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Cambridge Chop House 10th birthday

The Cambridge Chop House celebrated its 10th birthday by a special purchase of Syrah sold at £16 per bottle instead of £26. I’ve been going there since it opened on King’s Parade in Cambridge, and have had many excellent meals over the years. This time I began with salted...

How not to become obese

One answer is not to eat too many breakfasts on Delta Airlines. It began with champagne and nuts, which is harmless enough. Then the first course came: croissant and herb butter, tuna carpaccio with rye bread, fresh fruit plate and yoghurt with strawberry and muesli. Then came the main...

Very old Madeira

I am very partial to very old Madeiras. Because the wine is already oxidised, it improves rather than deteriorates over time. I have enjoyed a pre-French Revolution 1789, an 1815 ‘Waterloo,’ and an 1824 Malmsey, laid down while Thomas Jefferson was still alive. I have just acquired an 1885...

Elderberry Port

I was given some. It’s from the Lyme Bay winery, which seems to be a National Trust property, with revenues from its sale accruing to the Trust itself. I’m not sure. It’s 17 percent, fortified wine level, rather than the ‘liqueur’ it is sometimes described as. I like port,...

Wine & cheese in Cambridge

The Cambridge Wine Merchants have an area for people to sit and drink wine, with a small range of foods to go with it.  Of their cheeseboard I chose Suffolk Blue, Suffolk Gold and Godmanchester cheddar – all good cheeses.  It was a pleasure to see oatcakes, rather than...

Marscapone ravioli

Flying out on British Airways to Boston via New York, I chose their marscapone ravioli for my main course, and was glad I did so. The pasta was al dente, and the filling delicious. It went down very well with rosé champagne…...

Bavette at the Loose Box

A most welcome dish has been added to the menu of the Loose Box in Horseferry Road, Westminster. It’s a Hereford bavette steak, served with skin-on fries, roasted tomato and rocket garnish, and a peppercorn sauce. It’s very nicely done, served in thick slices and medium rare, as I...

Mixed fried seafood

One thing they do very well in Nice is fritto misto, a mixture of seafood lightly deep fried.  This one had lots of squid, prawns, sardines, and some unidentifiable small fish.  Most of it was served whole, leaving the delicate job of extracting the bits you don’t want to...

Ivy Market Grill

The Ivy Market Grill is a fairly recent discovery for me. It’s very close to Covent Garden and has outside tables for warm days.  The menu is actually closer in style to the nearby Delaunay than to its parent Ivy, but it’s very good. And the bar is spectacularly...

Just desserts

I was at a Vice-Chancellor’s Circle reception and tour at Cambridge’s Botanic Garden and Sainsbury Laboratory.  We saw some of Darwin’s specimens from his Galapagos trip.  Afterwards there was a champagne buffet lunch of sandwiches, plus some mini desserts, great looking and great tasting…...