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Burger and Lobster

Breakfast was a shared orange juice with a plain croissant each, perfectly adequate but lunch was pre-planned with the girls at 4ish! We visited both Serpentine Galleries but couldn’t resist a coffee in the Magazine restaurant at the Sackler Serpentine.  We might not have stayed if we had known about the children’s party, but is more…

Moro

It must be three or more years since we have eaten at Moro but despite the rain I had booked a table two weeks before so we made the effort. It was as great as ever.  The blast of bonhomie hit you as you opened the door. The two smiles of welcome from the staff more…

Yoshino

I take the weekend FT despite its prince (£3.50) mainly because it’s very often interesting on Art, the magazine is great on food and wine and I find the main section is good for news (with a business slant).  I follow Nicholas Lander on restaurants and last week I was in the Piccadilly area and more…

Menoo

When we were last in the area we had coffee here.  A family run Greek establishment with traditional Greek ‘goodies’ as well as the more normal cakes and pastries. They also have a tremendous array of roasted vegetables, stuffed vine leaves, homemade Taramasalata and Hummus all of which look great. They are also flexible, I more…

Easter – The Bell at Sapperton

Easter is early, the forecast is very good for Good Friday but rubbish for the rest, with high winds and wet. I suggested we ought to take advantage and go out.  I somewhat reluctantly agreed that a walk was a good idea, with a sort of throw- away line about the footpaths being very muddy more…

What a find!

I was in the area south of Newbury, pretty wild country.  Beautifully manicured hedges but lots of mud on the roads.  I had visited a sculptor who purchased some land or maybe water many years ago now.  I will try to explain.  The land is around and under the ancient water cress beds of a more…

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Last Saturday was awful weather in Cheltenham (as forecast).  I had doused the car several times before I got to Andoversford.  Lots of surface water, I slowed down, considered aborting the trip but decided to continue. Gradually the rain became less heavy and visibility improved as did my spirits.  By the time I arrived at more…

London LSO, Art Fair, Ivy Cafe 2016

This trip to London was just a flying visit, I had arranged to be shown round LSO St Luke’s on Old Street.  This was the converted Church that the LSO had leased as a Music Education centre and rehearsal space.  It is amazing, Grade 1 listed and was practically falling down in 2001.  They have more…

Montpellier Lodge

Most of us in Cheltenham have watched the old Lodge in Montpellier Gardens being developed and added to and then, seemingly, no interest.  The grass became overgrown.  The new part began to not look new. Then suddenly there were signs of life.  Just before Christmas the ‘Open’ sign went up, I went in for a more…

London January 2016

You could be forgiven for thinking that this past weekend reads like a competition to spend the maximum funds in the shortest period possible.  It started innocently enough with my wife noticing that the Ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ was on at the Coliseum just after Christmas, an ideal Christmas present for the elder of our two more…