The Market Vaults, Stafford

Tucked away around a corner in Stafford town centre is The Market Vaults pub. It's changed names a few times over the years but seems to have settled itself in as one of Stafford's (not so secret!) gems!


With a reputation for great beer, live music & comedy, The Vaults (as we locals refer to it!) has only added to that with some incredible food! They are primarily known for their burgers-100% premium chuck steak locally sourced & with names such as “The Spicy Swine”, “The Shawn Michaels” & “Fungus Amongus” you know that these aren't your run of the mill burgers!

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Never Judge a Book by it's Cover....

It's no secret that Birmingham is one of my & Mr W's favourite places & with new restaurants & bars opening every week we are never short of places to discover!

Having said that The Keg & Grill isn't exactly new. We first heard about it a couple of years ago & finally got round to visiting it on our last trip to Brum.

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Mr & Mrs Winkle's Birmingham Food Adventure!

The Colmore Food Festival is now in it's 6th year & is a great way to sample some of the fantastic food & drink Birmingham has to offer!

28 hospitality businesses took part this year including the Opus Family who were this years sponsors. This is how the festival works-all dishes on offer are sample dishes & cost no more than £4 each. Can you see the benefit of this?! All these delicious dishes, lovely little tasters so you get to try lots of different types of food, does it get any better?!

Mr W & I took the day off work for this as we know from previous experience that it is totally worth it! The festival runs for two days (Friday & Saturday) is free & includes entertainment in the way of music & street theatre. There are also alcoholic beverages on offer don't you know?!


So this is what we got up to!

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Mrs Winkle uses her noodle!

My latest fab find are these quick noodles from Home Bargains! Only 59p they come in a pack of two servings. Just tip them into a colander & rinse with hot water then add them to your dish!

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Mrs Winkle's Mexican Dream!

Thomasina Miers is one of my food heros simply because of her passion for the food she creates. It should come as no surprise then that a visit to her restaurant Wahaca has been on my bucket list for a while!

On a recent trip to London Mr W surprised me by announcing on the train journey there that he had booked us a table there for lunch for that day-happy Mrs W! 1.30 couldn't come quick enough & we made it to the Oxford Circus restaurant bang on time.

We were shown to our table straight away & our waiter Carlos explained the menu to us. The menu (on paper & doubles as your place mat!) is easy to navigate. The sections are Nibbles, Street Food, Bigger Food & Sides oh & Desserts mustn't forget about them! Carlos also told us about the specials but I think we already knew what we wanted!

The street food section is made up of small plates & they recommend 2-3 plates per person which is a great way to try lots of different dishes. However the Wahaca Feast was our choice at £34 for two to share they describe it as "A menu for adventurers to discover our favourites" & it sounded perfect for us!

There is a decent cocktail menu also & pretty reasonably priced we felt. I went for the Hibiscus Margarita & Mr W chose the Classic Margarita both £6.95.

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These quick noodles are from Home Bargains & are a fab addition to your store cupboard! Not only that but they are a snip at 59p a pack! There are two individually wrapped servings in each pack, just open & tip into a colander & rinse with hot water to separate them then they are ready to use! 

I tried some last night in my Broccoli & Mushroom Stir Fry & they worked a treat!