St John Bread and Wine – offal needn’t be awful

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St John Bread and Wine

St John Bread and Wine – offal needn’t be awful Back in 1994, Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver opened the St John restaurant. It’s still around the corner from Smithfield Market in a once dilapidated part of Clerkenwell. The emphasis is on British recipes, simplicity and seasonality. It also includes all the meats now ignored by squeamish Brits. Yes, we’re …

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Terre à Terre in Brighton – bohemian like me

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Terre à Terre

Terre à Terre in Brighton – bohemian like me Terre à Terre in Brighton is possibly the finest vegetarian restaurant in Britain. It was opened in 1993 by Amanda Powley and Philip Taylor. Since then, their vision of fine dining has become legendary, a celebration of the ethical and sustainable, without meat or fish. It’s been six years since I …

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A grand stay at the Wensleydale Heifer

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The Wensleydale Heifer

A grand stay at the Wensleydale Heifer The Wensleydale Heifer is a restaurant with rooms in the Yorkshire Dales. It’s a transformed seventeenth-century inn at West Witton, four miles from Leyburn. From the outside, it looks rather like any typical traditional Dales pub. However, the inside is quite a different matter. The only clue to this before you enter is …

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Franco Manca Revisited – great authentic pizza

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Franco Manca

Franco Manca Revisited – great authentic pizza Where can you find great pizza? Originally from Napoli, Pizza has travelled the world as a street food staple. In doing so, it became much traduced. Napoli finally introduced a law that protects traditional pizza by specifying the ingredients and cooking methods. Fortunately, there is also great pizza in the UK. One such place …

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Cotswolds pub: The Wild Duck Inn at Ewen

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Wild Duck Inn - Clock

Cotswolds pub: The Wild Duck Inn at Ewen The Wild Duck Inn is a quintessential Cotswold country inn, dating from 1563. It’s found near to the source of the River Thames, at Ewen, just three miles from Cirencester. Having walked along the River Thames National Path (some 184 miles from source to sea), I was keen to return. So the …

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Wentbridge House Hotel

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Wentbridge House Copper Beech

Wentbridge House Hotel Where the A1 meets the M62, you pass through a part of Yorkshire known best for mining and industry. It would be easy to look at Ferrybridge power station and the spaghetti of motorway intersections and dismiss this area as one being without charm. In fact, that assumption couldn’t be more wrong. Within the area bounded by …

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