Munching – and quaffing – watercress at the 12th annual Watercress Festival, Alresford


According to Bubba in the film Forrest Gump, “shrimp is the fruit of the sea”.

He then lists all the different ways you can eat shrimp – shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich… you get the picture.

If shrimp is the fruit of the sea in Alabama, then watercress is the fruit of the river here in Hampshire.… Read more

Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: Nando’s, Whiteley [series]

Nando's in Whiteley

I’m leaving no bun unturned in my search for the best burger in Hampshire.

As well as beef, I’ve also sampled boar, buffalo, falafel and lamb so far.

It was time to add chicken to my search. And where better to start than Nando’s – the Mozambican/Portuguese-themed restaurant so popular with footballers, rappers and people called Calum and Jordan.… Read more

Craft ales and buffalo burgers at the Red Cat Brewing open day in Winchester [review]


Despite the name, the Sun Valley Business Park car park isn’t the most picturesque part of Winchester.

But with a live musician set up in the shade of a small gazebo, buffalo burgers sizzling on the grill and copious amounts of beer available in one of the trading estate’s units, there aren’t many other places I’d rather be on a sunny spring afternoon.… Read more

I’m walking the length of the 30-mile River Itchen this summer


A couple of weeks ago I stumbled on the springs of the River Itchen.

For thousands of years, this has been the start of the river, which runs from Cheriton near Alresford to Southampton Water. It’s hard to fathom how this shallow pool, full of lilies and shaded by weeping willows, can grow to the tidal estuary it becomes 30 miles downstream.… Read more

What’s in my half marathon race bag?


On Sunday, I completed the Southampton Half Marathon for the second year on the trot. (And I beat last year’s time by three minutes – whoop!)

This meant that after several bowls of pasta and countless slices of white bread on Saturday it was time to pack my bag for the big race.

My half marathon packing list

As well as remembering the obvious things like my race number, there are also a few other things I like to take to make sure I’m comfortable on a race day.… Read more

Five of the best places to see bluebells in Hampshire


You know that summer is well and truly on its way when you peek into the woods to see streaks of sunlight shining down onto a carpet of bluebells.

Thanks to a mild winter and a lot of rain in the past few weeks, bluebells have bloomed earlier than usual this year.

And, because they generally come out sooner in the south of the country, now is a great time to see them in Hampshire.… Read more