Nineteen Letters – Jodi Perry

Nineteen Letters - Jodi Perry - Hot Brands Cool PlacesSynopsis: What would you do if the love of your life had no memory of you?

The 19th of January, 1996 . . . I’ll never forget it. It was the day we met. I was seven and she was six. It was the day she moved in next door, and the same day I developed my first crush on a girl.

Then tragedy struck. Nineteen days after our wedding day, Jemma was in an accident that would change our lives forever. When she woke from her coma, she had no memory of me, of us, of the love we shared.

That’s when I started writing her letters. The stories of our life. Of when we met. About the happier times, and everything we’d experienced together.

What we had was far too beautiful to be forgotten.

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We loved Nineteen Letters, Jodi Perry has created an intriguing concept, beautifully written, will the letters work? Poignant and emotional, this beautiful book is something you need to keep reading until the very end. A perfect weekend read!


Homes & Antiques May 2018

Homes & Antiques May 2018Homes & Antiques has a new look this month!  

Inside, we reveal a colourful and refreshed selection of stylish homes. From a leafy and light Victorian villa (filled with beautiful houseplants), to a sleek and relaxed mid-century hideaway. 

Brilliant Blue & White
Revitalise your home with classic ceramics in a time-honoured colour combination.

Britain’s Favourite Antiques
Interiors experts select 25 of Britain’s top antiques from over a hundred years ago.

Individual Interiors
From a botanical villa to a mid-century retreat this month’s houses are an inspiring read.
Celebrating 60 Years of the Egg Chair
Discover how Arne Jacobsen’s timeless armchair became a masterpiece of modern design.
Meet the Maker
Glassblower Laura Smith draws inspiration from her childhood home in Bermuda to create beautiful vessels and lighting accessories.

Also, explore on-trend finds from the high-street in ‘Style Now’, plus our guide to statement wallpaper, the history of Georgian style and practical advice for living with antiques at home. We also chat to the doyenne of home-cooking, Mary Berry, about her go-to paint colours and antique collections. 

There are also old-favourites, such as the best antiques and vintage fairs to visit in May, must-visit events and exhibitions, plus what’s hot and what’s not in the saleroom. 

All this and much much more!!

The May issue of Homes & Antiques is on sale now :



Roots – Tommy Banks

Roots by Tommy Banks - Hot Brands Cool PlacesSynopsis: Roots is a glorious celebration of the key ingredients grown, foraged and preserved by Tommy close to his award-winning restaurant, The Black Swan in Oldstead, North Yorkshire. Influenced by the rhythms of the land he farms, he renames and redefines the seasons into three growing groups and shares creative recipes, preserving techniques and ideas on using these ‘root’ ingredients all year round. Beautifully shot throughout the shifting seasons the images showcase recipes, the ingredients and the landscape from which they hail.

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Watching Tommy Banks on the BBC Great British Menu was an inspiring and refreshing experience, and Roots is equally uplifting. His enthusiasm for foraging, cooking and preserving his home grown ingredients shines throughout the book. His commentary, the recipes and the beautiful photography elevates this beyond a cookbook into a celebration of a way of life. Tommy Banks’ passion for good food shines through and because of his unique approach we have chosen Roots as our Cookery Book of the Month. Highly Recommended!


Pieces of Happiness – Anne Ostby

Pieces of Happiness - Anne Ostby - Hot Brands Cool PlacesA Novel of Friendship, Hope and Chocolate

Synopsis: I’ve planted my feet on Fijian earth and I intend to stay here until the last sunset . Why don’t you join me? Leave behind everything that didn’t work out!
When recently-widowed Kat writes to her four old school friends, inviting them to live with her on a cocoa plantation in the South Pacific, they swap icy pavements and TV dinners for a tropical breeze and an azure-blue ocean. Leaving behind loneliness, dead-end jobs and marriages that have gone sour, they settle into the Women’s House, surrounded by palms and cocoa trees; and locals with the puzzling habit of exploding into laughter for no discernible reason.

