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A Truly Fair Tax on Flying

Yesterday saw the launch of a major lobbying effort by ABTA, for a so-called “Fair Tax on Flying“: The Fair Tax on Flying  campaign is an alliance of more than 25 airlines, airports, tour operators, destinations and trade associations who are uniting to call on the Government to make the system of aviation tax in […]

Writing in the wild

It’s been a busy few months working on two new guidebooks plus the new edition of an Italian phrasebook, but here are links to a couple of my recent contributions in print. Every September, history and architecture buffs have a field day as countless private and government buildings across Britain throw open their doors to […]

Review: The Wild Garlic, Beaminster

First visual impressions of Masterchef winner Mat Follas’s Beaminster dining room are of a tearoom that’s been subjected to a lick of paint and some design consultancy. Exposed brick, chunky wooden tables and a daily menu on the chalkboard give The Wild Garlic a studied “refined rustic” look. It’s not unpleasant, just a bit mannered. […]

The York and Albany: a review

Gordon Ramsay’s York and Albany, 127–129 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 Tel. 020 7388 3344 Set lunch menu: £18 Main courses: £14–18 There are many Saturdays when I can’t afford to lunch at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, and last Saturday was yet another of those. Because, and let’s get this straight up-front, the York and Albany […]