What’s The Catch?

Well, in this case, it’s a new al fresco dining space at The Vineyard, Stockcross The celebrated Vineyard Hotel & Spa is celebrating. Famed for its 30,000 strong wine list  – the clue’s in the name, right? – and excellent hospitality, The Vineyard is 25 years old this year. To mark the occasion, owner Sir…
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Wareing It Well

Stay. Eat. Sleep. Eat. The Berkeley is not short of good eating and drinking. Grolet. The Pret-A-Portea. The Blue Bar. They’re all, basically, the sort of thing even Londoners consider when they’re going out. And then there’s Marcus Wareing’s award-winning, titular restaurant Marcus. Which, frankly, is also the sort of thing even Londoners consider when…
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In The Lou P

Secluded St Tropez hideaway announces even more reasons to visit… Lou Pinet is one of those addresses that defines “if you know, you know…” Reopening its doors at the end of April, this oasis of a hotel has also launched a raft of new services. In addition to what was already the largest pool in…
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Designated Diver

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas add water to their wine. And it’s a good thing. Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas were, it says here, voted as “the world’s best underwater wine cellar and restaurant.” I mean… that’s not going to be a long list of candidates, is it? Saying that, it’s probably quite stiff competition so, er,…
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It’s Simply Not Cricket

Food. Lord’s. Howzat? This September, Lord’s is breaking new ground. They’re hosting NASCAR. No. They’re not. We made that up. The reality is quieter, tastier and less, well, American: Lord’s – The Home of Cricket – is hosting a non-sport related event. For the first time. The event in question is The Home of Food…
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A Touch of the Vapours

Happy Ardbeg Day. It’s a peaty party… Saturday 3 June is Ardbeg Day. No, us neither, but it’s whisky so we’re willing to roll with it… To mark this year’s celebration, the Islay distillery is releasing a special limited edition that promises to be the most Ardbeg of Ardbegs ever made because they’ve abandoned the…
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Ready. Pret. Go

The new season Prêt-à-Portea has arrived First served in 2005 The Berkeley’s fashion-themed tea has had a longer career than most models. Hell, a couple more and it’ll be too old for Leonardo DiCaprio. The London hotel’s playful couture cakes take inspiration from the world’s leading designers, and it’s become a favourite of fashion-lovers and…
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Petit Minded

Le Petit Beefbar reaches Scotland For a restaurant that celebrates compactness in its name, Le Petit Beefbar seem pretty hellbent on global domination. They’re in Italy, France, Greece, Qatar, Malta, Switzerland, Egypt, Mexico, Hong Kong, the USA to name but a few locations. And now, to add to their London outpost, they’re adding a second…
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Cask Master

1959? It was a very good year… Mr George Legacy is coming. While he sounds like a US congressman, the reality is, frankly, so much more appealing. Mr George Legacy 1959 – to give the full name – is the latest release from Gordon & MacPhail’s in their annual series celebrating the legacy of George…
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Rays Awareness

The Maldives is one of the best locations to see Manta Rays. The Standard will take you even closer. Is it us or is everyone visiting The Maldives at the moment? To be fair, as a guarantee of luxury, The Maldives is hard to beat, even if it now feels that hotel personnel must outnumber…
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