This was my second visit to Berwick Lodge in Bristol https://www.berwicklodge.co.uk/. This is such an incredible hotel, totally indvidual and appealing. It would be nice if it had a pool but it has a huge plus on the spa side, more later and very exciting. The whole site is beautiful, swings in the trees, fountains, […]
Pudding club, well puddingy!
So……an interesting one. Great atmosphere and clearly very popular as the car park can testify,Ã‚Â I parked in a very awkward place in the road, sorry other road users.Ã‚Â They knew I was a blogger but didn’t accept my offer of an interview which is fine, no big deal and shows how popular they […]
Its Chrissssssstmas!! Looking to review places that don’t just do turkey
I hate to say this as I am in no way Mrs Christmas, I have staff (you know who you are Sandra) who count down the days from December 26th onwards but I personally think Christmas starts on the day West Berkshire Mencap has its Christmas Carol Concert, this year in conjunction with the Mayor […]
Hello Vineyard and hello Robbie
Ok there was some grieving since Daniel Galmiche left but we knew the Vineyard wouldn’t let us down.Ã‚Â For those that think that the Vineyard is all posh and smartness it is very family welcoming.Ã‚Â While I was there I saw a huge range of ages and types of people who had one thing […]
The Vineyard – Daniel Galmiche, such a nice chap
Wahoo, Wellington Arms, what a find!
How happy am I?Ã‚Â I have just visited The Wellington Arms and feel like I have found an unknown treasure.Ã‚Â Madly it was at the top of my places I wanted to review, as recommended by many of the other chefs I have reviewed, but for some reason I had never gone there.Ã‚Â I […]
Two tier system
Is it because I am British or just a free loader that I love it when hotels have an extra layer that entitles you to your own lounge with canapes (swoon), afternoon tea and cocktails? #hotels #hoteliers – I am sure there is a good reason for this and for those that know about me […]
The Angel – Woolhampton – excellent food has returned and some!
Oh I am so happy, this used to be a regular haunt of ours but a couple of years ago went downhill rapidly.Ã‚Â Various dodgy dealings were involved that I know very little about but worst of all the food became rubbish.Ã‚Â Now as you know there are may stabilities in my life, one, I […]
Taste of Christmas at the Vineyard 2013
This was indeed magnificent.Ã‚Â I should have realised when I got the last parking space in the car park and another 100 cars had to park elsewhere.Ã‚Â The Vineyard was buzzing and as I entered the lobby I saw with delight that it had turned into a stunning Christmas market.Ã‚Â On the right were the […]
Le Manoir – Family lunch
A huge thank you to my mum, Rachel Littlewood, for taking us to Le Manoir for an amazing lunch. First of all we had a walk round the most beautiful gardens, well my sisters walked and my mother and I stumbled as we are weak and weedy. The gardens are absolutely magnificent, kept by 8 […]
Vineyard Family Weekend of Luxury – Breakfast
Every year my three sisters, Kristin, Miriam and Beth go away with my mum for a long weekend. This year we chose the Vineyard and it was a particularly foody weekend. The Vineyard gave us an amazing deal and my sisters had suites which were incredibly luxurious. They are two to a room and I […]
Vineyard Stockcross Annual Wine Festival
I can’t think of anywhere better to have an annual Wine Festival than at the Vineyard, the place where the wine list is in fact a very heavy hard backed book!Ã‚Â This was the fourth annual Festival and was well attended.Ã‚Â There was a magnificent dinner put on the night before with a menu developed […]
Sirayane Boutique Hotel and Spa, Marrakech
I have been so slow in uploading this post that I am posting all the pictures of food together.Ã‚Â We stayed at the Sirayane Boutique Hotel outside Marrakesh in Morocco and it was absolutely beautiful.Ã‚Â Sorry that the pictures are not beautifully laid out but believe me the hotel was outstanding and we would return […]
Vineyard Wine Event – next weekend
I can’t wait to attend this event, details below, and our radio station is going live so I am going to be able to do some interviews with satisfied attenders and providers.Ã‚Â How exciting, have you booked your ticket yet?Ã‚Â Once I know which bits I am interviewing I will blog it immediately so you […]
Vineyard Annual Wine Festival – don’t miss this fantastic event!
As I am sure you have read in previous posts I am in no way a wine expert.Ã‚Â I drink champagne and that is about it.Ã‚Â However at one of my recent visits to the delightful Vineyard I was persuaded by Saffron, and she is VERY persuasive, of the importance of food and wine pairing.Ã‚Â […]
Donnington Valley Wine Press Restaurant
I dont know how many of you have gone to the Winepress Restaurant at the Donnington Valley.Ã‚Â I visited it before my surprise trip to Morocco and was amazed at how good the quality of the food was and what amazing value.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â£22 for two courses or Ã‚Â£28 for three courses.Ã‚Â Seriously when you see […]
Donnington Valley Spa – with food
The food post will come later, this is about the lovely spa that is based at Donnington Valley Hotel in Newbury.Ã‚Â I was treated to a day there which was fabulous.Ã‚Â My only concern is that I would be hungry but more of that later. After being offered a delicious berry smoothie, made freshly in […]
Very excited to be reviewing a whole day at Donnington Valley Hotel in Newbury using the superb spa. How relaxed will I be, pampered and fed in glorious surroundings?
Vineyard August 7 2013, heaven on several plates
Not just any oldÃ‚Â coffee but a Vineyard coffee.Ã‚Â This comes in three beautiful layers with three delicious home made biscuits.Ã‚Â The occasion was lunch with my best friend Anne and her barrister son Tom who found out where we were going and wangled an invite.Ã‚Â He was very entertaining and I am trying to […]
Vineyard – best thing ever – tomato essence
This was such an amazing dish from the Vineyard.Ã‚Â It is pure fresh zingy tomato that wows your taste buds and your brain.Ã‚Â When the delightful Saffron, an incredible member of staff, suggested the tomato essence I knew better than to argue.Ã‚Â What was produced was a plain white bowl with a tablespoon of tapioca, […]