Nestled comfortably in the idyllic Hampshire countryside, West Green House is home to one of England’s best-loved gardens. Continue reading
Does the world need another guide to Venice? Probably not, and yet I can’t stop myself from joining the chorus. Truman Capote was right when he said, “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueur in one go”. It’s a sensory assault on the eyes, taste buds and sometimes even the nose. Walking through its myriad of canals and shady piazzas is like stepping into a baroque painting and catching a glimpse, of another, grander time.
With every tousled country lane and picturesque hamlet, the Chilterns capture a little more of my heart. Covering around 324 square miles and stretching from Berkshire to Hertfordshire, the chalky Chiltern Hills are one of 38 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. People have been farming here for thousands of years, shaping the landscape we see today. Once described as the “Larder of London”, farmland still covers nearly two thirds of the area and the network of local food producers is thriving.
When I visited Chiltern Charcuterie a few weeks ago in the picturesque village of North Dean, they were hard at work making salami. It was an impressive operation as the team expertly tested flavours.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been exploring the mesmerising Chiltern Hills. Tomorrow marks the start of the first ever Chiltern Food Festival and to celebrate I’ll be sharing a series of posts showcasing its vibrant food scene.