Rincon Bar Espanol, Richmond upon Thames

It’s a bank holiday weekend here in UK and remarkably – for we are renowned for our bad holiday weather – the temperatures have soared, there are no clouds for the sun to hide behind and in London (more specifically Richmond) yesterday we hit 32C. It was hot. On Richmond Green crowds squashed tightly into […]

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Restaurant/Pub Review: The Anchor, Wisley

I find that much of life is ruled by diaries and plans and thus a note of spontaneity is always a joy. So when my daughter, Nicola, rang me at around 10am to ask if I was free for a late lunch, I was pleased to be able to say that, yes, I was indeed […]

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Restaurant Review: The March Hare, Guildford

It has to be said that it was a bit of a mission getting to Guildford this evening to meet my friend Tina. We hadn’t met up in a while but she’s one of my oldest friends – as in known for longer than most others – and having postponed this get-together from last Thursday […]

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Restaurant Review: Canela, Covent Garden

A couple of weeks ago, while wandering round a bitterly cold Covent Garden before meeting a friend for an early evening meal, I came across Canela. It’s rare to see a Portuguse cafe-restaurant in London and because I’d recently made some Pasteis de Nata for the first time, I was particularly intrigued to try Canela […]

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Restaurant Review: The Manor Arms, Abberley, Worcestershire

Visiting my daughter Nicola is an ‘escape to the country’ weekend. She and Rachael fairly recently moved to an old farmhouse on the edge of the village of Shrawley in Worcestershire with magnificent views across the surrounding countryside. I drove up from London in the morning in time for lunch and they’d booked a table […]

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Lunch at The Cornish Arms, St Merryn, Cornwall

After a lazy morning in Ashburton with Lynn, I got back into the car and set Google Maps on my trusty iPhone to take me across to the far side of this lovely peninsula that juts out at the end of England into the Celtic Sea to the north and English Channel to the south. […]

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Restaurant Review: Meson Don Felipe

I’ve been to Meson Don Felipe, a tapas bar in The Cut near Waterloo station, a number of times. It’s a great location if you’re going to the Old Vic or Young Vic theatres. Once a rather seedy part of the Waterloo area, it’s now bustling with bars and restaurants and is a lively place […]

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Pub Lunch at The Talbot, Knightwick, Worcestershire

The weather forecast was right. Which isn’t something you can always trust in UK. The weather all week has been bleak in London, more akin to autumn than summer. When I arranged to visit Nicola and Rachael this weekend I opted for Sunday as that looked like the only sunny day in sight. And luckily […]

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Restaurant Review: Duck & Waffle

It was Taina’s birthday and my daughter was coming down to London to celebrate that with her friend and for an early celebration of my birthday next Wednesday. I know Taina from Nicola’s hen-do where we travelled to the deep depths of Herefordshire together and made pizza for fourteen in the evening. When you make […]

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Zefi, Walton Street, South Kensington

My friends Kate and John told me they’d found this great restaurant-cafe in Walton Street recently, serving up wonderful Middle Eastern-Mediterranean food and they thought I’d like it and offered to take me there one Saturday for lunch. It’s an easy journey from Richmond on the District Line to South Kensington and today was a […]

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