Opening night at Fallen Acorn Brewing Co’s tap room

Although I live close by, I’ve never really had much of a reason to go to Gosport.

In fact, apart from a trip to the submarine museum in my schooldays and skirting the town on a walk along the Solent Way last year, I’m struggling to think of another time I’ve visited.

That’s why I was feeling a little disorientated when I disembarked the Gosport Ferry at dusk after the five-minute crossing from Portsmouth.… Read more

Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: The Boat House Cafe, Swanwick [series]

Boat House Cafe Burger

I’m guilty of not venturing too far from home in my search for Hampshire’s best burger.

It was no different on Sunday night because I can’t get much closer to home than the Boat House Cafe in Swanwick Marina.

The Boat House Cafe is close enough for us to walk to as we can cut across Manor Farm Country Park.… Read more

5 ways to spend time with the locals on holiday in Barbados

Barbados offers amazing beaches, great food, lots of shopping and plenty of culture.

Despite all this, the best thing about this Caribbean island is the people.

Not only are they welcoming and friendly, but everyone – from the bar staff in your hotel to the ladies and gents dressed in their Sunday best outside the local churches – has a story to tell.… Read more

Liming with the locals at Merton’s (aka the Moontown Fish Fry), St Lucy, Barbados

Every Friday in the UK, thousands of people flock to the nation’s fish and chip shops for their weekly helping of fried fish.

It’s no different in Barbados.

But instead of cod and chips from the chippie, Barbadians head to the weekly fish fry. This is where vendors cook up the day’s catch on the barbecue and serve it with a few sides and some Banks beer or local rum to wash it down.… Read more

Learning about traditional rum making at St Nicholas Abbey, Barbados

St Nicholas rum distillery Barbados

Find out about my visit to the traditional rum distillery and plantation house, St Nicholas Abbey in Barbados.

The most famous export of Barbados – excluding pop star Rihanna and many exceptional cricket players – is rum.

Naturally then, many visitors to the island flock to the island’s famous Mount Gay Distillery – the oldest rum brand in the world.

Nowadays, Mount Gay – which dates from 1703 – is produced on a mass scale and owned by multinational sprit company Rémy Cointreau.… Read more

Are kegs taking some of the ‘craft’ out of UK craft beer?

keg-cask-craft-beer

Last week, I caught an article by beer writer Pete Brown on the varying quality of cask beer.

In the piece, which was aimed at the pub trade, Mr Brown says he’s mostly stopped drinking cask beer.

The main reasons?

Too often, the beer isn’t ready to drink or has been on sale too long.

Sometimes, this means it’s hazy when it shouldn’t be.… Read more