WE LOVE this combination from multi-award-winning restaurant  Romulo that has become London’s ‘go to’ destination for fine Filipino food with  celebrated single-island rum, distilled and aged for over seven years on Negros Occidental (known locally as Sugarlandia) in the Philippines. October will see these two hugely successful exports combining their considerable resources in a unique food and cocktail pairing. Marking London Cocktail Month,  and available from Friday 9th October to Sunday 15th November, the limited-edition, three course Sugarlandia Menu is priced at just £35 per person. Both the starter and the main course are paired with two equally memorable cocktails: Sunshine in Sugarlandia (Don Papa Rum, Lemongrass, Calamansi, Ginger, Honey) and Buko Pandan (Don Papa Rum, Pandan, Co...

St Lucia was one of the first Caribbean nations to open its doors again. Here we take another visit to the fabulous Cap Maison hote, and as  flights to Grenada take off, we go back to True Blue!

 Above: Rum tasting at True Blue Bay, Grenada and below; Cap Maison St Lucia 

FEATHER IN ST LUCIA’S CAP

Cap Maison in st Lucia is one of a growing number of hotels adding gastronomic experiences to the Caribbean cocktail of sun and sea.

Thanks to its terrain and climate the lovely eastern Caribbean island of St Lucia is blessed with bounty as well as beauty, and is fast becoming a gastronomic must go-to. Hotels such as Cap Maison in the north of the island, an area which has the best beaches and some of the best hotels and villas, are enticing visitors with a mix of fine dining, wines and rums and...

Toasting this seasons must-drink beers and gins with an Autumn glow

As the nights draw in and the seasons change, it is goodbye to summer cocktails on the terrace and hello to Autumn tipples such as amber beers and crispy gins.  Long walks kicking golden leaves and breathing the fresh air of Autumn lend themselves to cosy twilight drinks with friends, and as staycation continues, our new favourites are home grown in the UK, of course, as we continue to celebrate all things local.

HIVER HONEY BLONDE BEER

This season’s must-drink beer is set to be Hiver Honey Blonde Beer, which is as much a stunner as its name suggests. Brewed with British honey from urban and rural bee hives it is a fresh, easy drinking beer with an amber glint in the glass to light up the darker evenings.

Bees seem to have bec...

Stay cosy in The Cotswolds in The Lovely Churchill Arms 

The Churchill Arms is a charming boutique country pub in a quintessentially English village in the Cotswolds. But the picture postcard prettiness of the exterior, with its honey coloured limestone and climbing greenery, belies the fact that inside is one of the area’s leading restaurants serving modern cuisine of a quality you would struggle to find in some of London’s finest establishments.

The Churchill, which opened last year after extensive refurbishment, is the first venture from local boy Nick Deverell-Smith who was named the Junior Chef of the Year in 2000. Deverell-Smith has worked with some of the country’s top chefs, including Marco Pierre-White, Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Waring and Eric Chavot, before becoming head chef at Soho...

Get a taste of Italy during your stay at home Summer

Devonshire Road in Chiswick has gradually become the area’s on trend shopping and eating  village  with its selection of  boutiques and restaurants including the famous la Trompette , although Gordon Ramsey’s attempt to bring glamour to the Devonshire House pub failed miserably and the building is now a block of luxury apartments.

 For over 20 years  Devonshire road  was home to the eccentric  Pickwick’s Wine Bar, a firm favourite with it regulars but regarded as seedy and run down by others.  Now Mr Pickwick has called last orders and the premises are occupied by The Italian Job, the UK’s first Italian craft beer bar and restaurant. It has been completely gutted and is now a fuss-free, contemporary space with a modern bar and ba...

 Above: handwashing in Cambodia 

Whether pounding the pavements, strolling the commons or orbiting our local parks, we’ve been donning our trainers more than ever since lock down began. So why not lace up for a good cause by joining the Just A Drop 100km Dash to raise money for the charity’s Coronavirus Response Programme. Founded in 1998, Just a Drop provides practical, sustainable safe water solutions across the world, partnering with grassroots local communities to deliver practical assistance. To date, the charity has delivered over 300 projects across 32 countries, bringing safe water, sanitation and hygiene programmes to over 1.6 million people. Partnering with Charitable Travel and Wendy Wu Tours, Just a Drop is encouraging runners, joggers, hikers and footpath shufflers to tall...

Holidays in the sun and trips to exotic faraway places may seem like distant memories at the moment but the day will come when once again we can pack our bags and spread our wings.

By then, will our attitude to  travel have changed? 

Crowded beaches, packed bars and long queues at tourist attractions may seem alien. We have grown accustomed to keeping our distance and respecting personal space, enjoying walks in local parks and simple home pleasures. In London we have relished the clear skies and birdsong in a flight free world.  So will the post COVID traveller be more respectful and more appreciative of the world’s natural beauty?

Appreciating  nature whether it is in the jungle or under the ocean and experiencing conscious luxury in eco-hotels both at home and overseas are experiences...

 At Easter time we are  remembering these beautiful Angels painted on the Ceiling of the church of Debre Zeit, Gondar in Ethiopia. There are hundreds of these faces, each with a different expression ranging from the saintly and cherubic to downright mischievous. And although the Orthodox Church has a different calendar this is as good a time as any to look at their uplifting smiles. 

Beer, chocolate and stunning mountain views - Argentina's lake district is a feast for the senses 

 Image: Beautiful Bariloche

The Patagonian Lake District in Argentina is as pretty as a picture with its Alpine style  chalets, beautiful lakes and snow capped mountains. San Carlos de Bariloche  is the main tourist town in the Argentinian Lake District  with a colourful tram that runs past the main square and a distinctive European feel. The area attracted Swiss, Austrian and German settlers with its fresh mountain air, snowy peaks and challenging hikes. Although Argentina is famous for its wines, there are a surprising number of small breweries in Patagonia and the craft beer bars in places like Bariloche add to its Germanic feel.

This area is famous for its chocolate and there...

OK, so you don’t get to meet the man in person, but it’s still a great offer. The two Michelin-starred restaurant at Sketch in Mayfair is offering a meal deal that would put most eateries to shame: a three course Gourmet lunch in the Lecture


 

Room & Library and an exhibition ticket for Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy of Arts for £49.

​It’s an ongoing deal for any of the major exhibitions at the Royal Academy. My father and I make an annual pilgrimage to the RA for the Summer Exhibition, which my dad, an artist, loves. I am not a huge fan of the Summer Exhibition but I am very fond of my father and enjoy our little ritual. I don’t enjoy the food, though: lunch at the Royal Academy is way too much like eating in a school canteen for me.

So when I heard about Sketch’s deal, I suggested it to my...

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