Reviews

Stella’s Kitchen, West African Cuisine in The Peak District

Stella’s Kitchen, West African Cuisine in The Peak District

Stella’s Kitchen is one of those places with true character. If someone had said to me “It’s a place that serves African cuisine at a cottage in the Peak District between Eyam and Foolow” my reaction would have been “Really?”. But why not? If there’s […]

Maier Sports Lulaka Walking Trousers

Maier Sports Lulaka Walking Trousers

Overview Maier Sports is a manufacturer of high quality sportswear that has been around for 75 years priding itself on their outstanding range of trouser (pants) fits available for men and women.  Not all people are the same size and they celebrate this by offering […]

Cow Close Farm Home of The Millstone Cheese

Cow Close Farm Home of The Millstone Cheese

There was a certain inevitability about Millstone Cheese. The process of producing most cheeses traditionally creates something approximating a wheel and, with a hole in the middle you have a millstone. But that said it took a couple of people with the passion for both […]

Granger’s Clothing Repel

Granger’s Clothing Repel

I decided to use Granger’s Clothing Repel on a waterproof jacket I purchased at the end of last year which in heavy rainfall became damp in areas of high contact. For example, on the cuffs and pocket flaps and sleeve creases. Never having encountered waterproofs […]

Taylormay Botanicals Beauty Balm

Taylormay Botanicals Beauty Balm

As I mentioned back in early February, Taylormay sent over a couple of their product samples for me to test and review. That included Taylormay Botanicals Beauty Balm. I’ve been waiting for the appropriate moment to give it a try. This rich moisturiser is enriched […]

Grindleford Spring Water

Grindleford Spring Water

It’s difficult to know how we missed it but despite having passed the place on numerous occasions and eaten there once we didn’t realise until a couple of weeks ago that Grindleford Station Café is the home of Grindleford Spring Water. Of course as soon […]

The Millstone Country Inn

The Millstone Country Inn

The Millstone Country Inn at Hathersage hasn’t seen me propping up the bar for over a quarter of a century and like many of the pubs in the Derbyshire Peak District until recently it hadn’t changed much in those 25+ years. That changed two years […]

Taylormay Botanicals Face Cream

Taylormay Botanicals Face Cream

I was delighted to discover that here in the Peak District there is a brand new cosmetic company, Taylormay Botanicals. Taylormay Botanicals make their products from wholesome ingredients including Soil Association approved essential oils. So as you can imagine I was eager to contact Taylormay Botanicals and […]

Fenix HL60R Headlamp Review

Fenix HL60R Headlamp Review

I’ve had a headlamp for several years, an old Petzl LED model. The Fenix HL60R Headlamp is something quite different. Here’s a list of the features to begin with, then I’ll talk about the practicality of using the HL60R: The main body is constructed from […]

NikWax Footwear Cleaning Gel

NikWax Footwear Cleaning Gel

If you buy a pair of walking boots you can guarantee that they are going to get dirty. After all if they don’t you’re doing something wrong! So there are a number of products on the market that aim to clean up your footwear before […]

Aquapac Wet and Dry Day Pack

Aquapac Wet and Dry Day Pack

Choosing the right day pack is of course a matter of personal taste and based very much on what you do when you are out walking. The balance of a lightweight pack with enough capacity is important, as is how it fares in bad weather. […]

Aquapac Waterproof DSLR Camera Case Review

Aquapac Waterproof DSLR Camera Case Review

One thing’s for certain, there are a few things in life that I haven’t done. Don’t worry the one I’m going to talk about here is underwater photography. Despite having worked professionally on-set, on-location, in the studio, at events and on the catwalk I’ve never […]