Rectory Farm
and its
grounds

B&B And Beyond: Rectory Farm, Cambridge

A Georgian-style house surrounded by fields makes a charming alternative to urban chain hotels, discovers Cathy Packe

Trending: Costa's grounds for world domination

Yesterday, Whitbread announced grande profits and expansion plans for its coffee brand. But how did it get so' everywhere'? Samuel Muston takes a sip and finds out

The breakfast room at Halford House

B&B And Beyond: Halford House, Gloucestershire

A homely ambience is complemented by hotel-standard style and service at this elegant guesthouse, says Kate Simon

One Minute With: Nikita Lalwani, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Coffee strength can vary enormously

Fresh alert over the dangers of caffeine

Coffee drinkers are woefully ignorant of the dangers lurking in their cup, a new report warns. Consumers should be provided with information about the caffeine content of their takeaway latte or espresso since most are unaware of how it varies in strength from shop to bar or from cup to mug.

The Method, By Juli Zeh

Set in the mid-21st century, this novel by German Juli Zeh presents a chilling vision of a dystopian future that plays on our current obsession with health and mass surveillance. Mia Holl, a scientist, lives in a monitored house where the air quality is repeatedly checked, household waste and sewage tested, and public areas regularly disinfected. In return, she and other residents are entitled to cut-price power and water. It is all part of the Method, a system designed to ensure "a happy and healthy life, a life free from suffering and pain".

Rents grind down Starbucks

Starbucks UK has blamed high rents and a hefty royalty payment to its US parent for its fifth consecutive year of losses.

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The 10 Best kettles

1. Magimix

The Business Matrix: Saturday 28 April 2012

Ofcom puts cap on cost of stamps

Julian Baggini: Is Osborne's dad worth a £19,000desk?

How much would you spend on a desk? Few would – or even could – go as far as George Osborne's dad, who has his eye on one that costs "from" £19,000. Nevertheless, there are plenty of us for whom a good desk is one of our greatest extravagances. I paid three figures to upgrade from a perfectly serviceable Ikea pine corner desk to a solid, vintage one with a leather surface so worn that it has inch-wide holes. It was worth every penny.

Julian Baggini: Is Osborne's dad worth a £19,000 desk?

The one thing you would never do at the desk Sir Peter Osborne has his eye on is write at it

1. Grumpy Mule Tanzania
Footprint
£4.75 for 227g, steenbergs.co.uk
Tanzania is renowned for its
Peaberry beans, so this Peaberry
coffee has unsurprisingly won
Great Taste awards for three years

The 10 Best ground coffees

From Tanzania's Grumpy Mule to Jamaica's Blue Mountain, we select the top blends for your pot

Elizabeth Haynes plans murders in a shed at her Kent home

Elizabeth Haynes: 'Pole-dancing is a real killer ...'

The writer tells Danuta Kean how she swapped criminology for exotic dancing to research her new thriller

Joe Cole has impressed since making the switch to Lille

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole embracing French culture

Joe Cole insists he has embraced life in France - even down to eating frog's legs.

Trending: But there's no time to rearrange the deckchairs...

It took 15,000 men two years to build the Titanic. I gave myself just three hours to raise the world's most famous cruise liner 100 years after its demise. My tools: A blunt craft knife; a tube of what turns out to be non-stick glue; and diminishing reserves of patience.

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New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

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Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

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His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
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England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

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Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

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