Free Mason

(Ricky Ross) The Square and Compass – Worth Maltravers, Dorset My guv’nor and I returned to ‘The Square and Compass’ after our diversion to the nearby ‘Scott Inn’, we were there on the stroke of six and there was a healthy queue of drinkers and (looking at their attire) walkers. There’s been a pub in […]

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Mint

(Kathleen Edwards) Mint Leaf Brasserie – Bournemouth A colleague and I needed to overnight in Bournemouth before a client meeting, and we were in agreement that a curry was our dining choice for the evening. A quick search online revealed the Mint Leaf Brasserie to be reasonably close and, based on online reviews, well regarded. […]

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Sign of the Times

(The Belle Stars) I know that of late this site has tended to becoming a foodie blog, reviewing restaurants and so on. And while I will probably continue to post food and restaurant reviews, if something amuses or annoys me then I might post it here. Recently I’ve become aware of conversations in my local […]

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Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

(Billy Joel) Jamie Oliver’s Italian – Bluewater Another trip to Bluewater, and another opportunity for lunch. This time we thought we’d try Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant, partly because Val prefers Italian food over many cuisines, and partly because they’re soon to be opening a branch of Jamie’s Italian in Chelmsford. The décor is urban chic […]

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The Upstairs Room

(The Cure) The Nawab – South Woodham Ferrers It’s been a while since I last enjoyed a curry, and given that while in Manchester I would often enjoy a curry most weeks; ‘Hunters’ in the Northern Quarter, ‘Khan Ba Ba’ or ‘Akbars’ on Liverpool Street, or one of the Nepalese restaurants in Didsbury. I was […]

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Five Guys

(Actually ‘Five Guys named Mo’ by Louis Jordan) Five Guys – Bluewater It’s been a couple of months now since I finished my stint in Manchester, and while the British summer has been glorious (and I’ve enjoyed some excellent food) I’ve had a hankering for some ‘dirty’ street food. The sort of thing for which […]

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Dambusters

(Central Band of the Royal Air Force) The exploits of RAF Squadron 617 on 16–17 May 1943 – Operation Chastise – are engrained in the British psyche. Not only did the damage to the Möhne and Edersee Dams significantly shorten the second world war, but the operation was immortalised in the 1955 Warner Brothers film ‘The Dam Busters‘.  While Richard […]

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Manchester

(Beautiful South) Thoughts on leaving Manchester. I’ve now (successfully) completed my project in Manchester; the client’s signed it off as complete and is happy. As a contractor, I guess that’s as good as it gets. Now, after spending four days a week for two and a quarter years in the world’s first industrial city, I […]

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Walking Cane

(Robert Earl Keen) Cane and Grain – NQ Manchester Cane and Grain is yet another rib restaurant to open in Manchester’s bustling Northern Quarter. It occupies the site of the former ‘Thomas’ restaurant which, I confess, I never tried. It occupies three floors of what is a pretty unimposing building on Thomas Street, which is […]

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Get That Dough

(Lil Wayne) Dough – NQ Manchester Dough is another restaurant in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, sitting at the junction of High Street and Thomas Street, across from Hunter’s on High Street and ‘Bluu’ on Thomas Street. Being West of High Street puts it on the edge of the Northern Quarter, with only a few bars further […]

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