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It’s been a busy old year!

As I mentioned in my last post, I was asked to help open a farm shop in Chipping Campden, called Fillet & Bone, earlier this year. I had the best job of putting together a collection of amazing suppliers, many of whom are local to The Cotswolds. It’s been an eye opening to the rich and diverse collection of artisan foodstuffs available in the area. Here are just some of them:

Toddenham Manor

A Whizzy Update!

Bazza’s Catch Up

I apologise to all my loyal supporters for a lack of posts this year. I am pleased to say life has been very busy!

I have missed all the interaction and so I have given myself a slap on the face and decided to get on with it.

So here is a resume of what’s been happening in my life.

Baby Sol

On a personal note, the greatest thing is the arrival of another gorgeous grandson, Solomon …


Firstly, a massive thank you to you all for the touching responses to my last blog. It has made a big difference and now it’s time to move on and occupy my mind with the life ahead. Whilst it took a lot of deep breaths to make the issue so public, it would never have been possible without the support of family and, in particular, my gorgeous grandson Ezra.

So what has Bazza been up to?

Cooking, eating, so usual …

Food and the brain

Well what, in heavens name, do these two have in common, you may well ask. Well they don’t generally but they do apply to me. So this time I’m going to fill you in on the brain part of me!

Deep breaths

Now this is generally something we shove under the carpet and let it stew (messy!) Well for me mental health is a big issue and bouts of depression are something I have lived with for many years. Depression …

An eating out blow out

So much in life, for me, is eating (and drinking)! Recently I have enjoyed a truly gluttonous but thoroughly enjoyable few weeks, mostly to celebrate a birthday (not a particularly special one)

So let’s split it into two segments. Here and abouts and London.

I’ve had two truly great experiences recently.


In my last post, I mentioned a new pop-up restaurant in Cheltenham recently opened by Andrew Kojima, a previous Masterchef finalist. I have got to know “Koj” over the …

Foodie News Update

Eating Out

Delighted that The Wild Rabbit in Kingham has, deservedly, been recently awarded a Michelin Star. Congrats to Executive Chef, Tim Allen and the team at ‘The Rabbit’

The Wild Rabbit
The Wild Rabbit

Masterchef finalist, Andrew Kojima has opened a pop-up Japanese restaurant in Regent Street, Cheltenham. I’m going tonight and greatly looking forward to the¬†experience. Specifically, no sushi on offer, as Koj wishes to broaden the appreciation of Japanese food. Get there soon as it is only open until …

The Howard Arms, Illmington


It’s been a number of years since I last visited The Howard Arms, when it was under the ownership of the Greenstock family. It was a pleasure to return to a familiar haunt. It has recently undergone a restoration by the new owners. I think, as far as the restaurant and bar are concerned, they have done a great job in so much as they have retained the character and style without the modish effect that some pub operators feel …

Food News and other bits and pieces

A slightly different post from me this time, but a brief insight into my perception of life in hospitality.

I’m happy

To hear of the great refurbishment plans for The Lygon Arms. I have known Graeme Nesbitt, General Manager, for some years, having first employed him as Head Chef. Graeme has given me an insight into developing plans and it really is exciting stuff. The Lygon was recently acquired by London and Regional Properties, who currently own Chewton Glen …

Malvern Autumn Show

Its that time of year again, autumn is well and truly here!

We made a first visit to The Malvern Autumn Show a couple of weeks ago.

As well as wanting a fun and interesting day out I was also looking for inspiration for a garden re-design. I suppose its a bit like home decorating. After a while, you just think a change would be good. Now don’t get me wrong. We have the tiniest garden and its not acres …

Michelin Stars and Akelarre

It seems appropriate that, on the week the Michelin ratings were published, I should write about my amazing experience in San Sebastian.

Incidentally, we now have a local pub which has just received its first and well deserved Michelin star, The Wild Rabbit at Kingham (part of Daylesford of course!)

Back to San Sebastian. It is recognised as one of the world’s great gastronomic cities and has more Michelin stars per square metre than any other city on the planet!…