Restaurant that served Jean-Paul Sartre and Victor Hugo stripped of Michelin star

Its lavish dining rooms and Parisian delicacies have attracted French politicians, writers and artists for 200 years, but the gilded mirrors of Le Grand Véfour lost their lustre yesterday after the eatery was stripped of its prestigious third Michelin star. The restaurant, founded in 1785 and frequented by Victor Hugo, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, is the only three-star establishment to have been downgraded in the revered food guide's latest edition.

Janet Street-Porter: No wonder there are so many sick notes

The Health Minister Alan Johnson's latest big idea is that work is good for our health – and he is campaigning for what he calls our "sick note culture" to be turned into a "well note culture". As a soaraway slogan that doesn't even get past first base, but let's take a closer look at Mr Johnson's reasoning.

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Letter: Beef and science

Sir: The French Minister of Agriculture is able to refer to the weight of scientific evidence emanating from the newly formed French food safety agency, which, on 1 October, presented its unfavourable report on British beef.

Restaurant: Where shall we meet in Soho?

Things that delight in a restaurant: a good view. And good views can come in various guises, from great landmark and river views to great green views. And there is the view of the Dog and Duck from the safety of the picture windows that line the restaurant at Soho Soho.

Letter: American palate

Sir: Mary Dejevsky's rant ("Mutant meat and two veg", 24 February) about the crudeness of the American palate has to be the pot calling the kettle black. If she can't find "sophistication in food and drink in most American cities", she's not getting out of her hotel room enough. And if she truly believes that most Americans confuse "French dressing" with French cuisine, one must wonder how contemptuous she feels about her countrymen who believe they are eating at Mexican restaurants in these parts.

Travel: Rough Guide - 'The chef of kings and king of chefs cooked for Napoleon.'

Cuisine from all over the world can be found in the UK - 70 different kinds in the capital alone. But across the Channel, that's not what we want. We seek authentic French food and simple hotels run by friendly staff.

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