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…

Reviewed: Kiddy Evoluna I-Size 2 Car Seat

First: A Cautionary Tale About Car Seat Fitting So before I review the Kiddy Evoluna i-Size 2, let me first start with a warning about getting car seats fitted correctly. Being rather organised, Sarah and I bought Harry’s car seat several months before his due date from a well known High Street store. They offer advice but crucially do not have the ability to check the fit of the car seat in your own car. After some uhmming and ahhing, we originally picked the Cybex Aton Q i-Size; winner of many awards, a Which? Best Buy and all round recommended…

Sudeley Castle Spectacle of Light 2018

Those of you who follow our adventures may remember that last Christmas we visited the stunning Sudeley Castle for their Spectacle of Light. We were fortunate to be invited back this year to enjoy another beautiful trail, albeit as a family of three this time. Excited to celebrate Harry’s first Christmas, we headed off to Sudeley to explore. Spoiler alert: this year may just be the best yet. This year, Sudeley are asking you to follow the White Rabbit into Wonderland, with a beautifully arranged spectacle complete with a real life Mad Hatter and wicked Queen of Hearts waiting in…

5 Reasons Why Dads Should Consider Shared Parental Leave

If you’ve seen my Instagram feed recently, you might have realised that since the birth of our son, Harry, I’ve not been at work. Why you ask? Well, I wasn’t just being lazy. I’ve actually spent an amazing eight weeks bonding with Harry and Sarah, taking advantage of the relatively new Shared Parental Leave scheme. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard about it. Most people I’ve spoken to haven’t! It became law in 2015 and means that, subject to certain criteria around length of employment and returning to the same employer, fathers are now entitled to share what was previously…

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…

Let It Be at The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

If you head to the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham this week, you’ll find the usually civilised patrons dancing in the aisles and singing along as Let It Be brings their brand of Beatlemania to the stage. The Story Let It Be is essentially a Beatles concert through the ages. Beginning with their infamous 1963 Royal Variety performance, it spans their concert at the Shea Stadium in America, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club and beyond, with a second half that asks you to imagine a reunion that never happened, and what might have been… The Cast The cast more than manage to…

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…

A trip to the C-Side Spa at Cowley Manor

A few months into my pregnancy, I was thrilled to learn I’d won a Mother’s Day competition on Instagram. The prize was truly one that made me squeal out loud – to have a 4d scan at the supremely lovely Early Life Ultrasound in Cheltenham (I’ll be sharing our experience once baby arrives, as I’m keen to keep baby’s face off here until then) and a spa day at one of my favourite Cotswold spots, Cowley Manor. I was about 18 weeks pregnant at the time, and made a conscious decision to wait until nearer the end of my pregnancy…

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…