Iberian Ham

Jamon Jamon

Walk into any tapas bar and legs of cured ham, jamón, will be dangling from the ceiling above the bar. Walking into the Good Housekeeping Institute, London, I was met by a large Jamón Iberico, resplendent on a plinth. Like all good sculpture, this had a strong sensory effect on the viewer. In my case, a quickened pulse and instantaneous
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Chicken momos

La Belle Assiette

La Belle Assiette is a company aptly named. It has some 200 professionally trained chefs who can be hired to cook for you in your own home. Go on line, have a look at the chef profiles plus the menus they prepare, book the one you like and wait for the doorbell to ring. Then relax while your private chef
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Seascape, Isle of Wight

Sailing Away to the Isle of Wight

A weekend trip to the Isle of Wight was an absolute delight. Three days of sunshine – no mean feat in summertime England – added to the pleasure of a seaside stay where evening walks along the beach brought each day to a relaxing close. Transported by Wightlink Ferries and hosted by Visit Isle of Wight and The Seaview Hotel
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Limes, Coya Piccadilly

Coya – Piccadilly, London

The chef is English and the waiter French. The food is Peruvian with Japanese influences. This mélange might sound like too much of an international mix, but the overall effect at Coya, Piccadilly was a lunch with delicious, light food, welcoming ambience and addictive Pisco sours. Invited by Fiona Maclean of London Unattached to review the healthy drinks menu –
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Rose Room, Sofitel St James

La Vie en Rose

An afternoon tea comprises three components that together create a memorable experience. Firstly, there should be a selection of quality teas that reads like a wine list and tempts one into unexplored territory. Secondly, the food must be plentiful but delicate, pretty and creative. Thirdly, the ambience should be comfortable and elegant as befits a time honoured tradition; there should
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Inito signage

Exciting Indian Street Food at Inito

Invited to a taster evening at Inᴉto I had no idea that we were in for an evening of surprises. Sampling the menu turned out to be a three hour eat-a thon. Dish after delicious dish was brought to our table where six women and one hungry man tried valiantly to do justice to some very good food. Eventually we
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Afternoon Tea, Pont St

Let Them Eat Cake

If Marie Antoinette had not rebuffed the masses calling for bread but had laid on a tea like the one that Fiona MacLean and I enjoyed at Pont St, Belgravia, she might have kept her head. The ‘let them eat cake’ afternoon tea is served in conjunction with Ruinart, a champagne house that was established well before the French Revolution.
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Ceiling, The Gilbert Scott

Tea For Two

Invited by Fiona Maclean from London Unattached , to join her to preview the Sir John Soane’s Afternoon Tea menu at the Gilbert Scott, I was expecting an elegant few hours at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.  I have wanted to visit the hotel since its revamp some years ago turned it from a derelict building into one of London’s finest
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Kouzu, Belgravia

Kouzu Japanese Restaurant

Invited to lunch at Kouzu, a newly opened Japanese restaurant in Belgravia, I knew I was in for a different experience from that at my local, no –frills, neighbourhood sushi bar. Located in a Grade 11 listed building, once a bank, Kouzu is not yet easy to find as planning regulations have delayed the name board being hung outside. At
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