Mr Cooper's House and Garden: Restaurant review - the Midland hotel has been reborn as Simon Rogan's Gourmetghast

For a talented chef, there are many routes to stardom. Television is the quickest, if not necessarily the easiest. A documentary a few years back featured the strivings of Aiden Byrne, ex of The Dorchester, to boost his TV profile. I'm afraid that flash of Byrne's galvanised-steel ambition was enough to put me off ever going to one of his restaurants again. Shame, because by all accounts, his latest, Manchester House, is wonderful.

Country life: a rural palette, but with added style

Room Service: The Wild Rabbit, Cotswolds

Raising the bar for the humble 'local'

To dine for: the Cips Club restaurant at the Cipriani in Venice

My life in travel: Jonathan Edwards

'The Cipriani in Venice was immaculate'

Derek Pain: Heavyweights could benefit by attracting new investors

Should Whitbread indulge in a little cosmetic surgery – of the corporate variety? I ask this as the shares of the leisure group approach a new peak of 4,000p, and such a heavyweight figure is thought to be something of an impediment when it comes to attracting new investors.

Bermuda

Lose yourself in the enchanting scenery and crystal waters of this historic chain of islands – perfect for relaxation and activity alike

French actor Gerard Depardieu poses with people from Estaimpuis during a ceremony held in his honor at the Chateau Bourgogne

'It’s an honour to have him here': Gérard Depardieu’s ever-expanding business empire a big hit with Belgians

Mayor of Estaimpuis credits French star with boosting the economy, creating jobs and bringing new visitors to the small corner of Wallonia

Postcard from... Los Angeles

One of the world’s top culinary teams is calling for blood to be used more widely in the everyday food we eat

Gone right off eggs? Try blood (even in ice cream) ... The grisly ingredient is overlooked, say cutting-edge culinary experts

The Nordic Food Lab says blood is nutritious, delicious and could be the solution to the growing problem of allergies

Forge ahead: The dining room; the chic interiors are a labour of love

B&B and Beyond: La Forge d'Hauterives, France

With views of the Côte d'Azur, this graceful guesthouse offers an intimate retreat in any season, says Lucy Gillmore

Peyote, London: Restaurant review - 'taco bill'

As drug fiends usually know, peyote is a Mexican cactus with hallucinogenic properties; the visions it conjures are so strong that a religious cult once sprang up to worship it. And a pretty hefty restaurant cult has appeared in the UK that worships simple Mexican cuisine.

Travel agenda

From food and wine in Melbourne and gourmet holidays in Portugal to polar exploration and visas for Turkey

The Big Six: Riding retreats

From South Africa to Argentina, England to Dubai, Australia to the US

Ziferblat: Pay-per-minute café opens in London

Owner of Russian chain says he hopes café will encourage a more 'communal' experience

McDonald's apologises after misspelt sign imposes 7pm ban on young people in London branch

Dozens of young people entered the restaurant shortly before 7pm in protest

Nick Griffin stars in first cookery role as BNP TV chef offering ‘traditional British fare’

In bizarre twist for recently-bankrupt politician, Mr Griffin provides what he calls his ‘Recipe for beating the Tory blues’

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