England

The Devonshire Arms Revisited

15/07/2019 by .

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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Compleat Angler Hotel, Marlow   

03/07/2019 by .

It 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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Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford 

15/06/2019 by .

Re-branding an icon is a risky business, and the thousands who passed through the portals of Oxford’s finest hotel before it became a chain establishment are unlikely to start calling it the Macdonald Randolph anytime soon.

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Royal Hotel, Isle Of Wight

13/06/2019 by .

The Royal Hotel has pedigree. Queen Victoria liked to call in at the hotel, it was called Fishers back then, for afternoon tea or dinner, whenever she was in Ventnor. An immaculate striped lawn, dating back to 1832, could tell a tale or two.

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Eastbury Hotel And Seasons Restaurant, Sherborne

28/05/2019 by .

This is quintessential England. A generous decanter of sloe gin to welcome you. Inviting deckchairs around the immaculate croquet lawn.

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The Northgate, Bury St. Edmunds

21/05/2019 by .

There was a wedding reception in full swing at the Northgate and all the bases were loaded. We had just checked in flush from an epic tour of the Greene King brewery where, as a fitting finale, free beer was literally on tap; cue desperate need for food to soak up our excess.

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