The Highwayman, Berkhamsted

From the outside, The Highwayman looks like a run-of-the-mill former coaching inn. However, it definitely deserves a closer look. At the front of the house, there is an authentic pub, and downstairs at the back is a restaurant. The restaurant is delightful, beautifully laid out with a buzzing and vibrant atmosphere. The main menu had a good selection of food and the prices weren’t sky-high. We both had the pork belly- not only was it delicious, but it was well- presented on the plate.

I ended up being too full to have a big dessert, so had an ice cream instead. Darren had the crumble, which looked so appetising that I wanted it as well, despite not being a fan of crumble. We both loved everything we ate.

The Highwayman is a delightful little gem in Hertfordshire. It would be a great place to celebrate a special occassion and I would definitely like to visit again.

Also, a unique selling point- The Highwayman changes the menus seasonally, as they want to make sure that their menus are using the freshest ingredients possible during the changing seasons.

Sotto Sotto, Bath

Sotto Sotto is such a popular dinner spot in Bath, you need to be sure to get a reservation in plenty of time, or else risk not getting in at all. The reviews are so good that we were keen to try it whilst in Bath, especially as we were all fans of Italian food.

Okay so it had a great vibe- bustling with people and lovely low romantic lighting. I felt like I was going somewhere really high-end upon entering. It’s deep within the vaults of North Parade, so feels very secret and hidden away.

I’m obviously here to talk about the food right? Starter was calamari which is always a winner with me. It was served on a wooden board to maintain that rustic Italian vibe. It tasted great as well.

For the main course, I had a buttersquash- flavoured pasta dish- I’m not sure it was what I ordered but it actually tasted amazing! Better than what I actually ordered. Some of the best pasta I’ve had for ages.

I finished with the ice cream (I really love Italian ice cream). And then they gave us the…

…which finished this off nicely.

Sotto Sotto was a real experience- definitely recommended if you ever find yourself in Bath.

Foodie Adventures in the Scottish Highlands

I hope your 2022 is off to a good start so far?

As well as wanting to be a food blogger, I’ve always fancied being a travel blogger. What could be better than travelling the world, writing about my experiences of eating great food and seeing interesting sights? Travel blogging is not quite an area I’ve cracked yet, but I still enjoy talking about the food I’ve eaten in the places I’ve visited. My trip to the Scottish Highlands last Autumn is perfect for that. Most of my food choices were centered around Inverness as it is the capital of the Highlands. Inverness is full of visitors who want to eat well- which is exactly what I was looking to do.

Encore Une Fois in Inverness is a cute little bar which does a good line in food as well. It is inspired by Bonny Prince Charlie and is supposed to be a tribute to Highland dining. A lot of places in Inverness were fully booked quite early on- however, this one wasn’t. The first thing I noticed was that the service was slow, which was a bit strange as we went on a fairly quiet Monday night. However, I had the chicken stuffed with haggis, which was sublime, and the cocktails were £5 which was a bonus. We didn’t order dessert, as it was likely to turn up at midnight. Encore Une Fois is worth a visit, if just for the food alone.

Zizzi is a chain restaurant, but not one I tend to go to often, so I’m not massively familiar with it. I tried the pepperoni pizza- I find most high-street pizza generic but was this one was genuinely full of flavour. Also, Zizzi in Inverness has a great view overlooking the River Ness. Again the service was slow- I’m not quite sure what was going on, but the staff were apologetic.

Pitlochry is a Victorian holiday resort nestled in the mountains. It is super pretty and packed full of cafes, restaurants and gift shops. Morton’s Coffee Lounge is the place to duck into for a hot drink and a cake whilst in Pitlochry. It was charming, bustling and the millionaire shortbread is recommended. Plus sitting in the window is a good place to people-watch.

I would definitely say though, that the best meal I had in the Scottish Highlands was courtesy of The White House. If you want to eat here, try booking a few days ahead, as it can be popular. The chicken burger and chips were delicious. The atmosphere was also great- cosy, but with a classy and trendy vibe. Great place to have a few glasses of wine on a Friday night as well.

We also had pre-booked dinners in the hotel a few nights (Mercure), so I’ve included some of those- love ice cream!

The Scottish Highlands were so beautiful and such a treat to visit- I would go back in a heartbeat. But the food is also worth shouting about as well- I only wish I could have stayed there longer!

Afternoon Tea at Ridgmont Station Tea Rooms

This is a delightful tea room situated in the former Victorian (1846) Ridgmont railway station building’s Ladies Waiting Room. I’ve been here a few times previously in 2019 and think of it as a bit of a hidden gem. With my love of anything vintage and retro, it’s right up my street.

I’ve been keen to try their afternoon tea for some time and my recent birthday was the perfect opportunity. I LOVE afternoon tea as you all know, so I really relished being able to try theirs.

It’s a good idea to book a few days in advance as their afternoon teas get booked up quickly- we booked a week in advance for a Thursday afternoon and were the last booking.

The afternoon tea was everything I hoped it would be- absolutely delicious and very, very filling. Luckily, what we couldn’t eat was boxed up for later. Everything was home-made too, which was a plus.

The atmosphere was also lovely, a very pretty setting, which made me feel like I had stepped back in time 😊. I loved the old-school railway posters and vintage bunting.

It may be a bit off the beaten track, but afternoon tea at the Ridgmont tea rooms is worth making a special trip to. Recommended 😊

Zzang, Korean restaurant

Zzang is a cute and cosy Korean spot situated in London’s Swiss Cottage area. It was ideal to grab a bite to eat on a rainy afternoon. My friend Jo and I hadn’t eaten much Korean food beforehand, but this was a good intro.

The food was fresh, tasty and comforting. We had the Udon (there’s a seafood variation), and it tasted so good. Good atmosphere as well.

I would recommend this place 100%- it wasn’t over- crowded but people kept dropping by, attesting to its popularity. Visit and keep it open.