Liming with the locals at Merton’s (Moontown) Fish Fry, St Lucy, Barbados

Every Friday in the UK, thousands of people flock to the nation’s fish and chip shops for their weekly helping of fried fish.

It’s no different in Barbados.

But instead of cod and chips from the chippie, Barbadians head to the weekly fish fry. This is where vendors cook up the day’s catch on the barbecue and serve it with a few sides and some Banks beer or local rum to wash it down.… Read more

Learning about traditional rum making at St Nicholas Abbey, Barbados

St Nicholas rum distillery Barbados

Find out about my visit to the traditional rum distillery and plantation house, St Nicholas Abbey in Barbados.

The most famous export of Barbados – excluding pop star Rihanna and many exceptional cricket players – is rum.

Naturally then, many visitors to the island flock to the island’s famous Mount Gay Distillery – the oldest rum brand in the world.

Nowadays, Mount Gay – which dates from 1703 – is produced on a mass scale and owned by multinational sprit company Rémy Cointreau.… Read more

Are kegs taking some of the ‘craft’ out of UK craft beer?

keg-cask-craft-beer

Last week, I caught an article by beer writer Pete Brown on the varying quality of cask beer.

In the piece, which was aimed at the pub trade, Mr Brown says he’s mostly stopped drinking cask beer.

The main reasons?

Too often, the beer isn’t ready to drink or has been on sale too long.

Sometimes, this means it’s hazy when it shouldn’t be.… Read more

Beer52 craft beer club [review and voucher code]

Beer52 is a monthly beer subscription service that specialises in modern-style UK and world beers. Read on to find out what I thought of the service and get a voucher code for £12 off your first order.

With the UK going craft beer crazy over the last few years, it’s easy to forget it’s not just in Britain where we’re seeing a glut of new breweries and beers.… Read more

A taste of Hampshire and beyond at some of Southampton’s newest craft beer bars

Find out how I got on when I did a mini pub crawl of some of Southampton’s newest craft beer bars and pubs – Olaf’s Tun, Caskaway, The Dancing Man, Belgium and Blues and Chalk Valley.

Southampton is fast becoming the south coast’s premier destination for craft beer and real ale.

Not only do you have many excellent pubs dotted throughout the city, but there are also several new bars and micropubs focusing on great beer, much of it from Hampshire’s 35+ breweries.… Read more

Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: The Buck’s Head, Meonstoke [series]

What could be better on Christmas Eve than an impromptu burger in a cosy country pub?

We headed to the Buck’s Head in Meonstoke following a walk to Droxford and back along the Meon Valley Trail.

I’d passed this pub loads of times before. But this was my first visit. It’s just off the A32 and not far from Bishop’s Waltham and Fareham.… Read more