English Wine arrives at The Ritz

Aug 16, 16 English Wine arrives at The Ritz

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English wine used to literally be a joke in the wine industry, not in part due to the fact that it was thought that this country was too wet and soggy to actually produce quality wine. But, an intrepid band of wine pioneers planted the first vines back in the 50’s and with a big push in the 90’s and early 2000’s,...

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Brasserie Blanc – French country cuisine in the heart of London

Jul 05, 16 Brasserie Blanc –  French country cuisine in the heart of London

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Raymond Blanc is probably one of the most well known French chefs here in the UK with his various tv shows, books, and his Michelin starred restaurant in the English countryside. Less well known may be his string of affordable French restaurants around the UK that aim to serve up French country classic dishes. These affordable...

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Lunch Inn the Park, St James Park, London

Jun 28, 16 Lunch Inn the Park, St James Park, London

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London’s parks might not have the best reputation for culinary delights but St. James’ Park is fortunate to have Inn the Park, a lakeside British contemporary cafe and restaurant situated in the heart of St James Park. I was invited to lunch there recently and was pleasantly surprised by the building and atmosphere in...

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Lunching with Chateau d’Esclans

Mar 04, 16 Lunching with Chateau d’Esclans

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I recently lunched with the good people of Chateau d’Esclans at the Ivy in Central London. Chateau d’Esclans is located in Provence and as the region is famed for its rosés it shouldn’t be a surprise that Chateau d’Esclans makes some rather excellent rosé wines. They are known for producing such great wines...

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Wine Journey under the streets of St. James

Apr 15, 15 Wine Journey under the streets of St. James

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It’s possible to take a vinous journey around the world underneath the streets of St. James, Central London. I was recently invited to join one of these journeys that the Stafford Hotel has now begun hosting in it’s 380 year old wine cellars. The Stafford Hotel is a gorgeous 17th century townhouse that has now been...

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