Looking forward to the Hampshire Food Festival 2016

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I’m a big fan of beer festivals because you get to sample a huge variety of beers without breaking the bank.

I was disappointed then at my first visit to a proper food festival last year when all I essentially found was a one-off farmer’s market. I was expecting an event where I could buy and try small portions of lots of different food and drink.… Read more

Long distance walking training – 10 things I’ve learnt so far

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It’s been five weeks since I decided to walk the length of the River Itchen. Now it’s only two weeks until the big day on Thursday 23 June.

Fortunately, my preparations are going well. I’ve managed to do several long distance training walks to build up my stamina including a couple of 18-mile walks and a 25 miler. Plus I’ve chosen a charity – the Dogs Trust’s Hope Project – to raise some money for.… Read more

Walking the Solent Way from Gosport to Bursledon via Lee-on-the-Solent and Warsash


The things people don’t tell you about walking because it’s obvious and only an idiot wouldn’t know, number one: hiking on a beach is hard work.

I say this because I’m used to footpaths being, well, paths.

Not so the Solent Way between Gosport and Warsash in Hampshire, which I walked with Tilly a couple of weeks ago in preparation for walking the River Itchen in the summer.… Read more

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]

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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