My Winchester

Some people may have spotted me in the Hampshire Chronicle’s ‘My Winchester’ column talking about my favourite things in the city. The experience got me thinking why not write an extended version for FoodTeaLife? You can only say so much in a short column and anyone who knows me will know I always have a lot to say about Winchester! I thought I’d alter the questions too, here goes…

Best place to get a cup of tea in Winchester:

Pitfield, The Bridge Patisserie, The Forte Tea Rooms and Ginger Two.

Best Desserts in Winchester:

Moments Gelato is pretty amazing. The Plough at Sparsholt’s dessert menu has all my favourites though.

Best Place for drinks with friends:

My house?! …and the Black Bottle

 Best place for alfresco eating and picnics:

The water meadows, far less crowded than the Cathedral Grounds

Best beer garden:

The Queen Inn has a great garden but also the Black Boy is pretty good for heaters and coverings in case it rains (you’ve got to consider these things!)

Best walk in Winchester:

Around the water meadows or St. Giles Hill

Perfect evening in Winchester:

Some of the best evenings are the spontaneous ones, so you can’t plan those. An evening at Winchester’s cinema is usually very nice though, you can have wine with the film just like you would at home!

Best place to celebrate  a special occasion:

For a special occasion the outside tables at the Black Rat are lovely.

Favourite Winchester tourist attraction:

The Christmas Market!


…So there you have it, My Winchester. What are your favourite things about Winchester? I’d love to know yours answers.







A moment of gelato joy…

A moment of gelato joy...

I’ve been meaning to try out Moments Gelato in Winchester for so long but never quite managed to make it. Today however, the sun was shining and I’d been on beautiful walk around the water meadows and St. Catherine’s Hill so it seemed the perfect time to pop in!

I had a gorgeous coffee sundae, very decadent but just the treat I was looking for.

I’m sure I’ll be back to try the waffles and crepes they have on offer too! Check out the scrumptious menu at


Banana Oatmeal Cookies

The other day I was left with quite a few icky, overripe bananas. So in the spirit of waste not want not I turned to the internet for some banana recipes, I know that overripe bananas are supposed to be the best for cooking/baking with so I was hoping to find something tempting that would also magically fit with the random contents of my cupboards.

Firstly I came across Buzzfeed’s ’17 Delicious Ways To Use Up Old Bananas’  – this proved to an absolute treasure trove of nommy nana recipe inspiration! Do take a look – there’s everything from classic banana bread to cheesecake, smoothies and cakes.

However I was rather limited by my slightly bare cupboards but this recipe for cookies (well, to me they were more like flapjacks) was a perfect fit! Essentially mixing mushed bananas, oats, raisins with a tiny bit of butter, sugar and cinnamon. I also added honey.

So here goes….Banana Oatmeal “Cookies”
Taken from Adapted from The Burlap Bag


2 large overripe bananas
1 cup quick oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon butter
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup raisins
butter or oil to grease two cookie sheets

– I added honey to the mixture too!


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Mash bananas with oats, cinnamon, sugar, salt, and butter.

3. Mix in walnuts and raisins.

4. Drop a tablespoon of banana-oatmeal mixture on a greased cookie sheet and then flatten with the back of a spoon. (Skip flattening if you like soft cookies). To make 16 flat cookies, you’ll need two cookie sheets.

5. Bake 35 minutes.

6. Flip cookies.

7. Bake an addition 10 more minutes.

My cookies were still quite moist and more like a flapjack in consistency but enjoyable and pretty healthy too – here’s a look at the results…



I’d recommend this recipe – super quick and easy to prepare, pretty healthy and very satisfying.