Month: March 2016

A little country pub…

I’m definitely one for loving good old fashioned pub grub and over the years I have eaten in a fair few places (seeing as though I did grow up in the countryside where there is a pub on every corner). I would always choose a hearty meal over anything else on the menu: pie and chips, sausage and mash with onion gravy or one of my childhood favourites cauliflower cheese and leek gratin. So for mine and my dads birthday yesterday, we chose to go and visit our favourite local country pub, The Crown Inn at Weston. Now I didn’t manage to take many pictures as I was being laughed at, but I still think it is worth talking about. The pub itself is so cosy and the owners and visitors alike are very welcoming. Dogs are allowed in – a pug joined its owner at the table once when I was in there and it was the cutest thing (although having your dog at the dinner table is probably not to everyone’s taste!). There is …

@LndSearchParty

Today has been THE strangest Sunday ever, but a lot of fun too. My housemate Callum came across an event called The London Search Party a couple of weeks ago, sponsored by Borris Johnson, where you are given a starting venue and have to find the clues to the secret party. Sounds pretty interesting right? We weren’t sure what to expect but being new to London we thought we would give it a go! So this afternoon at 1pm myself, Callum and my other housemate Emma made our way down to the London Canal Museum for our first clue. There were 9 clues in total and in order to retrieve each clue we had to find the next location and complete a challenge (or a forfeit if w e failed). The first challenge: to taste-test tap, filtered and bottled water. This was harder than it sounds and sure enough we got it wrong so our forfeit- to sing! We sang a lovely rendition of Yellow Submarine (or hummed the tune until the chorus) before retrieving …

Wine Tasting Weekends 

So I think it’s fitting to begin this post by telling you I absolutely LOVE wine. But who doesn’t? I remember trying it as a child thinking there’s no way I would warm to it, but as my parents told me (and I’m sure every adult you spoke to did), “one day you will”. I’m much more of a white wine drinker than red wine although my palette is starting to adjust to enjoy both thankfully, it seems to be a crime to drink white with a juicy (medium-rare) steak. So what is wine tasting weekends all about you may ask? Exactly what it says on the tin – minus the weekend as it was actually only about 2 hours. On the tube to work the other day I was immersed in the latest copy of time out, I think it’s great for finding random places to visit or things to do. And right enough I found a free wine tasting event with SA Wines. Free?! Surely it can’t be free. But it was. Perfect. I booked myself …

Royal Leamington Spa Food & Drink Festival

A few months ago I decided to take a trip to Leamington with my step mum and sister to check out the Food & Drink festival, so what better way to begin my blog. For a free festival I have to say I was impressed! The turn out was excellent and there were so many exhibitors making sure you didn’t go hungry…the food was not going to be wasted you could say. Choc “N” Roll’s hand made chocolates (and macarons) had an amazing shine finish to them with beautiful deco, perfect for any occasion. We bagged three lovely different flavoured salami’s from French Favour – Fig, Olive and Sundried tomato. Try the Sundried tomato for an unusual but tasty treat! If you have a love for South African delicacies, such as Biltong, then you’d have been in your element! My boyfriend being SA means that I have had the unwanted privilege of smelling and tasting the stuff… to be honest it’s not for me but I know there are some lovers out there who would’ve been thrilled with this outlet.