To celebrate my new job, a few weeks ago I went out for dinner to The Knife and Cleaver pub in Houghton Conquest. The award winning pub, restaurant and hotel is located in the small village just outside of Bedford, opposite a beautiful old church.   The Knife and Cleaver The pub is a beautiful red brick building and the decor inside is very homely and cosy, with wooden furniture and simple furnishings. When we arrived we sat in the bar area…

View Post

If you’re local to Hertfordshire then this is worth checking out!  Cinnabar Cafe is based in the heart of Stevenage Old Town and has recently re-opened following a major refurbishment.  The venue combines a coffee house, cocktail bar, restaurant and nightclub all under one roof, making it the ideal place to start your weekend.  Being fairly local, I was invited to try it out last Saturday and we began the evening with a few drinks and dinner in their beautifully decorated…

View Post

Hampers make great, thoughtful Christmas presents and are ideal to give to family members. Although there are loads of ready made hampers available to buy, these always seem a little bit uninspiring and naff to me! I much prefer the idea of putting together your own hamper using unique products and treats of your choosing. How to Make Your Own DIY Treat Hamper  You could also theme your hamper: retro sweets, crackers and cheese, chocolate, alcohol! But this hamper that I’ve…

View Post

Following on from my blog post on our micro break in Birmingham, I wanted to share with you our amazing meal at Bar + Block Steakhouse in the city centre. We were invited along to try out their new ‘Bottomless Brunch’ which includes unlimited prosecco, hot drinks and juice for £15 for 90 minutes when you order any dish.  Bottomless Brunch Although the restaurant looks like a trendy independent restaurant, it is actually part of the Beefeater Grill chain, although it…

View Post

Last weekend Terri and I got the train into Birmingham to have a little mini break in the UK’s second city courtesy of Marriott. We were invited along to spend the night in their hotel which is located at the top of Broad Street, and we also had the chance to look around a couple of the cities most popular attractions.  Birmingham Attractions As great as it is to take a holiday or city break abroad, sometimes it’s nice to spend…

View Post

My parents have their birthdays two days apart from each other, so each year I take them both for a birthday meal somewhere different.  This year we decided to head to our local Jamie’s Italian restaurant which is in Central Milton Keynes.   We all love Italian food so we thought this would be perfect to suit everyone! We had all been together once before a year or so ago, and as we enjoyed it so much we thought we’d go along…

View Post