Budget continues to haunt George Osborne as ministers face accusations of incompetence

Ministers faced accusations of incompetence and of “sneaking out” announcements of tax U-turns as the reverberations over the Budget continued to haunt George Osborne after nearly three months.

1. Joseph Joseph Rinse & Chop: £16, Selfridges.com
A very clever board. It has hinges down the middle, allowing you to slide your prepared fruit and veg down off into the pan. It also has a colander at the end.

The 10 Best chopping boards

Whether you want to dice veg, chop meat, or just slice up a salad, there’s a surface here to suit every culinary need.

Her Majesty's meatballs: Pizza Hut's Jubilee tribute

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It's back! Hot off the stone, our occasional look at crimes against pizza.

Greggs the bakers hails government 'pasty tax' u-turn

Bakery chain Greggs was celebrating today following the Government's U-turn on the unpopular “pasty tax”.

George Osborne under fire over 'pasty tax'

A group of MPs from across the political divide lined up today to urge the Government to rethink its proposals to slap 20% VAT on baked goods.

Howard Jacobson: Nothing is beyond a man who will take his wife on a date to a restaurant like Oslo Court

Maybe our old view of the PM as out of touch is no longer safe. I am seeing him in a new light

Greggs takes new pasty VAT proposal to Treasury

The battle for VAT-free pasties will move to Whitehall today when Ken McMeikan, the chief executive of Greggs, puts his case to the Treasury Minister David Gauke.

The sumptuous Prince's Suite

B&B and beyond: Oak House No 1, Tetbury

The Kennedys travelled the world collecting art and anecdotes, now Laura Holt enjoys both – and in a stylish Georgian setting

Rabbit and crayfish stargazy pie

Rabbit and crayfish stargazy pie

Serves 4

Ashton Kutcher's 'Indian' advert taken off-air

An online ad featuring Ashton Kutcher as an Indian man has been pulled off-line after viewers called it racist.

The Gunton Arms is a labour of love for its owner, London art dealer Ivor Braka

The Gunton Arms, Cromer Road, Thorpe Market, Norfolk

It's been 10 years since Mark Hix began writing his weekly food column for this magazine, an anniversary we'll be celebrating in next week's bumper food and drink-themed issue. Over the past decade, the quietly influential Mr Hix has changed the way we eat, though he'd be much too modest to make that claim for himself. Meanwhile his restaurants, with their clever mix of traditional comfort and contemporary art, have supplied the template for many a copycat dining room.

Bakers demonstrate in front of Downing Street against the Government's proposed decision to impose a 'pasty tax'

Bakers protest against 'pasty tax' at Downing Street

Cornish pasty makers have turned out in force outside Downing Street, braving torrential downpours to deliver a petition from half a million people opposing the controversial "pasty tax".

The Cornish pasty has been awarded European protected status

David Cameron defends George Osborne's 'pasty tax'

David Cameron today defended the "pasty tax" after MPs questioned how fair it was to slap 20% VAT on baked goods while caviar was exempt.

Warning of 'pasty tax' confusion

The Government's plan to introduce a "pasty tax" has created "a quagmire of confusion and worry" for businesses, according to a Conservative MP who sits on the Commons committee which scrutinises the Budget.

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