Each of the women has her issues to resolve, and secrets to keep. But together the friends find a new purpose, starting a business making chocolate: bittersweet, succulent pieces of happiness. As they embrace a new culture that views ageing so differently from their own, will they learn to accept and forgive: to discover the value of friendship, and a better way to live?

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Pieces of Happiness is a beautiful book about five women in the later stages of their lives who end up living together in Fiji. The descriptions of the landscape is so evocative, it completely transports you to another place, where you feel the heat and the ocean breezes. This uplifting book is sensitively written and so totally absorbing about the five friends and the people that they meet in the local community that you feel part of their daily lives and challenges. A wonderful weekend read! Highly Recommended!

The Memory Shop – Ella Griffin

The Memory Shop - Ella GriffinSynopsis: Nora’s world has been turned upside-down. Escaping heart-break in London, she returns to her childhood home in Dublin where her grandmother’s beloved house is being sold. Nora has been left with an inheritance of treasured belongings, but no home of her own in which to keep them.

Unable to bear auctioning them off, Nora resolves to stay in Dublin and open The Memory Shop, a very special business which matches each gorgeous object with a perfect new owner. It’s not long before these objects begin to transform the lives of those they touch, creating new stories and new chances at happiness.

As Nora lets go of a lifetime of treasures, she unlocks tantalising clues to her grandmother’s mysterious past. But can she finally let go of her own…?

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The Memory Shop is a delightful absorbing read. The descriptions of the shop window are particularly imaginative, and realistic and we love the way the individual stories of the key characters are interwoven. This is a perfect book for the long Bank Holiday weekend.

The Pets at Primrose Cottage – Sheila Norton

The Pets at Primrose Cottage - Sheila NortonSynopsis: Emma Nightingale needs a place to hide away.

Fresh from the heartbreak of a failed relationship, she takes refuge In quiet Crickleford. And not before long – and quite accidentally too – Emma finds herself the town’s favourite pet-sitter, a role she isn’t certain of at first, but soon her heart is warmed by the animals; they expect nothing more of her than she is able to give.

The last thing Emma wants is for people to discover the real reason she is lying low, but then the handsome reporter from the local paper takes an interest in her story. Can Emma keep her secret and follow her heart’s desire…?

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In The Pets at Primrose Cottage Sheila Norton has created a heart-warming tale of village life, written with humour, plenty of twists and turns and with a wonderful feel-good ending. Perfect for weekend reading.


Baileys - Hot Brands Cool PlacesBaileys are a very well established Estate Agent covering both sales and lettings and also holiday lettings specialising in self-catering accommodation in and around East Wittering, West Wittering, Bracklesham Bay, Itchenor, Birdham and Chichester in West Sussex.

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Where Chefs Eat – A Guide to Chefs’ Favourite Restaurants (Third Edition)

Where Chefs Eat - A Guide to Chefs' Favourite Restaurants (Third Edition)Edited Joe Warwick, with contributors Joshua David Stein, Evelyn Chen and Natascha Mirosch

The all-new, completely revised third edition of the global restaurant guidebook that has sold more than 200,000 copies

Synopsis: This third edition of the best-selling Where Chefs Eat, features over 7,000 recommendations for more than 4,500 restaurants in more than 70 countries from more than 650 of the world’s best chefs, including: Jason Atherton, Shannon Bennett, Nathan Outlaw, Helena Rizzo, Stephen Harris, Yotam Ottolenghi, Yoshihiro Narisawa, and hundreds more.

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This is a very comprehensive collection, each recommended restaurant entry has the the details of opening hours, payment methods, style, cuisine and why it is recommended, which chefs have recommended it, plus some have more detailed reviews,together with specially commissioned maps. Absolutely fascinating read, plus really helpful recommendations. A inspiring insight for all diners!

Million Love Songs – Carole Matthews

Million Love Songs - Carole Matthews


Sunday Times best selling author  – another must read book!

Synopsis: After splitting up with her cheating ex, Ruby Brown is ready for a change. She’s single again for the first time in years and she’s going to dive into this brave new world with a smile on her face and a spring in her step. The last thing she’s looking for is a serious relationship.

