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Star Quality?

This week my working lunches reached a new height at John’s House. I enjoyed the seven course tasting menu at the Michelin-starred restaurant in Mountsorrel.   Welcome Home   True...

seedlip, mocktail, gadabout leicester

Mocktails and Alcohol Free Beer

Boycotting the booze?   I recently wrote about the rise of mocktails. This was looking at the relative dearth of high quality, alcohol free cocktails. I was commenting on the...

Bristol Beer Factory, milk stout, beer

Great British Beer

I’ve had quite a beer soaked week so far. It is the Great British Beer Festival this week. This was preceded by my first ever British Beer Writers Guild event,...

octopus tapas, restaurant review

Spanish in Sawley?

As I’ve been spending more time around Sawley, I’ve been desperate to try the tapas restaurant Esquina, but am usually in the area around weekday lunchtimes where they are closed....

pineapple, mocktails

Mocktails: Bartenders are mocking you

While Brits have a reputation abroad for significant binge drinking activities (not without just cause, as I would be the first to admit*) the evidence suggests that there is an...

Verdicchio

Garofoli Verdicchio Classico

It’s always nice to have a little browse around the emporium that is David North’s in Rothley. It is a long established deli, with the added bonus of the beautiful...

The Olive Leicester

The Olive, Leicester

Finally, there’s a new Greek in town! We’ve suffered a dearth of Greek food in Leicester city centre for many years now, sadly. It is one of the few cuisines...