Category Archives: Wine & Food

As we sat to begin a remarkable champagne lunch at London’s 2*Michelin Le Gavroche last week, a goody bag for each guest was already on the table. Inside was a jar of honey from Champagne Lenoble’s ‘Le Vallon’ vineyard in Chouilly. … Continue reading

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I’ve been meaning to write this piece for so long.  But busy, busy got in the way.  That and the mistake of thinking I had to write a restaurant review.  Wrong, because I am not a restaurant reviewer.  But my … Continue reading

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So there I was in the very sociable London tapas joint José in Shardoland, that is near the new ’Shard of Glass’ tall tower block.  Things have certainly gone up in the world round here.  It used to be railway grunge and warehouse.  Now it’s milling … Continue reading

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As I arrived in the Olympic Park at 8am with my family fresh from the seven minute Javelin train out of north London, little did we know just how good the day would be.  Losing out in the first ticket punt online, we finally … Continue reading

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What a stupendously good idea. Nick Gibson, owner of The Draper’s Arms, a pub with food which is ‘neighbourhood’, off the beaten track from Islington’s Upper Street but very friendly, decided to let his clientele turn up and drink the entire … Continue reading

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There’s a restaurant in the Catalan town of Figueres, with near perfect tapas. You know the kind of place. Outside, no particular advertisment or sign over the door. A lot of dark wood and slightly fortified look; a lot of … Continue reading

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As I sat waiting for the Sherry Master Class to begin, recently organised by the Institute of Masters of Wine in London, I involuntarily hummed Franki Valli’s 1962 Four Seasons hit to myself.  It’s got nothing to do with Sherry the drink.  But Sherry … Continue reading

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I’m a fish face. What I mean is, put me in a corner and a gun to my head then tell me to choose meat or fish for the rest of my life, no wallying around eating both, not allowed, I would say ‘Fish!’  Not a moment’s … Continue reading

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Nigella Lawson is the UK cookbook writer who grabs more headlines for her looks than her cupcakes.  And they are not always headlines admiring her earth-mother or sex-on (fairly sturdy) legs attributes.  In April this year the Daily Mail was having one of its … Continue reading

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