Farm shops became the new black a few years ago. Now, they are a destination pastime.

Instead of schlepping off for some retail therapy in the mall, people can satisfy several needs in a local farm shop - shopping, local and seasonal produce, cutting down on waste and p...

What better way to spend a gloomy afternoon than for H&D to visit London Street Brasserie to fortify before going on to watch a big blue whale parade through the town centre?

As part of the Magical Reading series of events for the festive season, the whale, from Beautif...

One of H&D's recent commissions has been to chart Reading's independent businesses to show how diverse and vibrant they are.

Teaming up with Inquisitive Type, a communications agency, and Dvision Images we interviewed and photographed a range of the town's best foodie p...

We love a good deal here at H&D so when we spotted Chez Mal in Reading's steak offer, well we were licking our lips!

It was 50 per cent off two steak dinners and a bottle of fruity Malbec. And when we sat down we realised as well as the £39 for our steak deal (so just £...

Nothing is guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit more than a cosy evening in an igloo.

And you don’t need to go north – The Great House in Sonning has brought back its igloo dining for the winter season.

Set just below the terrace by The Great House’s Coppa Club...

It's not often you get invited to a Michelin-starred chef's home. And when he is going to cook for you too, well that's some experience.

But that's what happened to lucky H&D who were invited by TV chef Daniel Galmiche to his home in Berkshire to get a preview of his pr...

November 8, 2017

Antonio Carluccio and Adam Simmonds at Danesfield House

It was four years ago I met simply the best Italian chef and proper gent Antonio Carluccio.

We got together at Danesfield House with the then head chef Adam Simmonds to help launch a campaign for Macmillan Cancer Su...

You cannot fail to notice the new branch of Comptoir Libanais on The Oracle riverside.

A multi-coloured glittering box with a terrace, it looks exciting.

And it is – for packed into this little box are all the colours, flavours and smells of Lebanese food, the most under...

An evening exploring the Great House in Sonning's lodge and being fed and watered was a... well, a great experience.

The Great House use the lodge for weddings, events and conferences - and some special winter features we will tell you about in the coming months.

It real...

A half an hour flight from Heathrow took me to the island of Jersey recently and what a wonderful place it is.  Besides the varied and constantly changing landscapes and the fascinating low tidal beaches, one of the aspects that I really enjoyed was the local produce a...

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