Sweets, treats and Cheltenham dine time


It is time for another food update. Quite a contrast to my previous post about being 'motivated' and doing some exercise with the #thisgirlcan campaign. Unfortunately, like the 29-going-on-80 year old I am, my back problems have put a hold on this. So instead...I shall eat!

Since living in Cheltenham I have found some favourite lunchtime spots, perfect dinner date locations and places to treat myself when the sweet tooth kicks in.

Bills in Cheltenham is great for some pre-shopping lunch. It's varied menu combines great breakfasts (things on toast) with quirky sides and starters (mac and cheese, fried halloumi, duck salad...). Preferring usually to opt for the latter I like to combine a few of their smaller dishes to make the ultimate dish. The mac and cheese in particular is delicious, and easier to forgive yourself for when you combine with a starter-sized avocado and bacon salad.

For dinner I re-visted an old favourite, Hot Pepper Jelly. The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated with fairy lights, shabby chic furniture and Paris-inspired art. The dinner menu isn't huge but has some deliciously drool-inducing options (also French-inspired). I opted for the Pork Belly for main (that also came with a pork spare rib, bacon cabbage and mash with a side of apple sauce) and White Chocolate cheesecake for dessert. Both delicious options that had me (and my companions) making noises not dissimilar to Meg Ryan. 

For other sweet treats, Wholefoods is a good spot. Cheap it is not, but beautifully packaged, independant products make up for this. It is a treat after all. I rounded off my weekend with chocolate mint brownie tablet, rose lemonade and Doisy + Dam chocolate.

This also seems like a good opportunity to share with you a cafe I discovered in Dublin, purely for its stand out branding. Kitsch pink and gingham print...right up my street.