Category Archives: Restaurants

George V Hotel + L’Orangerie Restaurant Paris

Perfumed Notes | As Myrrh from the Tree “The physical transformations of Paris can be read as a ceaseless struggle between the spirit of place and the spirit of time.” Eric Hazan Lunch in Paris is always a good idea. … Continue reading

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Rosewood Hotel London + Retro Art Afternoon Tea

Up On Reflection We’re leisurely making our way round the courtyard of Rosewood Hotel in Holborn, a mere canapé’s throw from Sir John Soane Museum. Our first visit was for dinner in Holborn Dining Room. Second visit, Champagne in Scarfes … Continue reading

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Pitzhanger Manor London + Anish Kapoor

Master of Mirrors, Master of Light It’s the GSM rule. The thicker the invitation card, the better the party. The relaunch of Pitzhanger Manor proved the point. Sir John Soane’s former country house – post a £12 million facelift (or … Continue reading

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Sofitel Vieux Port Hotel Marseille + Paul Cézanne

Unstill Life “Well, life is full of surprises,” proclaims essayist and novelist Marilynne Robinson. Couldn’t agree more. We’ve just woken up in Marseille. South of France. A night in Provence. There’s more. Breakfast in bed in the Mediterranean city’s best … Continue reading

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Marseille + Vallon des Auffes

Up Ship Creek Below and beyond Marseille’s marvellous Mediterranean Corniche, the Valley of Grass ascends to hillside bastides and descends to coastal cabanons: from country houses to cosy cabins. Shabby chic: a tired old phrase for a tired old style, … Continue reading

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Lasarte Restaurant + Monument Hotel Barcelona

Nonsense and Sensibility | Homage to Fromage | Striptease Déu n’hi do! Lavender’s Blue is a release of pure joy. Visiting a metropolis to explore just one neighbourhood concentrates our minds. A new tourism. We’re on it like a Jane … Continue reading

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Hide Restaurant London + Ollie Dabbous

Number 85 Piccadilly Bookended by the Fox Club and the former In and Out Club (a shroud of scaffolding is due to be removed imminently to unveil the capital’s most hotly anticipated new hotel), Number 85 Piccadilly was also once … Continue reading

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Portonovi + Boka Bay Montenegro

Portonovi + Boka Bay Montenegro “Just as if I have returned to town from the most beautiful fairytale of my childhood.” Sophia Loren The great Italian actress is a fan. Roughly the size of Northern Ireland but with less than … Continue reading

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Trinity Upstairs Restaurant Clapham London +

Tea for Two We’ve gone up (stairs) in the world. Enter The Old Town, cross The Pavement, round The Polygon, we’re back at our local, only a storey higher enjoying an elevated position this time: The beginnings: Padrón peppers | salt … Continue reading

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Core Restaurant London + Clare Smyth

La Dulse Vita Crowned the world’s best female chef, even before she rustled up the wedding supper for Prince Harry and Baroness Kilkeel, it was only a matter of time until Northern Ireland born Clare Smyth MBE would put her … Continue reading

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