Cardiff Castle

I consider it one of my life’s great tragedies that I’m not invited to banquets in castles more often. I’m clearly built for sitting on benches in drafty rooms, quaffing and feasting, and I’d look terrific in a coif. Yet the number of heralds unrolling scrolls and trumpeting outside my [...]

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One of the loveliest settings for a meal in England

People interrupt thrift differently. Some people patch clothes, some shop at Lidl, some squidge the leftover bits of soap together to make a new soap. I cancel a weekend break in Genova and suggest lunch at The Sportsman instead.

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Bad soup

There are a set number of activities you can do in Britain on a Bank Holiday. You can do DIY, making several increasingly enraged trips to B&Q to buy slightly differing lengths of pipe, planks and rawlplugs. You can go to the pub and spend all day getting drunk, although if [...]

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Roast duck curry, kerabu salad and tow yu buk

On Friday Bellerina and I had been to the Turkish baths to sweat our cares away. Or, at least, I had sweated them away. While Bellerina lounged about looking flushed and dewy, I staggered from hot room to hot [...]

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Walking in a winter wonderland

There’s nothing like a long walk in the snow to build up an appetite. And there’s nothing like a sleepy commuter town on a Sunday to bring you to your knees with despair if you’re trying to find somewhere to eat. For half an hour, [...]

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Hayling is just like Hawaii

Until recently, the Inn on the Beach was Hayling Island’s Thunderdome. A place for late night drinking and a fight on the shingle. But new owners have taken it over, given it a lick of paint and there is ambitious talk of a fish [...]

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Jerk chicken on the barbecue

After the wedding, the hangover. I knew action had to be taken quickly and efficiently, before my mind caught up with how my body felt. I also knew the Lambeth Country Show was on, which meant one thing: jerk chicken with rice and [...]

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