The beautiful wilderness of Fera…

Dinner at Fera is like a glimpse into another – extraordinarily beautiful and opulent – world and really, for the Michelin starred price point & joyful experience of it all, isn’t that kind of the point?

From the moment you step inside, you’re treated like royalty by staff who are utterly charming, incredibly polite and sincerely welcoming. Lofty ceilings and art décor grandeur make you wish you’d been born into 1920’s aristocracy while the curling branches of a focus pulling, twisty-limbed, sun-bleached tree, remind you that the plates of food you’re about to taste are focused on the natural, the seasonal and the local.

At £110 for the tasting menu and between £95 and £150 for accompanying wines, this is not a restaurant designed for your average Tuesday night supper but rather conceived to connect you to home-grown ingredients (most of which on my visit came from former Head Chef Simon Rogan’s own farm) that represent the seasons with ‘fera’ translating as ‘wild’ in Latin.

Rogan’s original restaurant L’Enclume is a 2 Michelin starred establishment that was recently voted number one in The Good Food Guide’s ‘Top 50 Restaurants’ for 2017; to say I was in safe hands here is to suggest that Miley Cyrus likes controversy.

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From crispy fried & stewed rabbit perched atop pea-green lovage puree and sea-herb topped squid to petite buckwheat pastry cases filled with almond and topped with kale, the first three courses were imaginatively created and beautifully presented.

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Streamlined portions leave you wanting more if they’re done well.

I wanted another dozen of each.

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Partaking in the very best of British tradition with a perfect afternoon tea at Fortnum & Masons…

Afternoon tea is a long-standing love of mine. Like Keanu Reeves, happy dogs and pints of cookie dough crammed ice-cream, it’s something I’ve adored for more years than I’m willing to admit. A sincere, proper, uncomplicated, unadulterated love because when it’s done right, I honestly believe there are few experiences nicer to share with someone you love. Hell, for the sake of a good scone weighed down under a flamboyant cushion of clotted cream, sometimes just someone you like will do.

Fortnum & Mason does so many things well; service like nowhere else in the capital, products tailor made for the wide-eye tourist throngs that flock to it still in reassuringly vast numbers and a minty green décor that’s as timeless and elegant as some of the surrounding buildings on London’s Piccadilly. On Mother’s Day, as you would expect, it was heaving but in the quietest, calmest, most relaxed and controlled way it’s possible to be. Ushered to a table in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon that fit our party of 6 more than comfortably with room, frankly, for another 6 of our closest friends, the tone was set for the loveliest of afternoons.

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Satin leafed and blush pink ranunculus poked beaming petalled heads shyly out of glass vases, antique silverware gleamed and flawless white linens were pressed to perfection. One of the very best things about taking tea here is that even though the room itself has space enough for a dozen extra tables, they avoid filling in those gaps. Everyone has their own space in which they can relax without fear of disturbing neighbours or being disturbed themselves and in a place that could clearly double their takings with a little table tweaking, the fact that they don’t smacks of charm and understated confidence. Read More

Lose your heart & fill your stomach in Copenhagen…

Copenhagen is without doubt one of the most on trend places to visit right now. Constantly ranked as the happiest country on earth, it possesses such a pervasive sense of effortless style that you might be forgiven for imagining that the people are every bit as intimidatingly cool too…except they’re not. Nope. They’re just really, really nice which makes it even more of a splendid place in which to dwell for a few days.

With a sometimes justified but also often over exaggerated reputation as an eye-wateringly expensive place to enjoy, I’m happy to report that it’s nowhere near as bad as you may have been led to believe. This might be because I already live in London, a city rarely blessed with the nickname of ‘bargain’, but if you do a little investigating and spend some time planning what you’re going to do and where you’re going to do it, you’ll find there’s just as much that you can afford as you can’t.

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