Reviews are sponsored; the articles are unbiased, the opinions my own.

  • 10 Dec 2018

    Burlington’s Restaurant – The Beech Hill Hotel

    The Beech Hill Hotel is located on the eastern bank of Windermere. Its stunning views over the lake change with the seasons. Autumn is a quieter time and perfect for enjoying the rust and golden hues of the mellowing foliage and heather. This hotel can trace its history back to the 1900s. One can still...

  • 06 Dec 2018

    The ultimate kitchen thermometer

    Professional Secrets have the ultimate kitchen thermometer and it’s just the perfect time of year when such a thing will be most appreciated. Think of that Christmas Turkey and how good it can be …and how bad it can be. I confess! For years I never felt the need to use a kitchen thermometer. I...

  • 05 Dec 2018

    Figgy’s Christmas Pudding

    There can be nothing more iconic at Christmas than the pudding. One might argue that the turkey should have that festive accolade, but let us consider the history of Christmas dinner. Queen Victoria celebrated Christmas with enthusiasm, and her husband Prince Albert introduced German Christmas trees. Charles Dickens was also instrumental in creating the vision...

  • 03 Dec 2018

    The Plough Inn – to stay

    The Plough in the hamlet of Lupton was built around 1760 but the welcome to this historic pub is contemporary and artful. There is a horse outside, but this is a rather ghostly plough-horse in metal, giving a nod to its rural location and its stylish interior. The pub has recently undergone extensive renovations to...

  • 29 Nov 2018

    Gousto West African Stew

    West African-style Chicken Maffe with Brown Rice is quite a mouthful, but a delicious one.  It’s another vibrant recipe from Gousto. Who are Gousto and why be interested in them? They are a company delivering food boxes and they are one of the best-value suppliers around. They have a host of recipes that are just...

  • 27 Nov 2018

    Hydro Flask – a hot gift

    Call me picky but to my mind a hot drink should be just that – HOT! If a travel mug suggests that your beverage of choice will remain steaming to the last drop then that’s exactly what I expect. But we all know that these promises are seldom met. Hydro Flask has been something of...

  • 26 Nov 2018

    Scotch Whisky – A Guide

    Scotch Whisky – The Essential Guide for Single Malt Lovers will make the hearts of so many discerning sippers beat just a little faster. Single Malt Whisky from Scotland sets the benchmark for other similar drinks from across the globe. The book gives a history of the world’s best-loved drink with an illuminating overview. This...

  • 22 Nov 2018

    Nicolas Feuillatte Travel Bag Réserve Exclusive Brut Rosé

    This classic Brut Rosé by celebrated Champagne House Nicolas Feuillatte would make a perfect gift for any lady. Note I say ‘lady’ rather than ‘girl (but over the age of 18)’. Think Audrey Hepburn rather than Barbie. Think Givenchy rather than Woolworths. Founded in 1976 in the heart of the Côte des Blancs, in the...

  • 21 Nov 2018

    Chameleon Colour Changing Water Bottle

    Here is an interesting item. It won’t be shipped till January 2019 but it will be worth buying and putting by for the summer. Chameleon Colour Changing Water Bottle will add colour to your commute! This metal bottle actually changes colour when one fills it with cool water. The thermochromic ink reacts to cold temperatures:...

  • 20 Nov 2018

    Hard Rock Café London

    It’s true! I am a Londoner and have never been, until now, to the Hard Rock Café. My guest boasted that he had been before, but that was back in 1975! Yes, this restaurant is iconic and although its food is quintessentially American there is so much that is British. Hard Rock Café was founded...

  • 19 Nov 2018

    Personalised Round Pink Hip Flask – Gin Love

    It’s trending! Anything to do with gin is popular just now, and there are so many different bottles to try – traditional gins, floral gins, spicy gins, and sweet gins. Gin makes a perfect gift, but it’s a bit like buying perfume for a friend. It’s tricky to buy such a personal gift and get...

  • 16 Nov 2018

    Festive Fragrance from Best Kept Secrets

    Well, where did that year go? Here we are, weather cooler, shops fuller, gift ideas harder to come by. Yes, it must be nearing Christmas time! But there are wonderful presents out there, and you won’t have to go pounding pavements to find them. Visit Best Kept Secrets to find fragrances and candles for the...

  • 15 Nov 2018

    Skinny Lager

    I am usually not a great lover of ‘free-froms’ or ‘lite-somethingorother’; strangely, ‘healthier’ brings visions of beige, tasteless and likely not to be repeated. But it seems there are products out there that do deserve a try, and with unexpectedly good results. Skinny Lager is said to be full strength and full flavour with a...

  • 14 Nov 2018

    Diforti – sweet temptations

    Here it is again! Seems like the pine needles from last year’s Christmas tree have just been extracted from the carpet, and mince pies are back in the shops! Where did that year go? Now, I am a lover of a good mince pie, and a Christmas would not be complete with out a box...

  • 13 Nov 2018

    Searcy’s St Pancras Brasserie

    Today I have a review of a smart restaurant conveniently situated about 2 hours outside Paris. Good transport links with easy access to city shops. Superb food and waiters who speak English, and a menu in English as well. Yes, that’s got your attention, my dear Anglophone reader! Even better news is that, if you...

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