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YES! Life is fabulous when you have a dinner date with your friends! Eating…drinking…more eating! Seriously. YES

Recently I went to Marcus Wareing’s latest “accessible eating” venture – aka normal people like you and me can eat there without putting down a mortgage. A food mortgage. SO, accessible ol Tredwell’s turned out to be accessible trendy; myself and my friends Wilma and Katie were ushered through a super sleek black corridor to our super sleek black table and immediately offered a cocktail. Sweet.

Pre theatre dinner London Treadwells

I ordered a “Down the Apples and Pears” (Belvedere vodka, apple, pear, elderflower, thyme) which was a delight after a long hard day at work. Cheers!

Myself and pals were invited to the restaurant as theatre buffs to try the pre-theatre menu (the Tick Tock Menu,) a tasty looking script with 3 courses for £20. Can’t argue with that!

Choosing between the pumpkin soup served with goats cheese, seeds and sourdough and the chicken liver mouse served with bacon jam and toast was somewhat like Sophie’s choice. After some umming and ahhing I opted for the mousse. Mostly because the word “mousse” is fabulous. In the past a whipped meat has freaked me out, but I have recently discovered that it is actually quite delicious and this little liver lovely was no exception (is alliteration when it comes to meat produce wrong?!)

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I am all about a savoury jam, especially during the winter and the bacon jam was quite the delight! Similarly the toast perfectly complimented the mousse. So far so good!

As I ordered my main, a seasonal sprout, cauliflower, hazelnut and Berkswell cheese gnocchi, I decided a nice glass of merlot would be a perfect accompaniment; it was. HONEY LOVES HER A WINE…and merlot is my fav!

Gnocchi at Tredwells

I did find my main a touch on the small side but I suppose when there are three courses to be had, you don’t want to waddle like an overstuffed sausage to the theatre or to your next engagement.

As I wasn’t quite at capacity I decided to order the somewhat irresistible warm ginger cake with caramel and cream. Mmmhm. Yes. Hoooo yes! Hit me with your warm caramelly layer!

Caramel dessert Tredwells

I left Tredwell’s having had a good old gossip with my friends and a fabulous three course meal. Hurrah! Thanks Treds!

Tredwells is situated on Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9NY. The Tick Tock Menue is available from 12p to 6.30pm and again from 10-11pm for the night owls!

For the purposes of disclosure, the meal was complimentary BUT I wouldn’t praise it if I didn’t enjoy it :).

Top Ten Tips on Staying Happy This Winter

So it’s January. Sure. It’s cold and grey and generally a bit rubbish, but we knew that already. Speculatively speaking, I think people are all just a bit too hard on themselves at this time of year. I am not sure what it is about the change in digits that brings out peoples toughest inner critics, but I think we would all be much better off if we focused on what makes us happy rather than punishing ourselves for having a wee bit too much Yule log over Christmas. After all, don’t we just want to make it through this harsh winter unscathed? Below are a my top 10 tips and tricks to staying jolly during the undeniably crappiest bit of the year.


We all know I’m an eater not a cheater, but I think we all need to agree that breakfast is bloody brilliant. Not enough people make time for it during their working week but I always have. Resisting the ever tempting urge to press snooze, I get up about an hour before I need to leave the house. This way I have time to feed myself something borderline nutritious AND I get time to put my make up on whilst watch a cheeky little something on Netflix. By the time I get to work, I feel like I have made something of my morning. Huzzah.

How do ya likeee your eggs in the morning?

Have A Nice Cup Of Tea

One fabulous part of being British is the inherent appreciation for a good brew; we all know there is little a good cuppa can’t help. Even at work if I am feeling a bit stressed, leaving the room for 5 minutes to make a tea then bringing it back to sup at my desk makes everything better. Better still, I have got a mug that says “there is a 50% chance this is actually gin.” Pretty accurate.

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Tea, cookie and a micro pig. Ideal.

Treat Yourself

January is a bitter buggar, but that doesn’t mean that you should be. It’s freezing outside and when you feel like there is literally nothing to get you out of bed then chances are your personal morale is a bit low. I’m not saying you need to put down your life savings for a trip to Orlando (although that actually sounds awesome!) but treating yourself to a nice lunch at the end of a hard working week or a pair of boots in the winter sales might perk you up. I always find planning a mini adventure helps, like a trip to Brighton or a weekend in Europe! Recently I treated myself to a flight to Cologne to see my best friend, I am flying off in mid Feb and this has really given me something to look forward to!

