A light lunch and cake at the Corner House, Winchester – review

Read this review of a light lunch with a cake dessert at the Corner House – a cafe/restaurant a few minutes from Winchester city centre.

The centre of Winchester can get a tad busy on a weekend. Luckily, there are plenty of places away from the hustle and bustle of the High Street and Cathedral Close to escape to for a drink or bite to eat.… 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

A mini pub crawl of Portsmouth and Southsea’s craft beer and real ale venues

Find out how I got on exploring six of Portsmouth and Southsea’s craft beer bars and real ale pubs on a mini Portsmouth pub crawl.

I’ve been raving about Southampton’s craft beer and real ale scene for a while. And with good reason.

What about it’s south-coast neighbour, Portsmouth? Its football club has faced a decline in recent years – has Southampton left it behind in the beer stakes too?… Read more

Vospers, Woolston – burger review

Some people say Southampton has too many burger restaurants. I disagree, obviously.

The latest burger joint to open in Southampton is Vospers, over in Centenary Quay (aka Woolston Waterside).

Vospers is run by the same team that set up the Mettricks chain of coffee houses in the city. Most Sotonians will know that it’s named after Vosper Thornycroft, a company that built and maintained ships on this site until 2003.… Read more

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

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