Welcome to Eat This, Drink That, a new subscription newsletter from food and wine writer Fiona Beckett.

The idea is to use my 30-odd years in food and drink journalism to create an essential, entertaining quick-to-read weekly bulletin for readers who are really into food and wine and would like some hot tips without endlessly having to trawl the internet

The main mailing - the Friday 5 - will go out on, um, a Friday and will include five different types of recommendation which will change from week to week. Most weeks there will be something to cook, a bottle and some ingredient or ready-made product you can buy but it will also include cookbooks, the odd cocktail, restaurants and hotels I’ve been grabbed by - in short, places and things on which I’d be prepared to spend my own money and would encourage my friends to spend theirs. 

As I divide my time between Bristol and London it will inevitably be UK-focussed but there will hopefully be enough internationally relevant content to give it wider appeal. There will be a couple of other regular features that I think you’re going to enjoy too. (Keep an eye on your inbox!)

The other aim of the newsletter is to act as a crowdfunder for my website matchingfoodandwine.com which is the automatic go-to for those who want to know what wine to pair with food - and vice versa. I’ve always tried to keep that free to access as so many people have come to rely on it but the running costs are substantial and an extra income stream would help me expand it and make it better still.

So although there are some free posts and free parts of paid posts on here most of the content is only available to paying subscribers. But it isn’t a lot - roughly the cost of a flat white a month - so I do hope you’ll sign up and come on board.