2016 has been an exciting year for my family and me. Back in February we moved back to Bristol and one of the things I’ve enjoyed most about being based in this brilliant city is exploring the ever-expanding local food scene.
The temptation is to eat out every day of the week and you’d still never discover all that Bristol has to offer. And, of course, such gluttonous debauchery would break the bank. So I was very interested to hear good things from friends and fellow food lovers about the Wriggle app for picking up a bargain meal, and decided I really needed to try it out for myself.
Wriggle describes themselves as your Fairy Grubmother, on a mission to help people discover the best local places to eat and drink, with the helping hand of exclusive savings. The Bristol app launched in 2014, and there are now versions for Brighton and Cardiff. Continue reading “Wriggle: the fairy grubmother for Bristol foodies”
I have to admit to being slightly surprised when the Caribbean chain Turtle Bay invited my family and me to review their new Bristol restaurant, which has recently opened on Cheltenham Road. Having been to the launch event a few weeks back, I know it’s got a strong reputation for being party central and when I asked friends at work about it, all everyone talked about were the great cocktails.
But since I was told that Turtle Bay is also very popular with families and since we love eating out with the kids, especially when there’s spicy food and good tunes on offer, well… we just had to give it a go. Continue reading “Eating out: Turtle Bay”
Caribbean restaurant and bar, Turtle Bay is opening its second restaurant in Bristol this week. If you fancy sample the Turtle Bay food, drinks and atmosphere while raising money for an awesome local charity, the Malcolm X Community Centre, get yourself along to Cheltenham Road this Friday from 12noon to 9pm. Continue reading “Raise money for the Malcolm X Centre this Friday at Bristol’s new Turtle Bay”
We’ve been back in Bristol for just over a month now. The children are gradually settling into their new school, we’ve unpacked nearly everything, and we are finally falling into our new routines.
We loved our time in Somerset. For ten years we lived in the lush Mendip countryside between Frome and Radstock, where we’d see deer from our bedroom window, play pooh sticks from the bridge over the stream at the bottom of the village and build dens in the woods behind our house. It sounds beautifully idyllic, the good life in every way, and yet I’ve always missed the city. I am a city girl at heart you see, and have yearned to be back amidst the hurly burly, hustle and bustle, grease and grime of life in the metropolis. So thank you Somerset. You’ve been very good to us. But now we’re back in Bristol and ready for a whole new adventure. Continue reading “Welcome to Southville”
We had a very cool time visiting Marshfield Farm recently. Cool being the optimum word, particularly during our tour of the ice cream factory and the cold stores.
When I first told my girls we’d received an invitation to an ice cream factory, you can imagine their response. Having a food blogger for a mother can sometimes be a bit of a drag, like when their dinner is going cold while I get “just one more photo for the blog.” They certainly weren’t grumbling though when they heard they were going to be road-testing ice creams from one of our favourite local brands…
Continue reading “We all scream for ice cream! A visit to Marshfield Farm”
The food festival season is truly upon us. You could probably spend every weekend from now until the end of the autumn at a different food festival somewhere around the country. And I for one intend to get to as many as I can possibly can.
I spent last Bank Holiday weekend in the Cotswolds, in the beautiful market town of Woodstock, home to the rather magnificent Blenheim Palace, residence of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, which this year played host for the first time to its very own food festival. Continue reading “Blenheim Palace Food Festival”
The Old Manor Hotel near Bradford on Avon
The smokery at the Old Manor Hotel
The dining room
The walled garden
Chef Matthew in the kitchen garden
It’s not all that often I get the chance to dine at beautiful country house hotels. It’s usually only very special occasions these days – significant birthdays and anniversaries, big family gatherings, that kind of thing. But the very next opportunity we have to put on our glad rags for a smart night out, I’ll be suggesting a visit to the Milking Parlour at the Old Manor Hotel, near Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire.
Continue reading “Eating out: The Milking Parlour”