Dog & Pheasant, Colchester

Frankie had a hospital appointment up in Colchester (Frankie’s & the pre-op) and despite the sat nav saying otherwise we had over an hour to kill before we needed to be there so we decided to go for lunch first. After asking for recommendations of somewhere to eat with a play area, we went to…

The Dick Turpin, Wickford (A127)

I’ve been coming to The Dick Turpin for years for birthday dinners & cheap meals as it’s just up the road from us so if I meet the girls for a drink at a neutral point, celebrate a family birthday and we don’t want to drive and now more so now I have Frankie as…

Steak pies

One of Frankie’s favourite meals is pie, mash & vegetables but I resent buying full pies and wasting half on him because they’re too big so I decided to give making them from scratch ago (not the pastry that I didn’t attempt!). I didn’t follow a recipe, I had leftover mince from my own dinner…

Beauvoir Arms, Downham

Beauvoir Arms in Downham is only a 10 minute drive from us in Wickford and if you are a big Italian food fan like me you are in luck! Ive probably drove past it so many times without realising what it is & I think it used to be an Indian but now is an…

The Saxon King, Southend

After seeing Little Baby Bum Live in Southend last month, I stumbled across The Saxon King in Southend, close to Priory Park, Prittlewell. The interior is so nice and homely and the outside has a lovely little park for the kids! The menus are well priced and the food was so nice! They offer a…

Ashlyns Farm Park & Softplay

On Saturday my darling boy decided to wake me at 6am for a ‘SNIGGGGGGG’ (translation – cuddle) so I decided, despite being the six weeks school holidays and generally trying to avoid anywhere overcrowded and full of school children & inflated prices, to take us out for the day somewhere! Ashlyns Farm Park & Softplay…

The Great Baddow Barn, Chelmsford

Today a friend suggested lunch out because the diabolical rain stopped our plans of the park & we didn’t fancy a busy soft play especially as it’s the 6 weeks holiday and big kids are EVERYWHERE! So we decided to try the Great Baddow Barn as we’d heard good things and we wasn’t disappointed! We…

Sausage Casserole

Another Sunday, another bulk cook for the boy. This one isn’t exactly a recipe, if you read and follow thetwentyishmum you will know that I work in an office in London not concocting packet spices for supermarkets but for a hearty low cost meal to bulk cook, sausage casserole wins every time. This makes four…

Shepherds Pie

Working Monday through Wednesday leaving the house at 7:30am and not getting home until 6:30pm and ensuring your tot is getting their nutrients and five a day is hard work so I like to bulk cook his meals when I can so I know he’s eating a good meal rather than shoving down nuggets and…

Potty Training – The Conquering?

I have had messages asking for advice on other Mummies starting their potty training (mis)adventure so I wanted to relay our journey with you! I do not claim by any means to be a parenting guru, my friends have heard me curse under my breath enough times to know I am by no means perfect…