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Upton Smokery

A few weeks ago we noticed one of the many ‘farmy-shop’ signs you pass along the A-Roads of Great Britain, this time on the A40. Usually I exclaim some sort of ‘ooh’ and then pull a muscle in my neck … Continue reading

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Smoked haddock and artichoke bake

I don’t know about you but I’m a bit obsessed with recipe books. I particularly enjoy looking at them when I’m ravenous and I’m then bitterly disappointed not to have any of the necessary ingredients to hand and tend to … Continue reading

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The great Norwood st Delicatessen, Cheltenham

I’d kind of decided that my blogging days (short lived as they were) were over; a combination of lack of time and a low frustration threshold had doomed my blogging destiny…but I’ve recently been a bit inspired by an awesome … Continue reading

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The Suffolk Kitchen, Cheltenham

Can you judge an eaterie on its fishfinger sandwich? This was what I wondered to myself after a fantastic one at The Suffolk Kitchen. Well I think you can, when it’s constructed from thick doorstop wedges of homemade white bread, … Continue reading

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Green Spring Risotto

I love this risotto and usually get the urge for it when I’ve had a weekend-of-shame and know I have eaten too much rubbish. It’s very much a Spring dish and it fills the culinary gap between winter bakes and … Continue reading

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The Olde Bell Inn, Hurley

If we could have chosen any weekend to spend at The Olde Bell Inn at Hurley, this one, the warmest March on record since 1968, would surely have been it! After the resounding success of ‘The Stagg Inn’ Christmas gift, all … Continue reading

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The Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover, Hampshire

The early months of spring can be a dark and dreary time. It lacks the spontaneity of summer and requires some dedicated planning to ensure the first months of a new year include some action. So I’ve had some action … Continue reading

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The Stagg Inn @ Titley, Herefordshire

The weeks preceding Christmas were a very frustrating time for myself last year, as Mike refused to offer any present suggestions…the truth being I suppose, that he didn’t really need anything! (This never seems to happen to me.) Anyhow I … Continue reading

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Soushi, Cirencester

I’ve always thought of Cirencester as being rather like Cheltenham’s little sister, hidden behind the somewhat overbearing  shadow that the larger town casts. Cheltenham is generally considered the hub of the Cotswolds, with the racing, clubs, bars and restaurants and has always been rather showy-offy about it. But over … Continue reading

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Matusel Ristorante: when restaurants test relationships

My other half and I have a double act we like to perform when visiting new and unfamiliar places. This usually involves a moonless night, unlit back streets in the wrong end of town, google maps and intermittent/no phone reception. What ensues is … Continue reading

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