Brunch at Bean Below, Twyford, Winchester [review]

See what I thought of our visit to the Bean Below cafe in Twyford near Winchester for brunch.

For a little village, Twyford’s got everything you need – a great pub (The Phoenix), river walks (Twyford Meads and Berry Meadow), a well-stocked shop (Twyford Stores) and, er, a clock maker (Hampshire Clock Works).

There’s also a cafe called Bean Below nestled under the shop.… Read more

Where to buy draught real ale and craft beer to take away in Hampshire

Takeaway beer

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It’s handy that we can now pick up bottled and canned real ale almost anywhere – supermarkets, corner shops, even some cafes an tea rooms now stock it.

However, while there are some nice bottle-conditioned ales out there, drinking real ale from bottles and cans doesn’t really do it for me. I much prefer it how it fresh, straight from the cask or keg.… Read more

How I spent a day as a tourist in my hometown (Sherborne, Dorset)

Sherborne Abbey

Find out what I got up to when I spent the day as a tourist in my hometown, Sherborne. Includes sights such as Sherborne Abbey, the Conduit, Cheap Street and Sherborne Castle and gardens.

I was lucky enough to spend the first 21 years of my life in and around Sherborne, the historic abbey town in north-west Dorset.

Yet, it wasn’t until I left to go to university that I began to appreciate how fortunate I had been to grow up in such a beautiful setting.… Read more

Bar and Block, Whiteley – burger review

We can all agree that Monday is the “cheekiest” night of the week to go out, yeah?

Good, because it felt pretty damn cheeky heading out on a rare Monday night outing earlier this week. I even got extra cheeky points because it was my first day back at work after a week off.

Unfortunately, some of those extra cheeky points disappeared when we walked past Nando’s to go to another of Whiteley’s restaurants, Bar and Block.… Read more

Lunch at the Chesil Rectory, Winchester [review]

Find out what I thought about our Saturday lunchtime visit to the historic Chesil Rectory restaurant in Winchester to sample to lunchtime set menu.

Many couples have a few debts to pay off when they get married. Few end up paying back their wedding bills with a home.

This happened to Henry VIII’s daughter Mary after she married King Philip of Spain in 1554.… Read more

The ultimate guide to Southampton’s craft beer bars and real ale pubs – including best pub crawls with maps and directions

This in-depth guide to Southampton’s best craft beer and real ale pubs, micropubs and bars includes recommended pub crawls with maps and directions, plus information on local breweries, getting around, where to stay and more. Comments, improvements, suggestions, corrections? Leave a comment below or contact me.

A few months back, I popped up to Leeds to check out the city’s oft-hyped craft beer scene.… Read more