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

Five reasons I love shopping at Lidl (and none are to do with the cost)

Grocery products from Lidl

Alright, “love” might be a strong word here. I mean, who loves grocery shopping?

I much prefer shopping at discount-store Lidl to the bigger supermarkets like Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda though.

And it’s not because the bill is cheaper (if it actually is – I’ve never bothered to do a comparison).

Why I prefer shopping at Lidl

Here are five reasons I love (OK, prefer) shopping at Lidl to the major grocery retailers.… Read more

Five unusual places to drink craft beer and real ale in Hampshire

Read on to discover five weird and wonderful places to drink real ale and craft beer in Hampshire. Then add your own suggestions in the comments at the bottom of the post.

A few weeks ago on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I popped along to the Bursledon Brickworks Museum near Southampton.

It was no normal day at the museum – today was its first beer festival, and it wasn’t long until I was browsing the museum’s collection of vintage arcade games with a real ale in hand.… Read more

Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: The Rockstone, Southampton [review]

Mention burgers in Southampton and most people think of 7Bone Burger Co or the Rockstone.

I finally got round to rating 7Bone’s offering earlier this year. Now it was the Rockstone’s turn in my search for Hampshire’s best burger.

I regularly visit the Rockstone for a beer or three. But it’s been a while since I’ve eaten there. That changed last week when Tiff and I popped in for an impromptu midweek burger.… Read more

Five of the best River Itchen walks (with maps and directions)

The Weirs in Winchester

With its clear, trout-filled waters and abundance of flora and other fauna, there are few better places to go for a evening stroll or weekend ramble in Hampshire than the banks of the River Itchen.

The Itchen rises near Cheriton in the middle of the county and runs for almost 30 miles across to the roman city of Winchester and then down to Southampton Water.… Read more