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Prestat’s New Praline Truffles

Prestat’s New Praline Truffles

Prestat’s new and very yummy praline truffles are both a chocoholic’s and an aesthetic’s idea of heaven. Nestled in royal purple coloured tissue paper, discovering the red and chocolate-brown (but of course) box covered in golden swirls is my comparable version of finding a golden ticket in a Wonka bar. Prestat’s design and packaging is second to none. In fact, we always keep and […]

by × August 1, 2011 × 0 comments

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Lavender Bakehouse & Coffee Shop

Lavender Bakehouse & Coffee Shop

Situated in Chalford, the Lavender Bakehouse & Coffee Shop is a welcome respite after a long walk around the hilly town of Stroud on the eastern edge of the Cotswolds. Painted in dreamy shades of lavender, Farrow & Ball greys and decorated with twinkling chandeliers, it’s the perfect spot for a relaxing breakfast […]

by × July 22, 2011 × 0 comments

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The Swan at Southrop

The Swan at Southrop

Pictures of The Swan at Southrop have been flashed around the world since Kate Moss (wearing that fabulous vintage blue dress and turquoise suede boots) was snapped outside its door with her then fiancé, Jamie Hince, on the eve of their recent Cotswold wedding. Not that this charming early 17th century inn, situated on the village green in Southrop, needs any […]

by × July 20, 2011 × 0 comments

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Highgrove Shop

Highgrove Shop

The nearest village to our Cotswold country cottage is the lovely seventeenth century market town of Tetbury, famous not only for its plethora of antiques shops, but also due to fact that HRH The Prince of Wales lives just around the corner at Highgrove. Since Prince Charles opened the first of the Highgrove shops here in March 2008 (the second recently opened in Bath), the increase in visitors to […]

by × April 12, 2011 × 0 comments

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Prestat Celebrate the Royal Wedding

Prestat Celebrate the Royal Wedding

The countdown to the Royal Wedding is now officially underway and Prestat – Chocolatiers to Her Majesty the Queen – are flying the flag with the launch of their new Union Jack Box. A bespoke selection of five truffles are presented in a fabulously contemporary and unashamedly patriotic box. To celebrate the wedding […]

by × March 23, 2011 × 0 comments

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Sicily on the Silver Screen

If you’re desperate to escape the winter chill then Sicily should be high up on your wish list. With appealing temperatures all year round, an intriguing history, unspoilt countryside, glorious architecture and a stunning coastline, it really does take some beating. When travelling through Sicily there’s a real sense of déjà vu. […]

by × December 31, 2010 × 1 comment

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Chocolates Fit for a Queen

Chocolates Fit for a Queen

Prestat’s hand-finished chocolates have been part of the Royal Family’s private and public life for decades – sailing round the world on the Royal Yacht Britannia and being much sought after at state banquets. There is no better nor more regal introduction to Prestat’s choclates than their opulently packaged Jewel […]

by × September 21, 2010 × 0 comments

Food, Health & Beauty, Travel

Luxuries of Goa

Luxuries of Goa

The fabled palm-fringed coastline lapped by the warm waters of the Arabian Sea, also known as the ‘pearl of the orient’ is finally living up to its lustrous label. The word Goa was once synonymous with hedonistic holidays; a reputation which began in the 60’s with the first influx of […]

by × September 16, 2010 × 0 comments

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Cake Boy

Cake Boy

Life is currently extra sweet for Master Patissier Eric Lanlard and his Cake Boy emporium based in Battersea Reach. A successful coffee lounge; a thriving Cookery School; his own TV show: Glamour Puds and now an exciting collaboration with renowned shoe designer Patrick Cox. Cake Boy is no ordinary coffee […]

by × August 30, 2010 × 0 comments

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Chocolate Museum, Bruges

Chocolate Museum, Bruges

“The waterfall is most important! It mixes the chocolate! It churns it up! It makes it light and frothy!” This may be Willy Wonka’s secret recipe for delicious chocolate, but just what is it about Belgian chocolate that makes it so irresistible? Our research led me to Bruges; home of […]

by × August 8, 2010 × 0 comments

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Sarment Personal Sommelier Service

Sarment Personal Sommelier Service

When pondering an endless wine list in a smart restaurant desperate to make the right choice, have you ever secretly wished that you had your own expert sommelier on hand to guide you? Well now your wish can come true. Sarment which launched at the beginning of June, is a […]

by × July 19, 2010 × 0 comments