The Alford Arms, Frithsden, England.

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I was lucky that my lovely friend Emily was able to take a half day holiday in order to have one last lunch with me before I headed back to Bangkok, and she drove us out into the pretty hamlet of Frithsden not far from the beautiful Ashridge estate at the foot of the Chiltern Hills for what was to be a simply delicious lunch at the Alford Arms pub http://www.alfordarmsfrithsden.co.uk/. Continue reading

Lyles, Shoreditch High Street, London.

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One of the restaurants I was determined not to return to Bangkok without eating at was Lyles http://lyleslondon.com/ on Shoreditch High Street, a partnership between former St John Head Chef and “Young Turk” James Lowe and former St John and Gymkhana front man John Ogier, that has been wowing the critics since it opened earlier this year. Continue reading

Where To Eat In Obidos, Portugal.

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Obidos is a beautiful, historical walled town in the west of Portugal around 85km from Lisbon, known as the ‘wedding present town’ as it was a wedding gift from King Dinis to his new wife, D. Isabel, in 1282. These days Obidos is famed for not only for the the old world charm of its sleepy, cobbled streets and imposing Medieval castle,  but also for the production of Ginjinha, a sour cherry liqueur traditionally drunk from mini chocolate cups. We spent 4 days there earlier this summer and here are my picks of the best restaurants to eat at when you visit this historical walled town. Continue reading