• Featured Restaurant: Maurizio's 7 Dec 18

    Pop-up restaurants are quite the thing these days, I understand. Some open with never an intention of being around for more than a month or two, burning like a brief candle; others just never quite... Read More

  • The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating 23 Nov 18

    You’ve tucked away the turkey, polished off the pigs-in-blankets and scoffed the sprouts, but the best bit’s still to come. It’s time for the Christmas pudding – the indulgent combination... Read More

  • Featured Restaurant: The King Stag 23 Nov 18

    Decor-wise, this Bushey gastro-pub manages to hit the perfect sweet spot between trendy and traditional. It stylishly nails ‘modern country cottage’, with its slouchy sofas, scrubbed wooden... Read More

  • Featured Restaurant: Meze Mangal 9 Nov 18

    With its low ceilings and beams, its simple wooden tables and its dark red chairs, the dining area at Meze Mangal could be the interior of any traditional restaurant… but the reality is quite... Read More

  • What to Drink When You're the Designated Driver 26 Oct 18

    I don’t know about you, but I get so frustrated on a night out when I’m not drinking. It’s not the lack of alcohol exactly: it’s the lack of choice. I don’t particularly like sweet and... Read More

  • A French Connection 26 Oct 18

    Who among readers of a certain age enjoyed A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle (pub. 1989) and longed to move to the South of France to spend their days in the sunshine, with nothing more taxing to do... Read More

  • Featured Restaurant: Rucola 26 Oct 18

    It’s been a long week, but the moment I step foot in Rucola, I feel instantly at ease. I’m charmed by the friendliness of the waiter who greets us in Italian and by the inviting atmosphere: the... Read More

  • What Saliha Did Next 12 Oct 18

    Back in May 2017 Saliha fought off competition from 63 other talented contestants, and triumphed through seven weeks of crazy MasterChef culinary challenges, before meeting fellow amateur cooks... Read More

  • Featured Restaurant: K2 Balti 12 Oct 18

    It’s hard to miss K2 Balti House. It makes for an impressive floodlit presence on one of the main roads leading into the town centre of Hemel Hempstead. This is a big, roomy restaurant that’s... Read More

  • Kitchen Confidence 28 Sep 18

    “I think people can get nervous about cooking,” the much-loved tv chef tells me. “I wanted to write a book that’s really simple, easy and goes back to basics.” She insists she’s not trying... Read More

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