Have Knife Will Travel: Tales of a Head Chef

The photos are deceptive, not giving perspective to this opulent monolith that is Grade II listed mansion, Buckland House. The House goes back to the time of William the Conqueror and was given to one of his returning soldiers, Richard de Filleigh. The small village of Buckland Filleigh is so named. When we turn into…
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Where the Wild Things Are Served: How to be a Modern Forager

Every August, throughout my childhood, I used to go blackberry picking with my grandparents and our tribe of siblings. We would descend on the Cambridgeshire hedgerows in force, filling our baskets and punnets. The ripe brambles would be taken back to the homestead and transformed into epicurean delights – crumbles, jams and rich fruity wines.…
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Make My Day, Monk

If you’re a connoisseur of wine – or just simply a wino – chances are you’ve bored someone silly at a party with this factoid. The Tempranillo grape is a derivative of the Spanish word ‘temprano’ – meaning ‘early’. It’s a cheeky young thing, an early riser – coming to fruition a few weeks before the…
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Champagne Socialising

As the TGV pulled up to Reims, Champagne, it didn’t look good. The damp and dreary weather reflected my mood, as for me a 5am alarm usually signifies the end of a long bar shift and the promise of a post-work cold one, as opposed to a day trip to France. Reims, located eighty miles…
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The Perfect Champagne For The Festive Holidays

Laurent-Perrier can always be relied upon to produce a top champagne and for this Christmas, they’ve bought out a limited Edition Grand Sicle with a stunning Cradle to make it that extra little bit special. The Cradle is dual-purpose and is made specifically for the Grand Sicle bottle. It’s handcrafted by traditional Loire Valley pewtersmiths…
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Roux At The Pembury

In the last issue of LUSSO, we pondered on how Michel Roux Jr was getting on in the weekend wasteland that is Whitehall, following the re-design of the bar at Roux at Parliament Square. Well, own horn a’ tooting, Roux at the Pembury was named after the chef’s birthplace. Left slightly confused by the particular…
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Living In A Gangster’s Paradise

After conquering Russia, multiple restaurateur Arkady Novikov is now looking to other countries to conquer. Or, according to some, disappoint.  In a huge Mayfair space, Novikov has split the room and the big name critics. At the front, the pan-Asian restaurant. Downstairs, a vast Italian one. On the one hand, AA Gill loving it. On…
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Laurent Perrier Tasting Menu At Hi Sushi

Selected Hi Sushi restaurants in London are now offering a tasting menu featured Laurent-Perrier’s Ultra Brut. Available throughout January. The Ultra Brut is memorable for its crystal-clear freshness and extra dry taste. It’s wine in its purest and most natural form with no added sugar. It’s the ideal accompaniment for sushi. Douglas Kan and Eric…
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Porto, Portugal

Guide books are always banging on about what good fun it is to get “lost” amongst winding streets of medieval cities – but I can tell you from hard experience that it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. At least, it isn’t a good idea to go the wrong way under the glare of…
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