Category: Favourites

Mango Lounge at The Chequers, Cookham Dean, Berkshire

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Mango Lounge at The Chequers Dean Lane Cookham Dean Berkshire SL6 9BQ Tel: 01628 481 232   From the success of Mango Lounge in nearby Windsor this young offshoot is housed in a splendid old pub, The Chequers. It is quintessential country tavern territory with a wood burner, more ancient beams than you can count

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The Old Coastguard: Cornwall

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The Old Coastguard The Parade Mousehole Penzance Cornwall TR19 6PR Tel: 01736 731 222   When I have those day dreams that we all have from time to time about leaving the city for a calmer life away from ‘here’ with ‘great views by the sea’, ‘somewhere quiet’, ‘comfortable’, ‘outstanding food’ well I’ve just discovered

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Hot Pot Restaurant: London

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Hot Pot 17 Wardour Street London W1D 6PJ Tel: 020 7287 8881   Hot Pot or to give it its original Mongolian name ‘huo guo’ is a traditional form of cooking that has been around for a 1000 years. It can now be found across Asia with regional variations. It is a simple way of

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Jumeirah Hotel, Frankfurt: Germany

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Jumeirah Hotel Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz 2 60313 Frankfurt am Main Germany Tel: +49 (0)69 297 237 0    From standstill to being airborne took just 16” of sheer power in my Embrea AR 190 down the 1500m runway at London’s City Airport. It was then 89 minutes before I was at Frankfurt, a further 12 before I

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Binntal: Switzerland

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Binntal a land of treasures Switzerland   Ernen is an uncompromisingly beautiful village sitting in the Binn Valley in the Canton of Valais at the southern border of Switzerland and Italy. Mountains are all around the July sun beats down on the small farms and lush green pasture. My home for the next few days

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Zagreb: Croatia

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Zagreb Croatia   As a travel writer I’m usually too busy flying somewhere to enter competitions but every once in a while I throw my business card into the hat, thank goodness I did. I recently won an all expenses paid trip for two to Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, courtesy of Monarch Airlines and the Zagreb

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A Japanese Banquet: Hampton Court Palace

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A Japanese Banquet Hampton Court Palace   I had never been to a ‘washoku’ banquet before let alone at Hampton Court Palace. I was intrigued. I was the guest of The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, JA (Japan Agricultural Cooperatives) Group and JA Group Kyoto. Washoku is a Japanese meal consisting of four elements:

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Central America: A New Revolution

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Central America A New Revolution   Once the hotbed of revolution and unrest the collection of seven countries that separate the Americas are experiencing something of a renaissance, a revolution in tourism if you will. Visiting three of them gave me a flavour of what’s on offer to the more adventurous visitor. I started my

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The Grill at McQueen: London

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McQueen Grill 55 – 61 Tabernacle Street London EC2A 4AA Tel: 020 7036 9229   Can you see the connection between Somebody Up There Likes Me, The Blob or Nevada Smith? OK, I’ll make it a bit easier, can you see what links these, The Great Escape, Bullitt and The Thomas Crown Affair? That’s right

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D – Resorts: Turkey

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  D–Resorts Turkey   Quicker than driving down to Devon from London or the immigration queue to enter America, the flight to Dalaman in Southern Turkey is easy and simple with Monarch (extra leg room available). My destination, D-Resort Grand Azur was a short drive from the airport. I checked into my suite on 5th

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The Gotthard Panoramic Express: Switzerland

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The Gotthard Panorama Express Switzerland   Armed with a Swiss Travel Pass I was able to go pretty much anywhere on the train network and also gain access to hundreds of museums and gondola rides in 75 towns and cities. But what I really wanted to do was ride the Gotthard Panorama Express south to

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Primavera restaurant, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel: Bahrain

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Primavera Ritz-Carlton Hotel Bldg. 112, King Mohammed VI Ave Block 428 Al Seef District, Manama Bahrain Every once in a while I come across a little gem of a place tucked away somewhere. In the case of Primavera Bahrain not so much tucked away just not very well known. It should be. There is Italian

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Moksha Indian restaurant: London

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Moksha 216 Kingston Road New Malden KT3 RJ Tel: 020 8949 2211   Hindu philosophy is full of wise words and Moksha seems to be one of them. In Sanskrit it looks like this: मोक्ष, mokṣa, also called vimoksha, vimukti and mukti, is a term in Hinduism and Hindu philosophy which refers to various forms

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The Atlantic Hotel: Jersey

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The Atlantic Hotel Le Mont de la Pulente, St Brelade, Jersey JE3 8HE Channel Islands Telephone +44 (0)1534 744101   I like things to be easy, especially travel arrangements. Getting to Jersey from Gatwick Airport took me 35 minutes in the air. That’s easy. And upon landing, collecting my case from one of the two

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Qatar: A Taste of Adventure

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Doha Qatar The desert is and always will be a special place for me. Refuge for some, the enemy for others. Most of us westerners find its harsh conditions a challenge but I feel it has been undersold. With the right approach it can be rewarding, exciting and like nowhere else on earth. Welcome to

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