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Dordogne holiday guide: what to see plus the best restaurants and hotels

The Dordogne comes close to offering everything that travellers head to France for: beautiful chateaux, traditional French gastronomy, a bucolic landscape of vineyards, forests and rivers. Picturesque fortified villages, such as Beynac, La Roque Gageac and Eymet (site of an unexpected pre-Brexit …

France

How To Make an All-Star Baked Ziti

<b>Heat the oven.</b> Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 375°F. Cook the pasta and sauce while the oven is heating.<p><b>Boil the water.</b> Bring a …

Top Five Cotswolds Spas

It’s almost impossible to dislike the Cotswolds. Rolling hills, limestone-lined farmland and cosy English cottages – the district offers a utopian …

Ten of the best UK gourmet hotels for foodies

<b>At this time of the year, nothing beats the kind of Sunday lunch you can spend all afternoon enjoying. So keeping standards high and appetites satiated, here are 10 of the Good Hotel Guide's best UK gourmet hotels for foodies...</b><p>Fischer's at Baslow Hall, Derbyshire<p>Outstanding cooking is what …

British boltholes: The Painswick Hotel and Restaurant, the Cotswolds: review

This new Cotswolds bolthole hits all the right notes, in terms of both food and accommodation. Just don’t shout about it when you’re in the village<p>It is late in the evening and I’m walking on my own through the Cotswolds village of Painswick. I’ve just had a hugely satisfying and technically …

How to make chocolate spread

With only four ingredients, this spread is simple to whip up and keep in your fridge<p>MAKES<p>1 jar<p>INGREDIENTS<p>142g chocolate, chopped<br>• 166g double cream<br>• 47g sugar<br>• 2g salt<p>METHOD<p>Bring the double cream, sugar and salt to a boil. Pour over the chopped chocolate; whisk until smooth.<p>Emulsify with a hand …

Michelin starred restaurants in London mapped | London Evening Standard

Michelin starred restaurants in London: The capital’s one, two and three star restaurants mapped<p>The latest Michelin guide is out, and London has …

Old Stocks Inn, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cotswolds: hotel review

From the amazing food to the well-kitted out rooms and great service, this refreshingly modern take on a Cotswolds classic gets just about everything right<p>I like the Cotswolds as much as the next cake-scoffing, tea-glugging tourist, but there is something disconcerting about the way it all looks …

10 of the best small Mediterranean hotels: readers’ travel tips

Hotels,Summer holidays,Beach holidays,Greece holidays,Spain holidays,Italy holidays,Greek Islands holidays,Travel,Europe holidays,Top 10s<p>Crete and other Greek islands were the most popular destinations when we asked for your tips on small, family-run hotels around the Med, with Spain and the …

Travel

Chocolate covered honeycomb

This is our fun take on the Crunchie bar and it never fails to light up children's faces.<p>We have also served little morsels of these chocolate honeycombs as petit fours at the restaurant and they proved to be very popular with our guests, regardless of their age.<p>SERVES<p>8-10<p>INGREDIENTS<p>flavourless oil …

Recipes

Edinburgh city guide: what to see plus the best hotels, bars and restaurants

Dodge the tartan and tour groups with Vonny Moyes’s guide to Edinburgh’s contemporary culture, bars brimming with personality, and great-value places to eat and stay<p>Edinburgh’s dirtiest trick is hiding in plain sight. Sold a 2D iteration of Braveheart, bagpipes and festivals, tourists cling to …

Scotland

10 of the best small hotels in Paris

Alastair Sawday’s pick of boutique Parisian hotels offers a touch of chic for those who prefer to avoid big-name chains<p>This calm retreat in the heart of Montparnasse lets guests step out of the bustle and into a foyer full of natural light. A blend of old and new creates an individual, warm …

France

A foodie’s guide to Edinburgh

<b>Whether you’re a whisky aficionado or black pudding fiend, Scotland’s capital city is the place to get your foodie fix. Local Laura Millar leads the culinary tour.</b><p>The Balmoral Hotel<p>One of Edinburgh’s most prestigious addresses, and a landmark in the city centre for over a century, this grande dame …

10 of the best boutique hotel websites

Photograph: Doris and Dicky<p>Riad Al Jazira, Marrakech<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/8b1139ff9c94bc921c2e655bbedf7ee9c253d8ec/0_80_1200_720/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Gounusual<p>Cabanes Sister treehouse outside …

