in Cheltenham? Who are Wild Beer? In a word, Wild Beer focus on flavour. The Wild Beer group are…

Spanish Food and Wine Pairings with Oxford Chelt Wine School

Almost ten years ago, Adam and I spent our very first holiday together in beautiful Barcelona; I can vividly remember those days spent enjoying the sunshine and sipping cava and evenings tasting incredible tapas with a bottle of rioja. So, when Selina and Nick from Oxford Chelt Wine School invited us to join them for their Spanish Food and Wine evening at The Wyastone Town House, we didn’t to hesitate to say si, si por favor! The Wines After a warm welcome from Nick, we quickly kicked off the evening with a glass of The Society’s Cava Reserva NV Brut…