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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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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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Insider Guide to the Isle of Wight

Looking out through the panoramic window, on my Wightlink ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne, I search for my first sight of Osborne Beach.

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Compleat Angler Hotel, Marlow   

Compleat Angler has been synonymous with day trips to the Thames for a lifetime and achieved a new measure of fame becoming the first restaurant outside London dined in by the Queen.

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Gilbey’s Restaurant, Old Amersham

Can wine lists be nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature? Michael Gilbey’s wine list is pure poetry, a work of art, sharing a lifetime’s passion for fine wines.

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