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places to stay

  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. Strattons


    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 […]

  3. 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, […]

  4. Places to stay in Turkey

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    We ended up spending about five weeks in Turkey, and we wish it had been a lot longer.  The thing about Turkey is that it’s big.  Really big.  This means that the various regions can be really quite different, with their own distinct characters, geographies and of course cuisines – and that meant that we […]

  5. Record-breaking hospitality

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    After four days of eating our way round Istanbul’s restaurants, markets and street stalls we had intended to fast for a few days. But that was before realising how talented, enthusiastic and generous a cook we were about to find in Zeliha ─░rez – a Turkish record-setting medium-distance runner turned cook and host extraordinaire…

  6. 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 […]

  7. Places to stay in Poland

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    Of course, the best place to stay in Poland is where we spent most of our time – with Richard and Marzena and their two lovely daughters at their home in Zakopane.  But if you’re not lucky enough to know them, you could try one of these other places which we would highly recommend.  (Places […]

  8. Zum Horizont

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    Having spent the morning cycling round the Bodensee in southwestern Germany (well, part of the way – it’s a big lake), and the afternoon crossing Germany on mind-numbingly boring motorways, we arrived at Deggendorf, a small town nestled beneath the foothills of the Bayerisches Wald, a little later than we’d meant to.  Every hotel we […]

  9. Traditionally cheesy

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    It’s not easy being an Alsatian cheesemaker.  Yes, you get to live in a beautiful valley in the foothills of the Vosges mountains.  And yes, you get to produce the traditional Munster Fermier, one of France’s tastiest (and smelliest) cheeses. But tradition brings rules, regulations and responsibilities as well as tastiness (and smell) – not […]

  10. As happy as a cow in Viviers-sur-Artaut

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    This week, while the US government was recalling the largest ever amount of commercial beef (apparently, cows from the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co so sick they couldn’t walk properly have still been ending up in diners’ Happy Meals), we were playing with Farmer Cornet’s very happy baby cows on his farm in Viviers-sur-Artaut.   One of […]