Poulpette Restaurant Review

We were taken to Poulpette for lunch during our Trip to Maison Hine Cognac (read about our trip here) and were shocked to find such a thoroughly modern urban bistro in historic Jarnac. Located on a quiet street corner, away from the hustle and bustle (as much as there ever is in Jarnac) of the…

Hine Cognac Range Review

We were lucky enough to visit Maison Hine in Jarnac and be taken on a journey around their vineyards, distillery and cellars, before sample some of Hine’s impressive range of premium Cognacs. Founded in 1763 by Englishman, Thomas Hine, Hine is highly regarded around the world for its refined and complex expressions, as well as…

Trip to Maison Hine Cognac

It’s not every day that you get the chance to follow a spirit’s journey from crop to bottling. It’s even rarer that this occurs in the sunny and picturesque South-western France. So, when the house of Hine Cognac invited us to visit their Maison in the historic town of Jarnac and learn all about their…

Greystone PurePod Luxury Eco-Cabin Review

Full immersion in New Zealand’s unbeatable landscapes from the comfort of a luxury eco-cabin. Welcome to PurePods – the perfect way to live outside the box. We spend a night in the Greystone PurePod, located in the famous wine region, Waipara Valley, to try our hand at luxury off-the-grid living. Humans need nature like plants…

The Sawmill Brewery & Smoko Room

Despite its diminutive stature and population of roughly 4.8 million, New Zealand boasts more than 220 craft breweries, with this figure growing at an average rate of 16% per year since 2008. That works out at 4.56 breweries per 100,000 residents, more than the UK, Australia and the USA. With those figures, it’s pretty safe…

Super Lyan Amsterdam Review

Over the past six years since the opening of his first bar, White Lyan, Ryan Chetiyawardana has taken over the London cocktail scene, launching award-winning concept after award-winning concept and growing a loyal following of drinkers and staff alike. With the Lyan brand on the cusp of commanding a prolific empire, we visit Ryan’s first…

Caretaker Bar Review

If you ask the bartenders in Auckland’s best establishments what their top bars in the city are, a name that will no doubt keep popping up is Caretaker. Following the advice of the professionals, we made our way down the cocktail den to meet with co-founder Ali and find out what was so special about…

The Jefferson Review

Whilst casually ambling around Auckland’s CBD district, following street art and the smell of freshly made dumplings, we found ourselves walking passed a narrow doorway with a sign announcing that it led the way to New Zealand’s largest collection of whisky. Naturally, we conducted a speedy about-turn and made our way down the sloping walkway…

Hidden World Gin Review

Traditionally more well-known across the world for its wine and craft beer than its spirits, things are starting to change for New Zealand following on from the naming of Scapegrace Gin as Best Gin at the International Spirits Awards last year. Whilst Scapegrace has rightly garnered a lot of attention in the global press following…

Epic Beer Review

Gin IPAs, inside jokes and Rick & Morty quotes – welcome to Epic Beer, one of the New Zealand craft breweries that is taking the country by storm and securing a cult following from China to the UK. We head down to Epic Beer’s HQ on a Friday afternoon to chat with Head Brewer, Luke…

The Tack Room at Adare Manor Review

On our trip to Adare Manor, we had the pleasure of visiting the gorgeous, speakeasy-style bar, The Tack Room, to meet its head mixologist, Ariel Sanecki, and sample a number of his award-winning cocktails. We lug our newly rotund forms downstairs to The Tack Room following a decadent dinner at The Oak Room (read our…

The Oak Room at Adare Manor Review

The Oak Room at Adare Manor aims to lead the way in contemporary Irish fine dining. Under the direction of Head Chef Michael Tweedie (formerly of two-Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park and the AA Rosettes winning hotel, Ballyfin), the kitchen has created a menu based on a road trip five of the team (and Mike’s pugapoo, Frank)…

Adare Manor Review

“Oh, the Manor!”, “Yes, it’s fantastic up there”, “I’ve heard that the family has put a lot of money into the new hotel and everyone is saying it’s beautiful!”. These are the sort of comments we received from friendly locals we encountered on our way up to Limerick from West Cork to review the newly…

Best Cocktail Bars in Paris

Paris is synonymous with wine. It figuratively flows through the streets and any Parisian comes with the assumed responsibility of knowing all about its many marvels. However, whilst behind the curve a little for a capital European city, Paris is finally waking up to the endless possibilities that inventive mixology has to offer. And so,…

Café des Abattoirs, Paris

With food trends going the way of vegetarianism, veganism and [insert protein or sugar group]-free inconvenience, it is a refreshing change of pace to come across a venue that unabashedly describes itself as a “meat restaurant”. Fittingly named after a slaughterhouse, Café des Abattoirs, Paris, is a nostalgic godsend to the carnivores amongst our number….