Douglas Blyde

Douglas Blyde

A former documentary man, Douglas Blyde is utterly gripped by gastronomy: driven by a love of good taste and fascinated by that almost nocturnal, nervously energetic breed known as chefs. He longs, one day, to own a pristine restaurant, boutique hotel, almost mythically revered vineyard and a vast chocolate factory

  • Tales of a Saxon Chef

    Monday January 31st, 2011

    Michael Saxon has looked after guests at some of the world's finest hotels, from Europe to North America, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and beyond. He talks to Douglas Blyde about his autobiography, 'Chef's Tales'.


  • Tricolore Takeaway

    Saturday January 8th, 2011

    Douglas Blyde was recently whisked to a Loire so frozen that Charolais cattle couldn’t break ice to quench their thirst. Back in an equally frozen Blighty, his task, from Monnières to Mosnes is to summarise summery wines sipped in foot numbing cellars...

  • Fine Deposits at Wine Bank

    Tuesday December 7th, 2010

    Dynamic Rheingau restaurateur turned hotelier, turned riesling producer, Balthasar Ress is not shy of courting publicity. In June, ostensibly believing it would optimise the maturation of their top cuvée, they buried 18 magnums and one Balthazar of ‘RESSpekt’ 18m below the surface of a flooded quarry. Barring visits from thirsty, thieving divers, there it will rest until 2013.

  • Camel Drool and Infinite Pool: Quinta do Crasto

    Tuesday November 30th, 2010

    Douglas Blyde gets high while watching his breath condense at leading Port and Portuguese table wine producer, Quinta do Crasto in the breathtaking Douro Valley.

  • 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.

  • Food Safari in Kernow

    Tuesday November 16th, 2010

    Douglas Blyde wastes no time in sampling Cornwall’s bounty of meaty crabs, saline oysters and hardy cattle...

  • Cigalon/Baranis

    Friday October 29th, 2010

    Brought to you by the minds behind Smithfield’s Club Gascon, what was the formerly burger heavy wine bar, Hodgson’s has emerged leavened.

  • Le Bernardin, Manhattan

    Tuesday October 26th, 2010

    ‘Fish is the star of the plate, not the chef’ proclaims Buddhist chef, Eric Ripert across two pages of Le Bernardin’s menu...

  • Pony Tail

    Saturday October 2nd, 2010

    ‘It’s probably not going to make me a millionaire,’ said Shabani as the barman charged our glasses for the third time before we decamped to another Mayfair stockist. ‘In fact it’s going to take three years to break even,’ he added. Douglas Blyde hears a tail of Konik's Vodka.

  • Che Sera, Syrah...

    Wednesday September 22nd, 2010

    Because of his website’s dim catchphrase, ‘It’s just booze – drink it!’ I anticipate Washington State winemaker Charles Smith might seem loutish. Rather than produce and promote anaesthetics, I believe his resolute coolness is actually his way of disarming drinkers paralysed by European jargon and pretensions...

  • James Martin: Scotch Emissary

    Thursday September 16th, 2010

    BBC Saturday Kitchen presenter and prominent petrol-head, James Martin will be at classic car festival, Goodwood Revival this weekend as ambassador for Speyside single malt, The Singleton of Dufftown.

  • Brasserie St. Jacques

    Thursday September 9th, 2010

    Champion sabreur, at table philosopher and Depardieu look alike, Weiss is the front man of Brasserie St. Jacques, the jolliest incarnation of what was the original ‘Petrus’ many arguments ago...

  • Tabasco British Oyster Opening Championship

    Sunday September 5th, 2010

    Douglas Blyde heads to Mayfair to see the country's finest oyster shuckers prise their way to victory...

  • The Rheingau's Bright Leitz

    Tuesday August 31st, 2010

    Douglas Blyde heads to the sheer terraces of Germany's Rheingau wine region to sample the pure tasting rieslings of producer, Johannes Leitz...

  • Wartenberger Mühle: Schlossberg

    Wednesday August 18th, 2010

    Scharff, who wears a chef’s jacket embroidered with as many logos of professional bodies as a racing car driver sports adverts, is patron of ‘Wartenberger Mühle’, Pfaltz, a restaurant, brasserie, boutique hotel and substantial, sweet smelling, stepped herb garden...

  • Boxing Clever: Dirk Würtz

    Wednesday August 18th, 2010

    Tall, blonde, and under his John Deere baseball cap, beaming, Dirk Würtz does wine in a former water mill in the now tranquil village of Gau-Odernheim, Rheinland-Pfalz...

  • Horses Eight Courses

    Wednesday August 4th, 2010

    Intrepid dipsomaniac, Douglas Blyde headed to Clerkenwell's Coach and Horses pub for a tasting of ‘Marc Fine Wines’...

  • Brasserie Joel

    Monday August 2nd, 2010

    Despite criticism of the building it occupies, Brasserie Joël provided an authored insight into La Belle France, as Douglas Blyde found out...

  • Crabby Aikens’ Winnebago

    Monday August 2nd, 2010

    Despite reservations, Douglas Blyde found himself making the short journey past the ‘Sloany Pony’ for day one of two of Cloudy Bay’s pop-up Crab Shack on Parson’s Green.

  • Stick and Tumblers

    Wednesday July 28th, 2010

    Under Greek sunshine, Douglas Blyde tasted three renditions of one of Scotland's finest whiskies in glamorous company...