All posts tagged: ale

Lunch at Pig’s Ears, Richmond

I discovered Pig’s Ears in Richmond quite a few years ago. It’s right in the middle of Richmond, close to the river, and it’s in a downstairs cellar – you might not notice it if you’re just passing by, but it’s well worth the visit! Over Christmas Tim and I thought we’d take the parents there for lunch, as they love good craft beers and moules, both of which the restaurant is known for. Every other time I’d been, the place had been packed – the front ‘pub’ part (very cosy and candlelit) is usually full, with plenty of people in the restaurant at the back. I was surprised to find barely anyone in there on this visit, but it was lunchtime on Christmas Eve after all! We were seated down in the restaurant but felt a bit silly eating alone in a big open space, so we moved up to the pub area where a few other families were. I’d previously had some gorgeous pork crackling there as a bar snack, so when I saw …

A Spooky Ale for Halloween – Old Spirited Hen

You may have read in some of my previous posts that I love Halloween! This year it has come around so quickly that I haven’t done anywhere near as much as I would have liked to for it. But earlier in the week, I learned of a Limited Edition ale from Old Speckled Hen, aptly named ‘Old Spirited Hen’ – obviously I had to try it! Old Spirited Hen is a Toffee Apple flavoured ale; at first you experience the richness of the toffee, followed by the fruitiness of the apple and then kick of the liqueur. Presented in the iconic ale bottle, but with new orange and black hues, it fits the spooky theme! It’s really tasty, and the perfect beverage from today through to Bonfire Night. *Image from Metro.co.uk If you fancy giving it a go, it’s available at Tesco in-store and online for £1.79 for a 500ml bottle. Have a great Halloween everyone, don’t eat too many sweets! 😉 _____________ I was sent samples by Old Speckled Hen and Popcorn PR for review purposes, …

Throwback Thursday – The Barking Crab, Boston (USA)

This week I’ve been speaking to a lovely mum blogger for my job, who moved out to Boston with her family. I visited Boston a couple of years ago when I was working at 2K and loved it, so I thought I’d make this week’s Throwback Thursday about The Barking Crab. I visited Boston in February 2013 for a press trip to one of our studios, during a huge snow storm (I’m surprised my flight actually made it into the US!) I think this view from my room at The Langham Hotel says it all: I had a free day at the weekend to myself and was determined to see some of the sights of Boston, despite the snow nearly coming up to my knees. I managed to trek through the snow to the Boston Tea Party museum, which was great fun (although being English there was a little awkward, I kept rather quiet!!) and afterwards, I met one of my colleagues and a couple of our journalists from Australia (who were certainly not expecting …