When it gets to December (ok then, November), the festive baguette is added to the specials board in every sandwich shop worth its salt. Find out what I make of this, and where to get the best examples.
Social media can be blamed for lots of the problems in the world today. But last Saturday night, I was thankful for it, as I sat in a fantastic pub in the Trough of Bowland. I’ve followed the Parkers Arms on social media for quite some time. Their witty and honest posts on Twitter coupledContinue reading “Review: The Parkers Arms”
Dining in lockdown can be a stressful affair. Dining in lockdown in the staycation-packed Lake District is even more so. Which is why Charlotte and I drove the of the iconic A591 through the Lake District to head for a magical Sunday lunch in the Yorkshire Dales instead. As we passed abandoned cars, queues outsideContinue reading “Review: The Black Bull, Sedbergh”
I love dining out. I wouldn’t write this blog if I didn’t. Right now the hospitality industry needs our support if we want to continue eating out.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”