Category: Hospitality

Mise en place

Eating in and out in Paris

These days London is acknowledged to be a hot contender for food capital of the world, thanks to its diversity and the creativity of its concepts. And although we blas√©…[Read more]

After a long and comfortable lunch...

Brasserie Zedel

It takes guts to open a restaurant in a basement these days, but this is no ordinary basement. The master practitioners of the art of hospitality, Jeremy King and Chris…[Read more]

Silvana proudly presents...

Italian Spring Cooking with Silvana de Soissons at the Vegetarian Cookery School, Bath

It was a perfect excuse for a bit of mother-and-daughter bonding. I had met Silvana de Soissons, a charismatic Italian foodie chef a few weeks ago at Thyme at Southrop,…[Read more]

Bagpipes at sunset

Postcards from India (1) – Ananda in the Himalayas

It’s difficult to pigeon hole Ananda, because it is unlike any other spa or retreat I have come across. Was I going to an ashram? I was asked before going…[Read more]


The Delaunay Counter

The Delaunay Counter from the Wolseley stable does not look like your average takeaway. There are suited managers to greet on entry, and to talk you through the system, particularly…[Read more]

41 Dean Street Soho


This place is so relaxed in its fit out, it’s almost falling apart, but in a good way. There is obviously a big advantage in the current trend of stripped-down,…[Read more]


A Night at the Opera and Les Deux Salons

A visit to an opera implies a bit of a special occasion, mainly because of the ticket prices.¬† Putting on the large scale productions, involving orchestra, highly trained singers and…[Read more]

Talking about the price of fish

Villa Maroc, Essaouira

Essaouira in Morocco has a special resonance for me. Within an hour’s drive of the town from the heat of Marrakech, the air temperature suddenly falls by about 10 degrees,…[Read more]

View from lunch on the Nare terrace

The Nare Hotel – True hospitality by the sea

In the fifties and sixties, August in South Cornwall was one of the places to be in the UK. Before the mass exodus abroad to get as sunbaked as possible,…[Read more]