No 5: Gin & Tonic

No 5: Gin & Tonic

I have a confession to make. I loathe gin. And I’m not a fan of tonic either. Which is as bit of a bummer given that every bar in the land is awash with every variety of Mothers’ Ruin you can imagine. And, I daresay, some you can’t. So I can’t tell you how pleased I was when my good chum, Jo Garton, volunteered to take one for the team and write a few lines about her gin experience at Old Town bar, The Eternal Optimist.

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No 1: Ouzo – it’s all Greek to me

No 1: Ouzo – it’s all Greek to me

7th August 2019

Four days ago myself and friends were out celebrating the launch at the Baker’s community cafe, of my second book Swindon in 50 Buildings.

Now, more than once in recent weeks the topic of covering Swindon in 50 Drinks arose. It was somewhat tongue-in-cheek TBH. But then I got to thinking ‘Why not?’ Something a little different for this blog.

Ergo, being as how the location for my book launch celebrations was the Greek Olive, what better drink to have for No 1 in this series than Ouzo.

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The Greek Olive Refreshed

The Greek Olive Refreshed

I’ve got a very soft spot for the Greek Olive restaurant on Faringdon Road. I struggle to believe that four years have passed since I first wrote about the place on the blog here. Swindon’s Greek Olive is a popular place and with good reason. The people are lovely, the food is consistent and the portions are large. And who doesn’t like a large portion?! 😉 It’s a charming taste of Greece in the heart of Swindon.

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The Weighbridge Brewhouse

The Weighbridge Brewhouse

You may remember the Weighbridge Brewhouse under the management of the people from the Three Crowns at Brinkworth. It’s USP was that it was the same format as the Three Crowns: no starters, large plates of meat, tons of veg and lots of cream and butter. It was the closest thing that Swindon had to Fayn Dayning – though it wasn’t really. I loved it – though these days my digestive system is less enamoured of rich sauces. The desire is strong but the gut is weak.

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