Cumbria is an interesting place for food. It has more Michelin starred places to eat than any other county. It has some fantastic, cosy pubs – whether you fancy pub grub or something more fancy. But it isn’t necessarily that diverse. This make’s Oka’s arrival on the scene all the more welcome. It offers street-food-styleContinue reading “A lot more than OK – Oka, Carlisle review”
On the one hand, paying £7.50 for a cardboard carton of soup and a paper bag of bread sounds quite ridiculous. When you point out that this is at seaside shack with views to die for, it starts to make a little more sense. And when you realise that this is at the Hidden HutContinue reading “Not so hidden”
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.
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”
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”