Reviews are sponsored; the articles are unbiased, the opinions my own.

  • 23 May 2018

    Pied à Terre for Dinner – Restaurant review

    This is, at least for me, a box-ticking restaurant.  I guess we all have our own individual preference boxes, but there can’t be too many of those that wouldn’t be garnished with a big golden tick after a visit to Pied à Terre. This Michelin-star restaurant was established in 1991, with the support of the...

  • 21 May 2018

    The PNY Outdoor Charger – travel accessory review

    A charger seems a simple thing, but a charger is an indispensable part of any traveller’s kit. In fact, even an office worker with only a short commute will be glad of a power pack, and in particular the PNY Outdoor Charger. This is actually the most robust and practical charger I have found so...

  • 19 May 2018

    COMO The Halkin for Afternoon Tea by Ametsa – restaurant review

    Who doesn’t enjoy a good afternoon tea? It’s a delicious British institution and comforting. We know exactly what to expect – a 3-tier stand with sandwiches on the lowest deck, a few scones in the mid-section and an array of sweet treats on the top. It’s traditional, and marvellous when done well. But one might...

  • 18 May 2018

    Good Beer Guide – Belgium – book review

    Beer has changed its image over the last decade. It was once the chosen beverage of older folks who had their favourite brew and they stuck to it. Then there were the beer anoraks who viewed with professional disdain anything that was widely popular with the general public or not brewed in a barn. Good...

  • 16 May 2018

    Mosquito Repellent & Beach Accessories from THEYE – travel accessories review

    It’s that time of year again. Summer holidays are being planned, or there might be some early spring vacations on the horizon. Either way we need to be mindful of both the pleasures and hazards of that contemplated trip. We need Mosquito Repellent and Beach Accessories from THEYE. Malaria is much in the news. Most...

  • 14 May 2018

    Garden House Hotel Cookery School – review

    The Beaverbrook Estate is a one-stop resort for almost everything, and those everythings will be to a very high standard. The House, the more formal hotel, is large and from the outside looks rather imposing, but is in truth stylish and accessible. There is a smaller building on the estate and that’s the Garden House...

  • 11 May 2018

    Cuba: The Cookbook – review

    Cuba: The Cookbook is a stunning volume from Phaidon, who are celebrated for publishing unique international recipe books to tempt and inspire the home chef. This one is no exception. Cuba’s launch (the book, that is) couldn’t be more timely. News of the island is hitting the headlines at the moment, and people are taking...

  • 09 May 2018

    JW Steakhouse for Lunch – restaurant review

    Yes, Park Lane is swanky and fringed with outstanding hotels, and all of them are celebrated and worthy. One of the most popular is Grosvenor House with its impressive function rooms and public spaces that are worth another look after a recent refurbishment. But it also has a host of dining options, including JW Steakhouse...

  • 07 May 2018

    Sharq Village and Spa in Doha Qatar – hotel review

    You will be expecting something remarkable from the resort as soon as you arrive at Sharq Village and Spa. One is welcomed by a comfy chair and deliciously mild and aromatic coffee. Hospitality to the fore, and you haven’t even reached your room! The reception area is large and furnished with sumptuous sofas, huge urns,...

  • 04 May 2018

    Willow and Stone White Wine from Kingsland – product review

    Here is another light wine from Kingsland. Willow and Stone White Wine is bound to have popular appeal with those who are not normally wine drinkers. It offers value for money (under £4.00) and versatility for summer quaffing. Willow and Stone British wines are crafted with a young audience in mind. This is a fruity...

  • 02 May 2018

    Designed in the USSR: 1950-1989

    Designed in the USSR: 1950-1989 is another book from Phaidon. Not a cookbook this time but a rather topical design book which does indeed offer an insightful overview of iconic images from behind the Iron Curtain. There are some flag-waving posters, as one would expect, but even these have influenced graphic art far beyond the...

  • 30 Apr 2018

    Amsterdam Marco Polo Pocket Travel Guide 2018 – book review

    I am a fan of these comprehensive little guides. I took this one on a test run to Amsterdam and it proved to be worth the money. It’s more than a book with a map at the back. Amsterdam Marco Polo Pocket Travel Guide 2018 is a travel aid …and fun, too! I am a...

  • 27 Apr 2018

    Gaucho Richmond for Weekend Breakfast – restaurant review

    This is something of a departure for this high-end steak restaurant. Gaucho in Richmond (and Hampstead) are now offering breakfast, and it’s not all meat. Richmond is classy and popular with those who appreciate its riverside. The shops attract discerning visitors but there are, surprisingly, very few worthy restaurants. Gaucho has long had a loyal...

  • 25 Apr 2018

    The Trading House for Dinner – restaurant review

    Yes, London is a city, but then within that there is ‘The City’. Known as “Londinium”, the Romans established a settlement on the current site of the City of London around AD 43. By the late 16th century, London had become a major centre for banking and trade. The Royal Exchange here was founded in...

  • 23 Apr 2018

    Matt Tebbutt Cooks Country – review

    Many of you will recognise this young chef as one of the presenters of UKTV’s Market Kitchen where he introduces the audience to a raft of guests and culinary delights. This book, on the other hand, introduces us to Matt Tebbutt and his world of food. He is the proprietor of The Foxhunter Gastropub in...

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