Mental Health Awareness Week

As it is Mental Health Awareness Week I wanted to share something with you.

As many of you may well know, I have suffered with mental health issues for many years and have undergone numerous therapy sessions.

My condition worsened a year ago which resulted in a suicide attempt, a long period in hospital and a period of rehabilitation which is ongoing.

I have experienced a transformational period in the last few months having joined a peer to peer mental …

Wild Garlic Pesto

It’s that wonderful foraging time of the year again. Wild garlic is in abundance (where is a secret!).

If you want some scrummy wild garlic pesto with walnuts, you can get it from The Bakehouse, Broadway or send me a message. A bargain at £3.50 for a 175g jar! You need to get in quickly!



MO at The Dormy House

VIP arrival

The Dormy House certainly knows how to do a party! Last night saw the launch of their latest concept ‘Mo’.

It’s so great to see these dining developments on our doorstep. In addition to The Potting Shed, they’ve recently launched  The Back Garden and now Mo. The Farncombe Estate have a policy of sustainable, seasonal, local and super quality.

Mo is a 12 seater ‘chef’s table’ style experience with an ever changing seven …

Behind Closed Doors

Happy memories on a return visit to Michael’s Mediterranean Restaurant in Chipping Campden.

We first moved to The Cotswolds just over 30 years ago and Michael’s, or Alexiou’s, as it was then known, was one of the first restaurants we got to know around here. In those days they encouraged the Greek tradition of plate smashing and a lot of dancing!

A little more recently (well a few of days ago), we went with a special group of friends, to …

Food in the Cotswolds

Making the most of the rich and diverse availability of food in The Cotswolds. 

Text of a speech for Cotswold Taste and an article in The Cotswold Times



The Cotswolds is already known for it’s rich food and drink production much of which is marketed nationally. This production includes rapeseed oil, maize, cheese such as Godsells, beers from larger breweries such as Arkells and craft breweries such as Stroud, Wickwar and Severn Brewing Co, wine from Poulton Hill …

Just a quickie – life is busy!

I know it’s been a long time but it’s good to be busy.


Firstly I have found the time to do some volunteering. Springfield Mind is a charity whose mission is to promote wellbeing and prevent mental health problems in Warwickshire and  Worcestershire. I visit a drop-in in Evesham, set up as a place to socialise and carry out various activities. It really is so good and, of course, they are always looking for support.

The Bakehouse

As I’ve…

Lunch at The Painswick Hotel


As a member of Cotswold Taste, I was invited to lunch at The Painswick Hotel.

I have been familiar with The Painswick since its inception by the renowned hotelier, Somerset Moore. Interestingly, Somerset served his hospitality apprenticeship at The Lygon Arms, Broadway, where I was General Manager until 2003.

I had never visited the hotel until a couple of weeks ago. The Painswick is now part of The Calcot Collection. It’s in the most beautiful of settings …

It’s been a long time coming…

Well, I have missed you guys and I’m sorry I haven’t kept up to date. There has been a lot (too much!) happening and I wanted to bring you up to date.

Late in 2016 I posted a blog called Food and the Brain. It was a feature on mental health and my ongoing depression.

The point about depression and many other mental health disorders is that symptoms are often recurrent and are brought on by a variety of issues. …