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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…

Dinner at The Peacock, Oxhill

Nestled between Banbury and Stratford upon Avon, in the picturesque village of Oxhill, you’ll find a pretty little 15th century pub called The Peacock. Cask marque beers and local home-cooked food are the order of the day in this cosy Cotswolds bolthole; think rich steak and red wine pies with creamy mash, braised lamb shoulders, autumnal wild mushroom risotto, and you are on the right lines. Located just off the A422, The Peacock is an ideal location to get out of the town this autumn and enjoy your very own country escape; which is exactly what Adam and I did last…

Cheltenham Literature Festival 2017: Top 10 Places to Drink

The Cheltenham Literature Festival runs from the 6th – 15th October and whilst we know it’s all about the books (here’s the official festival guide to What’s On), its definitely also all about the food and drink too. Whether you prefer a pint, a glass of fizz or a potent cocktail or two, Cheltenham has some of the best bars and pubs around. We’ve picked out a few of our favourites below for you to enjoy. If you’re out for dinner instead, then you should check out our Top 10 Places to Eat during the Festival. Here are LewisLoves’ top ten…

Cheltenham Literature Festival 2017: Top 10 Places to Eat

The Cheltenham Literature Festival runs from the 6th – 15th October and whilst we know it’s all about the books (here’s the official festival guide to What’s On), its definitely also all about the food and drink too. Cheltenham has some absolutely brilliant spots to eat dinner, so we’ve picked out some of our favourites for you to enjoy. If you’re in the mood for cocktails or a beer instead, check out our Top 10 Places for Drinks during the Festival. Here are LewisLoves’ top ten places to eat during the Cheltenham Literature Festival… (1) The Bottle of Sauce / Ambrose Street Dirty…