Lympstone Manor, Devon, UK – My Favourite Trip Ever!

When it comes to travelling I’ve been incredibly lucky! I’ve been all over the world from Scandinavia to the Caribbean, from skiing in the Alps to diving in Australia but my favourite holiday ever runs a little closer to home.  A couple of weeks ago Dan turned up at the door of my office on…

The Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire & Wild Carrot Restaurant

This afternoon Dan and I had been invited on a special treat.  We’d been offered a stay at the  Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire including dinner, to try their new menu at the Wild Carrot Restaurant.  The Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is a restored 18th-century manor set in 500 acres of picturesque grounds.  When you come…

Brunch at Fred & Doug’s – Epping, Essex

Last weekend, back in Essex, my mum and I decided to have brunch at Fred & Doug’s on Epping High Street.  It’s just celebrated its first anniversary and I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t been in to try it out yet!  Owned by cousins James and Max and named after their grandfathers (Fred and Doug…

A Hike in the Hills – High Dam, Lake District, Cumbria

See my previous post A Wedding In Windermere to catch up! The next morning we ate another big breakfast (to sustain us on our walk obviously) and checked out of the hotel.  Dan and I still had an entire day to spend in the Lake District and we decided to go on a bit of…

Wine Tasting & Food Pairing Evening at the Great Northern

Last night was the inaugural Great Northern Pub Wine Tasting & Food Pairing Evening.  We arrived at the pub to be welcomed with a glass of champagne and shown a list of the seven wines we were going to get a chance to taste that evening. Along with the champagne, there were 2 whites, 3…

Henley Regatta

Saturday was Girls Day Out!  A day at Henley Regatta with Josephine, JiaJia and Mandy.  I hadn’t been before and the weather looked like it would hold, so a day out in the country, by the river sounded like a great idea. I met Josephine at Paddington and we caught the train to Twyford where…

Great Northern Wine Tasting

You can read about other Great Northern Experiences at Great Northern Dinner, Great Northern Wine tasting & Food Pairing Evening, Great Northern Menu Tasting, Great Northern Beer Festival Tonight I’d been summoned to the Great Northern Pub for a wine tasting session for the new menu and dinner afterwards.  The suppliers had sent over some…

Bolney Wine Estate, Sussex, England

For Valentine’s Day this year I’d bought Dan and I a ‘Grand Gourmet’ Tour Voucher for a visit and tasting experience at the Bolney Wine Estate in Sussex which has been producing wine since 1972.  We both have a huge love of wine and have done the WSET Level2 wine appreciation course so we thought we’d put our…

Great Northern Dinner

After a morning playing Lawn Bowls and lunch at the Skylark Cafe on Wandsworth Common, we decided to take Mats and Matilda to the Great Northern in St Albans for dinner as they hadn’t been there since the pub first opened.  Making it a bit of a group thing, there ended up being 6 of us…

Great Northern Menu Tasting

The Great Northern has a new chef!  Toby is in the house (or has been for nearly a month now), and having settled in, he wants to put his stamp on the St Alban’s dining scene.  Unveiling his new summer menu at the Great Northern, I was invited (along with other friends/family/residents/bloggers and media people) to…

Dinner at The Great Northern Pub, St Albans

So I should probably start this post with a disclaimer .  My boyfriend, Dan, co-owns this pub, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to let him off lightly!  All opinions are my own and this is an honest account of Dinner at the Great Northern Pub in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Having a wedding to go…