Mason represents everything Ruby wants right now: he’s charming, smooth and perfect for some no-strings-attached fun, and yet Ruby can’t help feel that something is missing. Joe on the other hand is kind and attentive, but he comes with the sort of baggage Ruby wants to avoid: an annoyingly attractive ex-wife and two teenage children.

And though Ruby thinks she knows what she wants, is it what she needs to be truly happy? It’s about to get emotional in …Million Love Songs.

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One of our favourite authors, Carole Matthews always delivers a delicious read, and Million Love Songs is another delightful read. Full of humour and emotional dilemmas, this latest book is perfect to curl up with on the sofa in this unpredictable weather. Highly Recommended!


Homes & Antiques April 2018

Homes & Antiques April 2018In the April issue of Homes & Antiques discover the beauty of colourful folk art, explore beautiful houses, dreamy springtime decorating and covetable antiques.

The art of folk
Filled with vibrant colour, riotous pattern and decorative furniture, this joyful look hails from Eastern Europe and celebrates naïve art and folk trends.

Building on the past
Rory Young’s handsome Cirencester townhouse is a beautiful example of meticulous period restoration using traditional design techniques.

California dreaming
With concrete floors, mid-century furniture and seriously covetable tiles, Phil and Kelly’s bungalow has been given a thoroughly unexpected and divine makeover.

Georgian grace
Janet Gleeson visits Milton Manor for an education in elegant 18th-century living and Strawberry Hill Gothic.

The essential guide to living rooms
Maggie Stevenson invites you to rethink your living room and create an attractive space for family and friends.

Notes on an icon: Finn Juhl
The danish architect Finn Juhl was an innovator of sleek furniture design. Sophie Hannam learns about his rise to greatness and takes a look around the house he designed and built in Copenhagen.

Plus, we take a look at the upcoming Christie’s sale of David and Pegg Rockefeller’s estate, including legendary impressionist and modern art, alongside classic English furniture and a sublime natural history collection.

You’ll also get a list of the best antiques and vintage fairs to visit in April, must-visit events and exhibitions, plus covetable new finds from the high street.

All this and much much more!!

The April issue of Homes & Antiques is on sale now :

One Cornish Summer – Liz Fenwick

One Cornish Summer - Liz FenwickSynopsis: Against the beauty of Cornwall, a story of two women struggling with their past: one cannot remember hers, the other cannot forget…
When Hebe receives a life-changing diagnosis at only 53, she struggles to make sense of what it will mean for her, her job and the man she loves. With memories slipping away by the day, she flees to the one place she has always felt safe and peaceful – Cornwall, and the house her family spent so many summers in. 
Lucy is having her own crisis, and seizes the chance to follow her aunt to Cornwall. Curious about what has driven Hebe there after so many years, she also has to battle with the secret she has kept since her family’s last summer there more than ten years ago. 

Both women will learn that memories live in our hearts and that sharing secrets can set you free… But can they find their way back to the things that are truly important to them?

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We love all Liz Fenwick’s previous books, and One Cornish Summer is one of her best.  The descriptions of Cornwall are atmospheric and beautiful, and the story written so sensitively against this backdrop is compelling and poignant.

One Cornish Summer is a wonderful book that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it. We absolutely loved it! Highly Recommended!


For the ultimate in Mother’s Day treats for Mother’s, Grandmother’s, Mother’s-to-be and anyone who is like a Mum to you see our collection of mouth-watering and luxury delights!


Image courtesy of Lympstone Manor, Devon


Scrumptious Mother’s Day lunch at Lympstone Manor, Devon
Lympstone Manor is a luxury country house hotel for the 21st century. The Grade II listed Georgian mansion in Devon, which opened in April last year, has been restored and renovated by Michael Caines MBE. Set in 28 acres of Devon countryside with unrivalled views of the Exe Estuary, it’s the perfect location to treat mum to a sumptuous Pink Champagne Afternoon Tea or Mother’s Day lunch.

Lympstone Manor’s Pink Champagne Afternoon Tea includes freshly made sandwiches, scones spread with thick Devon clotted cream, a wide selection of French patisseries and cakes made daily in their kitchens. Enjoy these delicious treats with a glass of pink champagne.
The Pink Champagne Afternoon Tea starts at £58pp, with nightly rates at Lympstone Manor ( / 01395 202040) start at £315 per night based on two people sharing on a bed and breakfast basis.

