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…

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…

The Fishpool Inn, Delamere

This welcoming, dog friendly and charming Inn near Delamere Forest in Cheshire is one of our favourites. We have taken friends, family and often visited as a couple with our dog. Sadly we lost our pooch this summer and so haven’t been back in a while. However my sister and her husband recently took on…

Dibbinsdale Inn ‘Afternoon Tea With a Twist’

Down a tree lined road in Bromborough on the Wirral you can find the Dibbinsdale Inn. Now a Pesto restaurant, it also has twelve rooms and apparently is home to a few ghosts too. Must be fun at Halloween. We had booked an ‘Italian style’ afternoon tea for three people and were quickly taken to…