The Holiday Inn at Winchester has been undergoing a front of house transformation. The previously vast open space has been transformed into an ‘Open Lobby’, a vibrant mix of cosy sofas, an e-bar with WiFi, a Media Space with comfy seating, games and TV, and a swish new bar and elegant restaurant.Continue reading “The Odyssey – restaurant opening”
The East End of London is a fascinating area with a rich history, lively food community and some gorgeous architecture. I recently joined Eating Europe for a food tour, seven courses of ‘English food’ from fish & chips to afternoon tea.
Breakfast at Carluccios because they serve the best coffee. Forget the fluffy stuff, this is dark and velvety. Ask for a little cream to drizzle over, pure indulgence along with a sweetly bitter almond macaroon. There’s also a little shopping area for stocking up on a few Italian treats.
Years ago you only found displays of fresh food like these at maybe an Italian or Spanish market. My local market offers a wide range of good quality Hampshire products at reasonable prices. I like that I can pick and choose too. A few tomatoes from the Isle of Wight, a bundle of chard or some fresh butter from a local farm. So many vegetables are shrink-wrapped in plastic in supermarkets today and you have to buy the whole bag.
So many things to see and do, so little time. Here’s my top five:
The great food writer Elizabeth David liked to spend Christmas Day in bed with a tray of delicious food and a glass or two of cold white Alsace wine. Sounds like a lovely idea…
How do you define luxury? What does it mean to you? Read the full story of my visit to The Spread Eagle Hotel in Midhurst Fit For A Queen.
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