The UK Tour of Independent Cafe’s Continues North to Ambleside

Cafe Treff

In the previous instalment of my UK Tour of Independent Cafes I visited the fabulous Oxford Road Cafe in Altrincham (see the last post here).  I was visiting my mum in Hale Barns/Wythenshawe (depending on who she’s trying to impress).  With this leg of the trip over and family duties complete (usually fixing my mum’s iPad again) the tour continues North to the lovely town of Ambleside in the Lake District.  Leaving Wythenshawe and heading up North leads to the immediate dilemma of the best way to get to the M6.…

UK Tour of Independent Cafe’s – Part 2 – North to Altrincham

Oxford Road Cafe Outside

Our UK tour of local, independent cafes continues North from our first stop in Bath up the M5 and M6, through Birmingham towards my home town of Warrington.  (If you missed Part 1 of the tour down in Bath, take a look back at the last post about the lovely Chapel Arts Cafe in Bath and their amazing Orange and Pistachio Cake by following the link here). For anyone who’s ever had to endure the pain of the M6, the journey from Birmingham to Manchester seemed to take forever (as…

Don’t Always Go To Starbucks – Support A Local Independent Cafe

Cafe Bath

Whether shopping in your local city or exploring a new place, there comes a point when you need a break and a nice cup of tea.  For many people, this means popping into one of various chain coffee shops or even pub chains.  Whilst this is the easy choice, there is another and potentially much better option.  A choice that will not only satisfy your hunger or your thirst but that will also directly support local businesses that are such a key part of any local community.  Today, I want…

Trading Afghanistan for Spice Girls and Mexican Food

Mexican Food

We’ve been continuing our travels around the UK and during the trip I’ve been busy hunting out more independent businesses so that I can bring their stories and champion their cause. After leaving my laptop in a hotel in Kent and having to wait for it to be shipped back to me, I can finally get chance to write about the Unami Spice Girls that I met at the Edinburgh Food Festival.   Introducing The Spice Girl Firstly, it’s not really Spice Girls but more Spice Girl.  While at the Edinburgh…

Twisted Beer and Blackadder in the West Country

Wells Somerset Beer

Our summer tour of the UK continues in the West Country and for once, the weather is pretty decent.  Normally it rains the whole time I don’t have to sit in an office and then as soon as I have to go back to work the weather is glorious.  For the past few days, we have been staying in the lovely town of Westbury in Wiltshire.  It’s a very pretty little town that is a great base for exploring a wide area from Bristol and Swindon right down to the…

An Idyllic English Brew with a View – Chetnole Inn, Dorset

Brew View Dorset

The summer holidays are finally here!  We haven’t had a proper trip back home to the UK for a couple of years now so we are long overdue a UK tour to catch up with various people up and down the country.  We’ve started our trip in the idyllic Dorset countryside staying with Trudy’s friend who introduced us to each other almost 25 years ago.  I’d forgotten just how beautiful the villages of this part of the South-West of England are.   Today’s post is not only a Brew with…