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

  • The Savoy to reopen Sunday 10th October 2010

    Friday July 23rd, 2010

    The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, will reopen its doors on Sunday 10th October 2010.

  • Hot Stuff

    Tuesday July 20th, 2010

    Douglas Blyde heads to a less than salubrious part of Oval for a deeply spiced feast at cult Indian brasserie, 'Hot Stuff'...

  • Going Gaga Over Gago

    Friday July 16th, 2010

    We meet Peter Gago, British born Australian winemaker of Penfolds in the deliciously cool, candlelit cellars of Mayfair’s Stafford Hotel...

  • A Lowland Adventure

    Monday July 12th, 2010

    With the aim of finding ‘Real France, Real Close’, Douglas Blyde takes the Eurostar to the flatlands of French Flanders...

  • Brisk Steps to a Brighter Future

    Saturday July 10th, 2010

    Residents at Hilton’s Park Lane hotel witnessed the spectacle of chefs, critics and other ‘culinarians’ bounding into the lobby and up 56 flights of stairs for charity...


  • Leith’s Students of The Year Announced

    Wednesday July 7th, 2010

    From an annual intake of 96, the finest students to graduate the diploma at Leith’s school of food and wine were recently rewarded with a tally of elegant and engaging prizes...

  • Taming the Toro Beast

    Tuesday July 6th, 2010

    Over a not so light lunch at ‘Apsley’s’ at The Lanesborough, the wine world’s literati congregated to taste the wines of Manuel Fariña from the not so known Spanish wine region, Toro...

  • Re-Fuelling at An Architecture ‘Feastival’

    Sunday July 4th, 2010

    Marking the final days of London’s 16-day long Festival of Architecture, a feast for 100 occurred in a decommissioned ‘Texaco’ petrol station in Clerkenwell...

  • High Spirits at Angelus

    Sunday June 27th, 2010

    We joined sixth generation Armagnac producer, Florence Castarède at Angelus restaurant to nose and sip four expressions of the real amber nectar...

  • Rose’s Bottle Shock

    Monday June 21st, 2010

    Christopher and Khadine Rose are the latest crusaders of corkage. Launching this month, their well-intentioned initiative is the unambiguously titled ‘Bring Your Own Bottle’ club (BYOB).

  • Sunshine Sweetly Captured

    Tuesday June 8th, 2010

    His mother being Genoese, Douglas Blyde was particularly interested to attend a workshop by Liguria’s most esteemed confectioner, ‘Pietro Romanengo fu Stefano’. He headed to Richmond's most esteemed greenhouse, 'Petersham Nurseries', to find out more...

  • 72 Hours of Prosecco

    Saturday May 29th, 2010

    In a one man effort to drain the international supply of Prosecco, we send dedicated dipsomaniac, Douglas Blyde to Venice with premium producer, Bisol...

  • 72 Hours of Prosecco

    Friday May 28th, 2010

    In a one man effort to drain the international supply of Prosecco, we send dedicated dipsomaniac, Douglas Blyde to Venice with premium producer, Bisol...

  • Alloro Ristorante & Baretto

    Friday May 28th, 2010

    Despite Alloro’s illustrious peers in the A-Z group - Aubergine, Ken Lo’s Memories of China, L’Oranger and Zafferano - it never before blipped my belly’s radar. However, beyond a mild title glints a tesoro nascosto....

  • Limited Edition: Sir Peter Blake

    Wednesday May 26th, 2010

    Over lunch at Brighton’s ‘Table’ restaurant, Douglas Blyde talks to artist, Sir Peter Blake about his dream lunch and the influence of food in his desigs...

  • Union Market: Tasteful Ambitions at Fulham Broadway

    Sunday May 23rd, 2010

    The words, Fulham Broadway and fine food rarely occur in the same sentence. An interactive market experience looks set to change the status quo, however...

  • Good Morning, Asda

    Tuesday May 18th, 2010

    Believing that Asda was about quantity, not quality, Douglas Blyde set aside an hour for an escorted store tour. But, was his mind changed by the morsels he put in his mouth, or did he simply put his foot in his mouth...

  • Compare the Mark-Ups

    Thursday May 6th, 2010

    Leonid Shutov of Soho's 'Bob Bob Ricard' restaurant first became interested in premium alcoholic drinks whilst living in Russia. Douglas Blyde talks to him about preparing the best wine list to complement a Russian-accented, Great British menu.

  • WABI - Horsham's Highest Profile Eatery

    Wednesday April 28th, 2010

    Former Nobu Head Chef, Scott Hallsworth talks about ‘Wabi’, a brand new Japanese restaurant in Horsham, Sussex.

  • Yauatcha: Decadent Dim Sum

    Monday April 5th, 2010

    From minimalistic canteens, Wagamama and Busaba Eathai, to artisan bakery Princi and this chic teahouse, Alan Yau OBE has proved himself the archetypal, architect restaurateur. It’s tempting to call him the Asian ‘Conran’. But unlike Sir Terence, he’s an ace at collaborating revolutionary restaurant design with pristine plates; marrying a satisfying palette with a gratifying palate...