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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. …

Foraging by Bazza

Food by Bazza has been foraging!

And here is the result:

Very delicious Wild Garlic Pesto, locally foraged and produced!

Please get in touch for orders and enquiries.

Bazza

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Koj and The Find


I have to start with a bit of a rant!

Just recently I’ve noticed a level of abuse against bloggers by some food writers. You see, the thing is we often get freebies and so it is said that any reviews myself and my lovely friends make on restaurants and other establishments have a total bias. This has made me feel a little stormy (not Daniels!) and it’s not true. We all have the same philosophy, if we can’t be …

I’m Hooked!

I’ve been a big fan of the Fish Hotel since it opened a couple of years ago. Very importantly, it’s the most beautiful half hour walk from Broadway for a Sunday lunchtime pint!

Well, it has undergone a massive makeover and I was delighted to be invited to the opening night party.

The magic began before we even got into the venue. The surrounding trees were lit in the most dazzling way and you got the feeling you were in …

New Year, new beginnings

 

Life is finally returning to a measure of normality after a frenetic Christmas and New Year. As always, it’s such a pleasure to be surrounded by my lovely family and good friends.

My first canape party of the year

The reality is I am about to start on an exciting new project in Cheltenham. All I can tell you at this stage is, it’s about gin! Needless to say, I am very excited!

In the meantime I have been …

It’s time to brine your turkey!

Like most of you, I’m sure, our Christmas Day food prep is under way.

Just in case you need it, here are a couple of tips for the best roast turkey:

Brine it – You can do this 24/48hrs in advance and it’s well worth it for a succulent end result.

  • Find a container such as a bucket (very clean) or another similar container which will hold your turkey.
  • Mix about 3 ltrs of water with 250g sea salt, 200g

About last night……

So, it’s stunningly beautiful and it opens today!

I give you:

The Ivy Montpelier Brasserie

 

This is hugely welcomed in Cheltenham and much anticipated.

Last night was launch night and it was really such a pleasure to be there amongst some great friends. For a start off there were members of our lovely local blogging community, with which I am so pleased to be associated, as well as loads of industry mates and, well, just some very good friends.…

The Lygon Arms reinvents Itself

I left The Lygon Arms in 2003, shortly after it was sold on by The Savoy Group. I have treasured memories of my time at the dear old Lygon, associating with the hotel legend who was Douglas Barrington and some other remarkable people at the Lygon itself, including MD Kirk Ritchie, and also within The Savoy Group, such as Ramon Pajares and Willie Bauer.

The past few years have witnessed a very sad decline in its food offering, style and …