There are some things that one can’t compromise on, and long (and short) haul travel is one of them. Various factors influence how one travels and standards has to be at the top of the list! British Airways is an institution and they just get it right… whatever class you can stretch to the level […]

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Shake it up! This is a multi-award-winning cocktail bar, famous for its customer service and creative and often surprising cocktails. Established in 2007 by owner Andy Coleman, Mai Tai has grown to be recognised nationally and internationally for its bartending mixologists, winning UK and European bartender awards and reaching the finals of World Bartender of […]

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More Like Holiday Gin! It’s always a welcome we love – the Holiday Inn on the M4 – the first step of a great trip, domestic or international out of London Heathrow. The landmark hotel that sits proudly on junction 4 has become more Holiday Gin than Holiday Inn by opening the new ‘Gin Parlour […]

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Black gold – the happy accident! As editor I fought long and hard with myself, in a meeting with myself, over the inclusion of Mount Gay in my muses! I gave in, so here it is! It has become somewhat of a passion ever since the Barbadian nectar crossed my lips at the 1988 yachting […]

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Tales of the Rover Bank… Just off the A34 and close to the Kassam Stadium – it is hard to believe that one is just minutes away from a 30-acre oasis on the banks of the River Thames. This is where medieval meets modern and it starts with check-in. An open-plan area of lounge, reception […]

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THE PIG group is a personal collection of small lifestyle restaurants with rooms, where the focus is on authenticity and informality of design, food and service There are currently five PIG hotels; THE PIG, THE PIG-near Bath, THE PIG-on the beach; THE PIG-at Combe and THE PIG-in the wall. With an obsessive commitment to home-grown […]

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The Brewhouse and Kitchen is a perfect example of looking at trends, customer needs and a future-proof business plan… Take a microbrewery, craft ales, group parties, damn fine food and a hands-on experience and you have a top day or night out, and just about every birthday and Christmas present for everyone you know sorted […]

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We love to have fun, we love good service and we love to be entertained – meet the team at Be at One! Crafted by a number of talented yet disenchanted bar types from across the land – a successful concoction of 33 bars (to date) has shaken up the way we enjoy cocktails and […]

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This piece was written before our dear friend Gerard passed away, I will be spending time with Nina and our extended family at Spot in the Woods this Spring… meanwhile I would like you to read this in the spirit of the last time I met with Gerard in 2018… Working with people, food, photos […]

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