Category: Favourites

The Vineyard, Berkshire

The Vineyard Stockcross Newbury Berkshire RG20 8JU Tel:  01635 528770    ‘Eat, Sleep and Drink Wine’ is the mantra at The Vineyard.  With a 30,000-bottle wine cellar arranged in 3,000 bins of which 100 are available by the glass.  This homage to wine has been run by Sir Peter Michael’s family since 1996. He also founded

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Hartwell House & Spa, Buckinghamshire

Hartwell House & Spa Oxford Road Vale of Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP17 8NR Tel: 01296 747444 Perfectly placed in the vale of Aylesbury in 90 beautiful acres of Capability Brown landscaped grounds Hartwell House and Spa is straight out of a movie.  The great hall of English Baroque completed in 1740 complements the spectacular staircase with

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The Chap Olympiad 2018, London

The Chap Olympiad 2018 Bedford Square London   This country has a long tradition of fetes, summer garden parties and er, eccentricity.  Where else but an Olympiad could they all happily collide for a day of harmless bonkers fun. With Britain riding high in the cultural stakes (but maybe no longer the football…) it is

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Goat: Fulham, London

Goat 333 Fulham Road London SW10 9QL Tel: 020 7352 1384   The Fulham Road has always been an inventive and fertile place for food and drink, but bars and restaurants come and go with increasing regularity so it is a great joy to see an old favourite of mine still firmly ensconced. It’s a

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MS Zuiderdam: Holland America Line

MS Zuiderdam Holland America Line A Meal to Remember   I have a confession to make.  I’m an experienced travel and food writer with more than a decade of passport stamps under my belt visiting all corners of the globe but (here’s the confession bit) I have never been on a cruise. There I’ve said it,

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Hampton Manor: Hampton-In-Arden, UK

Hampton Manor Shadowbrook Lane Hampton-In-Arden B92 0EN Tel: 01675 446 080   Ever fancied being Lord of the manor?  By that I mean really enjoying life in your country pile with fabulous grounds, staff everywhere you need them and never where you don’t.  Great drinks on tap and Michelin starred food served in your own

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Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight Hampshire UK   The first thing to know about the Isle of Wight when taking the ferry is to get out of the car and go up to one of the decks when you’ve parked your car.  M and I thought (wistfully as it turned out) that it wouldn’t take too

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Kent: In Search of Ian Fleming

Kent: In Search of Ian Fleming   I have been a fan of James Bond since childhood and readers of this publication will know that given half a chance I will write and investigate more about the fictional character and its author Ian Fleming.  So almost on my doorstep I set out to discover more.

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Russell Norman’s Venice, Four Seasons of Home Cooking

Venice, Four Seasons of Home Cooking By Russell Norman In a market that loves books on Venice Russell Norman has produced something of a coup, a book that brings you into the world of the Venetian and how they live and eat.  In this latest adventure he lives out his dream and goes ‘local’. On

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Leiden & The Hague: Holland

High Art in the Low Countries Leiden & The Hague   In this vastly visual world sometimes it pays to go back to the source material.  I’ll try to explain what I mean today we have logos, adverts, even films and icons that draw on the world’s vast heritage of art.  Let’s face it you

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Le Jardin des Douars, Essaouira: Morocco

Le Jardin des Douars Ksar d’Hôtes Essaouira Tel: 00 5 24 474 003 I left London with an inch of snow on the ground. On my way to the airport I was worried that I would have a text from the airline saying my flight was cancelled due to bad weather, my last trip was

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Chiesa del Carmine: Umbria, Italy

Chiesa del Carmine Umbria  Telephone: 0039 075 9414219 Mobile: 0039 338 8916641 Umbria sits bang in the middle of Italy, often derided by a supposedly more beautiful neighbouring Tuscany it has been left alone, untouched and thus authentic. This is a land where the weather is king, the rising of the sun and onset of dusk

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St. Moritz Gourmet Festival: Switzerland

St. Moritz Gourmet Festival St. Moritz Switzerland   Crisp white stratocumulus scud beneath me on the swift 75-minute flight to Zürich. From there I take a couple of trains to that swishest or resorts where only the stylish check in and if you have to ask how much you’re in the wrong place. Or that’s

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Mielcke & Hurtigkarl: Copenhagen

Mielcke & Hurtigkarl Frederiksberg Have Copenhagen Denmark Tel: +45 3834 8436   Travelling to Denmark’s capital Copenhagen is always fun, such a cool place to hang with great architecture and lovely people. And then there’s the food … The traditional proclamation of ‘the king is dead, long live the king’ is usually reserved for the

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The Andersen Boutique Hotel: Copenhagen

The Andersen Boutique Hotel Helgolandsgade 12 DK – 1653 Copenhagen Denmark   Denmark is flying high these days, producers of excellent TV dramas such as Borgen, The Bridge and The Killing and creating a new discipline of culinary wonders. It also happens to be extremely beautiful, full of warm charming people and lots of bicycles.

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