Review: Kysty, Ambleside

I suspect the best compliment you can give a restaurant on opening night is to say that you couldn’t tell it was opening night. If you wanted a one-sentence summary of Kysty, which opened on Valentine’s Day in Ambleside, that would be it. Although strictly speaking, it reopened. As a bistro, following an eighteen monthContinue reading “Review: Kysty, Ambleside”

In praise of comfort food: soup

Earlier today I shared a picture of part of my lunch – a cup-a-soup (leek and potato, for the record). A friend challenged me to write a blog about it. I’m rarely one to turn down a challenge, so here we are. But of course, this blog isn’t really about powdered soups in a mug,Continue reading “In praise of comfort food: soup”

Review: Rudy's, Bennetts Hill, Birmingham

I once described slices of pizza as crispy shards of joy. Or similar. Regardless of my choice of words on that day, my love for pizza has been long established. Which is probably why, a month or two after my first visit, I returned to Rudy’s in Birmingham rather than searching out another venue inContinue reading “Review: Rudy's, Bennetts Hill, Birmingham”

Christmas: a time for cheese

Earlier this week, I received an email from Dukeshill. Amongst the delights on offer was their Christmas cheese platter (a mere £81, if you’re that way inclined). The email got me thinking I love Christmas, and I love cheese. The two really should go hand-in-hand. After all, a well rounded platter of delicious, rich cheeses;Continue reading “Christmas: a time for cheese”

Review: The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston

Nestled, almost hidden, half-way between Blackpool and Garstang is the Cartford Inn in the village of Little Eccleston. The pub is built next to a private toll bridge, and whilst this might give the appearance of being a barrier to entry, the food should be considered anything but. The inn has been a presence inContinue reading “Review: The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston”

Review: The Yan at Broadrayne

The clink of glasses. The clatter of cutlery. The hum of the kitchen. And the murmer of content diners. These are all good noises to hear when you enter a restaurant. But this is especially true when you enter the warmth of a bustling bistro on a Monday evening. Mondays are the dead zone. SoContinue reading “Review: The Yan at Broadrayne”

Commscamp North – Looking after our mental health

I’ve already blogged about Commscamp North which I recently attended. But I also wanted to talk about another of the sessions – on mental health and wellbeing. Rather than consider the things an organisation could and should be doing to improve mental health, this session focused on the practical things we can all do toContinue reading “Commscamp North – Looking after our mental health”

Commscamp North – campaigns

The amazing Commscamp North took place in Bradford last week. It was my first commscamp for two years, and it was very much a welcome return. This year, I pitched a session on campaigns, and was pleased to lead this session. Although, by lead I mean, toss a ball marked ‘campaigns’ into the air andContinue reading “Commscamp North – campaigns”