Get into the Spirit – Five Festive Cocktails

What drinks should you serve your esteemed guests at a chic dinner soirée? De rigueur, especially for Christmas, is the bespoke festive cocktail. Here is the Luxury Restaurant Guide’s picks for stylish aperitifs to sip on this season, together with some tips from the greatest bartenders on how to make them: “St Nicholas’s Tipple” The…

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Chef’s Recipe: Roast Mallard Duck with Creamed Brussels Sprouts, Dauphinoise Potatoes and Red Currant Sauce from Martin Wishart

This week we bring you an alternative to traditional turkey for your Christmas dinner creation that cannot fail to impress.  This Roast Mallard Duck recipe comes from one of the UK’s most highly respected chefs, Martin Wishart from the eponymous Restaurant Martin Wishart. Martin, born in Edinburgh, trained under such renowned chefs as Albert Roux, Michel…

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Gourmet Gifting for Xmas – Five of the best Hampers, Gift Vouchers, Experiences and Clubs

Gifting lifestyle packages is the way forward for the time-poor and material-rich. The Luxury Restaurant Guide presents a cornucopia of food-related lifestyle gifts packed to the brim with mouth-watering choices and imaginative gourmet lifestyle experiences. Five of the Best Hampers Create your own gift hamper of curiosities and artisan classics from the most fêted of…

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The Festive Guide to the Best Pre-Christmas Dining

We answer the call of three wise men seeking a festive feast for their pre-Christmas get-together with restaurants bearing gifts of great dining offers, tipples and treats. The Luxury Restaurant Guide publishes some of the best festive dining offers available pre-Christmas. These destination restaurants have unveiled their festive set and a la carte menu options…

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Stunning Cottages in the Grounds of Luxury Hotels

A heavenly escape to many is a luxury hotel stay, but there’s growing appeal for privacy and exclusivity, staying in your own well-appointed homely enclave. The canny trick is finding ones that still incorporate the key elements of a full-service hotel. After all, we, the Airbnb generation of self-confident travellers, may love the adventure of…

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Crowded House – How to get a table at the most in-demand restaurants

A wing and a prayer is what you’ll need to clinch a table at Michel and Alain Roux’s latest venture, Roux at Skindles in Maidenhead. It opened today, Tuesday 6th November, and is already fully booked most days as well as all Friday and Saturday’s up to Christmas. Whilst demand is of little surprise for…

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A Taste for the Exotic – food to surprise, food to innovate

If you were offered gold painted chapulines as your appetizer, would you eat them? That would be grasshopper to you and I, and it’s a signature dish at the authentic modern Mexican super-restaurant Ella Canta on Park Lane, W1. Globetrotting chefs and customers are increasingly pushing boundaries, using exotic ingredients and unusual combinations to make…

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The Changing Taste of Indian Cuisine – National Curry Week

In 1998, when Indian restaurants were inexplicably linked with thick generic saucy dishes where you just added your meat choice, National Curry Week was launched to drive better awareness and appreciation of the cuisine that most saw as a lowly culinary food.  Twenty years on and that image has been completely scrambled. Next week National Curry…

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