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  • 18 Jan 2019

    Brockmans Warm Winter Mull Cocktail Recipe

    What san-gria is to summer, this crowd-pleasing punch is to winter. Brockmans Warm Winter Mull: so much more interesting than mulled wine. Mull over the joys of the season whilst this sharing-recipe prepares itself in a slow-cooker, filling the room with a wonderfully festive aroma. Brockmans Warm Winter Mull SERVES 6 150ml Brockmans Gin 1...

  • 16 Jan 2019

    The Good Hotel Guide 2019

    The Good Hotel Guide 2019 is the leading independent guide to hotels in Great Britain and Ireland. It enjoys that position as it is written for those looking for impartial advice on finding a great hotel in which to stay for a holiday, a short break or for a special occasion. This well-respected guide has...

  • 14 Jan 2019

    Voyager 47 Club Lounge – Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

    This white and golden-thatched bungalow stands separated from the main body of the hotel and on the edge of the lagoon. It can be accessed only by guests of the Club Rooms, One-Bedroom Suites and Two-Bedroom Villas. Those superb accommodations are enhanced still further by the addition of the Voyager 47 Club Lounge to the...

  • 11 Jan 2019

    Brockmans Herbal Sour

    Brockmans Herbal Sour is delicious at any time of the year. The tarragon is aromatic and fresh and the ginger warming. Ingredients 50ml Brockmans Gin 25ml Lemon Juice 12.5ml Gomme White of one egg 3 or 4 slices of Fresh Ginger Large Fresh Tarragon Sprig and more for garnish Method Muddle a large sprig of...

  • 09 Jan 2019

    Lancrigg Hotel – dining

    Lancrigg is perhaps one of the most charming hotels in the Lake District …and even beyond. It has the exterior of a rather good country home. Its pale yellow walls blend perfectly with the surrounding countryside. The stone barn behind is so picturesque that it could almost have been put there just to thrill Instagram...

  • 07 Jan 2019

    Gousto Tuna Corn and Pasta Bake

    The Cheesy Tuna and Sweetcorn Pasta Bake recipe from Gousto is a substantial and thoroughly family-friendly dish. It’s said to be for 2 adults and perhaps 3 kids, but they would all have to be ravenous. This makes a huge platter of food and it even comes with salad. A couple of food boxes of...

  • 04 Jan 2019

    The Brown Horse, Windermere – stay

    The Brown Horse Inn, located in the heart of the Lake District, is an 1850s former coaching inn that offers its guests a comfy and modern take on a Cumbrian break. This would be a lovely hub from which to explore this region of natural beauty and charm. Incorporating all of the best aspects of...

  • 02 Jan 2019

    Art Deco City

    Even those of us who are not architectural experts will easily recognise the distinctive lines of Art Deco buildings. They represented the aspirations for a brighter future after the horrors of the First World War. Art Deco reflected the new industrial age and gave a nod to transatlantic ships and ancient civilisations. That might not...

  • 31 Dec 2018

    The Plough Inn – dining

    The Plough Inn is a little stunner. It offers beautiful rooms for the few who are lucky enough to stay, and a traditional bar and restaurant for resident guests and locals. The concept is smart casual and the food is polished. My perfect combination. One sits amid a riot of mismatched tables and chairs. The...

  • 28 Dec 2018

    Thai Taste Green Curry and a competition

    Thai cuisine is popular all over the world and it’s easy to see why.  It is a tempting and vibrant blend of spicy, salty, bitter, sour and sweet flavours which create a tapestry of taste. The company, Thai Taste, offers kits to make some classic dishes with all those delicious elements. These Thai Taste kits...

  • 26 Dec 2018

    Clase Azul Reposado Tequila

    Handmade and individually painted, each bottle of Clase Azul is a unique and charming work of ceramic art. In the small Mexican town of Santa Maria Canchesda, over 100 artisans are employed just to produce these trade-mark bottles. The beautifully handcrafted flasks of Clase Azul are statuesque and are indeed meant to be kept and...

  • 24 Dec 2018

    Holdsworth House Halifax – stay

    This is a jewel of a hotel, and there can surely be no better time to visit Holdsworth House Hotel than during those weeks just before Christmas. The building lends itself to traditional decorations and colour, giving a nod to gentler times, warmth and conviviality. Truthfully, Holdsworth House Hotel is a marvel at any time...

  • 22 Dec 2018

    Hayman’s Sloe Gin – review

    Hayman’s Sloe Gin is a classic with the fresh fruitiness of the autumn. This plum-coloured gin displays great balance on the palate with gin at its centre, but being neither too sweet nor too tart. The berries are macerated for several months to allow the characteristic flavours to infuse. This well-crafted Sloe Gin is perfect...

  • 21 Dec 2018

    Gousto King Prawn Linguine

    The Simple King Prawn, Garlic and Chilli Linguine recipe from Gousto makes a rather classy dish. It’s perfect for a family dinner for 4 very hungry folks (recipes for 2 are available as well). It would even work as a starter for 6, as these portions are generous. Who are Gousto and why be interested...

  • 20 Dec 2018

    Winter Edition of Timeless Travels

    It’s the end of the year and one’s mind turns to armchair travel! Snuggle up with the Winter Edition of Timeless Travels. In this gorgeous winter issue you can visit the fascinating Easter Island with its enigmatic stone statues, spend a weekend in Quito or discover the charming town of Haarlem in the Netherlands. You...

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