Best meal of 2015: Ellory

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I’ve come across some baffling menus recently. It throws up this recurring scene which plays in my mind. It begins with a one-arm bandit being wheeled into the kitchen one morning – a kind of gourmet fruit machine, which is put in charge of recipe development. The chefs gather round it, and pull the handle…… 

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The Annual Marmalade Breakfast

It’s a spring morning, and light is flooding The Gallery Restaurant at Fortnum & Mason. The royal grocers is yet to open, and there’s just a gentle murmur amongst the guests who have gathered for breakfast. Chilled champagne, steaming coffee, an impeccably-set table. It’s the epitome of a sophisticated, British breakfast.

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An Uplifting Voice

[First published on Fish on Friday] Jane Dolby, founder of the Fishwives Choir, writes about the loss of her husband in Song of the Sea, a moving memoir of bereavement and triumph published this week. Rachel Walker talks to her about finding her voice and telling her inspiring story. I first met Jane Dolby almost exactly… 

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Aga spring sale 2015

Spring cleans, new life, new beginnings. It’s a good time of year for a change. And if you’ve ever thought about getting an AGA, it’s a good time for that too, thanks to their huge spring discounts. If you have any questions about getting an AGA, would like a demonstration or a go yourself, then… 

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One man and his fish

[First published at Fish on Friday] Simply called Fish, Masterchef-winner Mat Follas’ new cookbook is a celebration of seasonal British seafood in all its wonderful variety. Rachel Walker meets the man himself. It’s the day before the launch of chef Mat Follas’ debut cookbook Fish and he’s busy. Not with a hectic promotional tour, or pre-launch jitters, but he’s… 

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