Archive For May 2017

The Swan at Lavenham

The Swan at Lavenham

The Swan Hotel is just as perfect as Lavenham itself! Lavenham is the kind of village that even we who live in Britain don’t expect to find anymore. It’s a chocolate-box beautiful spot – it’s an historic drama set-worthy location and it’s hard to imagine how it has remained in such original condition. This is…

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Mallorca for the Arts

Mallorca for the Arts

Valldemossa is a beautiful and unspoilt village and worth a visit even if Chopin isn’t your favourite composer We might well think we know everything about Mallorca – possibly spelled Majorca and often pronounced with a hard ‘j’! It’s evidently a tapestry of an island and so far we are just considering the name! This…

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Domon Ken: The Master of Japanese Realism

Domon Ken: The Master of Japanese Realism

Japan as a country of colour and drama Domon Ken is one of the most renowned Japanese photographers of the 20th century. One might not recognise his name but one will likely have seen some of his work, which is iconic and which spanned decades. This is an excellent book which strives to offer the…

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The White Lion, Aldeburgh

The White Lion, Aldeburgh

A quintessential sea-front hotel with a smart façade I am well-travelled but I still believe that there are few places better than Britain on balmy summer days, and particularly when one is fanned by soft sea breezes. Aldeburgh is an historic town and tourist destination for visitors who appreciate its expansive Blue Flag shingle beach….

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Kröller-Müller Museum – gardens and galleries

Kröller-Müller Museum – gardens and galleries

One of the first people to appreciate the paintings of Vincent van Gogh This done of the first people to appreciate the paintings of Vincent van Goghelightful museum is a triumph. Yes, it will be a draw for lovers of art but it has such broad appeal for those who appreciate the open and wooded…

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The Gallery Restaurant – The Swan at Lavenham

The Gallery Restaurant – The Swan at Lavenham

Suffolk is blessed with coast and pastures offering the freshest bounty of the county The Swan is a striking hotel in an equally striking location. Lavenham is a town the likes of which is often thought extinct. It’s the stuff of historic dramas, with unspoilt houses and shops; a slice of Harry Potter was filmed…

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Sea Spice in Aldeburgh

Sea Spice in Aldeburgh

Sea Spice takes advantage of Aldeburgh’s fantastic location on the Suffolk coast I have written a book about Indian restaurants but they were all in London. I review Indian restaurants almost every month but I have never reviewed one outside the UK hub of Indian food – our capital city. But here I was in…

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The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh, Suffolk

The menu is eclectic and broad so there is bound to be something for everyone This is a classic English coastal town. It has a long and wide Blue Flag shingle beach which is dotted with fishing boats and fresh-fish shacks. It’s a draw for those who want to catch some rays and go for…

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The Crown Restaurant at Woodbridge

The Crown Restaurant at Woodbridge

Some of the best meat in the UK comes courtesy of local farms OK, I confess, I had never visited Suffolk. I discovered a strikingly beautiful county with coast, pasture, chocolate-box villages and historic towns. I discovered Woodbridge! The Crown Hotel (review to follow shortly) houses its eponymous 2 AA Rosette restaurant, which is recommended…

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Hotel Bon Sol – it’s a family affair

Hotel Bon Sol – it’s a family affair

Hollywood actor Errol Flynn stayed at the Bon Sol This deceptively large hotel couldn’t have a better location. Hotel Bon Sol Resort and Spa is in Illetas, which is only 8 km (5 miles) from central Palma. One doesn’t need the extra expense of car hire: the bus stop is only a few yards away…

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