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Raffaele Lauriola – Brunello Bar and Restaurant, Baglioni Hotel, London

Puglia (Apulia), often referred to as the heel of Italy’s boot, is a lovely region. It‘s a region of fascinating ancient towns, some with stunning churches, curious pointed-roof houses called trulli, fabulous beaches and enchanting fishing villages and a countryside studded with olive groves and farms. It has lots going for it. And it was also […]

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The Elephant’s Head, Hackney

A Hackney-based friend and I called in for dinner at the Elephant’s Head, an atmospheric Victorian gastropub in the heart of Hackney, and very much enjoyed the evening. A handsome building lovingly restored The pub, a handsome building dating back to the 1890s, has recently had been lovingly restored and given back its original name, […]

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Courtesan – Brixton, London SW9

In all honesty I wasn’t convinced about meeting a friend for lunch in a restaurant in Brixton – I live way out of London. But we had heard that there was a good Dim Sum restaurant which also specialised in cocktails and as we are both Dim Sum addicts, and we rather like cocktails, we […]

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The Stoke House – London SW1

There are so many places to eat across the road from Victoria Station these days the choice is almost too much. The redevelopment in the area has been astonishing. Where once were somewhat rundown looking buildings, in their place now is sleek, modern, chrome and glass. And it was in one of these restaurants in […]

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Princess Elizabeth Restaurant and Tea-Room – Dunkirk

The Paddle Steamer Princess Elizabeth has had a long and chequered career. Built in 1926 – 27 and named to celebrate the birth of our Queen, she served as a ferry and excursion steamer before being taken over by the Admiralty and fitted out as a minesweeper at the outset of WWII. Amongst other duties […]

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The Manhattan Grill and G&Tea Bar London

It had been a dark and stormy night the first time we visited the Manhattan Grill at the Marriott Hotel, West India Quay. It’s an easy few minutes’ walk from West India Quay Docklands Light Railway or a little further from Canary Wharf tube station. We were wet and windswept when we arrived but in […]