The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Warwickshire Edition

Category: Restaurants

Yum: Fusca, Warwick

22 Mar 2017

I’d heard lots of great things about the inventive world cuisine-inspired menu at Warwick’s first vegetarian/vegan restaurant, Fusca, and was curious as to whether it would live up to the hype. So, did it? Three of my girl pals and I went to try it out last Thursday evening.

Fusca’s not on the high street; and doesn’t have a frontage as such. It’s in the basement of a mews house.

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11 Lovely Lunch Venues for Mother’s Day Sorted!

17 Mar 2017

The countdown is on to Mother’s Day on Sunday March 26 and if you haven’t organised anything yet, allow me to me lend a hand — lest you end up in Burger King. I’ve pulled together a selection of 11 fab places across the county for a laid-back brunch or Sunday lunch guaranteed to keep you in her good books (no cooking or washing up required!).

The Bell in Alderminster

This award-wining gastropub in the centre of picturesque Alderminster, close to Stratford-upon-Avon, is part of the historic Alscot Estate.

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So Near Yet So Far-go!

2 Mar 2017

I popped over to have a scout round Coventry’s Fargo Village over the weekend to bring you this little whistle-top tour and a snapshot of what’s to expect this spring…

Located in part of the city that’s still undergoing considerable regeneration, it’s off Far Gosford Street which used to be part of the red-light district when I first moved from Cardiff to neighbouring Stoke in Coventry with my husband many moons ago – pre-children.

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A *Cultural* Girls Day Out in London Bankside

27 Feb 2017

Our itinerary was slightly over ambitious for one day: a fly-by shopping trip to central London then over to Bankside for the Rauschenberg at Tate Modern & new Switch House Pyramid tower, Borough Market, The View from the Shard and a gig in a vintage 70s caravan. Phew! And as what usually happens, things don’t always go quite to plan…especially after a bottle of Prosecco, or two…

After dropping our children off at their various schools and a liquid breakfast on the 9.23am Rugby to Euston Virgin train – the four of us were in the Big Smoke in 50-mins (adv booking, £16 return each, instead of £80 – bargain!).

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New Sunday Lunch Club at Rugby’s Super-Stylish Three

27 Feb 2017

Have you been to the new cafe-bar in the row of shops opposite Lawrence Sherriff boy’s grammar school in Rugby?

It’s been quietly running for three months now but I finally made it down during half-term and loved it.

Three is a small, stylishly decked out independent family-run bistro, cafe, bar and cakery with Made.com furniture. I love the navy and white colour scheme,  minimalist interiors and those lampshades.

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Three cheers for Warwickshire’s Rural Oscars winners!

27 Feb 2017

Never mind the 2017 Oscars, we’re talking about the Midlands’ rural Oscars! The winners of the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards were announced earlier this week.

And the joint Midlands Champion in the Local Food & Drink  category were…(drum roll) Hiller’s Farm Shop, Dunnington, near Alcester and Ludlow Food Centre, Shropshire.

Napton Village Stores, Post Office and Cafe in the village of Napton-on-the-Hill, near Southam won Midlands Champion in the Village shop/Post Office category.

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Have a Flipping Fantastic Shrove Tuesday!

27 Feb 2017

Yay, it’s Shrove Tuesday! Today in Warwick, there’ll be Pancake Races between 1pm and 3pm as adult teams and primary school children keep up the tradition in Market Square. The Globe will be supplying hot pancakes; and Wetherspoon’s pub, The Thomas Lloyd, will be brewing hot drinks to keep everyone warm. But if you’re not flipping your own, where can you find the best pancakes in Warwickshire and beyond? Here’s 11 places to choose from…

Coffee Architects, Leamington Spa

How amazing do these blueberry and ricotta pancakes look?

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Eat Here: The Saxon Mill, Warwick

13 Feb 2017

The Saxon Mill’s had a makeover of epic proportions and Muddy Stilettos Warwickshire couldn’t wait to totter in for a pre-opening nose.

This attractive stone gastropub in a former 12th Century mill has a wonderful riverside location, a working watermill and views over Guy’s Cliffe. It’s a five minutes’ drive from Warwick town centre on the busy Coventry Road.

My friend Elizabeth finished work early to join me for a 2-course lunch.

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‘J’taime!’ 11 Romantic Restaurants

6 Feb 2017

Quite a few of the restaurants  in this list have a French leaning hence the nod to one of my favourite 90s romantic films – Betty Blue (I know the ending’s sad) – starring Beatrice Dalle and Jean-Hugues Anglade.

Café Vin Cinq restaurant & Bar Twentyfive, Rugby

A three-storey elegant Parisian inspired boutique restaurant with stunning antique chandeliers and wrought iron spiral staircase, overlooking historic Rugby School.

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Don’t worry about a Thing: Have a Marley Mojito!

6 Feb 2017

As Muddy Warwickshire launches today on Bob Marley’s birthday, Mon Feb 6, I know where I’m heading – straight to Leamington’s Turtle Bay for an all-day 2 ‘4’ 1 on Marley Mojitos. It’s made with Appleton Estate Special Jamaican rum, green melon liqueur, fresh mint, watermelon and home-made ginger beer … how good does that sound on a Monday? No need to struggle with dry January anymore.

Here’s 4 seriously hot Caribbean joints where you can satisfy cravings for Jamaican jerk, fried plantain and rice & peas…

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