The Old Swan Uppers: Cookham

We’ve been kicking around the Maidenhead area for almost 5 years now and we’ve done our fair share of exploring the local fare. For us, eating out usually means finding a place that serves a burger because with two boys, that’s the only way of tempting them to eat out. But who am I kidding? I…

Marco Pierre White in Windsor

Last Thursday night I attended a VIP event at the newly launched MPW Steak House Bar and Grill  in Windsor. Situated inside the recently refurbished Castle Hotel Windsor, which is now part of the luxury M Gallery Collection of the Sofitel group, this latest addition to the Marco Pierre White family of restaurants is everything you…

Satollo Italian Eatery and Delicatessen: Marlow

I’ve been looking forward to visiting Satollo in Marlow ever since I first heard about it a few weeks ago. After taking a chance at the deli counter in Sainsbury’s last week, only to be sorely (and foolishly) disappointed on so many levels, I drove into Marlow last Wednesday with the hope and desperation of a gourmand in despair. Tucked…

Local Food Hero: Pierozek Polish Delicatessen

Have you ever walked into a shop on Edgeware Rd or Chinatown  in London and felt transported to another place? I love nothing more than walking into a deli or grocer and being immersed in the delights of another culture. Since moving to Maidenhead I found this experience a little more difficult to come by, but…

The Gateway Cheese and Beautiful Boards

In the lead up to Christmas, I get the opportunity to try new products and sample foods being launched for the festive season. It is a rare occasion that I’ll turn down the chance to try cheese or chocolate and happily I had the good fortune to take delivery of both recently. Paxton and Whitfield are one…

The Bel and the Dragon: Cookham

I don’t review often, but when I do, it’s always genuine. I like to shout about outstanding food establishments, mainly because they’re so thin on the ground in the suburban sameness of Berkshire. I’d been to the Bel and the Dragon in Cookham for lunch a few times and I’d attended some networking events there and while the…

The Golden Ball Pub: Maidenhead

I’d been to The Golden Ball pub in Maidenhead once. It wasn’t great so I didn’t go back, and while I’m sure it was the go-to of anyone within walking distance, I wouldn’t have called it a destination pub. However, thanks to the team at Epic Pubs, The Golden Ball has been transformed into just…

Local Food Hero: Palmieri’s Gourmet Italian Cafe

This loaf of bread might not look special but if you could smell it and taste it, you’d realise that it wasn’t like other loaves of bread. It’s special because it’s real bread and it’s special because you can only get it on a Thursday at one place in Maidenhead. This bread is the reason that…

The Blackwood Arms Burnham

Since moving to Cookham, we’ve been exploring the areas north of Maidenhead, driving along dark lanes to find pubs buried in the woodland, and so on the advice of one of AT’s work colleagues, we tried a new pub on the weekend. It’s called The Blackwood Arms and is secreted between Littleworth Common and Twelve Acre wood on…

Home Espresso Blends and the Third Wave

Apparently we’re in the midst of the third wave coffee movement. This was news to me. I didn’t even know there were waves where coffees were concerned but it turns out that things are moving pretty quickly and there’s whispers of a Fourth Wave. Sort of like feminism I suppose, but much less important (to some),…