If you fancy lunch instead of tea, then Michael Caines’ creative Michelin star Mother’s Day Lunch Menu is the perfect treat for mum. It includes three delectable courses, with dishes including confit duck and duck liver terrine to Darts Farm beef rump with watercress purée.
The Mother’s Day Lunch Menu starts at £60pp for three courses, and nightly rates at Lympstone Manor ( / 01395 202040) start at £315 per night based on two people sharing on a bed and breakfast basis.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea in Emmeline’s Lounge
This year, especially for Mother’s Day, Conrad London St James have created a beautiful addition to their traditional afternoon tea. Their delicate Berriolette tarts contain a delicious vanilla cheesecake filling and are topped with a mixed berry glaze and crystallized violet petal. These imaginative little treats will be served alongside a selection of finger sandwiches, as well as freshly-baked cakes, pastries and scones. The afternoon tea in Emmeline’s Lounge is also accompanied by an eclectic range of teas, selected from around the world by the experts at Harney & Sons, and a tea sommelier is always on hand to help guests select a bespoke tea to match their mood. The Mothers’ Day special is available at £35pp for Traditional Afternoon Tea and £45pp for Champagne Afternoon Tea.

A gift from Floris and complimentary chocolates for mothers at The Game Bird
This Mother’s Day, The Game Bird at The Stafford London are treating all mothers to complimentary homemade chocolates and a special gift from Floris, with every Sunday lunch or afternoon tea booking made for the day. Sunday lunch at The Game Bird is a traditional affair comprising starters such as Game terrine with piccalilli, and mains including Fish pie with free-range egg, cider and bacon and classic Roast British beef, Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables, carved and served tableside from a handcrafted trolley. Meanwhile, the classic afternoon tea is available in the relaxed restaurant and drawing rooms, and includes four bespoke signature blends of tea alongside a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with seasonal jams and Cornish clotted cream, and freshly-baked patisserie (£36 per person). There is also the option to add a glass of Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut or a bespoke cocktail. Sunday lunch is served from 12pm-3pm and afternoon tea is available from 12pm-7pm.

Mimosa Cake by Francesco Mazzei
Inspired by the Italian tradition of giving Mimosa flowers to women to show them they are special, Francesco Mazzei has created a special Mimosa Cake for Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day, which will be available from Radici, Sartoria and Fiume throughout March. This light sponge, infused with Strega liqueur and decadently filled with chocolate and pineapple crème pâtissière, is available throughout the day as the perfect pudding to follow a spoiling meal or as a mid-afternoon treat to enjoy with a rich Italian coffee. Furthermore, any mothers visiting Fiume for brunch on Mothering Sunday will be entitled to a complimentary glass of bubbles to get the celebrations underway, and Sartoria in Mayfair will be opening especially for the occasion, with an indulgent four-course set menu priced at £60pp.

Michelin-starred dining at The Goring
What better way to treat your mother this Mother’s Day than with a Michelin-starred meal at The Dining Room in London’s luxurious and iconic five-star hotel, The Goring. Under the direction of Executive Chef Shay Cooper, the menus in The Dining Room offer innovative and refined British dishes, made using the finest seasonal ingredients from across the UK. Starters on the à la carte menu include Isle of Wight tomatoes, Dorset crab, black olive crumble and yellow tomato essence, followed by main dishes of Salt Marsh lamb, smoked aubergine, yoghurt, lamb sweetbreads, spiced pine nut and carrot or Fillet of beef Wellington for two to share. Desserts comprise Black fig trifle with gingerbread, caramel and buttermilk and Warm Eccles Cake, Beauvale cheese and apple vinegar. The Dining Room is bathed in natural light by day and sumptuously aglow with Swarovski chandeliers at night, creating the perfect ambience for a memorable lunch or dinner with all the family.

