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 […]

Donnington Valley Wine Press Restaurant

I dont know how many of you have gone to the Winepress Restaurant at the Donnington Valley. 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. £22 for two courses or £28 for three courses. Seriously when you see […]

Pop Ups or Downs – Taste

When you go to eat, in particular when you go to have a great eating experience, what do you put that greatness down to? Let’s take the Vineyard as an example. A fantastic venue, fine art in every corner, a chef you just want to take home and keep in your cupboard because the food […]

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. I was treated to a day there which was fabulous. My only concern is that I would be hungry but more of that later. After being offered a delicious berry smoothie, made freshly in […]

Browns Bar and Brasserie – mmmmm mushroomy

Yesterday we went to Browns Brasserie for the first time. The whole experience was delightful, made even more so by the lovely Danilo who served us. It was a fairly grand setting with a pianist playing downstairs which was interesting and much nicer than tinned music. Chicken Liver and Brandy Parfait with rhubarb and tomato […]


My worst nightmare has come true (besides losing any more teeth due to malnutrition, this is true by the way and I am looking for a kind tooth fairy!!!) . I have been invited to what sounds like the most gorgeous and wonderful event in the world, a demonstration then eating of fruits de mer […]

The Vineyard Breakfast 2

Yes my happy eaters – a new post entirely devoted to breakfast at the Vineyard. I don’t know about you but one of the main reasons I stay at nice hotels is to eat a wonderful breakfast. I have several criteria and one is smoked salmon which they had. I knew they would . What […]