Urban Reef, Bournemouth – burger review

Did you know that Bournemouth was in Hampshire until 1974?

In my book, that makes Bournemouth burgers eligible in my search for Hampshire’s best burger. Especially since it’s been a while since my last one, at Ruby Reds in Winchester.

I had this one at Urban Reef, which is a cafe, restaurant and deli located right on the beach at Boscombe to the east of the town centre.… Read more

Where to see the autumn colours in Hampshire

Here are 12 places you can see the autumn colours in Hampshire, including many places you can visit for free.

One of the things that makes the transition from long summer days to long winter nights more bearable is the burst of autumn colour we get to see in September, October and November.

And while the UK doesn’t naturally enjoy the multitude of colour seen in places like the US or Japan, where there are naturally more species of trees, you still can’t beat an autumn walk in an ancient forest or a tree-lined avenue as the leaves fall gently around you.… Read more

Sennheiser CX 2.00i [review]

Sennheiser CX 2.00 Earbuds

This is my review of the Sennheiser CX 2.00i earbuds. Read on to find out why I wasn’t impressed with these noise cancelling earbuds when I used them on the move.

If you have young children, you might know what it’s like to have to reach into your pocket regularly.

You may also know what it’s like to have someone constantly pulling at your ears.… 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

I’m walking the length of the 30-mile River Itchen to raise money for the Dogs Trust’s Hope Project

I’m doing this walk to raise money for the Dogs Trust’s Hope Project – a scheme that helps dogs whose owners are homeless or experiencing a housing crisis. I’d love it if you’d sponsor me!

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A couple of weeks ago I stumbled on the springs of the River Itchen.

For thousands of years, this has been the start of the river, which runs from Cheriton near Alresford to Southampton Water.… Read more

Birthday dinner at Gotham West Market food court, Hell’s Kitchen, NYC [review]

Gotham West Market food court

If you’re ever out in New York with a bunch of friends and you’re squabbling over which restaurant to visit, then Gotham West Market is ideal.

I visited this ground-floor food court, which features multiple food vendors selling everything from coffee to Japanese ramen, for a birthday dinner on our recent trip to New York City.

It’s in the Hell’s Kitchen district of Manhattan, about a 15-minute walk east from Times Square.… Read more