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Courtesan, Brixton

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On International Women’s Day, Tania O’Donnell celebrates at Courtesan where women call the shots… You’d think a place named Courtesan would take a somewhat regressive view on the role of women in society; however, the courtesan here is not a high class prostitute but one of the immensely talented intellectual entertainers that peopled the royal courts of ancient China. To emphasise ...

Cottons, Vauxhall

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The sorority and fraternity of Caribbean food fans is about to discover a new haunt for their authentic goat curry fix… enter stage right, Cottons of Vauxhall If you enjoy a good roti and goat curry or a glorious jerk chicken and you don’t have a Jamaican grandmother on hand, life can be pretty difficult. You have to scout out ...

Orestone Manor Country House Hotel, Devon

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Known for its great food and drink, Orestone Manor offers sophisticated luxurious breaks in Devon based around a restaurant that is a big hit with visitors and locals alike. Tania O’Donnell stays for the night… Our waitress has just given us a hug and, despite the fact that I usually avoid hugging strangers, it doesn’t feel weird or over-familiar. It ...

Peyotito, Notting Hill

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This Saturday is Mexican Day of Independence so we scouted out a fabulous Mexican restaurant at which you can celebrate. Poppy Treadaway on Peyotito in Notting Hill… Nestled in the heart of Notting Hill, Peyotito celebrated its first year of opening in July, with Chef Eduardo Garciam creating authentic Mexican food at a refined and sophisticated level. Given the recent swathe of Mexican ...

Stagolee’s Hottest Chicken Not for the Faint-hearted

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We rode in like spice cowboys, cavalier in our belief that we can handle the hot stuff… we left thoroughly chastened and fabulously full, writes Tania O’Donnell My husband Gary rates his ability to handle any level of spice heat. The evidence supporting his claim is that he can handle my father’s cooking while I cannot. My dad puts a lot of ...

New restaurant opening: Bistrot Pierre, Mumbles, Swansea

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With this current glorious weather, lots of us will be heading to the beach this weekend and if you’re in Weston-super-Mare, Plymouth or Torquay, you may well be heading down to your local Bistrot Pierre for the catch of the day. Now residents and visitors to Mumbles, Swansea, can also indulge in the independently-owned French bistro’s delights. Based in the ...

La Cucina Centro, Limerick

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La Cucina in Limerick does a great line in classic yet informal Italian cuisine. From family favourites such as wood-fired pizzas to risottos and pasta dishes, this bustling restaurant knows how to please locals craving an Italian food fix. Risotto con Langoustine (pictured) is a creamy, garlicky hug of a dish with the fragrance of the prawns and fish stock whetting ...

Clipstone, London

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Clipstone is the place du jour to eat out in London, opening last year to great reviews from critics and customers alike. One of the dishes that reviewers have loved enough to highlight are the house pickles. It really is a great dish, which is a bit of strange thing to say as a plate of pickles isn’t usually something that you’d put top ...