Gourmet Takeaway

It’s long been noted amongst those who note such things that the more cookery shows there are on TV and the more cookbooks proliferate, the less we seem to be able to find our way into that strange and fantastic land known as “The Kitchen” to prepare a simple repast (Yes. Repast. Get over it.) for ourselves and our families. It’s cooking by vicarious means, if you like, as we sit stuffing things that are distinctly not part of our seven-a-day into the gaping national maw. Happily, being the resourceful species that we are, we seem to have found a solution. Read full post



We’re going to get a bit John Lennon on you today. Feeling pained already? Then imagine if there were no restaurant critics, only promo material. Imagine there were no food bloggers, only self-penned love-letters on TripAdvisor. Imagine there was no TripAdvisor!!! [silent yet heartfelt "YES!!!" echoes throughout Restaurant Land] or even us (Booooo!!!). Imagine that even – and let’s go all the way to 1984 with this – you couldn’t even voice your own personal subjective opinion on a restaurant because they will Sue. Your. Ass. Off.  Read full post


Oh We Do Like To Eat Beside The Seaside

Holiday season is nearly upon us and reportedly 60% of us are planning to “staycation” this year chez nous (apparently some of you are interested in something called the “Global FussBall Cup”…?). Whevs, this surely means treating you and yours to traditional British seaside holiday flavours, no? Walking hand-in-hand down Blackpool promenade with a newspaper cone redolent with the sharp tang of just too much salt and vinegar and the greasy, satisfying pull of fresh batter and chips; the unceasing magic of candy floss, no matter how old you are; the curiously grown-up cream tea from Devon or Cornwall which still has the power to make takers sit a little straighter and eat a little slower. Postcard memories ingrained in the patriotic DNA of every family in the country. Read full post


More Food Bites

It’s not that there’s nothing going on, it’s just sometimes we like to give you a breather, move away from the rants for a while and just give you some nuggets (organic, free-range only) of foodie news and information for you to digest with a cup of coffee or – if you’re making like food dude Fergus Henderson – a mid-morning Madeira. Go on, have a wagon wheel while you’re at it… Read full post


My Way

Egotarian. Now there’s a word to conjure with; a semantic shiny boiled sweet of a word to suck on as we ponder this next wave in food culture. Invented by Alan Richman, who wrote eloquently and volubly in GQ magazine recently about the rise of the egotarian chef in America, it denotes quite succinctly one whose realm is not only the kitchen, but also your palate. No sir, you are no longer in charge; in fact, it’s not about you at all. Read full post


Tesco Extra?

How super is your local supermarket? How much time do you spend there? Daily? Weekly? Even monthly, you’re probably popping in for at least 20 minutes at a time, but is it somewhere you want to spend more time? Like, say, a lunch or early dinner with friends? Not grabbing you by the sweet ‘n’ sour pork balls yet? Bear with, as they say. Read full post


Where to Eat In Broughton-in-Furness

The village of Broughton-in-Furness lies on the Western coast of the Cumbrian Lake District. Specifically at the mouth of the River Duddon that winds its way down from the Langdales through some of the best scenery the national park has to offer. For a small village, though technically a Charter Town, it boasts plenty of options for food and drink, both for locals and tired-out tourists. Read full post


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