Southern Sicily Discovering Pizzolo and the right way to eat it. Through winding roads, vineyards, rocky outcrops and gentle hills in the province of Siracusa on the road to nowhere you’ll find Pantalica Ranch, a kind of hideout for foodies. True there’s no phone signal, but the Wi-Fi works just fine and I’m holed up
Groningen A gastro Heaven I could have arrived at London’s Southend Airport some early ‘o’ clock to start my trip to Groningen in northern Holland, but why do that when I could have a comfortable night right next to the airport at the Holiday Inn? Dining at the 5thfloor 1935 restaurant on a fine
Quito Ecuador Getting to Quito the capital of Ecuador takes a little while but it’s worth it. This South American gem is 12 hours away from Europe by plane but a million miles away in so many other ways. The 40 min journey from the airport gives a hint of what to expect. Snow capped
Waldhaus am See St. Moritz Switzerland Set me a challenge of trying out the largest selection of Whisky available for sale in one bar and the results are inevitable as day following night. Read on to find out if I made it to dawn. When I first read about Waldhaus am See and it’s
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
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
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
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,
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
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
Antwerp: Beer, Art and Frites. One of the most culturally important cities in Europe, second in size to Brussels the Belgian city of Antwerp is an unbelievable cornucopia of art, architecture, fashion, beer and yes, (artisanal) frites. Flying from the super quick Southend Airport it took just 45 minutes to get there. The first class
Asparagus: Edible gold April in Europe can mean only one thing in the vegetable world, asparagus. That wonder of the chef’s table, speared, doused in butter, poached egged or just plain steamed. It is a thing of beauty and taste. Time to find out where most of our asparagus comes from and how to eat
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.
The 12 Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery In this post I’m going to take you into a world of historical intrigue and chicanery. A centuries old conundrum that we are curiously allowed to see the end result of (and we also know how is started) but not the details of how it got there.
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