Flying from London Gatwick to Valencia with Easyjet

When I told people that I had booked flights with Easyjet their reaction was almost to feel sorry for me. It even got to the stage where I was making excuses for my decision. (“We’re on a budget”. “It’s the only airline that flies to where we want to go from Heathrow or Gatwick”.)

Why does Easyjet have such a bad rep then?… Read more

A quick drink at the Churchill Tap craft beer bar, Marlow, Bucks [review]

There’s no denying it – beer is big at the moment. Small breweries and micropubs are popping up all over the place, more and more pubs and shops are selling so-called “craft beer”, and sales of cask beer and real ale are on the rise. And, as evidenced by my recent trip to the Southampton Beer Festival, everyone – young and old, male and female – is on board.… Read more

Sunday breakfast at the Stubbings Nursery cafe, Maidenhead, Berkshire

Tiff and I aren’t the types to pop out for breakfast or brunch on a weekend. However, we stayed at Tiff’s dad’s in Marlow last night and he offered to treat us to breakfast at the cafe at the garden centre on the Stubbings House estate.

The garden centre and nursery is a short way up a pleasant drive, not far from the A404 between Marlow and Maidenhead.… Read more

Saturday afternoon drinks at the Stroud Ale House, Gloucestershire

Last weekend, our friends Lee and Becks took us on a mini tour of the Stroud area on the western edge of the Cotswolds.

The first stop was Stroud itself. We spent a short while looking around the weekly farmers’ market then popped into the Stroud Ale House for a drink (or several, as it turned out).

What a place! Located in what used to be a large bar/nightclub, this venue could be described as a “macropub” if such a thing exists.… Read more