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 […]

The Newbury in Newbury – great places both

When The Newbury Pub has an event then it is worth noting and putting in the diary. We have a lot of chain restaurants in Newbury and I am sure they are pretty good but I specialise in the independents. Pete Lumber has been a real gift to Newbury, he has invested so much in […]

So close to an ending and a beginning – Brebis, my main love

  Cant go wrong with these chaps. Always good food, they have a reverence and love for what they do that I rarely see anywhere else. This is rather an aggressive post as I am sad that the most amazing business is leaving and you need to move flipping fast to eat there before they […]

Yew Tree – Highclere – completely turned around now MPW has gone – hah!

My delightful PA Carole drove me to the Yew Tree at Highclere a couple of weeks ago (I need driving as I have a broken wrist but it doesn’t stop me eating).  First impressions were friendly staff, water with cucumber in it without being asked (always a bonus but double bonus with the cucumber). […]

A tale of two Roasts: NHS v Bladebone

As many of you are aware I have been in the clutches of the NHS for the last week. I had hoped I was popping in for the day last Monday but the doctors had other ideas. I ended up staying for a week, desperately playing Hotspot with my phone and my Ipad. Why oh […]

Brebis interview – run over by a steamroller of taste

How exciting, this is one very passionate man, great cook and must be hell to live with, appears to do everything at full speed! Sam is the chef and when I visited both his brother and mum were helping so it appears to be a true family business. In fact some of the meat on […]

Brebis – Newbury

Oh yes, another great find, again this was recommended by people I respect so I popped in to ask for an interview and ended up buying a couple of starters. Will do a big interview with them for Kennetradio which goes live this week!     Warm asparagus, sauce gribiche Look how beautifully this is […]