Vintage Cava is better than a cheap Champagne

Many of us like fizzy wines, especially Champagne. I rather think the best value is vintage cava...

Tapas at All Bar One – Victoria Street

All Bar One in Victoria Street offer a good selection of "small dishes" - i.e. tapas.  This...

Royal Dragon dumplings – Gerrard Street, London

Very often when eating a Chinese meal I will start off either with fragrant crispy duck and...

Christmas?…Nuts!

Christmas is a time for nuts, specifically nuts in shells. We eat shelled ones such as peanuts...

Duck at the Varsity in Cambridge

The Varsity restaurant is the Cambridge twin of Trinity restaurant, and it came first. I began with...

Quick pumpkin soup

I had one jar left of the pumpkin purée I'd made and frozen. I defrosted it and...

Bramble and apple pie

In Southern England the fruit is called blackberries and the bush brambles. In Scotland, however, and some...

Pumpkin time

I cut a pumpkin into segments after scooping out the seeds. After peeling them with a potato...

First season pumpkin pie

I lined a pie dish with my usual shortcrust pastry. The filling used about 400 gm of...

Very old Madeira

I am very partial to very old Madeiras. Because the wine is already oxidised, it improves rather...

Elderberry Port

I was given some. It's from the Lyme Bay winery, which seems to be a National Trust...

Lamb at Browns

Browns is a standby, a place you go to when no other choice appeals. It is reliable...
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