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Review: Albert’s Table

Living in Croydon involves an abundance of contradictions. Royal Mail tells you you’re in Surrey, even though you’re certain you live in a London borough. South Croydon, where I’m lucky enough to call home, is leafy, disgustingly middle class, and all but indistinguishable from the semi-rural towns over the border in Surrey proper. The rest…

Mio Dio! Italian antidote to attack of the clones

ITALIAN food has become such a familiar presence in the nation’s kitchens, high streets and shopping centres it’s no mean feat to establish something fresh which brings new flavour to the cuisine. Whether it’s Carluccio’s, ASK, or the local independent with the statue of a stereotypical Italian chef that’s been there since 1973, Italian is…

Bourgee: Bunga bunga for the bouche

I saw in my 30th birthday in June last year in my favourite Seinfeld-inspired lobster t-shirt, tucking into a bit fat claret crustacean at a relatively new offering in Southend-on-Sea, Essex – Bourgee. Founded by sometime TV chef Marc Baumann, who made the rather risky move of selling up his renowned Baumann’s Brasserie in the north…

Luxury cruising through the heart of European culture

ONE of the first things you notice about the Danube is just how quickly this great river tears through central Europe on its charge to the Black Sea. Surprisingly clear and a shimmering green, aquatic birds struggle against the tide as we board the Viking Delling Longship at Nuremburg, moored against a conspicuously Teutonic forest…

Massimo at Shake Shack: The one day Duce

There was a time on this sceptr’d isle when English faces would contort like John Prescott chewing a particularly right-wing wasp at the thought of paying £3 for a cup of coffee. Like a rubbish Camelot, this land of polystyrene cups filled with the milk of distilled car tyres is a lost kingdom, the memory…

Majorca: Coast and culture

If you’re keen to follow in the footsteps of greats like Churchill and Chopin on your holiday, you can’t go far wrong with Majorca. Away from the hulking crowds of Magaluf, there is a wealth of history and culture, both local and international, waiting to be discovered on the largest of the Balearic Islands. The…