We were gifted with a bottle of Bathtub Gin by 31Dover. All opinions remain 100% honest and my own31.
It’s only in the last year or so that I’ve discovered a taste for gin, having been educated in its merits by my two good friends, Sian and Dan, who are big fans of the stuff and the proud owners of a Gin Shelf in their house that rivals some of the best bars I’ve been to!
Previous to this alcohol awakening of mine, a G&T would never have passed my lips. On nights out, if a friend ordered one I would take a tentative sip in the hope that it would be the turning point for my taste buds, but it just never happened.
However, having learnt a bit more about the spirit, I’ve dabbled a little in trying some of the various different blends you can get (and boy are there a lot of them!) and I’ve now got to a point where I can definitely say I am a lover of some gins, but not quite all.
We were invited along to sample the menu at The Honeypot Basildon in exchange for a review. All opinions remain 100% honest and my own.
When Ben and I first got together, in the heady days of dating when I was still giving the illusion of being an entirely together human being and he was yet to find out how annoying I am, we used to go out for dinner all the time.
I’d look online for the latest swish place for us to venture to and we’d get ourselves booked in and spend a happy few hours filling our faces with delicious food and good wine; but these days, it’s something we do less often as our evenings and weekends tend to be filled with either an endless stream of chores and errands (being an adult is overrated) or seeing friends and family.
So, when we were offered a slap-up meal at The Honey Pot, Harvester’s venue at Festival Leisure Park in Basildon, we jumped at the chance. I mean, Harvester salad bars are the dream aren’t they? I always end up gorging myself on the free potato salad and sweetcorn then struggling to eat my actual meal – anyone else?
We were invited along to this event in exchange for a review. All opinions remain 100% honest and my own.
I work Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm in the City (more specifically, Shoreditch) and seemingly spend more of my waking hours there than at home, but, if Ben and I are planning ourselves a little ‘Date Day’ we always opt to hop on the train and spend the day in the Big Smoke regardless – we just can’t get enough of the place.
My ancestry is actually from Shoreditch and the surrounding areas of East London, so I have always felt a particular connection to the place. I quite often wander around, looking up at the old buildings and down the cobbled alleyways and wonder if my great-great-great relatives cast their eyes upon the same scenes.
Of course, these areas now are much different to how they would have been back then, and nowadays Shoreditch is considered one of the trendier parts of London (do people still say ‘trendy’?)
We were invited to try the Bourgee Southend Airport menu in exchange for a review.
Way back in 2014, Bourgee opened the doors to its very first restaurant, situated on Southend seafront, and I went along to see what they had to offer.
At the time I was majorly impressed, with the service being faultless, the décor being beautiful and the food being oh-so-good. Since then they’ve opened another branch in Chelmsford and there was talks of them opening one in Billericay, but this never came to fruition. However, little did I know until I was visiting Amsterdam a few weeks ago, they have a little Bourgee in London Southend Airport!
We were invited down to try the Revolution Southend menu free of charge, in return for a review.
Southend-on-Sea, one of the most popular seaside towns in Essex. Well, I say seaside, but it’s actually sat on the edge of the Thames Estuary with a distant view of Kent on the other side of the water.
With its commuter links into London and its well respected colleges (one of which I was a student at 16 years ago. SIXTEEN YEARS AGO. I am so old…) Southend is always brimming with people, and the evenings and weekends see it come into its own as a party destination, with pubs, clubs and bars aplenty meaning you’re never short of choice when it comes to planning a night out there.
Earlier on this year, Revolution Southend opened their doors and finally, after a few months of telling myself I’d have to get down there to check it out, our time came and we jumped on a train for an afternoon of food and drinks.