Rixos Almaty Almaty! The decision to add a stop in Kazakhstan to my journey was an atypically spur-of-the-moment thing when regular guest quester and host on my previous stop in Istanbul, Hande, mentioned her friend had a connection with the Rixos Hotel in Kazakhstan. I was keen on a stop somewhere in this part of …

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The French Manchester…so much to answer for. It had been a wee while since my last trip to Cottonopolis so I was pleased to be back in town. I was further delighted by the prospect dinner with my dear friend Frances who suggested we should go to The French, one of Manchester’s most enduringly classic …

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Alyn Williams at The Westbury When in London, it’s all too easy to dine in Michelin finery at the drop of a hat. On what I’d assigned as one of my lazy days, I went from comfortable dozing to seated for lunch at one Michelin star Alyn Williams at The Westbury within a little over …

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24 Royal Terrace When I was off on my jaunt to Gran Canaria, I missed a little launch event for the bar at the 24 Royal Terrace hotel. I’d popped in for a late drink shortly after my return and made a note to come and have a proper look at it in the daylight. …

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Out and about in Nottingham After an enjoyable evening at Iberico, I had the small matter of dealing with the reason I was in Nottingham – a seminar at the Crowne Plaza where I was also staying. Hotel breakfast The day started with the traditional buffet breakfast in their restaurant. This offered the usual suspects …

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