Bars, Restaurants

Tasty pub lunch at The Wheatsheaf in leafy Surrey

So most pubs in England have been open for more than a month now. But I’m most definitely not taking them for granted. It’s a different experience with plenty sanitisers, one-way systems, more table service and a preference for outside seating (in my case anyway). Thankfully it’s summer so eating alfresco is a pleasure. I’m […]

Bars, Travel, Travel in Europe

Travel: The sights and flavours of Madrid

My love of Spain is well documented and I can never resist the chance to hop on that short flight from London’s often grey chilliness (even in summer) towards azure skies and sunny days. Today’s destination is the Spanish capital. Madrid is a comparatively new city as its story doesn’t begin until AD852 when the Moors built a fortress near […]

Bars, Markets, Travel, Travel in Europe

Food market: Alchemy Festival at Southbank Centre

I love a food market. My sister recently sent me a feature listing the best food markets in the world and I thought: What a good way to spend a year (or however long it might take) – flying around the world testing and rating food markets. Well, I can dream, can’t I? Luckily there are plenty of delicious […]

Bars, Shopping, Travel, Travel in Europe, Uncategorized

Barcelona’s fabulous food market: La Boqueria

So today I’m taking you back to Barcelona to what is probably my favourite bit of a city with so many fabulous parts to it. And you won’t be surprised to hear it involves food! The Mercat de Saint Josep de la Boqueria is possibly the best food market in the world. Well, I’ve not […]

Bars, Restaurants in London, Uncategorized

Pub watch: The Star Tavern

Continuing my series on London pubs, today I’m in Belgravia at a pub nestled down a lovely London Mews. Mews were originally stables, usually with carriage houses below and living quarters above and were built along a paved yard or court behind the large  houses of London during the 17th and 18th century. This was where […]

Bars, Restaurants in London, Uncategorized

My latest Covent Garden discovery: 21

I spend a lot of time in Covent Garden. So imagine my surprise when I discovered a “new” bar called 21 in the heart of the Piazza, only to be told that it has been there for 30 years! Oops. Goes to show, you can’t know everything. Must work on that. Anyway, the good news […]