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Butcher’s Tap Marlow by Tom Kerridge

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By Martin Isark

The Butcher’s Tap?

Where is it? 15 Spittal Street, Marlow, Bucks

What is it? A traditional Butcher’s Shop that is also a sports’ pub, serving local beer & bar snacks.

What is it like? There is no getting away from that this is a real Butcher’s!  Large meat counter by day, and somewhere to put your pint by night, Damien Hirst-like cuts of meat encased in glass units around the pub, even the toilet roll holder has a butcher’s twist. Check them out! There are Tellies showing world sport, but they are not intrusive, and they are a harmonious addition to the pub’s banter. 

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What Brand of Veggie are you?

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What Brand of Veggie are you?
By Veggie Tom
“I’m a vegetarian, but I eat chicken and sausages. Oh, and bacon. And turkey at Christmas, obviously.”

I was working in a small newspaper office when someone told me that. In my three decades of meat evasion, she ranks as the least vegetarian vegetarian I’ve ever met.

We do come in many flavours, though. I’ve seen fish-lovers and gelatine-apologists tear strips off each other in equal states of disgust at the other’s apparent moral hypocrisy. Luckily it rarely gets violent. They are vegetarians, after all. And really, there’s not much point being sniffy about it. There are odd bits of animal buried in so many minor ingredients and E numbers that everyone eats some eventually – and many carry on, Braveheart-style, after they find out.  Read more

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Tasted Sorgin, French Gin made from Sauvignon Blanc

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By Martin Isark

Sorgin: A French Gin, that’s distilled from the Sauvignon Blanc grape, 43 percenter, made by the French Winemaker, Francois Lurton.

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I’ve tasted Mamba Energy.

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By Martin Isark

I’ve tasted Mamba Energy.
Want a pick-me-up drink? Then like most drinkers, you’ll grab can or two of Red Bull. You may not like the taste, but it hits the spot for going that extra mile, especially, if you’re partying or driving!  And if you want it turbo charged, add shot or two of vodka. Sorted!  

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The Goring Grocer – UK’s Best Deli

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By Martin Isark
I rocked-up to Goring on Thames, and found UK’s best Deli. The Goring Grocer!

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Martin’s tasted British Polo Gin made from Sugar Beet

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By Martin Isark
I’ve tasted 42.7%,Quadruple Distilled, Hand Crafted Small Batch Polo Gin made from sugar beet! Read more

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Grow your own ginger beer plant, and you’ll never need to buy a bottle again

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By Martin Isark
When I was small, bottles of home-made ginger beer lined the pantry shelves –  and the thirst quenching pleasure of its peppery ginger notes still lingers on. Today, the supermarket shelves are loaded with various styles and brands of ginger beer, but nothing gets close to the satisfaction of making your own from a ginger beer plant. Read more

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Valentine’s Day? Leave the Roses & Buy Champagne

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By Martin Isark
Why is it when Valentine’s Day nears those romantic roses rocket in price?  Likewise if you are celebrating Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday you’ll find that the price of flowers have soared again! Not very romantic or Christian in my book! Read more

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Our Martin Gives an Insiders Guide to Champagne & Fizz

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By Martin Isark
If fizz is on your must buy list this Christmas… then my champagne & fizz jargon demystified… is a must read:      Read more

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Martin’s Tasted Lidl’s Cashew Nuts

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By Martin Isark
I’ve tasted Lid’s Cashew Nuts!

Lidl, the cheap as chips ‘no frills’ supermarket does not score well if you are looking for Waitrose or Sainsbury’s-type standard of fitting or presentation on your trolley trundle, but their  Alesto roasted & salted cashew nuts packed in a ‘baked bean’-like tin  is a product that’s worth making a special detour for. They may have an equal somewhere in the world – but you won’t find better in a UK supermarket.  Check them out! Read more