Food Breaks

  • Indulge your appetite by going backwards in Cornwall at the Llawnroc Hotel

    Tuesday February 12th, 2013

    Picturesque harbours, calling seagulls, locally caught fish, television-famous pasties and a check list of world-famous sights you still haven't visited - isn't it time you caught up with Cornwall? Joanna Biddolph eats her way round as much of it as she can in two days and nights, staying at the luxurious but backwardly spelled Llawnroc Hotel in Gorran Haven. 

  • Danesfield House, Marlow

    Tuesday January 3rd, 2012

    At Danesfield boxes are ticked, effortlessly. Plaudits firstly for service – which was exemplary. At the main door I had one of the warmest and most sincere welcomes I think I’ve ever received (bar the day I offered to look after all three of my friend’s psychotic kids for the night) and this formal but friendly vibe weaved its cheery path pretty much throughout the entire building

  • Have a Happy Christmas with Harrod's

    Thursday December 8th, 2011

    With this range of goodies you're bound to give any foodie friend the gift of the season or even better, you could create your own Harrod's Hamper, full of goodies from London's iconic store, with all the cache that comes with that green and gold bag but without the humongous price tag.

  • The Perfect No-Bake Pudding

    Wednesday November 23rd, 2011

    Both flavours are guaranteed to enhance your ‘on the sofa’ moments this winter, Magnum Mini Liqueurs tantalise the taste buds and give you maximum pleasure in a small and perfectly formed Magnum package – the ideal festive indulgence.

  • South Lodge Hotel. Lord we like it a lot

    Thursday October 27th, 2011

    South Lodge Hotel in Horsham is part of the Exclusive Hotels Collection and as we found out, it is pretty darn exclusive with a fantastic Michelin-starred kitchen

  • Tramezzino: Italian for Sandwich (crusts off of course)

    Sunday October 9th, 2011

    The meat was succulent and the fillings were tasty, colourful, fresh and most importantly generous. There's nothing worse than a stingy sandwich.

  • Feversham Arms and Verbena Spa

    Monday May 30th, 2011

    A sense of calm, competent charm is exuded by the Feversham Arms. The village of Helmsley on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors is picture book perfect. The front is an old inn dating from at least 1855, expanded into the terraced cottages alongside. At the rear are modern rooms and the Verbena spa complex and an outside swimming pool kept at a comfy 31 degrees

  • Loving it in Ludlow - a foodie break in a foody town

    Thursday March 31st, 2011

    Ludlow is mecca for food lovers with its shops, produce, restaurants and walks to make you hungrier still. Nick Harman heads for Fishmore Hall, a Georgian boutique hotel that makes the perfect base to eat in and explore from.

  • Wyck Hill House Hotel and Spa

    Tuesday March 1st, 2011

    I’m in two minds what a hotel with flagpoles at the entrance is trying to say. On one hand it denotes grandeur, prestige, an assurance of quality, on the other it smacks slightly of international conference chain, of ‘fur coat, no knickers’ showboating.

  • The Mount Somerset, Taunton

    Wednesday February 23rd, 2011

    Recently given a bit of a facelift (by way of a new spa) The Mount Somerset is one of those places that quite possibly actually deserves the title 'hidden gem'. A stone's throw from the M5 (make a note next time you're en route to Cornwall) it still manages to feel tucked away, enjoying a quiet sense of calm.

  • The Cornwall Hotel and Spa

    Tuesday January 18th, 2011

    When it comes to good old fashioned, south coast bucket and spade holidays, you’re either devoted to Devon or have a crush on Cornwall But on the serious food front, one county is definitely making bigger waves. Caroline Sargent takes a few days food break at The Cornwall Hotel and Spa

  • Manseng and Musketeers

    Friday November 26th, 2010

    Is it fair to compare an offspring’s prowess with their parents’? Amidst visits to artisan producers of maple syrup coloured, orange and prune scented, addictively supple Armagnac in the drink’s 700th year, I tipsily ventured to the respective restaurants of father and son, Éric and Pepito Sampietro, deep in France’s Gers.

  • Catalan Cooking Class at Hospes Villa Paulita

    Friday October 8th, 2010

    Hospes Hotels are offering authentic Catalan cookery courses at their 5 star Villa Paulita in the region of Cerdanya in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees. The first cookery class focusing on sourcing and cooking wild forest mushrooms, is set to take place on the 25th and 26th of October.

  • Feast & forage adventures at Dorset's Summer Lodge

    Thursday September 30th, 2010

    If you've always loved the idea of foraging for your own food but don't know where to start then why not head to the Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa in Dorset on Saturday 30th October where John Wright will be leading a fungi forage?

  • Escape to the past at the Spread Eagle in Midhurst

    Thursday September 2nd, 2010

    A truly romantic, ancient hotel but with all mod cons including a state of the art spa, the Spread Eagle in Midhurst offers all you need for a romantic and relaxing weekend break in the heart of the English countryside. Nick Harman donned his wellies and went down to kick back.

  • York Food & Drink Festival

    Tuesday August 31st, 2010

    This September the annual York Food & Drink Festival rolls around again. For gourmet delights pay a visit!

  • Hi-diddly-hi, it's Flanders again!

    Thursday August 19th, 2010

    We've been to Flanders a lot this year, but that's because there's a lot to see. Anita Pati went there and developed a soft spot for a local fromage, sampled some rather strong beer and discovered the dubious delights of cheese on meat.

  • Cooking up a storm in Shropshire

    Tuesday July 13th, 2010

    A unique blend of country chic and contemporary design, Brompton Cookery School is the first of its kind on a National Trust property and offers fledging cooks a genuine opportunity to reconnect the food they prepare to the land from whence it came. Caroline Sargent puts on her pinny and goes back to the classroom.

  • Cedar Falls- Spa hotel in a Somerset style

    Thursday June 24th, 2010

    Cedar Falls is one of the most refreshing places I have been to in a long while – figuratively speaking as much as anything else. A beautiful Georgian Manor House in the pretty village of Bishop’s Lydeard in Somerset, it’s a spa-and-stay kind of affair (although day guests are welcome too) with a very exciting and ambitious young chef to boot

  • Out on the Wild and Windy Moors

    Monday June 14th, 2010

    Unashamedly squeezing a Kate Bush song into her article title because she's a big fan, Caroline Sargent explores Northumbria and Hadrian's Wall Country with all that it has to offer the traveller and foodie. Staying in a dovecote, poking around castles and putting up with 4 star hotels are all on the menu. Running up that hill, hotly pursued by the hounds of love, will help lose any weight the visitor might put on