Pizza and cider at The Stable, Winchester

Bacon and maple syrup. Chilli and chocolate. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Just a few collaborations that shouldn’t work, but somehow do.

The same could be said for the partnership of pizza and cider. Did the people who invented pizza drink cider with their margheritas? They probably would have if they invented it in Dorset.

Ahh, Dorset – the home of the Dorset Knob, a giant chalk knob, Shaftesbury’s “Hovis Hill” and two Thomas Hardys – Hardy the author and Hardy the sailor who is only known for granting Lord Nelson’s dying wish at the Battle of Trafalgar (“kiss me hardy” and all that).… Read more

Beer, tea and tug of war at Soberton Fete, Hampshire

I might be showing my age here, but is there anything better than a village fete on a warm and sunny summer’s day?

OK, maybe there is. But there aren’t many other places where you get to drink tea and beer in the same sitting, bowl for a pig, watch a tug of war tournament (which used to be an Olympic sport don’t you know), get your face painted and eat endless cakes and scones.… 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

Cycling from Havant to Hedge End on a Friday evening

On Friday I foolishly decided that I’d finish the week by cycling home from work – Havant to Hedge End – because I knew I wouldn’t have the time (on Saturday) or the energy (on Sunday) to get a long run in.

It’s only about 17 miles door to door, but I was still unsure about making it all the way on my creaky old bike, especially as there’s a tempting pub on the way.… Read more