A Mother’s Day boozy brunch at Big Easy
Celebrate Mother’s Day the Big Easy way with their weekend boozy brunch! The boozy brunch menu is priced at £29.50 and includes, a bottle of prosecco, house wine or a 3-pint jug of Big Easy Brew or frozen Bacardi Mojito per person. In true Big Easy style, the brunch offers a choice between a Limitless Bar.B.Q or fresh lobster fest option. To make is a Mother’s Day to remember kids eat free when accompanied by an adult ordering the boozy brunch or a starter and main from the a la carte menu. For more information, visit

Michelin-Starred Seafood for Mother’s Day
Families can treat their mothers to a Michelin-starred lunch this Mother’s Day at Angler. Perched at the top of South Place Hotel, Angler boasts sustainable and delicious seafood, sourced in British waters. Prepared by Executive Chef Gary Foulkes, guests can enjoy starters such as Tartare of yellowfin tuna, hass avocado, wasabi, shiso, followed by Roast Halibut, pease pudding, smoked pork, roasting juices. To finish, decadent desserts include Soufflé, Seville orange, brioche ice cream, marmalade. The 3 course Mother’s Day Menu is priced at £55, including a free glass of champagne to all mothers.

A pudding just for mum at Blanchette
The three brothers behind Blanchette, Max, Yannis and Malik, named the restaurant after their mum – so Mother’s Day is a special day at the Soho and Brick Lane restaurants. This year, Chef Will Alexander has prepared an extra special dessert for all the mothers out there – a seriously indulgent Pain Perdue made with croissants, slathered in custard and sprinkled with chocolate and raisins. The delicious special costs £8.25.

Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Sanderson
Families can celebrate like royalty this Mother’s Day at the Sanderson with the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea. It is full of delicacies including a special Mother’s Day Strawberry mousseline with passion fruit core, alongside the classic cakes and sandwiches too. This theatrical tea is the perfect way to celebrate a special day as it will certainly linger in everyone’s memory. Guests can enjoy this tea at a price of £58 per person, including a glass of Laurent-Perrier.

Afternoon Tea at The Den, St Martins Lane Hotel
Families can relax and enjoy Mother’s Day with a blissful afternoon full of delicious treats at The Den, St Martins Lane. The Den is a classically British, oak-panelled snug, hidden within bustling Covent Garden. The perfect haven of peace, it’s an ideal place to spend a relaxed afternoon on comfortable leather sofas. The afternoon tea includes the classic scones and clotted cream, alongside alternative delights such as a Cherry cheesecake and a Peanut and caramel bonbon. The tea is available on Sunday 11th March from 12pm-5pm, with a special offer allowing mothers to eat for free in a party of four or more, and otherwise priced at £29.50 per person.

Sunday Roast at Plum + Spilt Milk
For a luxurious and leisurely lunch this Mother’s Day, families can head over to Plum + Spilt Milk for their special Sunday Roast. The seasonal British menu offers delightful options, including a starter of Potted smoked ham hock, piccalilli & toasted sourdough, a main course of Slow roasted Suffolk pork belly and then delectable pudding choices including an Iced peanut and salted caramel mousse. Plum + Spilt Milk is an elegant space to enjoy Mother’s Day in this year, and the menu is available at £40 per person.

Theo Randall at the InterContinental
This Mother’s Day enjoy a delectable Italian brunch at Theo Randall at the InterContinental. For £67, guests can experience a specially curated menu, designed by Theo Randall. To start, a buffet selection of Italian salads, cured meats, cheese and Italian breads will be available. Guests will then have a choice of Theo’s Recommendations, which includes Carne Salata (thinly sliced black Angus beef with zucchini, rocket pine nuts and parmesan) and Insalata di granchio (fresh Devon crab with Florence fennel, dandelion and Sardinian bottarga). For the third course, guests can choose from a selection of pasta dishes, including Cappelletti di vitello (fresh pasta stuffed with slow cooked veal with pancetta, porcini mushrooms and parmesan). The penultimate course offers dishes such as Branzino al forno, with roasted sea bass with tomatoes, olives, capers, roasted Sicilian red peppers and rainbow chard. To finish, a selection of desserts to share will be served to the table and for those still craving something sweet, freshly made crepes and a range of condiments are available at ‘Theo’s Dessert Shop’. Unlimited Prosecco and Bloody Mary’s will be available for two hours from the time of arrival.

