Even though the focus of this blog is the 'Explore' element of our motto Eat • Drink • Explore, food is very important to us. We aim to embrace and enjoy (hopefully) a wide variety of food choices as we travel around the world. We love our food, whether it is fine dining, gastro pub, home cooking or junk food takeaways.

Whilst travelling, the aim is to blog on as many restaurant and food related stories as possible, especially the best, the worst and the unusual! This is where you will find those stories in chronological order...

    Valentines: The Comfy Duck


    We celebrated Valentine's Day 24 hours early this year for two good reasons; firstly, Amanda had work to do on the Sunday and secondly, she had secretly booked a romantic lunch for us both on the Saturday. So, we exchanged gifts in bed on Saturday morning. I'd bought Amanda a 1L bottle of Tanqueray Gin and Amanda replenished my aftershave collection with a nice bottle of Jean Paul Gaultier.

    Time to leave home and head to the secret lunch venue. From the postcode Amanda entered into the 5-Series satnav I knew we were heading in the general direction of Grimsby...but where exactly? I only figured it out as we pulled off the road and up the drive to the Oaklands Hall Hotel and more specifically the Comfy Duck restaurant.

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    Superb Steak: Close to Home

    The Hope & AnchorFor Amanda's 40th birthday, the family meal was booked at the Hope & Anchor pub in South Ferriby, North Lincolnshire. If there was ever an example of a 'Phoenix from the flames' this place must be it. For years it was an average pub in an average place, more known for the cement works and for being a 'rat run' between Scunthorpe and the Humber Bridge. Then in 2013, most of South Ferriby, including the pub, was swamped by a tidal surge. Colin McGurran, the Winteringham Fields owner and TV chef, took on the £500,000 renovation project, with a vision to bring the pub back to being the focal point of the village and something to be proud of.

    All I can say is "JOB DONE"! What a fantastic place...if only it was located within walking distance of our home.

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    Leeds has so much to offer!

    Leeds #4We have spent many a night out in Leeds, generally drinking but this time I decided to treat my husband to a surprise night away and booked a table for dinner. In our early days of dating, we use to love going to a Teppanyaki restaurant in Birmingham. It had been many years since we had last been and after a little research I found a Teppanyaki restaurant in Leeds.

    I hadn't told Steve that we were going out for a meal or where we was going. So once we had checked in at the hotel and dropped our bags off in the room, we went for a cheeky cocktail before hitting the town. Steve had asked for a Bloody Mary, extra spicy, and boy did he get that. I quite frequently ask barmen to choose me a cocktail, I tell them the sort of spirits that I like and then they make me a drink. I have to say, he made me a fantastic drink, a Pornstar Martini. I have never had one of these before and I can tell you now, I will be drinking a lot of them in the future.

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    The Madras

    Spice ClubWe were over in Hull for a very important reason; Amanda was finalising the salary package on her new job. In a month, my lovely wife will be back in the food industry and working locally, which is awesome news.

    The meeting finished late and we were hungry, but where do you go to eat at 9:45pm on a Wednesday evening in Hull? A curry house of course!

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