Tarquin Gin Trail in Padstow

The Grey Traveller likes to sample a local gin or three when traveling and Padstow threw up Tarquin’s Cornish Gin ….here are my favourites. Cornish Crocus Gin sampled at Burgers and Fish on the Strand. Unusual flavour and has a slight yellowish tinge as you would expect from saffron. I mixed with a light Fever Tree  and yes I would […]

Eating at The Kandy House in Sri Lanka

One of the highlights of my Sri Lankan trip were the buffalo smoothies made by the staff at The Kandy House. Thick and creamy with either strawberry or pineapple to flavour, refreshing after sightseeing and a challenge to make them last! The food at Kandy (in my opinion) was a fusion of Sri Lankan and European […]

Ryde to Seagrove Bay walk -photoblog

Great coastal path walk from bustling Ryde to the more genteel neck of the woods which is Seaview and Seagrove Bay. Most of the time we were in sight of the Solent, the forts and Spinnaker Tower although the path takes you inland momentarily where the coast is unsafe to scramble along. Arriving on the […]

Taking a G and Tea at Bealim House, Newcastle

Even the name … Bealim House seems exotic but a gin in a teapot…….now there’s a thing! It’s afternoon tea with a difference! Tiny sandwiches, miniature cakes, the requisite scones and jam served with Newcastle gin in a teapot and a tonic of choice. As a gin aficionado I can say this is the veritable gin icing […]

The Gin Palace at The Continental in Newcastle

One of the friendliest bar staff that I met in my recent stay in Newcastle was serving at The Gin Palace at The Continental, not only that but the gin cocktails were very reasonable at two for a tenner and the surroundings very sophisticated. Originally a bank the entrance is rather grand and first sight is the long […]

Marlish Tonic Water

Anyone that knows me knows that I am a gin girl….and I liked gin way before it became trendy to like it. Whilst travelling in the north east I was introduced to Marlish a naturally sweet tonic water by the front man at Six the roof top restaurant and bar at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art on Quayside Gateshead. […]

The Great British Gin Festival – Winchester

The doors opened and gin drinkers surged in to grab a glass, a gin bible and the first glimpse of a bunting clad Winchester Guildhall which was playing host to a multitude of gins in an array of colours and quirky shaped bottles with fascinating names. It was an educational afternoon;I learned how to make […]