Wine services will shortly recommence!

October 17, 2018 2:08 pm / News

After a long period during which I have only done the odd booking I can now announce that the Chez Lloyd blog will recommence in time for Christmas wine purchases. Watch this space and bookmark this site!


The Elderflower, Lymington

December 1, 2017 1:02 pm / News

I visit many restaurants and I do not like giving negative reviews so I only blog when I have had an exceptional experience. Last night, whilst on holiday, my wife and I visited this delightful restaurant in Lymington and had the most amazing time. As it was the start of [...]

Wedding Wine!

Wedding Wine!

November 9, 2017 11:47 am / News

This is my first post for a very long time but I hope to resurrect the blog properly in the New Year. This weekend I have a very special wine-tasting event for my daughter’s wedding in December! The wedding breakfast menu is as follows:   Goat’s cheese cries out for Sauvignon [...]


Restaurants and Wine Lists

September 24, 2016 10:49 am / News

It has been a very long time since I have posted on Chez Lloyd but I have been meaning for some time to reflect on the combination of food and wine at restaurants. These comments, of course, reflect my own experience and I welcome alternative viewpoints. I rarely eat out [...]

Ronnie’s of Thornbury

Ronnie’s of Thornbury

June 12, 2015 10:59 am / News

I have not posted for a while but last night’s experience at Ronnie’s was so exceptional I just had to put finger to keyboard! My dining companion and I are used to fine dining – we have both dined at the iconic Waterside Inn, for example. So we are not [...]


Why is Bristol so bad for fine dining?

January 23, 2015 6:05 pm / News

I haven’t posted for a while and this one is going to be a bit of a rant. Given that Bristol is enjoying unprecedented popularity as one of the cities to live in, why is the dining experience so bad? Others disagree but, of the ten places mentioned in the [...]


October Newsletter

October 25, 2013 12:52 pm / News

        Newsletter Oct 2013 The first of an occasional series of newsletters can be viewed by clicking on the above link.



August 9, 2013 11:29 am / News

The Godello grape is currently one of my favourite white varietals.  It is found primarily in Galicia, north-west Spain.  Godello was on the verge of extinction in the 1970s but has survived and thrived largely due do the Godello Revival (REstructuring of the VIneyards of VALdeorras) project.  For further details [...]


Vegetarian Wines

July 19, 2013 12:03 pm / News

Vegetarian? Surprisingly few people, including vegetarians, realise that most wine is not vegetarian friendly.  Unfortunately, my experience is that staff on wine counters at supermarkets don’t realise this either! I am usually greeted with a blank stare when I ask about vegetarian wines! Fining The problem is that most of [...]


The Muset yet again!

May 17, 2013 5:16 pm / News

Today I visited the Muset for the first time since the legendary Ronnie Faulkner left in the summer of 2012.  I must admit that, although the chef, Jethro Lawrence, was still there and the ever reliable Jonathan Bowker remains as restaurant manager, I was not sure whether past standards would [...]