All posts by Poppy Loves

A Winchester sleepover
at Hotel du Vin


A few weeks ago, we three musketeers set off on a two week holiday to Cornwall and The Cotswolds. In the past, packing for a weekend a way took up the whole car (we MAY have taken Izzy’s bath with us. And the Jumperoo…) and so the fact that we could pack up the car, with LEG ROOM TO SPARE and go away for two whole weeks, was a real milestone for us. Pats on backs all round.

However, driving the bazillion hours to Cornwall with an Isabelle who is a disaster in the car and requires constant entertainment, was not a thought I was relishing… so we decided to have a stop-over at Hotel du Vin in Winchester. Clever us.

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Write this recipe down.
You’ll be so pleased you did.

chocolate delice
Photo: Jade Nina Sarkhel

You know that dessert you had at that restaurant once and you thought you’d died and gone to heaven… and then you thought how sad it was that you couldn’t make it yourself and HOW do they do it and HOW is it so delicious… and how how how HOW could you get the recipe?

Look no further. I have the answer to your woes and it be right here. Michael McDaid, Head Chef at Northbank Restaurant has created this exquisite dessert, and more than that, he’s given us the recipe so that you and I can make it ourselves. At home. Whenever we want. (Dreams do come true).

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Taking ‘Baby-Friendly’ to a whole new level,
at Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair

Baby Friendly Hotel - Browns Mayfair

We did it. We did a baby. We did a baby with reflux and got through it. And now we did a baby that eats carrots and laughs at her own reflection like it’s the funniest thing she’s ever seen… we did a baby that lets me listen to The High Low while she throws books on the floor and we love her lots and lots and lots and lots.

We also did a baby that means that every night we are tucked up in bed at home and not Out Out eating dinner (at least not together) or anywhere else for that matter…

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Fancy inventing the next Cadbury Chocolate Bar? Look no further…


Stop whatever you’re doing, because you’re going to want to read this. And then you’re going to want to enter the competition. And WIN it. Because this is what you and I have been waiting for… the chance to invent your very own Cadbury chocolate bar and have it hit the ACTUAL shelves…. And now that I have your attention, let me tell you a little bit more…

You may remember me writing about Cadbury’s first ever Inventor Campaign last year… well, 17 year old Callum only went and won it, with his amazing invention, ‘CHOCA-LATTE’, which is now a permanent part of the Cadbury Dairy Milk range. What a thing! Stick THAT on your UCAS form, Callum.

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A three course dessert menu, you say?
Where do I sign up…

6 - DESSERTS - Rhubarb and Custard Pasta

A few days ago I wended my way to Paddington on one of the prettiest evenings I’ve seen in a while. The sky was full of pink hues, the weather was balmy and I kept having to remind myself that it was September and we were at the front door of Autumn, my favourite season.

To celebrate this glorious season, ASK Italian are launching a limited edition Three Course Dessert Menu (A THREE COURSE DESSERT MENU!), which will be available from the 24thSeptember… and I was headed to ASK Italian on Spring Street, to try the menu and indulge in all things sweet and delicious.

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Summer Lovin’


Ahhhh the Great British Summer! It has been so very up and down this year… and although there have been some thundery and soggy spells in between the sunnier and brighter days, the mugginess has been real. The air has felt close and heavy and there has been much stickiness, in the car seat, in the cot and in the buggy. 

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Pinch me. It’s Mary Berry.


What a totally brilliant and wonderful sparkly thing last Wednesday was… coz that was when I left Isabelle playing happily with my mum, I hopped on a train in my new old Vivian Smith dress (LM’s auntie has a vintage fashion business and I got to raid her cupboards in Somerset) and popped out at CLARIDGE’S for AFTERNOON TEA with MARY BERRY. Ding! Ding! Ding!

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