Beer, boats and bayonets on a weekend touring Leeds’ craft beer pubs and bars

Find out how I got on when I spent the weekend visiting some of Leeds’ many craft beer bars and real ale pubs.

It’s Saturday morning in early March on the south bank of the Leeds and Liverpool canal a few hundred yards from Leeds city centre.

Jamie and I are treading carefully along the sodden towpath to pick up our friend, Robbie.… Read more

Karrimor X Duo Bt Belt 00 running belt review (and a lesson in poor customer service from Sports Direct)

Find out why you should avoid the Karrimor ‘X Duo Bottle Belt 00’ water bottle running belt/waistbag – and probably avoid Sports Direct in general – in this review.

One of my goals this year is to run a marathon. But instead of taking part in an organised one, I’ve decided to run the length of the River Itchen – about 30 miles.… Read more

Opening night at Fallen Acorn Brewing Co’s tap room

Although I live close by, I’ve never really had much of a reason to go to Gosport.

In fact, apart from a trip to the submarine museum in my schooldays and skirting the town on a walk along the Solent Way last year, I’m struggling to think of another time I’ve visited.

That’s why I was feeling a little disorientated when I disembarked the Gosport Ferry at dusk after the five-minute crossing from Portsmouth.… Read more

Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: The Boat House Cafe, Swanwick [review]

Boat House Cafe Burger

I’m guilty of not venturing too far from home in my search for Hampshire’s best burger.

It was no different on Sunday night because I can’t get much closer to home than the Boat House Cafe in Swanwick Marina.

The Boat House Cafe is close enough for us to walk to as we can cut across Manor Farm Country Park.… Read more

5 ways to spend time with the locals on holiday in Barbados

Barbados offers amazing beaches, great food, lots of shopping and plenty of culture.

Despite all this, the best thing about this Caribbean island is the people.

Not only are they welcoming and friendly, but everyone – from the bar staff in your hotel to the ladies and gents dressed in their Sunday best outside the local churches – has a story to tell.… Read more