Food & Drink


A Weekend in London

Posted on December 10, 2018

We have just had an enjoyable weekend in London on what was our first attempt at an Air B&B, a process where you book someone’s home to stay in, rather than a hotel. We went with our old friends Pete and Mandy. We set off from Basingstoke to Waterloo, where we immediately stopped for a drink in the ‘Hole in the Wall’ pub underneath the railway arches opposite the station entrance. ‘The Hole in the Wall’ is a throwback of a ...

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Tim Martin, Wetherspoons and Duty on Beers & Wines!

Posted on June 20, 2018

One of the more, shall we say, charismatic Brexit figures, is rugged faced King of cheap booze, Tim Martin, owner of the JD Wetherspoon pub chains. Wetherspoon's are well known for presenting well-kept beer at cheap prices due (I am led to believe) to it being purchased shortly before its sell by date and turned over quickly. I don't have a problem with that concept and although I have many friends who would not set foot in 'Spoons' due to ...

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The Bitter Truth About Sugar!

Posted on February 4, 2018

  I have been having a few problems with weight in recent times and I don't like it very much to be honest. In fact it is at the point where I can feel it in my knees that are already feeling a bit hard done by courtesy of the ageing process. I have looked into my diet quite a bit and discovered that whilst I eat good dinners with fresh fruit, fish, vegetables and all that healthy stuff, I have long been a sucker for a cake or a ...

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How to Choose a Good Wine!

Posted on January 17, 2018

I was in Tesco at lunchtime today when a lady of about seventy approached me in the alcohol aisle (my favourite place) and asked if I could help her find a good red wine. I decided that I would take this request as me looking sophisticated rather than like an alcoholic and proceeded to ask her what her preferred price range was. "Oooh, I don't know, six or seven pounds, I suppose", she said. With that in mind, my job was simplified and ...

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The Three Cups and Stockbridge!

Posted on February 16, 2016

As it was a stunning late winters day today, Jennifer and I took a stroll in the sparkling sunshine up on Danebury Hill Fort, followed by a trip to Stockbridge High Street for some lunch. For those of you who don't know Stockbridge, it is a conservative heartland of Hampshire on the banks of the stunning River Test, a trot stream that has its source in the tiny hamlet of Deane, near Basingstoke, and ends in the Solent, Southampton. Along ...

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