Cirencester, my home town and the home straight. I know the butchers, greengrocers and restaurants really well which makes my life here very easy. I paid a visit to Butts Farm on the outskirts of Ciren to have a look at what my old freind Gary had to offer.
On to Bath then! Everyone gets excited when we go to Bath as the place is stunning and quite different to anywhere else we go to on tour. The distraction to go out and eat, shop and marvel at the beautiful architecture in the narrow cobbled streets is far too difficult to resist and we find ourselves sipping coffee in the many quaint cafes instead of getting an early shift in on the wagon.
Well Frampton zipped past us! The weather just about held, the restaurant was full and I don't think we could have gone more local than we did! Rabbits from the estate, crayfish from the river and vegetables from the allotments near by to make the fabled stargazy pie, a version of Mark Hix's recipe, who I'm a big fan of.
At last, Oxford! Everyone is buzzing with excitement. The venue for the next two weeks is smack bang in the centre in one of the most beautiful settings, Oxford University Parks. It's especially exciting for the kitchen as we have the amazing covered market which houses green grocers, fish mongers, cheesemongers and butchers.