Lunch at Brindisa, Richmond upon Thames

We have a joke in UK that you wait ages for a bus and then three come along all at the same time. I’ve been playing this out with tapas bars recently. For years I meant to go to one of Jose Pizarro’s restaurants/tapas bars, finally made it to the RA one (click here) in […]

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Return to Kew Gardens

Everyone has missed something during Lockdown since late March, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. There have been many common experiences but each person has had their own unique experience too. There have been some really difficult things to negotiate a way through for many people but, though I long for a return to a greater […]

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Amorino, Richmond upon Thames

You can never have too much good gelato. Or you can’t if you’re Travel Gourmet. There are so many great gelaterie in London these days, it’s slightly taken the edge off going to Italy, where for so long a highlight of an Italian holiday was eating ice cream that was far superior to anything you’d […]

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Where to Eat with Kids: Byron, Richmond

My 4-year-old grandson Freddie and I went to visit my friend Liz this afternoon to see her 4-month-old puppy, Ziggy. It was our 3rd time seeing the little King Charles Spaniel and he always seems so pleased to see Freddie, I’m sure even puppies recognise human equivalents – i.e. other ‘children’. I decided to pick […]

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A Spring Morning Walk in Kew Gardens

This post is for my dear friend Jane – and she will know why. Spring is very late coming this year. I know this particularly as it’s my birthday in a couple of days’ time and so I can recall birthdays when spring was further along, apple blossom on trees, a taste of summer in […]

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Snowy Richmond upon Thames

I should confess straight off that I’m not really a fan of snow. I don’t get excited by its arrival; at least not in London, maybe in a wintry Switzerland or if I was in the country and didn’t have to go out and do anything. But I’m a summer-loving person born under the Sun […]

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Restaurant Review: The Ivy Cafe, Richmond

The Ivy Café opened in Richmond last week and my friend Liz kindly offered to take me there as a birthday treat. I was pleased to get the chance to try it out so soon after the opening but also slightly uncertain of how I might find it. I say this because it was going […]

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A Sunday Morning Walk in Kew Gardens: August

It was a bit hit and miss whether I’d make it to Kew Gardens this morning for my August post in the A Year in Kew series on the blog. After yesterday’s glorious day of summer, rain was forecast for today from late morning. But, with a busy week ahead, it was rather a case […]

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Gelateria Danieli

Sandwiched in-between the dull autumnal days of last week and heavy rains and thunderstorms forecast for next week, we’ve had a delightful day of summer in London with clear blue skies, brilliant sunshine and the temperature reaching up into the 30s. Thus there was only one thing for the Single Gourmet Traveller to do after […]

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