Flinty Red

Bristol’s well off-piste but you know we like to share very VERY special places, and Flinty Red’s just that. There are any number of good-looking restaurants in the city and this place isn’t one of them. It’s very ordinary in … Continue reading

Hockney Heaven

To London and the Hockney Exhibition at the RA. We’re lucky enough to have been invited to a private viewing by our good friends at Welcome to Yorkshire who have launched a Hockney Trail which takes in some of the … Continue reading

Northumberland Foray

Squidbeak’s love of the North Yorkshire coast around Staithes is well documented, but if you care to venture further North up to Northumberland there are plenty of foodie rewards of the piscine variety to go with the wild scenery and … Continue reading


Author/publisher of the marvelous food quarterly Fire & Knives and all round good guy Tim Hayward has fled the metropolis with his family for the calmer waters of Cambridge; only a matter of weeks ago he re-launched the swiftly renovated … Continue reading

River Cottage Forage

Sitting in a wind lashed caff on the front in Lyme Regis, watching the sea boiling spectacularly and the half-termers making a fist of it in classic stoic style. A man’s just walked past almost horizontal against the wind, an … Continue reading

The Three Chimneys

Mandy’s been on location this week, not behind the camera this time but in front. Yes, she’s going to be on the telly. She’ll be blogging about it when she gets back. Meantime I’ve been having a damp old time … Continue reading


And there was me thinking Jill was going to get all the Mediterranean sun this year. While all you lot were basking in 80 degrees in the UK (my timing is rubbish) I snook a mini-break to Gozo. You’ve got … Continue reading

Tideswell School of Food

Since Mandy was on the production team of BBC’s recent Village SOS series which featured the Tideswell School of Food in Derbyshire it wouldn’t be fair to get her to review it so here’s a report from a local Squidbeak … Continue reading

Herefordshire Bread Making Course

There is something magical about mixing together flour, salt, yeast and water and hey presto producing a lovely loaf of bread, so perhaps it’s not so strange that a Croatian magician should be baking bread in his garden shed in … Continue reading

Green’s Pies, Barrow in Furness

Me and Jill aren’t your typical Pie Girls, we’re too sophisticated, cultured and well-mannered to be caught standing on street corners necking growlers (one look at our profile pics tells you that.) But then there’s Green’s Meat & Potato Pies. … Continue reading

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