The Flavour Smith

April 5, 2013 10:15 am / News

Last night I had my first experience of a pop-up restaurant courtesy of The Flavour Smith.  There were a staggering 43 guests on the first night with the remaining two nights also fully booked.  I knew we were in for something special when we arrived at the venue – The [...]


January 2013 Recommended High Street Wines for under £10

January 11, 2013 2:02 pm / News

Each month, instead of my wine of the month, I will be posting recommended wines from some of my favourite wine writers.  This month I am drawing on recommendations from The Wine Gang (WG), Jancis Robinson (JR) and Matthew Jukes (MJ).  For wines to be included they must receive at [...]


Christmas 2012 Wines from Sainsbury’s

December 21, 2012 5:01 pm / News

There is still time to buy wines for Christmas day!  But you are probably past the deadline for buying online so here is a selection of wines which should be available from your nearest Sainsbury’s.   Pre-Lunch If bubbly is your thing I have recently discovered Torretta Di Mondelli Prosecco [...]

Restaurant 5 North Street, Winchcombe

Restaurant 5 North Street, Winchcombe

September 1, 2012 8:42 am / News

This delightful little restaurant in the beautiful village of Winchcome in the Cotswolds is well worth a vist.  It is run by husband and wife team, Gus Ashenford and Kate.  Gus is the chef and Kate runs front of house.  The restaurant has the feel of being home from home [...]


Turkish Wines Revisited

August 17, 2012 12:53 pm / News

Our annual visit to our friends, Jane and Roger Griffiths, in Northern Cyprus once again introduced us to some new Turkish wines.  I continue to enjoy Sarafin Chardonnay and this always goes down well with cold mezze or fish starters.  This year I want to mention three new wines in [...]

Majestic Malbecs

Majestic Malbecs

April 13, 2012 3:41 pm / News

In honour of Malbec World Day on 17 April, Majestic are offering a range of Argentinian Malbecs some of which are available for tasting in store.  I have today visited my local Majestic store to taste four of their Malbecs.  One of these offers such value for money that it [...]


Chez Lloyd Scoring System

April 13, 2012 2:41 pm / News

From time to time I will blog about a range of wines tasted and will score them out of 20.  The score is based on the World of Fine Wine 20-point system as follows: 0-7 Disagreeable or faulty wine 7.5-10 Sound but dull or boring wine of no character or [...]

The Muset by Ronnie and Journey’s End Winery

The Muset by Ronnie and Journey’s End Winery

April 13, 2012 11:34 am / News

It is no coincidence that I find myself returning regularly to blog about Ronnie Faulkner’s restaurants and the Muset in particular.  This is because I remain steadfast in my opinion that the Muset is the best restaurant in Bristol by a long way (and, yes, I have visited Casa Mia [...]


Buying wine

February 24, 2012 11:39 am / News

I am often asked where I buy my wines from and there is no short answer to this question so I will instead tell you how I go about purchasing wines.  The vast majority of wine consumers buy their wines from the supermarket and show no intention of changing their [...]

The Golden Heart, Winterbourne

The Golden Heart, Winterbourne

January 27, 2012 11:25 am / News

The Golden Heart is a delightful gastro-pub situated just off the A432 on the way to Winterbourne Down near Bristol.  Please do not be put off by the external appearance.  Once inside you are quickly struck by the cosy decor and it does not take long to realise that you [...]