Culinary Anthropologist

places to eat

  1. The Sun Inn

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    Excerpt from Eat Slow Britain by Alastair Sawday & Anna Colquhoun: “People in Essex wanting good pasta or risotto come here,” says the Sun Inn’s proud Neapolitan chef, Ugo Simonelli. This fifteenth-century coaching inn may look quintessentially English, but the passion for good food and conviviality evoke an Italian trattoria. Owner Piers Baker says: “Sundays […]

  2. The Mistley Thorn

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    Excerpt from Eat Slow Britain by Alastair Sawday & Anna Colquhoun: As a teenager, Sherri Singleton sold watermelon fruit cups on the beach in Los Angeles for pocket money. It was the first of a series of successful culinary enterprises, stretching from California to Essex, where she now runs two restaurants and a cooking school. […]

  3. The Olive Branch

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    Excerpt from Eat Slow Britain by Alastair Sawday & Anna Colquhoun: “The Olive Branch is more than a pub, it’s a community project, too,” says Ben Jones, who with old friends Sean Hope and Marcus Welford, managed to get their hands on the pub before it was sold as a house. Locals were delighted: with […]

  4. Dorset Oysters

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    Excerpt from Eat Slow Britain by Alastair Sawday & Anna Colquhoun: … The farming of oysters dates back to at least Roman or Greek times. For millennia people have believed in their health-giving properties: Parisians and Londoners used to buy oysters by the hundred, Cicero ate them to nourish his eloquence and Louis XI swallowed […]

  5. The Thomas Lord

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    Excerpt from Eat Slow Britain by Alastair Sawday & Anna Colquhoun:The Thomas Lord pub does not serve orange juice. And don’t expect Tabasco with your Bloody Mary, parmesan on your pasta or lemon with your fish. Instead there will be local Hill Farm apple juice, Fireball hot sauce, Lyburn farmhouse cheese and lemon thyme butter. […]

  6. Strattons

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    Excerpt from Eat Slow Britain by Alastair Sawday and Anna Colquhoun: “Our parents grew up in the war years and taught us not to waste a thing, which is how we’ve run Strattons since the start. High quality and care for the environment can go hand in hand without compromises,” says Vanessa Scott, owner of […]

  7. Combe House

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    Excerpt from Eat Slow Britain by Alastair Sawday & Anna Colquhoun: Combe House brims with the heart and soul that owners Ken and Ruth Hunt pour into it. They are proud of their renovation of this grand Elizabethan manor near Honiton in Devon but, most of all, they cherish the relationships they’ve built, with staff, […]

  8. Plain to be seen

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    The puszta – the great plain – is very important to Hungarians.  It may not sound very interesting to outsiders: it’s the flattest part of the country, dotted with fairly shabby isolated farms, wells, marshland and perhaps not a great deal else.  But here it means more than that: it holds an important place in […]

  9. Places to eat in Poland

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    During our quest for the best żurek, pierogi (pictured), barszcz and golonka we came across these rather nice places to eat.  Should you find yourself in Zakopane, Kraków or Kazimierz Dolny (three of the prettiest towns in Poland), you could do a lot worse than dine here…

  10. A bistro too far?

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    With only seven nights and seven days in Paris, narrowing down our shortlist of 36 restaurants to a feasible dining regime was no easy task.  In the end we managed six bistros, two fancy restaurants and over a dozen bars, cafes, boulangeries and patisseries, plus five outdoor food markets and two cooking classes, leaving a […]