Hix Oyster & Fish House, Lyme Regis, Dorset

West Dorset has become a place of pilgrimage for food lovers. Not only is it a land of abundance, with wild garlic growing… well, wild… along the verges and dairy cows mooing in delight over the lush green grass, it offers a fabulous selection of top class eating experiences of which we sampled only a ... Read more »

Pop In to Popham

Like many others, we watched Big Chef takes on Little Chef, often in horrified fascination – most of that horror being reserved for Ian Pegler’s excruciating screen minutes. Didn’t he just talk the most astounding amount of bollocks? Didn’t he?! Pretty much all of what Pegler said and did annoyed me, not least the fact ... Read more »

Urban Farming with Celia Brooks Brown

Books on growing your own fruit and vegetables seem to be ten a penny at the moment, as publishers leap onto the latest bandwagon, keen to milk the home farming phenomenon. Often dull and weighty tomes, they add little to the existing excellent literature already available. Celia Brook Brown’s New Urban Farmer makes a refreshing ... Read more »

A Mighty Fine Prize: An Evening With James & Mary

Just in case you’d forgotten (as though I’d let you!), back in March I was the proud (and extremely surprised) winner of the first Food Debate, shouting out for cheese. Although there was no prize proffered beforehand, when I stepped down from the stage, organiser James came over to tell me that there was a ... Read more »

Wild Garlic Part 1: A Leafy Stuffing

Wild garlic is enjoying a surge in popularity this year, or so it seems to me. I first had it only last year, at Konstam and absolutely loved the pervasive garlic flavour in the wilted leaves. At around the same time a porkchop-blagging blogger quickly became London’s best-known source. A few months later, it entered ... Read more »

Forging On: Pre-Theatre Dinner in the West End

My twitter friends are great. Particularly when I’m looking for restaurant recommendations, such as a pre-show dining option before giggling at Bill Bailey live at the Leicester Square Theatre during the early May bank holiday weekend. Food and film guru, DineHard (previously known as Lambshank Redemption) was most helpful of all, putting forward several spot-on ... Read more »

Can Canteen Deliver?

Looking for dinner as close to Waterloo station as possible, Canteen at Royal Festival Hall popped into mind. This self-declared “casual all day dining” establishment offers simple, classic British cuisine in a modern, informal setting – just what we needed. Having reserved a booth, I was surprised at how tight these are for anyone but ... Read more »

Chocolate & Chorizo Chilli Con Carne

We love visiting our friends Mark & Martine, not least because we always eat well and it’s nice to have a late night soak in their outdoor hot tub after a day pottering about. We’ve known them since uni days (longer ago than needs to be mentioned). Back then, I’d never have pegged Mark as ... Read more »

Polpo: A Venetian bacaro in London

Polpo opened last year amidst fevered blogger excitement – so many blog reviews were there that I assumed I must surely be the only blogger not to have visited. I hadn’t been put off by the hype so much as the very mixed reviews – whilst most people liked the restaurant overall, the feedback on ... Read more »