When it comes to very local food and drink options in this bit of Essex, one tends to think oysters, chippies and ice creams- wine doesn’t tend to be high on the list. Sure in a regional sense Dedham Vale have put out some decent vintages and New Hall in Chelmsford are certainly doing the […]Read More Thorrington Mill Wines
What: Hearty but high end pub grub and seafood. Where: Rock Rd, Rock, Cornwall. How much: Small plates from £6, large plates £12-25, bar prices in keeping with local standards. Menu highights: Grilled ray wing, oysters, scotch egg, pina colada dessert. Overall: 10/10, thorough recommendation! Bookings & Info: https://www.paul-ainsworth.co.uk/the-mariners/ The Mariners at Rock is something […]Read More The Mariners at Rock
I thought that watching George Bush Jr get a second term across the pond would be the weirdest, daftest and most baffling political decision I would bear witness to. And then, there was Brexit. It is obviously too late now to complain or campaign as the masses have spoken and landed the UK in some […]Read More Not in my name, and not on my plate.
I was beyond thrilled to discover my local fish boss Terry had a glut of whelks available last weekend. Already cooked, shell on at less than four quid a kilo which meant I could add plenty to my shopping list for our fishy Easter holidays night in. I bloody love whelks. Ok they aren’t posh […]Read More Are You Going To Eat….. Whelks?
No, we didn’t have an impromptu bingo night at the Victoria Inn Food Club for August, rather we drew the lot of recreating dishes from the old school beeb delights of Jennifer Patterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright, the proudly self proclaimed Two Fat Ladies. If you aren’t familar with them, think Floyd with busoms. If […]Read More VIFC- Two Fat Ladies
So a few days ago I learned via sniggering at various blossoming facebook status arguments that some Subway restaurants outlets in the UK are removing all ham products from their menus. All kinds of boring and predictable responses to this have ensued but the most common seem to be Boo! Muslims go home!! Boo! Racists go home!! […]Read More Revolution and the Subway Sandwich.
Posts have been scant of late, for which I apologise and hasten to explain that I am not just bloody lazy, but have to the contrary been extremely busy since we last spoke. I’ve mentioned my little side project, Happy Tummies Treats, before I think. Tis a humble attempt at independent trading of handmade goodies which […]Read More Thoughts of a One-Time Street Vendor
Dear One-Stop, This week I found myself compelled to write an angry, nay, befuddled letter to yourselves. Obviously you know who you are, little chain of UK convenience shops with conveniently inflated prices found in over six hundred locations across these fair isles. By your own admission your key focus is on “being the best […]Read More Dear One Stop,
Original post from June 2013- we are sad to add that Hughes have now closed. Are we bored of me banging on about local businesses and independent suppliers and the general evil of mass supermarket chains yet? No? Good. In that case I shall instead cut back to a point in history some ten years […]Read More A Little Plug- Hughes’ Fish Co.
It’s easy to get cynical about foodie events these days, particularly if one is restricted to public transport. In these parts, this pretty much leaves you to a few affairs in Castle Park and the Christmas market. I recently found out that most of the events around Colchester are organised by the same soulless money […]Read More Mersea Food Festival