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
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
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
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
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 of resorts where only the stylish check in and if you have to ask how much you’re in the wrong place. Or that’s
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