Annabelle Hood

Annabelle Hood

  • Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden - Review

    Friday August 23rd, 2019

    Annabelle finds a little bit of Eden in Clerkenwell where the spritz runs free for the rest of the summer.

  • Pigs fly at Dorset’s boutique new gastro hotel Abbots Court

    Tuesday February 20th, 2018

    The boutique hotel Abbots Court has been a labour of love for family owners of the award-winning The Tickled Pig favoured by Mary Berry and Tom Parker Bowles. Annabelle Hood is the first journalist invited to check in.

  • Afternoon Tea by Wedgwood at The Langham London

    Saturday May 6th, 2017

    Annabelle Hood tries out The Langham London’s newly relaunched lighter Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood, and is pleased to see the classics are still on the menu.

  • Kimchee Pancras Square

    Thursday April 6th, 2017

    Korean zen in buzzing King’s Cross? Who’d have thought it. Annabelle Hood picks up her golden chopsticks and umms and aaahs over the menu.

  • The Reyka Glacial Martini launches at City Social

    Wednesday June 1st, 2016

    The Martini’s purity comes down to its lava-rock filtered Reyka vodka swirled around an icecube of Icelandic Glacial™ spring water

  • Camélia at Mandarin Oriental Paris

    Tuesday March 1st, 2016

    Annabelle Hood dines à la carte at Thierry Marx’s unusually decorated Camélia in Paris

  • Languedoc-Roussillon’s Rural Luxuries

    Tuesday November 10th, 2015

    France’s southwest Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the world’s biggest wine producers; chefs scooped 26 Michelin stars this year in the region alone, and its famous oysters are exported to China’s elite. So move over Provence, says Annabelle Hood, and let your sibling take some credit

  • Gourmet Club at the Palace Praha

    Saturday April 20th, 2013

    More rockstars and actors have piled into this famous hotel's Gourmet Club than you can shake a glass of Becherovka at. Annabelle Hood checks in for lunch.

  • Superfood to the Rescue

    Thursday October 4th, 2012

    On a recent visit to a health food shop a ‘new generation’ of Superfood worthy of the Olympian gods flew off the shelf into Annabelle Hood's shopping basket. It's green, it's mean and it's heroically healthy.

  • New Street Wine Shop London

    Tuesday September 18th, 2012

    The Old Bengal Warehouse is a late 17th Century building once poetically described by John Masefield as holding “the wealth of the world and London’s power.” He was ahead of his time, because when the City boys catch on to these D&D London gems dotted along New Street, you’ll need to book weeks, nay months, in advance. Catch them now before the masses descend.

  • Mountains of Michelin Stars

    Wednesday April 4th, 2012

    You might expect an alpine hut selling schnitzel in the Italian Dolomites, but not a two Michelin-star restaurant at the foot of those colossal peaks. Yet a fine dining establishment is exactly what we found at the enchanting family-run Relais & Chateaux Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa in San Cassiano in the Alta Badia valley...

  • Game Set and Matcha

    Thursday May 19th, 2011

    Matcha tea is not even remotely like the Chinese green tea or Japanese Sencha green tea that you steep in bags. The tepid green froth produced by Matcha’s super-fine powder tastes surprisingly thick and bitter, but not unpleasant, a bit like liquid grass.

  • Boisdale of Canary Wharf

    Wednesday May 18th, 2011
  • Cognac Voyeurism

    Tuesday April 12th, 2011

    Girl stands on street corner, back-combing her boyfriend’s quiff; her designer dog artfully peeing against a sleek 4x4 parked outside Shoreditch’s restaurant-bar-club McQueen. It may sound like the story board for an advert, but this is the scene that greets me as I approach McQueen, an unlikely venue for a Voyer Cognac Masterclass