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Pompette

Are You Tipsy? ‘Je suis pompette, darling’ – tipsy, tiddly, squiffy, cockeyed, mellow, well-oiled. Oh, the white-heat given off by that second martini, the thwack of booze pulsing through a…

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Bottega Caruso

Campanian gem in Margate “Down to Margate, you can keep the Costa Brava, I’m telling ya mate I’d rather have a day down Margate with all me family.” – Chas…

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Sorrel

Dorking Deepdene: No One Can Hear You Scream ‘Dorking Deepdene? Does this place even exist? I’m scared.’   So we missed the train from Dorking. The last train that night,…

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Annapurna

Momo Mia   ‘Bravest of the brave, most generous of the generous, never had a country more faithful friends than you’  – Sir Ralph Turner MC, Adjutant of the 2nd…

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Jöro

Umami Pushers Google Maps has taken me off kilter. I’m standing in the middle of an industrial estate which has several shades of the outer reaches of edgy Brooklyn about…

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Where The Light Gets In

Sparks Flying In Stockport “Where the f***k is everyone?”, I feel like shouting out in the middle of the market place after walking around Stockport’s virtually deserted ‘Old Town’. The…

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Kym’s

Xian and the City The first restaurant that saw me ratcheting up visits time and again, like an obsessive groupie, was A. Wong in Victoria. Obsessional, frequent, rat-a-tat visits that…

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Jolene

Serial Miller Dear Dolly, Was it a surprise when The White Stripes belted out ‘Jolene’ at their gigs? It’s got 7 million views on YouTube, you know? Also, have you…

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Grand Trunk Road

Grand Indian Dining In Woodford The Meghna Grill in South Woodford. Sunday. Some time in the 80s. A sprawling buffet, a pile of massive rustling onion bhajis. The eight-year-old me…

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Sabor

What’s Your Flava? “Is it Spanish? Oh, really? I couldn’t tell because of some of the words. Not heard of Estrella. Is it Champagne?” – Sabor, ‘Mayfair Joe’, February 2018…

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