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In the kitchen with Sybil Kapoor

Before I arrive to interview a cookery book writer or chef, I always try to imagine what their kitchen is going to be like. I look through their past books or magazine articles, their website, blog and Twitter stream, trying to sneak a peek at their photographs to see what may await me when I […]

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The Stagg Inn

On first appearances you might well be forgiven for not realising that The Stagg Inn in Titley, between Kington and Presteigne in Herefordshire, is the destination eaterie of choice for miles around. There is a very pretty box lined parterre garden at the side of this attractive roadside inn, right in the middle of the […]

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Mackerel on the bucket barbeque

The barbeque is the definitive camper’s companion.  I have a couple that I bring along on our many camping trips.  The mainstay is the old trusty 1’600 RPM’, an old washing machine drum that I rescued from a tip. The beauty of this barbeque is that once the cooking is done, you can chuck on […]

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The Fabulous Baker Brothers

When I interviewed Tom Herbert in June of last year I remember asking him why the Hobbs House Bakery, with its four shops, baking courses and bistro-cafe, had not yet published its own cookery, baking or patisserie book. There are not many family businesses still standing in Britain which have a 120 year old track […]

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The Good Web Guide for foodies

It is hard to believe that in May 2012 The Good Web Guide (GWG) will be twelve years old. Many of us who have spent the last decade online have been using it as one of our resources to find well edited, interesting, intelligent content. It is the thinking reader’s Google shortlist. The GWG website used to […]

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Coles Restaurant, Marlborough

You may find this hard to believe, but Marlborough, in Wiltshire, home of the prestigious private boarding school, alma mater of our future queen, with the longest Georgian high street in England, voted flagship market-town by prime retail names, is, in fact, a foodie Kalahari. Other than the ubiquitous, branded, corporate empires of Ask, Pizza […]

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Pork pies by Adams & Harlow

Adams and Harlow is a small, family-owned business based in Spalding, in Lincolnshire, in the east of England, where both I and co-owner Lizzie Harlow grew up and still live. George Adams and Dick Harlow were the founding fathers of rival pork pie businesses in Lincolnshire. A hundred years later they are now united under […]

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John Jelfs’s pottery

I am one of The Foodie Bugle Reporter pack, and there are three little words that during the course of my life have created palpitations in my heart, a tingling in my soul and a dent in my wallet. Artisanal stoneware pottery. I love cooking, entertaining and decorating my home and for many years I […]

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