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  • The Golden Fleeced FlockRUMOUR HAS it that ‘The Wolseley’ turns over £10million a year. A few days ago I swapped £20 for breakfast. It takes that every minute. On the matter of money, this site spent 70 years as a Barclays, although it is better known for how it start...
  • Thinking Silver, Drinking Gold
    on Jan 5, 2009 in gold leaf Ritz new year
    I SHOULD have been in Aspen, Colorado. My services as a sommelier were originally required for a private new year’s eve shebang. I would have travelled with an almost empty case, in eager expectation of carrying home gargantuan gratuities. There wa...
  • Glad Dinings
    on Dec 31, 2008
    A YEAR AGO I wandered around the partially gentrified vestiges of London’s first department store, ‘Whiteley’s’, Bayswater. I was searching for the entrance to Rowley Leigh’s handsome brasserie, ‘Le Café Anglais’ (formerly a Mc.Donald...
  • Cirque and Circuits
    on Dec 29, 2008
    ‘The power station was the site of a fire on April 20, 1964, which caused power failures throughout London including the BBC Television Centre, which was due to launch BBC Two that night…’[‘Absolute Astronomy’]I REMEMBER my father telling m...
  • Pulling Rank
    on Dec 24, 2008
    ‘Tiny in stature but large in personality, Sally Bulloch could often be seen lunching with Sir Denis Thatcher, Richard Dreyfus or Albert Finney, or enjoying Champagne with Joan Collins, Dionne Warwick or Marti Pellow. Michæl Douglas once remarked:...
  • Do as the Romans Do
    on Dec 19, 2008
    AS I finally left ‘Latium’, it dawned on me that I had failed to try their signature dish: the multi-coloured four fish ravioli. This was spectacularly remiss of me. Their potent little parcels are legendary and that dish won ‘best U.K. pasta p...
  • Free From Local Shackles
    on Dec 15, 2008
    ‘There isn't a single dish that I wouldn't consider ordering…’ [Aidan Brooks] FOOD AND WINE matching is far from trivial, especially when you get it wrong. I remember when my father vetoed a sommelier, selecting a bottle of Barsac to rinse
  • Merchant Gourmet
    on Dec 11, 2008
    Pictured: my morning immersed within the mechanics of luxury, St. James’s Street. At no. 6 my friend, May Lin arranged for a tour of her timeless workplace, ‘Lock & Co.’ hatters, established 1676. Janet, resident historian and master fitter.
  • Style Crunch, Style Crunch…
    on Dec 9, 2008
    ‘Yogi Bear ordered a pizza. The waitress asked, “How many pieces do you want your pie cut into?” Yogi responded, “Four. I don't think I could eat eight…”‘Princi’ represents a hefty investment in cheap food. £5 million surged into its
  • Streets Flooded – Please Advise
    on Dec 3, 2008
    “Welcome to the Queen of the Adriatic!” proclaimed Enrica Rocca. Following a repellently early flight, the Contessa and I had finally thawed away our tiredness over a couple of bottles of Prosecco. The hazy, peach-scented bubbles were tamed by bi...
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