Europe and Middle East

L’Ortolan Restaurant, Shinfield, Reading

When a restaurant has its own official road signage just off the M4, you know it must be a little bit special. It gets even better when you realise this listed 19th-century country house, a former vicarage and private school, is literally seeped in 41 years of culinary history.

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Gilbey’s Restaurant & Townhouse, Eton

Here’s the great thing about restaurants with rooms; once you’ve navigated through the food and wine you’re simply a staircase away from a bed.  And in Gilbey’s case, the bed in question is a very welcome Extra King with deep filled mattress.

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Motor Racing and Violins in Lombardy, Italy

It’s not for the faint of heart but it’s the best view of the city of Milan. I’m wandering around the roof terraces of the magnificent 14th-century cathedral.

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The Devonshire Arms Revisited

I’ve always been wary of going back to hotels and restaurants I’ve previously enjoyed because of the risk of finding that it no longer matched our expectations.

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Dom Pedro Old Course, Vilamoura

On the 1st tee, João Carlota, a former Portuguese U21 champion, was athletically warming up to show me around the Dom Pedro Old Course.

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Insider Guide to Brittany’s Pink Granite Coast

Brittany’s northern coast offers up some quite astonishing natural drama. But journey past Dinard and the enchanting half-timbered houses and ramparts of Dinan, and another astonishing natural wonder awaits; the marvel that is the Pink Granite Coast.

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