It’s no secret I love Liverpool, it’s my home city and nowhere brings out such joy and affection in me than spending a happy day strolling the streets of the place where I grew up. Since winning Capital of Culture eight years ago, Liverpool’s city centre has changed dramatically. It has still kept the pride, optimism and sense of humour it’s always had, but the shopping and restaurant scene in the city is growing week by week, there are so many new places to try I genuinely can’t keep up when I go back for a weekend. I recommend Liverpool…

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First appeared on Brighton Source magazine. This place is deeeelish. I don’t think I’ve ever given such a glowing review. There’s also one in Manchester and Birmingham so find your nearest and go… THE PLACE 1847 opened in November promising “to push the boundaries of veggie food”. A bold statement in a city with an abundant selection of fine vegetarian restaurants. Set across three floors next to the Fountain Head on North Road, it has clean, modern décor and a living wall of plants to match the botanical cocktail menu. The place is small and feels more suited to a…

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First published on the awesome Brighton Source website with pics from my very talented chum Gili Dailes.   THE PLACE Despite the rise of vegan eating, Purezza opened late last year as the only pizza restaurant in the UK dedicated to dairy and meat alternatives. It’s hard to believe – has vegan pizza really taken this long to perfect? Context aside, the restaurant itself is a casual affair with simple décor, an order-at-the-bar system and a fridge in the corner, but we’re happy to forgo swanky interiors in favour of excellent food. THE MEAL A disclaimer before we begin – nobody in our…

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This article first appeared on Brighton Source magazine. If you know London’s Polpo this Brighton review is worth a read. THE PLACE Polpo Brighton is the 10th outlet of the restaurant brand which first opened its doors in London’s Soho six years ago. With two more set to open next year (in Knightsbridge and Leeds if you’re interested), it is clear the Polpo format of small plates of Venetian food is a popular one. The Brighton branch is a small, intimate place with ubiquitous retro brick tiles, perfect lighting (more important than most realise) and some Hot Chip playing gently…

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*Article first appeared on brighton-source.co.uk* THE PLACE You’d have to be living under a rock not to notice the mega-trend for healthy eating which has been filling up our Instagram feeds faster than you can say quinoa for the past year. Rootcandi is the epitome of this movement offering plant-based, fully vegan set menus based on different cuisines. The top floor of the Western Road branch of Iydea turns into this vegan tapas treasure trove every evening Tuesday to Saturday and while the ambience doesn’t feel any different to sitting down for a casual canteen lunch at Iydea, the food itself…

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