Scone But Not Forgotten

Afternoon Tea Nathan Outlaw Style… Tying in nicely with Afternoon Tea Week, the official celebration for one of Britain’s best-loved traditional  treats, The Capital Hotel’s afternoon tea launch served as a welcome reminder of just how tempting and indulgent homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches can be in the right hands. Prepared by Nathan Outlaw’s talented pastry…

The Honor Oak | Forest Hill

A local pub with lovely grub… St German’s Road, SE23 1RH t: 020 8690 9222 | http://www.thehonoroak.co.uk It’s not often that The Grumpy Chef and I venture out of town into suburbia, but our visit to Forest Hill last weekend proved to be a worthwhile trip out of central London. With Sunday being one of our only days off…

The Cuban | Camden

The perfect venue for fun nights out… The Stables Market, NW1 8AH t: 0207 424 0692 | http://www.thecuban.co.uk Tucked away in Camden’s famous Stables Market, The Cuban is a colourful, cantina-style restaurant that has been providing traditional Cuban-inspired food and drink, live music and dancing lessons for local residents and visitors for over a decade. We visited on a…

Arbutus | Soho

Fine dining at an affordable price… 63-64 Frith Street, W1D 3JW t: 020 7734 4545 | w: http://www.arbutusrestaurant.co.uk As relative newcomers to London’s fine dining scene, it was completely by chance that my husband (The Grumpy Chef) and I discovered Arbutus last autumn whilst wandering the streets of Soho one sleepy Sunday afternoon. We were in the city for only…

Odd Bits by Sassafras | Bristol

New Bristol-based pop-up restaurant venture gives offal the recognition it deserves… Earlier this month, chef Richard Bowman (aka The Grumpy Chef) of award-winning restaurant The Ethicurean and Tessa Tricks of the Sustainable Food Trust teamed up to form Sassafras — a new pop-up restaurant venture based in Bristol. Their first event, Odd Bits, marked the beginning of their career together and was…

Cider, Chorizo and Chuckles at Bristol Comedy Garden

Good food and comedy in equal measure… Earlier this month I attended one of the best comedy gigs I’ve ever been to, and it wasn’t just the jokes that made it so enjoyable. Sponsored by Magners Irish Cider, who I’m told are now ‘getting into comedy’, this year’s Bristol Comedy Garden featured some fantastic performers, including Craig Campbell, Stephen…

Chocolate Heaven at Hamilton House

An evening of indulgence at Harriet’s Jolly Nice chocolate workshop… In the heart of Stokes Croft, also known as Bristol’s Cultural Quarter, is a vibrant creative hub that has played an important role in the recent transformation of the area. Once known as a notorious street-drinking zone, it is now a trendy hangout for students, artists…

The Gallimaufry | Bristol

One of my favourite places to be… Gloucester Road, BS7 8AL t: 0117  942 7319 | w: http://www.thegallimaufry.co.uk Located in what used to be The Prom on Bristol’s Gloucester Road — one of the only British high streets not yet fully conquered by corporate chain stores — The Gallimaufry, or the Galli, as it’s known by those…

Get your Grill on at Grillstock 2014

The UK’s meatiest music event returns for another two lip-smacking, toe-tapping weekends of fun… This month in Bristol and Manchester, masses of meat and music lovers will gather to enjoy the finger-lickin’ offerings of this year’s Grillstock Festival – set to be the meatiest event of the year. Since its debut in 2010, this music and…

The Ethicurean | Wrington

Seasonal suppers all year long… Long Lane, BS40 5SA t: 01934 863713 | w: www.theethicurean.com Located just outside Bristol within the grounds of a restored Victorian kitchen garden, The Ethicurean is one of the South West’s finest destination restaurants. Originally constructed in 1901 for Imperial Tobacco director Henry Herbert Willis, Barley Wood remains one of the few working…