How perfect, exercise and feed in one place – Reading Lido

Ooh what is this? Not the usual first thing you see as you walk through the door of a great restaurant but The Reading Lido has more than delicious food available.  No this didnt have a tailors but water, a fantastic open air swimming pool (yes that is indeed a Lido) surrounded by a kitchen, […]

Guess where I was, trick question, The BRAND NEW Castle!

If you saw the featured image you may have thought that I was at the Red House but I wasn’t, I was at the opening of the pub The Castle in Donnington which has just been taken over by the people who own and run The Red House in Marsh Benham.  Thank goodness as at […]

At last – a great Lebanese in Newbury

One of my favourite food styles is Arabic type, lamb, bread, rice, salad, lots of things to dip the bread in.  Before I got divorced this year I used to go to Thailand every year and as soon as I got off the plane in Koh Samui and would start my lamb lust.  What is […]

Competition – Best Christmas Party venue (food) in West Berkshire

Having been to The Red House in Marsh Benham I realised that they had a great Christmas menu.  Sadly I don’t really like turkey or Brussels sprouts and they had a turkey stuffed with sausage meat and covered in bacon.  Also I will take one for the team if I have to!  You cant say […]

Arigato Newbury-Japanese charm

I have been meaning to visit Arigato since it opened but I irritatingly and inconveniently broke my wrist.  Luckily my incredibly patient and helpful DIL (daughter in law) dropped me off there on Wednesday for me to try the food before I interviewed either the incredibly charming Adrian or George, the chef which I will […]

Orange at The Sir Roger Titchborne ooh

My dear readers, as you know I dont travel hugely but love any chance to blog somewhere new.  Myself, Ed and the bots and Becky ended up at the Sir Roger Titchborne http://www.thetichborne.co.uk/  in Billinghurst.  We wanted to see a great band, Orange, that I have followed for many years.  One of it’s song contains […]

The saddest goodbye but BUSness will return

The loveliest of chaps, James and Sam Mansfield, have held their last dinner at 16 Bartholomew Street but thank godness it isnt the last we will see of them as they are taking a double decker bus which you can hire for the best food ever.   Best bread ever with the best butter to […]

West Berks Mencap and The Dew Pond, what a relationship

  West Berkshire Mencap has had a long standing relationship with The Dew Pond for several reasons, not least that we only deal with people who provide the best food.  This food was, as always, totally super and the place was full.  Basically twice a year WBM take over the restaurant, one menu is served […]

Oh my this has NEVER happened before. So sorry Bridge St Bistro

Ok first things first.  I walked past this place a couple of times during my stay in Hitchin and no you will never know why I am here!  It is a lovely little place on the Bridge (quelle surprise!) and I checked out the menu and loved it.  Unfortunately I looked on Monday and it […]

Amazing value at Four Leaf Clover

  Dear Reader, sometimes I have been asked if I only eat at expensive restaurants.  Absolutely not.  Indeed some of the more expensive restaurants are not necessarily the best.  To be fair they do tend to be good but you can get great food at a great price if you look.  Currently I am in […]