Dinner at The Old Forge in Otterbourne

Dinner at The Old Forge in Otterbourne

ad* Nestled in the leafy Hampshire village of Otterbourne is the beautiful country pub and restaurant The Old Forge.

It’s recently just opened after undergoing a major transformation and I fell in love with the dreamy velvet, rich tones and metallic finishing touches.

This in addition to the open fireplaces, exposed brickwork and low beamed ceilings make it the perfect winter hideaway!

The mix of traditional English pub and luxury interior is a winning combination and I am so into its cosy vibes. With the festive season kicking in, it’s good to have a few places like up your sleeve when you’re looking for places to visit with friends and family.

I was invited to take a look around and try the new menu, take a look…

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Dinner at The Chilworth Arms in Southampton

Dinner at The Chilworth Arms in Southampton

ad*   What’s not to like about drinks with friends, hearty food and cosy fireplaces?

The Chilworth Arms is a real winter warmer, the place you could easily while away a Sunday afternoon after a long walk in the countryside.

With the festivities upon us, the nights drawing in and temperatures dropping – the restaurant and pub is a welcome escape capturing a slice of that seasonal magic.

Recently I was invited to try its new festive menu, take a look at what I dishes I tried and a peek at the interior…

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New Menu at HarBar on 6th in Southampton

New Menu at HarBar on 6th in Southampton

AD* |  The Southampton Harbour Hotel is a stunning hotel standing tall in Ocean Village right on the coast.

It’s built in the shape of a cruise ship and has become an iconic part of the city’s skyline.

The penthouse or top level is the hotel’s main restaurant HarBar on 6th with spectacular views out across the marina and the Solent, the stretch of water between the south coast and the Isle of Wight.

It’s a stunning hang out with a terrace, floor to ceiling windows and a beautiful balcony.

It has a recently launched a new seafood focused menu which I was invited to review.

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Sushi at Nara in Southampton

Sushi at Nara in Southampton

こんにちは    Kon’nichiwa sushi lovers!

From nori and maki rolls to tempura and nigiri…I always am in the mood for sushi!

If you love sushi you’ve probably had the same problems I’ve had finding decent maki rolls outside of London.

Thankfully a fantastic food scene is growing in Bedford Place where Nara, a Japanese sushi restaurant, is based.

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A late lunch at Caravan Bankside in London

A late lunch at Caravan Bankside in London

The trend for small plates is slowly coming over from Australia and New Zealand and it’s a foodie fashion I can get behind.

Caravan Bankside is a great place to experience this trend, it has a well-travelled menu, it’s based in an old metal box factory and it’s nestled in an emerging area of London.

Headed to London soon? Take a look…

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Dinner at Bite Me Burger Co and Get Plucked Southampton

Dinner at Bite Me Burger Co and Get Plucked Southampton

AD | David Michaels’ Australian burger and chicken joint has hit English shores and found its way out of the big smoke to my corner of Hampshire, Southampton.

Bite me Burger Co and Get Plucked combines witty branding and a wide variety of mini burgers and fried chicken in a new restaurant in the heart of city near Bedford Place on London Road.

And, aren’t I glad it has! I love a BIG eat, especially a good burger.

Take a look at the mini burger revolution…

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Hubbox brings award-winning burgers to Portsmouth

Hubbox brings award-winning burgers to Portsmouth

AD | Whoop-whoop! It’s the sound of the BEEEEEFFFFFF!

This is most definitely a public service announcement for those of you looking for a place to eat in Portsmouth.

Hubbox has thrown open its doors at new digs at Gunwharf Quays bringing amazing Cornish produce and charm to my sunny corner of Hampshire.

It’s won accolade after accolade and been on my foodie hit list for a while.

I was chuffed when the kind folk at Hubbox invited* me to its newest restaurant to try those famous dirty fries out.

Take a look at the dishes I picked from the menu, which is filled with award-winning epic big eats. If you like American street food this one is going to be a piece of you…

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Brunch at Becketts in Southsea

Brunch at Becketts in Southsea

Becketts is the restaurant in Southsea that’s been recommended to me over and over again. It’s been a Portsmouth staple for the last 30 years but came under new management in 2016 and is thriving in the city’s vibrant food scene.

It has an excellent reputation and now I’ve finally managed to visit I totally understand the hype.

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A seafood feast at Prawn on the Lawn in Padstow

A seafood feast at Prawn on the Lawn in Padstow

What happens when two seafood lovers who already have an insanely popular restaurant in London set up shop in Cornwall?

Well, critical acclaim, that’s what! Prawn on the Lawn take two opened in 2015 in Padstow and is so good that it’s featured in the Michelin Guide and it was named one of The Times Top 100 UK restaurants.

I visited on my last trip to Cornwall and it was, well sorry to ruin the rest of the post but, one of the best meals I’ve ever had!

Come and take a look at what I picked to eat, trust me, you’ll want to click just to look at the foodie pictures…

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Good Friday breakfast at The Winchester Orangery

Good Friday breakfast at The Winchester Orangery

The Winchester Orangery has recently opened and it’s as gorgeous as its Instagram indicated. Not only is it filled to the rafters with stunning material flowers but the black and white tiles, chic counters and glass topped tables will make you feel more like you’re on the King’s Road instead of the pretty lanes that frame Winchester Cathedral.

We started Good Friday right with a hearty breakfast, plenty of coffee and orange juice to set us up for a glorious four days free from work, commitments and poor weather!

Take a look around the newbie to Winchester’s foodie scene in a few of my snaps, I say a few…there’s ruddy loads. I couldn’t help myself it was so pretty and the staff were more than obliging – yes, I think I was indulged!

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