Stamford: Lunch at Hambleton Hall

The journey to Stamford for the weekend began with Hambleton Hall. My daughter Nicola searched for a Michelin starred restaurant within about a two-hour drive for both of us – a birthday present to me. My birthday was in April but everything was booked and I was given details then and have spent the last […]

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Stamford: Dinner at The Slanted Door

By the time I thought to offer buy us a meal on Friday night and took a look at what Stamford had to offer, The Slanted Door was fully booked in their restaurant but could offer us a table in the bar with the fine dining menu. We were happy with that option and it […]

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Stamford: Arrival and Lunch at Fika Cafe

My daughter has brought me to Stamford for the weekend – a birthday present. My birthday was actually in April but she’d booked this weekend so I got all the details at the time – two nights in a 300-year-old cottage in the centre of Stamford and tomorrow (Saturday) lunch at a Michelin star restaurant […]

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Art & Food: Tapas at Brindisa and V&A talk

Before covid, I used to go to art history talks often and have been to some wonderful talks at the National Gallery, Tate, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts and the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) over the years, and heard some great speakers, like Simon Schama and Alastair Sooke; artists like Antony Gormley, […]

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4 Nights in Aldeburgh, Suffolk: Eat, Drink, Do

Why go? Well my own reason for going to Aldeburgh was more about finding somewhere for a Spring break on the Suffolk coast and very little about the town itself. I wanted to explore Suffolk, a county I don’t know, and also wanted to be by the sea. So I searched for places to stay […]

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Aldeburgh, Suffolk: Dinner at Regatta Restaurant

When I’m away for short breaks I always end up booking places to eat to make sure I can get into what looks to be the best restaurants. Part of me feels ‘going with the flow’ and just turning up at dinner time to a place that looks good and what I’m in the mood […]

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Aldeburgh, Suffolk: Supper at The Lighthouse

Well finding good places to eat is essential to Travel Gourmet when it comes to holidays! I must confess, however, that I didn’t have any idea what was on offer in Aldeburgh until after I’d booked my stay at The Cross Keys and started looking at restaurants here. When I saw The Lighthouse listed as […]

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Aldeburgh, Suffolk: Arrival at The Cross Keys

Booking a short holiday in Aldeburgh was based on wanting to explore Suffolk, which I don’t know, and staying right by the sea. I love being by the sea. By the time I’d looked at what was on offer via Booking.com from Southwold southwards, I found The Cross Keys and decided that looked like a […]

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Where to Eat with Kids: Hache Riverside Social, Kingston upon Thames

It’s half term week, so a promise to take the boys to Kingston upon Thames – more specifically Bentalls – in the next holiday time was fulfilled. Bentalls has a brilliant toy department, which is its chief attraction to the boys, including the best collection of Schleich animal figurines that I know of (short of […]

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Restaurant Review: Tangawizi

I’ve written about Tangawizi before but it was 12 years ago in the early days of the blog. I listed it as one of my ‘favourite haunts’ – a category I eventually abandoned but Tangawizi remains a favourite haunt and the only place I ever order a takeaway from. I thought it deserved some attention […]

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