Good food has always been an important part of my life from exploring Italian delis and French patisseries in London’s Soho as a child with my family, to cooking in my parents’ pub restaurant in my late teens; then working as a cookery book editor in my twenties followed by years of cooking for family and friends – and growing a large and much-used cookery book collection! Preparing a meal, even just for myself, is never a chore but always a delight. Cooking is my passion and so is travel – from exciting cities bursting with life to quiet retreats and places of beauty. But wherever I go, food is always a big part of my enjoyment, seeking out the best food from smart restaurants to beach cafes; exploring street markets and putting together a picnic from the best the local delis have to offer.

I began the blog in 2011 as The Single Gourmet and Traveller to show you that if you are ever eating in or out or travelling on your own, you need never compromise the gourmet or intrepid traveller in you. However, the blog has moved on since those early days to include a wealth of great ideas for everyone who loves good food and travel: places to eat, places to stay; creative ideas for cooking at home; the best places to buy food to bring home; and food talk and travel talk of every kind. I therefore changed the name to Travel Gourmet in 2016 – but there are still often special tips for the solo traveller and diner.

Travel Gourmet lives in South West London – and travels as often as she can!  She also works as a freelance book editor. For details of my book publishing work see Kay Gale Editorial Services

The views expressed in this blog are entirely her own and the results of her own explorations into the world of food and travel; she receives no sponsorship.

Travel Gourmet (as The Single Gourmet Traveller) was shortlisted for the DFDS Travel Blogger of the Year Awards 2015.

Many of my travel articles are published on the GPSmyCity app.

Member of The Guild of Food Writers.

You can also follow Travel Gourmet on Twitter and Facebook.

[Please note that all text and photographs are (c) Kay Gale. Please don’t use my posts or photos without permission and acknowledgement.]

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  1. Hello Kay, it was a great pleasure meeting you yesterday and I am so glad you enjoyed your day with us. I am already looking forward to the next event….will start planning that in the New Year. late Spring might be good as the kitchen garden will be in full swing,

    Inthe meantime…happy travelling and keep safe.

  2. Nice blog Kay. Thanks for following me @robertgiorgione and @rovingsommelier
    I hope to meet you one day and to share food and wine stroies and experiences.
    Best wishes

    Robert Giorgione
    Founder of http://www.robertgiorgione.com and Roving Sommelier
    Independent Wine Consultant, Award-Winning Sommelier and Author/Self-Publisher of “An Epicurean Odyssey”.

  3. Hi Kay, we have recently opened a new restaurant in Richmond, Amadora. Would love it if you would come and check us out. 02089401806. Just ask for myself or my mobile, it would be great to have a chat. Your blog is really great.



      1. Dear SG&T,
        How do you find the time to do all your stuff, write your own blog and check out other peoples’? My blog is a foody and winey one too but perhaps a little different from most! I’d love it if you felt like taking a look at http://www.foodieafloat.com. Last year ‘The Times’ gave it a puff and I won the Sophie Coe Memorial prize for food history writing. I am now well into my first ‘sort of’ cook book which is why my blog has slowed down of late. When we are ‘chez nous’ in Twickenham we often go to Brula though I have never found anywhere else locally that I consider worth a second visit. We might be a little spoilt from spending so much time trailing round France but any recommendations will be followed up on our return.

      2. Hi Di, the blog is my fun time so love spending time on it. Thanks for follow and your blog is great. There are plenty of other good places to eat in Twickenham like A Cena, Masaniello, pizza at Ruben’s Refettorio, Indian at Tangawizi. Type Twickenham into the search engine on blog and see what comes up plus My Local Area category.

  4. Dear Kay,
    Read your great review of A Cena’s NSSSC which sadly I had to cancel my spot for, though unlike you I wasn’t looking forward to the prawn cocktail. The rest of the feast looked amazing though. It seems we share a love of A Cena and other local foodie spots. I also live in Richmond upon Thames! Sadly I am currently a dreadfully deliquent blogger and am well overdue writing any of my numerous recent visits to A Cena plus Chez Lindsay, La Buvette and Petersham Nurseries. Next I hope to try Al Boccon di’vino and La Luna di Luca. I am definitely a new fan of your blog.
    Bon appetit! J

  5. Thanks, Kay! I just approved your blog claim. Now your Urbanspoon profile picture is displayed on your blog page. You can upload a blog-specific photo if you prefer, and can change a few other blog settings there. Also, if you vote for a restaurant that you’ve reviewed on your blog, we now show your vote next to your post everywhere on our site.





  6. what a lovely blog you have. and I love to combine travel with food so very glad to meet a fellow traveler & gourmet, look forward to reading thro’ your posts slowly and carefully!

  7. I think being Single, Gourmet and a Traveller are the three best things one can be. Your blog is lovely

  8. I’d like to invite you to participate in a new challenge that I am hosting at thewanderinggourmand.com to bring together the beer, wine, and food blogging worlds. As you may know, each month I host a Beer Versus Wine Pairing Challenge inviting readers to suggestion their perfect pairing with a monthly dish. I decided to make the challenge even more engaging by turning the challenge into a contest with bragging rights. Each month a dish will be presented. Bloggers have a week to post their perfect pairing and why in the comments section. The following week, I will summarize the comments in a post for a vote. The winner not only earns bragging rights but also the honor of coming up with the following month’s dish.

    Right now the contest will be hosted at thewanderinggourmand.com. Future plans involve a breakout sight and a badge to post back on your blog. I welcome you to join the challenge as it begins today with Beer Battered Fish (http://thewanderinggourmand.com/2014/02/26/beer-battered-fish-pairing/).


  9. Hi Kay, thanks for following my blog! I’m going to explore yours now, but I’ve seen so far looks great and of course I agree completely on not compromising when it comes to food 🙂

  10. Hi Kay
    Love reading your blog. As you love Italy and food so much I should hook you up with my client, William, at Tastes of Italy, based in SW London. http://www.tastesofitaly.co.uk. Let me know if you’re interested. He knows the great and the good of Italian wine and food. All best, Dorcas

  11. hi kay … every time reading your blog … i’d wish i was able to smell what you were writing about …
    fortunately i have a big imagination … so happily surprised when you visited HENDRIKA&CO this summer when you were in moraira … wishing you joyful and exciting travels for 2015 … ciao rita

  12. I have just found your blog – looking for information on Turin’s historic cafes. It’s great. I too love Rick Stein, and look forward to reading more of your foodie explorations.

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