Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: Bill’s, Southampton [series]

After I ran the Southampton Half-Marathon on Sunday, I was itching for a burger to replenish some of that lost energy.

Luckily, a burger was on the menu at the place where Tiff had booked us a post-run table – Bill’s restaurant in the new Westquay Watermark development.

I hadn’t been to a Bill’s in years. How did it rate in my search for Hampshire’s best burger?… Read more

The great keg beer rip off?

Why is keg craft beer more expensive than cask beer and ale? To find out, I asked some of the south’s top brewers and publicans. Here’s what I learnt.

Kegs – through their association with bland, mass-produced beer and lager – used to be a dirty word when it came to quality beer and ale.

Not so anymore.

While some real ale stalwarts will only drink draught beer served from a cask, savvy drinkers recognise that there are now lots of decent craft keg beers available in the UK.… Read more

Behind the scenes at the Flower Pots Brewery, Cheriton

See how I fared when I joined head brewer David Mackie to find out how the Flower Pots Brewery in Cheriton near Winchester turns humble ingredients into award-winning craft ales.

The Flower Pots Brewery in Cheriton near Winchester is only 11 years old. So it’s easy to forget it’s one of Hampshire’s oldest breweries, coming before the recent boom in craft brewers in the county.… Read more

The best bluebell woods in Hampshire

Read on to find out five woods where you can see amazing displays of bluebells in Hampshire. Includes locations and walks in the South Downs and New Forest national parks plus directions.

You know 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 early spring rain, bluebells have bloomed early again this year.… Read more

A grand tour of Hampshire at the Winchester Beer Festival 2017

Whether it’s traditional country inns, city bars or trendy micropubs, the Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth area is blessed with many great places that serve Hampshire beer.

But there are still few better places to sample the best ales from Hampshire’s 30+ breweries than at a local beer festival.

After a break of a few years due to always forgetting to buy a ticket (doh), I headed to the first session of the sold-out Winchester Beer and Cider Festival at the city’s Guildhall last Friday afternoon.… Read more

Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: 7Bone Burger Co, Portswood, Southampton [series] 

Judging from the messages I’ve received over the past year or so, a search for Hampshire’s best burger isn’t complete without a visit to 7Bone Burger Co.

The birth of 7Bone was the subject of an episode of the BBC TV show, “Restaurant Man” in 2014. It now has restaurants in Southampton, Bournemouth, Camberley and Reading.

We finally headed to the Southampton branch in Portswood last week for an impromptu night out to celebrate my birthday.… Read more