Photography

The 20 best Italian recipes: part 3

From Nigella Lawson’s Sardinian couscous to Marcella Hazan’s Bolognese pork loin, classic dishes selected by Observer Food Monthly<br>• The final part of this series launches tomorrow<p>At the time of writing, I confess you will need to go to an Italian deli or specialist food outlet for fregola, the …

Recipes

Nigel Slater’s chicken drumsticks with tomatoes and ginger

Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin/Observer<p>Drumming up dinner: Nigel Slater’s chicken drumsticks with tomatoes and ginger recipe. Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin for the Observer<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/25/1440501739975/Chicken-drumsticks-with-t-005.jpg<p>460<p>…

The 20 best breakfast recipes: part 4

Photograph: Kate Whitaker<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/9/22/1442934557974/29f5ad78-6e60-45c9-8f37-4c2f1c3f22bf-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Kate …

Breakfast

The 20 best British recipes: part 1

Photograph: Romas Foord<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/9/22/1442938834470/95ddb6e9-c8be-4e9b-af4c-f4e678e803c6-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Romas …

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The 20 best British recipes: part 4

Photograph: Jason Lowe<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/9/23/1443007336217/e71679df-e826-4c8d-8313-244def870896-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Jason …

Baking

Nigel Slater’s pear and ginger cake, and baked pear with maple syrup and orange recipes

Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin/Observer<p>‘Long pepper, with its hint of nutmeg-meets-vanilla, is a charming addition’: Nigel Slater’s baked pears, maple syrup and orange recipe. Photograph: Jonathan Lovekin for the …

Pears

The Silkiest Carbonara

4 to 6 Servings<p>At Pirelli's restaurant in Rome, chef Barbara Lynch ate what was, for her, the perfect carbonara: The sauce was bright yellow from fresh eggs, and each rigatoni hid cubes of fatty guanciale. In Boston, where Lynch has five restaurants, she set out to master the dish. Her yolk-heavy …

This Tiny Nashville Cottage Has Room for Everything

It feels much bigger than it is thanks to some smart design — and the view.<p>When you're on vacation, you just don't need much room. After all, your schedule should be filled with day trips, naps, and fabulous meals. Or absolutely nothing. With that in mind, a petite cottage is the perfect …

Ultimate Christmas pudding recipe by Richard Bertinet

French baker Richard Bertinet makes his Christmas pudding a little differently, but the flavours are to die for - and best of all, you don't have to bother soaking the fruit<p>I always send a Christmas pudding to my family in France each year and they love it, as it is something completely different …

Alex Polizzi's homage to secret Italy

For most of my life, I have felt a confusion common to anyone who has a very strong ancestral heritage in one country and a lifetime of ties in another. I felt Italian in England and English in <b>Italy</b>. My four grandparents were from <b>Venice</b>, <b>Sardinia</b>, Naples and Casalattico, my first language was …

Cheap city breaks – flights for under £50: Girona, Spain

Flights with Ryanair from Bournemouth to Girona cost from £46* return, including taxes, for the weekend of 17-19 October. The company also flies from Bristol, Stansted, Luton and Manchester.<br>* <i>Fares correct on 30 September, according to skyscanner.net</i><p>What to do<p>A highlight of Girona is its modernist …

Sugar-free chocolate recipes: Bouncy coconut bars covered in chocolate

A healthier, simpler and delicious alternative to high-street chocolate bars from Mr Prempy's<p><b>Makes 8 bars</b><p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p>For the dark chocolate:<p>250g cacao butter<br>200g cacao powder<br>50g maple syrup<p>For the bars:<br>200g desiccated coconut<br>100g coconut oil<br>50g honey<p><b>METHOD</b><p>For the dark chocolate:<br>Melt the cacao butter …

How to bake the perfect flourless chocolate cake

Photograph: Felicity Cloake/Guardian<p>Justin Gellatly’s flourless chocolate cake.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/10/15/1413391156217/be38aa9d-207b-4f3e-8bef-dcce85c6df1c-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Felicity Cloake/Guardian<p>Justin Gellatly’s flourless chocolate …

Concierge Dwight Owsley on New York City

The head concierge at New York’s historic Carlyle Hotel has a genuine love of the city – and plenty of great ideas on what to do and see. He takes us from the docks to a Mad Men-era bar<p><b>The essence of New York is that we are a brassy Dutch town that hinges on mercantilism.</b> People here are accustomed …