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Up up and awaaaay


Okay, cast me the stink eye all you want, but to be honest I feel much better when I get up off my seasonally mince pie filled ass and do a little exercise. I used to HATE going to the gym but then, after forcing myself to not quit for a few weeks, I realised it is actually a pretty cool place. No one stares at you like I thought they would and if anyone does acknowledge you, it is only in silent camaraderie. I also discovered I can exercise whilst streaming  Netflix. I can cycle WHILST watching old episodes of Buffy. Yes! PLUS exercising means you can legitimately buy ridiculous footwear like my new fluorescent Nikes (see below.)

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Just do it!

Make Time For The People You Actually Enjoy Spending Time With

Yeah it’s cold outside, but it is worth braving the cold to hang out with people that make you feel good about life and you enjoy spending time with! Hanging out with people shouldn’t be a chore, so pick those who make you laugh and you can talk freely with. I often travel back up to my hometown in Cambridge to see my oldest friends and sometimes we even plan little trips together. This makes me feel very, very happy! Likewise, planning a date night with my boyfriend always gives me something to look forward to!

Me and a couple of the gals having a much needed cocktail and catch up sesh!

Spruce Your Living Space Up

Essentially, buy yourselves some flowers and add some colour into your life on a grey day! It is amazing the difference a bunch of flowers and some linen scent air freshener can make!

Flowers in a Jack Daniels barrel, because, why not?!

Remember That Eating Healthily Doesn’t Have To Suck

I love cheese, but this isn’t the most viable life option in terms of day to day diet (waaaa!) I know first hand that saying “ooh, I am going to eat healthy” ends up in me crying over a carrot and a cuppa soup three days later. It’s winter, life sucks enough without you having to punish yourself! Instead try some exciting healthy food like the quinoa, mango, avacado and radish salad below, paired with roast pepper and pan seared chicken breast. My friend Emma made this for me last week and I felt like I died and went to happy food heaven. Mmmm.


Say SOD It and Have A Hearty Roast

Sometimes it is too cold for salad and you need something warm and filling to make you jolly. In these occasions, I can only recommend you cancel all your plans and make a nice big roast dinner!

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Listen To Some Good Music

I am all about getting jolly with some musical inspiration. You may not know this, but I present my own radio show, Rebecca’s Happy Hour. My most recent show is all about channeling the good vibes for the year ahead. You can listen to it the show by clicking this somewhat garish picture of me holding a globe and some onions (that look rather a lot like balls! 😉 )

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Everythin’ gonna be aaaaaright!

Get Enough Sleep

I am a fool for having too much fun and not enough sleep but after burning the candle at both ends for a few too many days in a row, I wonder why I am crying in the fetus position on my bedroom floor. The answer is simple; not enough sleep! We need it, we are happier with more of it. End of. Plus when you have THESE Cath Kidston bed sheets, bed is the best place ever! zzzzz.

Trains and cowboys. YES.

I hope at least some of the above work for you! Please also share your tips for staying jolly this winter, I’d be glad to hear them!


Dinner with friends at Bistro on the Square

The good thing about being back in London in January (following a glorious festive stint in the Yorkshire Dales) is getting to catch up with my fabulous friends. I was lucky enough to do just that last week as I met my good pals West End Wilma and the Gizzle Review for dinner and drinks at the Eccleston Square Hotel.

The Eccleston is a relatively new establishment run by a brother-sister duo. Of the pair, 27* year old Olivia was on hand to show us to our seats at the hotel’s “Bistro on the Square” and more importantly, show us to the bubbly!

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Getting down to business

After some chitter chatter over a glass of the good stuff, we had a nosey around the hotel, including having a little go on the boutique Hästens beds (which apparently retail at over £12,000 each!) By “have a go,” I mean, these babies are adjustable. And they vibrate. Seriously.

The rooms also include a few other pretty cool features such as unlimited TV and movies, a free mini bar (HELLO), a snazzy loo and some pretty lovely L’occitane toiletries. WHICH I might add, got ol’ Wilma pretty darn excited as she confessed to being somewhat light-fingered in a hotel minis environment! You can take the Nanna out of Essex… 😉

After some bed based banter, off we trotted back to the Bistro to really get the party started!

