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!…

Broadway Food Festival

Wow! this event just gets bigger and better every year. With just over 5000 visitors and around 50 high quality, local exhibitors and local chef demonstrations it turned into a huge success.

Moving on from a fabulous summer of FoodbyBazza

So here is a brief review of the the amazing chefs and restaurants who collaborated with FoodbyBazza and Barnbury to bring an eclectic collection of the best food experiences.

Simpsons Fish and Chips are often featured as providing some of the best Fish and Chips in the country. I can vouch for that!

The East India Cafe is a restaurant situated on The Promenade in Cheltenham. The Indian menu reflects the style of the British Raj. The most wonderful signature …

Lovin’ Livestock

So, we had a lovely invite to go to a music festival called Livestock a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to stay over and do some glamping but I’m afraid Mrs H wasn’t going to have any of that. It’s a pity because we walked through the camping area on the way into the festival and it looked really great. Far enough away from the music to get a decent night’s sleep but close enough to stagger back after …

The Secret Garden Series or What You Have Missed So Far!


What a wonderful evening of very stylish food and service with David Kelman and Ellenborough Park. There is one more to come on 24th August.

David Kelman, Executive Chef, Ellenborough Park
David Kelman, Executive Chef, Ellenborough Park


Another wonderful evening reflecting the tastes and aromas from the period of The Raj in India. The East India Cafe will return to Barnbury on 18th and 19th August.

The East India Cafe, Cheltenham

Next Friday we are delighted to welcome one of our most talented young …

An Neidín (Kenmare)


I’ve bloody missed this place!

It’s been some time now since I visited Kenmare in County Kerry. I’m fortunate enough to have some lovely family living in this idyllic spot and we visited for a few days last month. Sheila and Ian run a superb B and B just outside the town, adjoining The River Roughty. If you visit you won’t find a more hospitable welcome and superb breakfast than at Forgefield House. Kenmare has everything going for it, …