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Cinq-Mars, Paris

Cinq-Mars, Paris

Cinq-Mars on the trendy rue Verneuil in the 7th arrondissement, is the perfect choice if you want to find a great locals-only restaurant. It’s such a welcome break from the typically busy, and often noisy traditional style brasseries. No gilt and crimson velvet here; the decor is very simple with […]

by × January 26, 2014 × 0 comments

Food, Travel

The Swan Inn, Swinbrook

The Swan Inn, Swinbrook

always either on a peak of happiness or drowning in black waters of despair they loved or they loathed, they lived in a world of superlatives – The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford – I’ve always been fascinated by the myth of the Mitford sisters. How did six girls […]

by × June 11, 2013 × 0 comments

Food, Travel

Le Marocain at La Mamounia, Marrakech

Le Marocain at La Mamounia, Marrakech

La Mamounia is the stuff of legend. Regal to the last, this grand old dame of Marrakech has been welcoming presidents, prime ministers and the glitterati since the 1920s. Winston Churchill was a great fan and famously referred to is as “the most lovely spot in the whole world.” This Moorish […]

by × April 9, 2013 × 0 comments

Food

Go FiSH at Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire

Go FiSH at Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire

I recently had a brilliant stay at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire (see my recent blog here) and as my visit coincided with the end of the week, I was delighted to be invited to sample the recently launched Four Seasons experience: FiSH. Every Friday evening the usually formal Seasons dining room is […]

by × February 8, 2013 × 7 comments

Arts & Culture, Food

The Arts Club, London

The Arts Club, London

‘This club is instituted for the purpose of facilitating the social intercourse of those connected with, or interested in Art, Literature or Science.’ I have been a member of The Arts Club in Dover Street, for little more than a year now, and quite frankly, I’d be lost without it. […]

by × September 4, 2012 × 0 comments

Food

The Kingham Plough, Chipping Norton

The Kingham Plough, Chipping Norton

Since relocating from London to Oxfordshire nine months ago, I’ve been on a mission to find the best gastropubs in the Cotswolds, and I can report that they really don’t come any better than the The Kingham Plough at Chipping Norton. The very first time I walked through the door, I […]

by × August 22, 2012 × 0 comments

Food, Health & Beauty, Travel

Strawberry Hill, Jamaica

Strawberry Hill, Jamaica

The ascent to Strawberry Hill is one of the most thrilling rides ever. Leaving the oppressive heat of Kingston behind, winding upwards through the narrow roads, lush green vegetation and occasional hairpin bend of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains to an elevation of 3100 feet above sea level, is quite a journey. […]

by × August 17, 2012 × 0 comments

Food, Travel

Palazzina Grassi, Venice

Palazzina Grassi, Venice

Palazzina Grassi is a breathtaking 16th century palazzo situated right in the artistic heart of Venice, minutes from Palazzo Grassi, overlooking the Grand Canal. Opened in 2009, it was the first hotel designed by Philippe Starck in Italy, and as can be expected, is a fusion of history, tradition and […]

by × July 31, 2012 × 0 comments

Food

Prestat Diamond Jubilee Boxes

Prestat Diamond Jubilee Boxes

Prestat, chocolatier to Her Majesty The Queen, has created two fairytale boxes and filled them with a magical assortment of truffles especially for The Diamond Jubilee. Once again artist and illustrator, Kitty Arden, has created a fantastical design featuring a royal coach, a lion and a unicorn, and a couple […]

by × May 27, 2012 × 0 comments

Food, Travel

Hatfield’s, Los Angeles

Hatfield’s, Los Angeles

As a Brit, dining out in LA can sometimes be a little tricky. Unlike London and New York, where fancy restaurants usually demand a fancy outfit, dining in LA is a great deal more casual. Sure, if you dine out at Wolfgang Puck Hotel Bel-Air every night then you can pile on the glitz […]

by × March 14, 2012 × 0 comments

Food

Bistro du Vin – Soho, London

Bistro du Vin – Soho, London

Bistro du Vin on Dean Street in the heart of London’s Soho, is the latest lovely offering from The Hotel du Vin group. Light and spacious with just enough buzz to keep things interesting. This is a great spot for lunch or dinner. Knowledgeable sommeliers are always on hand to give advice on the impressive wine list. […]

by × September 16, 2011 × 0 comments

Food, Travel

Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Birmingham

Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Birmingham

Surprisingly, this is my first stay at a Hotel du Vin hotel and I’ve chosen to stay at their largest property: the beautifully ornate Victorian red building which in a former incarnation, was the Birmingham & Midland Eye Hospital. Many striking original features remain such as the foyer’s pink marble columns and the dramatic […]

by × August 1, 2011 × 0 comments