The 93 Year Old Essex Woman Who’s The Star Of Mexican Cooking

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 admin 1

The Guardian reports here on a remarkable woman from Loughton, Essex. She deserves to be better known in her home county: Over the past five decades, Diana Kennedy has received countless accolades for her pioneering food writing, but being called the Mick Jagger of Mexican cooking is the one that […]

Food Hygiene Ratings Not Much Different

Monday, January 23, 2017 admin 0

Every once in a while we look at the Food Hygiene ratings for food and drink premises in Rochford District. Last September there were two premises with zero stars, and five with only one star. Now there is only a single place without stars (“urgent improvement necessary”) and seven with […]

Two Food Premises On Zero

Monday, September 26, 2016 admin 2

We haven’t reported on the local food hygiene ratings lately, – you can find them on the Food Standards Agency website here. Out of the 418 premises in Rochford District, there are currently two places with zero stars out of five, and seven places with just one star. Meanwhile a […]

Big Budget Meeting Next Week.

Thursday, February 4, 2016 admin 1

The District Council has a big budget next Tuesday 9th February, at 7:30. We received the agenda today, so there’s a lot of reading to do, and we will write in more detail later. But two things immediately stand out in the proposals from the Conservative administration: District Council Tax […]

“We’re Now Spoiled For Choice”

Sunday, December 20, 2015 admin 1

Pizza Express have invited Rayleigh food blogger Gary Fenn to review their new Rayleigh restaurant – and you can read his review here. Gary begins his review with an interesting overlook of how the Town Centre has changed in recent years: My home town of Rayleigh has undergone a huge […]

An Attractive Italian…

Sunday, August 9, 2015 admin 0

From the Rayleigh food blog Big Spud an attractive Italian dish rich sausage pappardelle: The sausages make or break this one Ė buy the best you can get hold of. I had some lovely herby Toulouse (not very Italian I grant you) but anything spiked with lots of flavours would […]

The Lost Buildings Of Rayleigh

Friday, August 7, 2015 admin 2

Looking at photos of old buildings can be interesting. Looking at photos of old buildings that have been demolished can be more interesting. This month Rayleigh Through the Looking Glass looks at demolished buildings like the one above, which was pulled down around 90 years ago. Can you guess what […]

New Planning Application In Rayleigh High Street

Saturday, July 25, 2015 admin 4

There’s a new planning application that’s recently come in. It’s for 57 to 61 High Street Rayleigh, which we think includes Santander Bank, New Look and Elliott and Smith, the new estate agents. You can find the application on the council website here. The application is described as: Shopfront Alterations […]

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An Update On Food Ratings

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 admin 1

A while back we mentioned that you can check on local food hygiene ratings for our district here. At the moment there’s only one premises in our district with a rating of 0 out of 5 – a cafe in Rochford. Though quite a lot of places have a rating […]

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Home Made Pork Pie

Friday, November 7, 2014 admin 0

You may have eaten a pork pie hundreds of times (and in Rayleigh Byfords bacon-topped pork pies are especially good). But have you ever made one? Big Spud – the food blog from Rayleigh – has a recipe here. Itís a little shambolic round the edges but itís a lot […]