Celebrating Lebanese

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 underrated food until a few years ago, when it spread out of London. Floral chairs, sequinned baskets, silver teapots, retro boxes of Turkish Delight, big bowls of nougat and pastries are crammed into nooks and crannies and pictures of famous faces wearing fezzes like Nelson Mandela, Bob Marley and George Michael adorn the walls. And while the interior is gloriously kitsch, the real glory is in the food. Our mezze platter (£9.95 f

Great stuff at the Great House

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 really was lovely to sit down to some Coppa Club food (the club caters for all events too). The ethos is sharing - platters of delicious foods you share family style. For our dinner we had a selection of bruschetta topped with: chunky tomato; mozarella, aubergine and courgette; the freshest of white crab meat on top of the creamy brown meat and spiked with a little chilli. Add to that a platter of Italian charcuterie served with

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