Island Life Is Just The Tonic For Wild Thyme

A Scottish drinks maker has moved its gin production to a small Hebridean island and wants to extend its range of spirits. Wild Thyme Spirits had been making Colonsay Gin on the mainland at the...


How To Do South Africa In A Fortnight: The Expert’s Guide

It’s the dinner party question that comes up again and again: “As a travel writer, where is your favourite destination?” Well that’s an easy answer: South Africa. The first time I went to Cape

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Call For Wine Boycott As Tipsy baboons Are Shot Dead

Animal welfare activists are demanding a boycott of some of South Africa’s finest wines after “protected” baboons were hunted down for raiding vineyards and vandalising property. Klein Constanti


Martin Moran: Don’t Be Fooled By Bronze, Silver And Gold Medals From France

Sometimes choosing wine is not straightforward. You could just buy what you know, but if you want to try something new, how do you know if it is going to be any good? Aside from asking the shop...


The Best Hotel Bars In The World

The Connaught BarThe Connaught, LondonWith its sensuous lines, twinkling mirrors and corners lit to make you look like a movie star, this Mayfair grande dame could be seriously intimidating. That...


News In Pictures: Saturday June 2, 2018

STEFAN ROUSSEAU/PAThe Massed Bands of the Royal Marines perform the retreat, which dates from the 16th century to call troops back to base, on Horse Guards ParadeADAM NORTH/CATERS NEWSKangaroos are an


Make Mine A Mojito: Why Rum Is This Summer’s Tipple

Panacea, abovePour 60ml dark rum (ideally Ron Zacapa 23), 4 teaspoons lemon juice, 2 teaspoons honey, a dash of egg white, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, 2 dashes orange bitters and a drop of green...


Recipe: Lindsey Bareham’s Grilled Pineapple With Angostura

Years ago I went on a press trip to Trinidad to discover the delights of Angostura bitters. Previously, I’d only come across it in gin — pink gin — but learnt it is cooking ingredient. Angostura


Heineken Sees Stairway To Heaven

It is a prospect that the more hardened craft beer fans may not relish, but Beavertown Brewery is in talks with Heineken over the sale of a minority stake. The north London brewery, founded six...


The Cool Hotel Guide: The Chequers Inn, Grantham, Lincolnshire

In a nutshellFrom the garden of this popular inn you can make out the turrets of Belvoir Castle, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland. A book by the duchess explaining Capability Brown’s...

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