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Fine Coffee Club Colombian espresso

The Fine Coffee Club – the single-origins

The Fine Coffee Club were rather pleased with my previous review of their Nespresso-compatible espresso pods – you may recall I was particularly taken with their single-origin espresso pods. Consequently, I convulsed with unrestrained jollity when I learned I had talked them into sending me their other two single-origin coffees. My blindingly obvious freeloading stratagem was to […]


Tesco's American Double IPA

American Double IPA

It is sad but we all know petty, small-minded cowards. People so weak and unsure of themselves they cannot risk having their narrow views of social class challenged. These people cannot shop in the wrong type of shops, cannot drink in certain bars and cannot eat in dining establishments that could well serve perfectly toothsome […]


Fine Coffee Club dark roast espresso pods

Fine Coffee Club Nespresso pods

Since Nespresso lost the patent on their espresso pod design last October, a whole host of compatible pod suppliers have been popping up. I have reviewed Big Cup, Little Cup, I have seen the French company Carte Noire‘s pods on sale in super markets, but one company that fills me with enthusiasm is The Fine […]


Sixpoint Bengali Tiger

Quickie: Craft beer in a can

This quickie is to celebrate the birthday of my friend Peter. He appreciates quality beer, particularly of the IPA variety, so this beer would really appeal to him. The excellent chain  J D Wetherspoon have just started selling real ale in a can from the United States brewery Sixpoint. The cans are coated with a […]


Hampshire beef stew

Quickie: Hampshire beef stew

I have you ever noticed how much some old men have to say in their sleep? That’s one of the things you pick up if you are a younger man in hospital. Go on all bloody night some of them. In my case my trip to ease out of a diabetic coma and ease into […]


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Quickie: Sexist soda

We were in our local wine shop and noticed they has some sexist soda from Italy on sale. Naturally we couldn’t help but buy some as they might have been nice drinking with our N’duja and pasta later that evening. As you can see, the N’duja with pasta looks brilliant, but the Chinotto was not […]


Big Cup Little Cup sachet of coffee pod

Big Cup Little Cup

Let us face it, caffeine is essential. In all honesty, probably more essential than the life-giving booze. Unless you were a Fleet Street journalist in the Seventies or an Oxford University student on the tasting team in the Nineties more work has been finished at the last minute in a panicked hurry thanks to caffeine […]


Dharkan Nespresso coffee in a Rupert Spira espresso cup

Nespresso Dharkan and Kazaar

A couple of days ago one of my oldest supposed friends abused me horribly by text, belittling and being wholly unrealistic about the seriousness of my current illness. The Bastard. It made me want to drink bleach. Instead I decided to try the new strength eleven and twelve Nespresso coffee capsules: Dharkan and Kazaar. The delay in this review appearing […]


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Beer at the Bishop on the Bridge

Today we the first reasonably warm day of spring, so jolly t-shirt on and off to the River Itchen for a walk to spot ducks, swans and hopefully trout. I always feel so happy to see tasty brown trout swimming in the river running through what is pretty much central Winchester. Sadly, as The Editor […]


A jar of Perfect Pickles pickled onions

The new season’s Perfect Pickles pickled onions

Last year we utterly adored the pickled onions from Perfect Pickles. They were vibrant, crunchy, acidic as hell and really rather spicy, so we purchased a few jars of the new season’s onions to have over the Christmas break, this is how many we got: As work has been a bit crazy over Christmas, and […]

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