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 […]

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 […]

Who has a double bass on a Tuesday? Azita in Hitchen!

  Sooo I am in Hitchin having medical treatments that you really don’t want to know about!  Tonight I tried a lovely tapas bar round the corner from my hotel  Indeed I could probably roll back if I ate too much.  I love tapas, I am a slow eater and I love little bits of […]

Michelin take note of The Newbury, why did I only have one starter!

  Another place I love and will support is The Newbury pub, not a chain and run by some magnificent people.  I have followed Darren (not in a stalkerish way!) for many years and it is great to see his influence coming through and being encouraged by the lovely Pete Lumber.  By the way I […]

New Menu at The Bladebone – whoop whoop

  How supportive am I of my favourite restaurants?  Very is the answer.  These are my guidelines, I try only to blog food that I love, the occasional exception is where I am taken by surprise.  Also I blog whereever I am so obviously there is a huge Berkshire/Bristol bias but next month will be […]

A meal of fine distinction at The Harrow

Currently my finest treat is to be taken to The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.  I have never had a bad meal indeed never an unsatisfying course, everything delights the senses.  This time I went with Tony and two great friends and they all had the wine pairing.  They hadnt had this before and loved it.  […]

Hennessey, make a day of it at Newbury Racecourse

  Have you been to Newbury Racecourse.  Here’s a strange thing, more people attend regularly from outside Newbury, indeed it wasnt until West Berkshire Mencap started to have its annual Race Day there (March 3rd 2017 folks) that I became a regular attender.  Yet it really is a fantastic day out.  My bestie, Anne, loves […]

Sushi Maki – my Bots Dan and Noah opposite approaches

  A quickie on Sushi Maki - I have the most amazing grandson Danny who loves to try all sorts of new food, as a family they all love Isdora’s delicious Malaysian/Thai fusion, particularly the ‘ears’ (gyoza or dumplings to those not in the know) so when Dan asked to try Sushi Maki I was […]

Best street food in Newbury – Isidro’s Eastern loveliness

  My newest love is Isidro’s, the best street food we have locally. I was told about this place by my lovely first born James Lawrence. We are gyoza fans to the max and Chris and Venus produce the best I have eaten locally ever. This meal was ordered as a celebration for some lovely […]