Cockatils at Eccleston Square

I mixed things up by ordering an Autumn Fizz (a yummy gin based cocktail served with a few red grapes – hello 1 of my 5 a day!) whilst Gizzle (aptly renaming himself “Guzzle” for this occasion) ordered a time honoured Mojito and dear Wilma stuck to a trusted Sav.

Starter pre theatre dining victoria

Despite a plethora of festive over-eating, we committed ourselves to sampling all three available courses, because, you know…someone has to! For starter I went carb free with a delicious chicken satay and my reign of all things bloat free continued well into my main, a king prawn and mango salad with a sweet chilli dressing (YUM!) plus a side of steamed broccoli. I must say, though, Guzzle and Wilma’s steaks looked rather tempting and I had to nab a chip or two…

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Having enough of being “good,” I opted for a selection of ice cream and sorbets for pud. Against the advice of all present, I decided to sample the gingerbread ice cream, which I was actually quite a big fan of. Promised vanilla pods, I also opted for a rich and creamy vanilla and was not let down. I saved my blackcurrant sorbet until the end as a pallet cleanser, which I think was a wise choice in the absence of a second cocktail (a little disappointing as, like Katie Brennan, I have signed up for “make it a double January.”)

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Despite a food lust to rival a basking shark, the best part of the evening was undoubtedly catching up with my two theatre homies (or cronies, depending on how we look at it) and having a good gossip. Friends are food for the soul and all that…and gin. Gin definitely helps the soul.


If you fancy a quiet meal in a classy place, Eccleston is your bag. There is a certain Zen in the building; it even has its own scent. This place is certainly a great venue for those who want a nice relax away from the hustle and bustle. I am actually quite concerned us cheeky chatty blogsters were a bit too zingy for the environment! Whoops.
A fine evening had by all anyway – we were even given some lovely little hotel minis as a gift (Wilma was THRILLED!)

Some L’occitane goodies! The hand cream is especially delightful.

Vist the Eccleston Square Hotel and Restaurant website here: (it’s worth it just to see some profesh pictures of those bloomin’ fabulous beds!)

*YEP, 27….she is 27 and OWNS A HOTEL. I am 26 and rent a 1 bed flat the size of a sardine tin!

Wensleydale Creamery

Rebecca, you certainly do wang on about cheese a lot? Oh, do I? That’s only because it is bloody excellent and it has legit healing powers.

Me and cheese go way back. I’d say it all started with a warm baked Camembert – what  a boxed beauty! At uni I was part of the Cheese Society and my flatmates and I had regular Cheese Tuesdays (which we had to reign in when we realised that a) our student loans didn’t stretch to gorgonzola and b) we were getting just a BIT too cuddly.) Seriously. I love it.

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One of my very best friends and I bonding over a mutual love of a bloomin massive cheese

Yah yah yah, it isn’t exactly GREAT for you, but everything in moderation and all that!

When I started dating my lovely boyfriend Will, he took me to the Yorkshire Dales and it opened my mind and tastebuds to a whole new realm of cheese loving! As some of you cheese connoisseurs may know, Wensleydale cheese comes from, er, Wensleydale, which is In North Yorkshire and just so happens to be within walking distance of Will’s family cottage in Hawes. It was like it was meant to be!

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The Wensleydale Creamery

Before visiting the Wensleydale Creamery I wouldn’t have said that a Wensleydale and Cranberry (arguably the most popular of the Wensleydale family) was my favourite cheese. Sure it would be present on my cheese board, but it wouldn’t necessarily be the main attraction. After visiting the tasting section of the creamery I have to say a Wensleydale of some sort now plays a starring role.

We’ll get to the full glory that is the tasting room in a minute, but before that I wanted to tell you a little bit about the visitor centre and the cheese museum. YES MUSEUM.

Arriving in a charmingly dated room with several benches, visitors watch a video depicting the rise of the Wensleydale cheese, which had been made by hand in Wensleydale since the early 1900’s. Of course Wallace and Gromit feature rather heavily!

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Hallelujah praise the cheese lords for this invention!

Post video, cheese worshipers are free to explore some cheese related relics such as a 1900’s cheese press and other essential cheese apparatus. It is great and a very interesting read if you care to look at the various plaques. If that is too educational then I suggest heading further into the exhibition for a further dose of Wallace and Gromit; you can even watch the cheese/moon episode!

