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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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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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Guide To The Maldives

Few parts of the earth are as synonymous with luxury as the Maldives, though it hasn’t always been thus: the archipelago in the Indian Ocean only began courting tourists in the 1970s, and many of the most extravagant island retreats came later.

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