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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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The Garden House – a stay with friends

The Garden House – a stay with friends

The Garden House is on a more human scale than the main house The Beaverbrook Estate is vast. The main house (to be completed as a hotel of distinction later in 2017) is baronial. But there is another hotel which is part of this well-appointed complex and it’s unique. The Garden House is on a…

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François Geurds – unassuming genius

François Geurds – unassuming genius

I have met François Geurds on a few occasions now. A couple of times at his eponymous FG Restaurant and also at the newer Food Lab. For once, the Michelin judges have awarded their coveted stars with logic and insight. But it wasn’t just the food that impressed me, it was also the man. I…

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Chef Yoshinori Ishii of UMU of Mayfair

Chef Yoshinori Ishii of UMU of Mayfair

One searches for a striking restaurant, and once found, one feels quietly impressed. Perhaps it’s a collection of elements that combine to offer comfort without showy embellishment, and gastronomic excellence with disarming simplicity. Chef Yoshinori Ishii presides over just such a rare establishment, and that is UMU of Mayfair (see review here). All chefs, one…

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Ryosuke Mashio – UMU Head Sommelier

Ryosuke Mashio – UMU Head Sommelier

We are spoilt for choice in London. We have restaurants of every ethnic hue. It’s a cosmopolitan city and food reflects our diversity. Japanese restaurants are more in evidence that ever, and acknowledged as one of the finest is UMU of Mayfair. The very address hints at the quality to be found within. Chef Yoshinori…

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Hisashi Taoka of Kiku – Fish aficionado

Hisashi Taoka of Kiku – Fish aficionado

Kiku is a Japanese restaurant conveniently located near Green Park station in Mayfair, and at the top of Half Moon Street. It’s one of the quieter thoroughfares, but popular with ‘them in the know’ as it’s the home of this exceptional eatery. I wonder why it isn’t more celebrated, but perhaps those regulars have the…

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The Cinnamon Club Seafood Cookbook

The Cinnamon Club Seafood Cookbook

Britain is an island. So it goes without saying that we are surrounded by water and have had a close relationship with the sea. Surprising, therefore, that are still so many of us who are not fish eaters. Home cooks have not had a good reputation for preparing tasty fish, and we so often resort…

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Willin Low – Wild Rocket, Singapore

Willin Low – Wild Rocket, Singapore

He hasn’t got a ‘serious’ chef persona. Willin rushes in and tells me to wait right there. He has some curry puffs that he wants me to taste. Just simple food and not even his, but Willin Low has not only talent but real passion for taste and texture. We settle in the courtyard of…

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Leon – Family & Friends

Leon – Family & Friends

This is the fourth volume in the Leon series, but it isn’t a traditional restaurant book. The clue is in the name, and then in the recipes. Leon – Family & Friends offers a diverse and eclectic collection of recipes in a book that has that old-fashioned feel of a Christmas Annual. You remember that…

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The French Horn at Sonning

The French Horn at Sonning

Sonning! It sounds ancient and smart and indeed it is just that. It’s a chocolate-box pretty spot that is so quintessentially English and timeless. That same quality is found at The French Horn. St Andrew’s Church, in the centre of the village, was founded in Saxon times – probably by Birinus, first bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames….

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Chef Josiane Diaga at The French Horn

Chef Josiane Diaga at The French Horn

The French Horn is iconic, quintessentially English and has a celebrated restaurant. The chef has an equally enviable reputation but she isn’t English. This is, after all the ‘French’ Horn. The owner is Michael Emmanuel and he knows what makes a good chef. “We’ve always been about good food cooked well and delivered properly. I’ve…

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Michael Emmanuel of The French Horn

Michael Emmanuel of The French Horn

It was a hot evening, a rare one in England this summer, when we walked into The French Horn. This is perhaps one of the most beautiful of country inns on the banks of the Thames. There was blazing sunshine outside and a roaring log fire inside. In fact the hotel (it’s described as a…

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Wahaca – Mexican food at home

Wahaca – Mexican food at home

I had my first visit to Wahaca – the restaurant, that is – just a few weeks ago. The place was vibrant and exciting and so was the food. This book is a paper teaser to help limber up the taste buds. Simple dishes to prepare that will give you a hint of what real…

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Anderida, Ashdown Park Hotel

Anderida, Ashdown Park Hotel

Ashdown Forest is an ancient area of heathland about 30 miles (48 km) south of London in East Sussex. It was once a medieval hunting forest created soon after the Norman conquest of 1066. The Forest continued to be used by royalty and the nobility for hunting into Tudor times. King Henry VIII, the monarch…

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Andrew Wilson, Executive Chef at Ashdown Park Hotel

Andrew Wilson, Executive Chef at Ashdown Park Hotel

Andrew Wilson has returned to Ashdown Park Hotel in Sussex for the third time and he is now executive chef. It’s not difficult to understand the appeal: it’s the quintessential English country house hotel – Gothic Victorian architecture and more than 180 acres of grounds. Andrew heads a team of 25 in the kitchen at…

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‘Ignatius’ Iggy Chan – Singapore’s Sommelier

‘Ignatius’ Iggy Chan – Singapore’s Sommelier

There are few restaurants owned, run by, and named after a sommelier but Singapore’s iconic “Iggy’s” is just that. Ignatius ‘Iggy’ Chan is an immensely likable, warm and animated restaurateur who has given his name to one of the most celebrated destinations for food lovers across Asia and indeed the world. “When I’m in a…

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The Chinese Cricket Club at The Crowne Plaza London – The City

The Chinese Cricket Club at The Crowne Plaza London – The City

It’s appropriate that I have a review of this restaurant just now. We have just watched the Cricket World Cup semi-final and are about to settle in front of the TV to watch the final (the equivalent of the American Super-Bowl or the Football World Cup), when India will face Sri Lanka. But the food…

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André Chiang

André Chiang

He is handsome and tall with casual-chic attire, and has a winning smile, but when he talks about food his visage changes to reflect a serious regard for his art and passion. Although still a young man André Chiang has had a lifetime filled with food and restaurants. His Mum was a chef and had…

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Vigo – Michelin Stars and Seafood

Vigo – Michelin Stars and Seafood

You will appreciate from these articles that I consider Vigo in Galicia something of an undiscovered culinary gem. The fresh produce and seafood are outstanding but you will likely be staying in a hotel where cooking facilities are strictly for the professionals, so you will want to find the best and the most interesting of…

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Hawksmoor at Home

Hawksmoor at Home

I am, and it’s evident to you, dear regular reader, not only a restaurant reviewer but a cookbook reviewer. I love my work and almost every book that passes across my desk (IKEA computer stand) has a recipe or two to which I will return, time after time. I can’t say the same for Hawksmoor…

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