Category: Restaurants

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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Polo Bar, The Westbury Hotel: London

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Polo Bar The Westbury Hotel 37 Conduit Street Mayfair London W1S 2YF Tel: 202 7629 7755   The first glimpse of the über cool Polo Bar is just that, a glimpse. Casting my eyes through the glass beads that screen the bar from Conduit Street all I could manage to see were some blurred shadows

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South Sands Boutique Hotel: Devon

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South Sands Boutique Hotel Bolt Head Salcombe Devon TQ8 8LL Tel: 01548 845900   Driving South West from London it was the last stage of pillows of green and auburn fringed hedgerows that confirmed I was in Devon. The beauty of modern navigation in a car is that it takes one the most ‘direct’ route not

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Tahiti: Paradise Found

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Tahiti Paradise Found   I wouldn’t dream of attempting to improve John Milton’s Paradise Lost, with its 10,000 lines of blank verse, biblical storylines of Satan, Adam and Eve. But what I can do is write with confidence about my recent trip to Tahiti in French Polynesia and how it could very well be paradise

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Porto and North Portugal

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Porto and North Portugal Autumn had truly begun when I visited Porto in early November. The crisp clear air was a pleasant change from the cold damp London I had come from. Portugal is lovely this time of year with the leaves turning shades of tan and brown and a bright sun low in the

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Alentejo: Portugal

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Alentejo Portugal The ‘it still feels new’ experience of Heathrow’s terminal 2 is emphasised by swish shops, top class eateries (best bacon breakfast roll is from London’s Pride FYI) and incredibly the latest ‘essential’ electronic dispensing machine where you can buy Bose headphones before your journey. This ‘newness’ seemed most appropriate as I travelled to

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Royal Harbour Hotel: Ramsgate

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Royal Harbour Hotel 10 – 12 Nelson Crescent Ramsgate Kent CT11 9JF Tel: 01843 591 514   I’m just 1.5 hours from London and I’ve checked into my Bo-Ho four-poster bedroom with views over Ramsgate harbour that lies in front of the hotel. Divided among three buildings The Royal Harbour Hotel is a rabbit warren

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Zürich Food Festival

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Zürich Food Festival     I went to Zürich that rich culinary centre of Switzerland to find out how they present themselves in what is the worlds fastest growing arena, street food. The Zürich Street Food Festival is an excuse for the whole city to up its game in gastronomic terms. As well as the

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Espionage, Emmental and The Eiger: Switzerland

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Espionage, Emmental & The Eiger:    On this trip I get to wander in the clouds and dream of spies, cheese and mountains. The city of Bern unfolds its past both in fact and fiction and I get to meet the cows that make all that lovely Alpine milk.   Switzerland’s capital, Bern is the

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Prague: Czech Republic

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Prague   On this venture I travel to the capital of the Czech Republic and enjoy the city of a 100 spires, meet an enterprising butcher and lawyer couple and have my first and possibly my last taste of Absinthe – the green nectar of the Bohemian generation.   Despite a population of 1.2 million Prague

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Gaucho: London

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Gaucho 93 Charterhouse Street London EC1M 6HL Tel: 020 7490 1676 So it’s time for steak again and where better than the hippest Argentinean joint in town?  Read how I dip into a bit of a South American culinary culture while keeping it ‘real’ with some excellent steak, wine and a glorious dessert! With its plush nightclub

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Seven Dials: London

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A gentleman’s day in London’s Seven Dials   So, in this article I head on down to London’s West End in search of a bit of ‘me’ time amongst the hubbub of Seven Dials. This little known enclave is a gem of a place to hang out, eat or even get a haircut. Full of

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Simply Indian

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Simply Indian 25 Tabard Street London SE1 4LA Tel: 020 7407 5005   Simply Indian I’m told has been there for years, quietly turning out authentic Indian cooking in Bermondsey. The first thing I noticed when arrived ahead of M my companion for the evening is that it’s small, very small. The bring your own

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Heliot Steak House, The Hippodrome Casino: London

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Heliot Steak House The Hippodrome 14 Cranbourn Street London WC2H 7JH Tel: 020 7769 8844   In this outing I have a try at living a little like James Bond (well almost) and spend an evening with some simpering girls who really know how to turn heads with their dancing, enjoy some excellent steak and

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