Category Archives: Restaurants

Oranmore House + Garden Ballymena Antrim

Good Natured Of course, the drawing room mantelpiece has some rather fetching garniture. A pair of Staffordshire dogs are very on period. Books on steeplechasing ride high over the piano under a painting of ‘Beef or Salmon’, a past winner … Continue reading

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Deal Town + Pier Kent

A Diction Words do come easy to us. There are plenty to play with in Kent’s prettiest town. Take house names. The quizzical Fanny’s Dilemma. The often out of season Christmas House. Then there’s the nautical: Dolphin Cottage, Sea Haze … Continue reading

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Antrim + Down Coasts

Dockers and Carters Once a place to leave, not to live, never mind visit, least of all for a luxury travel experience, how times have changed. The east coast of Northern Ireland (Counties Antrim and Down with Belfast sitting over … Continue reading

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Deal Town Kent + The Doors

The Importance of Being Very Earnest Douglas isn’t just the capital of the Isle of Man. But Deal sure is the capital of Kent.

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Ox + Ox Cave Belfast

Strength and Honour   We’re talking lunch and dinner in the same restaurant but not on the same day. Four flights; two meals. Throw in a couple of winter storms and it’s all about dedication to the cause. Ox is … Continue reading

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Montalto House + Estate Ballynahinch Down

A Dawning of Clarity Upon Complexity Braving Storm Ciara, on a blustery photogenic winter’s day, architect John O’Connell and his client Managing Director David Wilson lead a two-to-two private tour of Montalto Estate: The Big House; The Carriage Rooms; and … Continue reading

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The Bank House + Marine Parade Whitehead Antrim

Unprovincial Province Whitehead is off the main road from somewhere to anywhere. You have to choose to visit the town rather than drive through it. This quality has helped preserve it as an untarnished Victorian and Edwardian enclave. Some of … Continue reading

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Rare Champagne + La Dame de Pic Four Seasons Hotel 10 Trinity Square London

Lotto and Cavagnole and Faro and Lansquenet Writing in Edwardian Architecture, Alastair Service describes the host building and its place in the architectural lexicon: “The commission for the Port of London Authority building was won in a competition of 1912 … Continue reading

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The Shard + Shangri La Hotel London

Curtins Closing The last hurrah. Armed with a camera, a lust for life and a lack of vertigo, it’s all about a 26 second ascent to the 34th floor of The Shard, roughly halfway up the UK’s tallest cloudscraper. The … Continue reading

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XU Tearoom + Restaurant Soho London

Tea Total As dedicated fully signed up staunchly supportive loyal members of the Taiwanese Tea Appreciation Society, we were duty bound one wintry Saturday afternoon in Taipei Soho to dip and sip our way through the tasting menu and brew … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Rue de Rivoli Paris

A Boulevard of Dreams and Things “We met at the little bar across the place from Dior’s called the Fontaine-de-something and had one – two – three Champagne cocktails on my expense account. Then we had lunch.” Shamrocks and Unicorns, … Continue reading

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World Boutique Hotel Awards 2019 +

The Four Score Nations Robin Sheppard, Co Founder of Bespoke Hotels, calls it, “A star studded, must attend, essential date in the world’s perpetual calendar.” The ninth World Boutique Hotel Awards takes place, as ever, in Merchant Taylors’ Hall in … Continue reading

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Deal Town Kent + Lady Dalziel Douglas

The Importance of Being It’s not every coastal town that has a restaurant run by a descendent of the lover of the greatest wit of the 19th century. But Deal in Kent isn’t just another coastal town. It’s chockablock with … Continue reading

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No.50 Cheyne Chelsea London + Iain Smith

Chelsea Arbour So, 50 is the new brasserie. After a nine month rework, our favourite Chelsea haunt is up and running again. Sprinting even. It came at a price: a cool £3 million. Money well spent though: Lambart + Browne … Continue reading

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Strabane + The Doors

Prints Charming Strabane, 18th century Ireland’s capital of publishing and printing.

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