The Village Freehouse pub, Salisbury

Last Saturday, I met up with some friends for a day out (aka pub crawl) in Salisbury.

Jamie and I arrived at the train station first. Rather than wait for everyone else there, we decided to head for our first pub.

We had a little bit of time to kill because it wasn’t quite opening time. Instead of heading into the city centre we went looking for the Village Freehouse pub, which is in the opposite direction.… Read more

Hampshire ales at the Southampton Beer Festival 2015

Last night, Smudger and I made a relatively impromtu visit to the Southampton Beer Festival at the Guildhall (or “O2 Guildhall Southampton” to give it its proper name).

Last year, we went to the Saturday daytime session and ended up doing a pub crawl back to Bitterne Triangle where we finished the day in style in the curry house. This time, with a christening to go to¬†on Sunday, I persuaded Smudge that we should do the Friday night session.… Read more

Mango, apricot and fig breakfast bars [recipe]

When I used to work from home, I always had time for a leisurely breakfast on weekdays. Not so now – I either quickly shovel something down my throat before I leave the house or I grab a bowl of muesli at my desk.

The important thing is that I do eat something. There’s no way I could survive until lunchtime without a proper brekkie, even if it is a little rushed.… Read more

A walk along the Thames from Marlow to the Flower Pot pub, Aston

With close family in Dorset and Buckinghamshire, Tiff and I are lucky to have lots of nice places to take the dog when we visit them.

When we’re staying with Tiff’s dad in Marlow, we often drive a couple of miles into the Chilterns and then park in Hambleden and make the shortish walk across the bridges at¬†Hambleden Lock and up the hill to the Flower Pots pub.… Read more