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James’s ghost stories are almost like Hammer horror films in their status and predictability: we know too much now of the genre to be surprised by what happens in any of them, but that doesn’t lessen the pleasure of reading them.

Postcard from... Bologna

For those of you who like a little culture but find museums rather dry and academic, the little town of Anzola dell'Emilia has served up a rather tastier history lesson.

The Pig and Butcher offers a short, sublime menu

The Pig and Butcher, 80 Liverpool Road, London N1

Unlike its predecessor, the Pig & Butcher lets you enjoy its food as you please.

Sundae worship

As a wave of retro ice-cream parlours tickles the country's tastebuds, we have the scoop on the coolest cones and brightest bowls

Raw lasagne from 42°Raw

On The Menu: 42°Raw lasagne; Standard Hotel; The Mall Tavern; Greenhalgh's crumpet loaf

This week I've been eating... raw lasagne

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The 10 Best ice-cream machines

With sunshine (fingers crossed) on the way, we've got the scoop on the coolest ways to keep the family sweet this summer

Baskin-Robbins to create 400 new jobs

The world's largest chain of ice cream shops today unveiled plans to nearly double its presence in the UK over the next three years in a move that could create up to 400 jobs.

Meat People, 4-6 Essex Road, London N1

With cathedrals to the carnivorous urge opening all around, does Meat People make the cut?

Morgan M, 50 Long Lane, London EC1

Will City workers lap up the classic French cuisine at Morgan M's new Smithfields asset?

Winning ways: the chef Wolfgang Puck shows the foods on offer at the Oscars

Served with ceremony: The culinary trends at this year's awards parties

Tim Walker gets to sample delicacies including edible gold flakes and mojito mousse

The Nobody Inn has a beautiful thatched roof, low black roof beams, a blazing fireplace and rickety, beer-stained tables

The Nobody Inn, Doddiscombsleigh, Exeter, Devon

One bad pun aside, few country inns live up to this Devon delight

Intimate: Angela's features a small, familiar main room with paintings by local artists

Angela's, 38 New Bridge Street, Exeter

It takes a lot to qualify as a 'local' restaurant – can Angela's in Exeter pull it off?

Were it not for the very refined cutlery, you might feel you're in an American diner

Hereford Road, 3 Hereford Road, London W2

Hereford Road treads in the footsteps of Fergus Henderson. But can it fill his shoes?

Copita, 26-27 D'Arblay Street, London W1

Perfect for courting couples, tapas bar Copita is less comfortable for everyone else

The 10 best ice cream makers

With school holidays and summer sun (fingers crossed) just around the corner, we’ve got the scoop on the coolest way to make frozen desserts...

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