The biggest attraction here, aside from the cheese tasting, is that you can actually watch the cheese being churned in a viewing gallery! Cheese creation before your very eyes!!!

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Some serious Cheese making action.

The Tasting

Nothing prepared me for what I was about to experience the first time Will took me to “The Tasting Room.” Something along the lines of “like a kid in a candy shop” but like a cheese lover in a bloody cheese heaven! There are roughly 25 different types of Wensleydale or Wensleydale made cheeses you can try (FOR FREE.) In the Wensleydale family there is always a classic, unaltered Wensleydale, a smoked, a blue, a cranberry, apricot, pineapple, ginger, garlic and chive. The cheese makers also have a sheeps milk offering as well as several blended cheddars such as a hot and spicy cheddar, a smoked offering and cheddars with caramalised onion and balsamic onion. ON TOP of that, the creamery also do seasonal blends with their traditional Wensleydale. For example when I was up for Christmas I bought a salted caramel Wensleydale and tried a “mince pie” offering.

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Me tasting the fabulous cheeses on offer in the tasting room! This was my first visit to the creamery in 2012 :)

You are not obliged to buy any of the cheese you taste, but for most it is irristible! I always come away with at least 3 cheeses! What is also great about the buying aspect is that there are assorted cuts of cheese so you can really choose how much you spend on what quantaties of cheese. For me variety is the spice of life so I buy a few different ones for a cheese board (this time I came away with a blue, a smoked and a cranberry) but it is also possible to buy a whopping great hunk of the good stuff!

Cheesemongers are on hand to advise you on pairings; aka what wines or ales to drink with your cheese and what chutneys or honeys work best. Gotta love those in the know!

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Stumbling out of the tasting arena in a cheese coma of glory, you will find a cafe and a gift shop selling all kinds of fabulous merch, including a plethora of Wallace and Gromit covered goods (great for gifts!) Personally I rather like their branded fudge!

So yeah, another declaration of love for cheese, but this is more important than just cheese. These is Wensleydale cheese, made right there in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. They sell delicious goods for honest prices which, quite frankly, makes me want to sack off London and relocate! #GetMeToWensleydale

No Years Resolution

Happy New Year one and all! I have been away up in the beautiful but realtively internet-less Yorkshire Dales over the Christmas Holidays and have had a rare offline break! It was weird, but it was welcome!

On returning to London and getting back into the internet world and blogosphere, I have been reading a lot of resolution based posts and am impressed by many of your resolves.

2014 was a beautiful whirlwind that saw me take trips to many places in Thailand, Cologne, New York and more local adventures climbing mount Snowden in Wales, Ben Nevis in Fort William and my usual gallivanting at the Edinburgh Fringe. I saw over 200 different theatre shows, 6 different bands, ate my weight in cheese, drank an Atlantic worth of gin and met SO MANY AWESOME people. OH and I also paid off ALL of my overdraft and saved some ACTUAL money. Dollars in the waistband baby.

I think what led to such adventures in 2014 was just generally playing life by ear and, whilst saving a bit for the future, just generally thinking f*ck it when the opportunity to do something fun came up. Therefore my resolutions are no resolutions. I simply resolve to do what the hell I want to. #yolo (has that saying become ironic yet?!)

I would be lying if I said I didn’t wish I could rein in my exuberant love of all things delicious such as cheese (IheartcheeseIDST) and cake and glorious pies and instead just eat things that grow from the earth and all that trendy clean eating stuff, but let’s face it, I fucking love food. Glorious food (hot sausage and mustard!) As long as I can (just about!) still fit into my jeans, I’m not really going to punish myself when it comes to scoffing a few biccies with my tea.

Similarly, I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to go to more live music events, get more presenting work (HOLLA atcha ITV, BBC, CH4, Sky, XFM…and there’s a cheeky summin’ summin’ here for you QVC!) and tighten up the junk in my trunk, earn a hundred million dolllars (said like DR Evil) etc etc…but it’s all just a bit pie in the sky for me. I’m always going to be the girl making a b-line for the canapés at a swanky event, no matter how profesh I wish to be. My life isn’t a quota. It’s a bloody glorious romp through the outback of the unexpected, and I’d rather keep it that way.

Someone pass me the cheese.

They see me rollin'....
They see me rollin’….