Not A Trace Awards 2016

Regular readers will know that each year I have my own little awards ‘ceremony’ where I acknowledge the best products / companies in various categories.

The awards for 2016 are obviously a little late(!) and as my blog posts were few and far between last year, due to a certain little person taking all my attention, the 2016 awards are more a summary of my blog reviews from last year.

Despite my inability to blog of late, it’s great to have had over 58,000 blog views since Not A Trace began. I am also very proud to see the constant stream of views every day even if I haven’t blogged for a while. Thank you to you all!

So, on to the awards / 2016 round-up…. Continue reading


The Swan at Nibley, South Gloucestershire


Those of you that are local to the Bristol area you may have already come across The Swan at Nibley, but for those of you that haven’t, The Swan Inn is a brilliant pub / restaurant on the outskirts of Yate in South Gloucestershire.

Here’s a little bit more about The Swan, taken from its website:

We embrace the principle of good food in relaxed surroundings and have always endeavoured to use the freshest and best of ingredients and buy locally wherever possible. Whilst our Evening Menu is fantastic, the Specials Board is where our chefs get all creative so we would definitely recommend you have a look at the specials before ordering!

If you are looking for a quick, satisfying lunchtime meal, try one of our ciabatta rolls. For those with a bit more time and a bigger appetite, our New Fixed Price Lunch Menu represents superb value for money and offers some of our best dishes at superb prices. Or you may just want to enjoy a glass of wine or local ale on one of our bar stools and enjoy the friendly, welcoming bar atmosphere.

Children are more than welcome at The Swan – we have plenty of high-chairs and of course a special menu for the little ones too! Continue reading

Guest Blog Post: The Tea Room, St Ives, Cornwall

This guest blog post is courtesy of the lovely Steph, aka @gfandfabulous in the Twitter and blogging world!

Steph lives in my home county of Cornwall, very near to where I grew up, and she kindly offered to review a venue that she’d recently visited. Here’s her review:

tea roomsLike many holidaymakers and Cornish folk alike, I love St Ives. I love the beach, the sea, the artisan food producers, the people and the art scene. It’s impossible to feel anything but serene sitting outside in St Ives with a cuppa or an ice cream. OK, so there are a few ‘friendly’ local seagulls that like to try and kiss your skull with their sharp beak but apart from that it’s a lovely little town!

St Ives was always my ‘go to’ day out destination before I was diagnosed and, to be honest, it still is. The town is quite well known for being a little bit more worldly than some other parts of Cornwall due to the influx of tourists during the summer season. There are a few places I’ve been to try out various gluten-free offerings in St Ives but my favourite, by a Cornish country mile, is The Tea Room. Continue reading