Supporting Small in Cheshire

It’s hard to know what to write about when you aren’t really going out. I have no restaurants to review and takeaways aren’t interesting. So I figured I’d highlight all the little local businesses I’ve been purchasing the loveliest of treats from. Bax Bees honey A family run business in Cheshire, they produce honeycomb and…

Isolation Eating

As a kidney transplant patient, I have been on full lockdown since early March and am still shielding even though it officially ended August 1st.Being a foodie, this has made sourcing beautiful food a bit tricky, as eating out has been impossible and all my local takeaways although lovely, serve mainly pizzas and kebabs. This…

The Royal Clipper

After our week in Barbados my husband had booked us onto our first ever cruise. Now I was very pessimistic about the whole thing, preferring to sit by a pool or on a beach all day doing what I want to do, but I admit I was pleasantly surprised. Yes we were near enough the…

Barbados. Spice, rice, rum and ice.

Never having been to the Caribbean, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the food on Barbados. I think I expected rice, fish and fruit. What we found was so much more exciting. We enjoyed everything from low key burgers and wings, to top notch sushi and shellfish. We stayed in a family run hotel…

Six by Nico, Liverpool

My husband booked us into this place for lunch. I was surprised then when he informed me that it was going to be a six course lunch on a Friday afternoon. It would appear this small chain of five restaurants picks a theme, creates a six course tasting menu based around it, sticks to that…

Loch Fyne Seafood and Grill, Portsmouth

As a big seafood fan I was really looking forward to eating here so close to the sea. I didn’t realise it was a chain with over 20 locations until I was in there. I was initially disappointed then to be told there were no oysters or warm lobster dishes available (I love an oyster!)…

The Galley, Ellesmere Port

I adore this small family run restaurant in my little hometown. It sits right on the Manchester Ship Canal and boasts a menu of International as well as British cuisine. We have been on various occasions as a couple, in a group, and I have even been as part of a big Christmas party. They…

A Taste Of Swedish Lapland

A few weeks before Christmas myself and my husband travelled to Luleå in Swedish Lapland, and then onto Brändön in the Gulf of Bothnia. Upon arrival in amongst a foot of snow we were led to our cosy little log cabin that was to be our home for the week. Right on the frozen sea,…

Etsu, Liverpool

This cosy place has been one of our special occasion destinations for a few years and is somewhere we like to go as a couple. After both finishing work for Christmas we travelled into town to enjoy some Japanese food and a drink or two. So it was a shock when we arrived this week,…

El Gato Negro Tapas, Liverpool

This new Spanish tapas restaurant can be found in the Exchange flags building in Liverpool, looking out onto the Town Hall. With a nice frontage and heated outdoor area we headed inside on this freezing evening, opting to eat with feeling in our fingers. On Christmas market opening night I don’t know why I was…