• Celebrate World Gin Day 6 Jun 17

    Why not try this twist on a classic G&T, created by Sopwell House’s expert mixologists? The unusual addition of earl grey tea and grapefruit juice give it a delicious and sophisticated... Read More

  • Roll Out The Barrels 13 Feb 15

    Renaissance is an understatement. In 2013, the sale of artisanal and craft beer increase by 8 per cent – a rise projected to continue sharply – and the big supermarkets, whose shelves were, until... Read More

  • Fresh and Festive 13 Dec 13

    A few ice cubes 1 large Pink Lady® apple, juiced, or 100ml of pressed Pink Lady® juice 1 shot (30ml) vodka A good squeeze lemon juice (about a tablespoon) 1 tsp caster sugar A few wafer-thin... Read More

  • Local Independent or Corporation Plaything? 21 Jun 13

    Exposed brick walls, menus scrawled on chalk boards, ‘proper’ coffee, focaccia open sandwiches and red velvet cake at the counter: a Harris & Hoole coffee shop has all the touches of a good... Read More

  • Gin Trap 7 Jun 13

    As a spirit, you know you’ve made it when you’re the star of London Cocktail week, you’ve got a dedicated bar at one of London’s grandest hotels, and you’re having posh coffee-table tomes... Read More

  • Your Very Good Health 3 Dec 10

    There’s a certain alchemy to great cocktails, sure, but with a little skill and excellent ingredients in just the right combination, you can turn your Christmas drinks party into something... Read More

  • The Most Noble And Challenging Of Fruits 27 Aug 10

    Simon, 49, and Natalie, 44, have owned the vineyard at Frithsden (a tiny hamlet tucked away between Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead) for just over four years. It all looks very organised, now, and... Read More

  • Lager Lore 29 Nov 08

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the phrase ‘lager lout’ – reputedly coined, at least in print, by an Evening Standard headline writer after some weekend alcohol-related trouble at... Read More

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