Paris - The 6th or 16th

Paris - The 6th or 16th

My memory tends to capture random moments in life, and one of which was a claim made by a French lecturer that she lived in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Not that I had any interest in her home address, but it was the tone of voice, an astringent sense of pride, that caught my…

Mabel

Mabel

In the back of a cheese toastie store you usually expect to find a store room with cheese and bread in it, not a bar, and not one that’s self described as a ‘Cocktail Den and Rum Empire’ – but that’s exactly what you’ll find at Mabel in Paris. Mabel, is a cocktail bar twice…

Lords of the Manor

Lords of the Manor

For years now Lords of the Manor, a former rectory in the picturesque village of Upper Slaughter nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, has been one of the leading small luxury country house hotels. A charming hotel in a secluded picturesque spot, it has paid host in recent years to the Crown Prince of…

Berberè: Bologna's Pizza via Noma

Berberè: Bologna's Pizza via Noma

Thankfully, pizza has been undergoing a regeneration, and a global level one at that, for the last few years. London and New York are awash with new or newish pizza parlours, each with their own trademark style –Homeslice with its 20 inches of out-there imaginative flavour toppings is, for me, the best pizza to be…

A Weekend on Skye

A Weekend on Skye

The drive to Skye is one of the most amazing in the UK. After a summer rain shower, the vibrancy of the surroundings is majestic, especially in Glencoe. A word of warning though. If you’re taking the ferry to Skye, you need to book in advance – something we only discovered upon arrival and, with…