Mother’s Day lunch in the Welsh countryside with Palé Hall
This re-imagined Grade II listed Palé Hall is one of the finest country house hotels in Wales, and has been loving restored to create a luxurious, peaceful retreat on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Welsh valleys. With 18 gorgeous guest bedrooms and suites that have been individually designed to have their own unique personality and stunning views across the rural Welsh landscape, Palé Hall is the perfect location for Mother’s Day.
Palé Hall, with its decadent interiors and sumptuous menus, is the perfect country retreat to unwind and spend precious time with mum. The hotel is offering a stylish Mother’s Day three-course lunch, surrounded by the grand interiors of the hotel and natural beauty of the Welsh valleys, featuring freshly made, traditional dishes to enjoy. Exquisite dishes from Head Chef Gareth Stevenson include confit chicken terrine, roast rump of Welsh black beef and Parisian gnocci with leek fondue. The grand interiors of the hotel are sure to impress, and at the end of the sublime meal, mum receives a special gift from the hotel to take home.
Mother’s Day Lunch at Palé Hall ( / 01678 530285) starts from £40pp, and nightly rates begin at £190 per night, based on two people sharing on a bed and breakfast basis

Relaxing Mother’s Day getaway to Longueville Manor, Jersey
Longueville Manor, Jersey’s most highly acclaimed luxury hotel, is an 18-acre estate situated at the foot of one of the island’s beautiful valleys. A proud member of Relais & Chateaux, the manor has been beautifully restored from a traditional country house to a charming, 30-bedroom boutique hotel. With a luxury yacht charter, spa, tennis and croquet courts, Longueville Manor is the ultimate mini-break treat for mums. The hotel’s executive chef has focused the menu on local produce and fresh fish and seafood, with home-grown vegetables sourced from their Victorian walled garden and cured meats.
The Cottage Garden, Longueville Manor’s sumptuous spa is situated within the hotel grounds, an exclusive boutique spa that’s perfect for Mother’s Day breaks.. The hotel has worked closely with Jersey based Manomara over the past year to design and develop custom-made oils that embody the ethos of their Cottage Garden spa. Inspired by the gardens at Longueville Manor the ‘Relax’ and ‘Uplift’ oils will be used in a Signature Massage Collection designed by the highly skilled spa therapists at the hotel.
Nightly rates at Longueville Manor start from £195, based on two sharing on a bed & breakfast basis. / 01534 725501

Mirabeau en Provence
Mirabeau en Provence, the UK’s most popular rose brand makes for the perfect aperitif and is ideal for sharing good times with friends and family. On this special day, treat your mother to a bottle of Mirabeau’s delicious, dry pink wines which are regarded as some of the very best from the region. Mirabeau La Folie Rosé (£12.99), Mirabeau Classic (RRP £9.99) and Mirabeau Pure (RRP £12.99) are available from Waitrose stores in the UK, Mirabeau Etoile (RRP £16) is available from Sainsbury’s stores in the UK.

Frenchie Covent Garden
This Mother’s Day, families can head down to Frenchie Covent Garden to experience Gregory Marchand’s (nicknamed ‘Frenchie’ by Jamie Oliver), internationally inspired cooking. In particular, diners should make sure to try his infamous bacon scones – the perfect Mother’s Day treat! Frenchie Covent Garden echoes its Parisian counterpart with simple-yet-generous dishes, inspired by Greg’s travels. With spells working at Georges Vongerichten’s Vong in Hong Kong, as well as NYC’s Gramercy Tavern, Gregory’s global influences are apparent in his critically acclaimed food, all underpinned by his French training.

Mothering Sunday 2018 at Royal Lancaster London
In celebration of mothers, step-mums, and grandmothers everywhere, Royal Lancaster London has created an indulgent Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea which is available exclusively on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March 2018.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
To celebrate the leading ladies in your life, the Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea will be served in the elegant surroundings of the brand new Hyde Lobby Bar.
Each booking over the weekend will be entered into a prize draw to win day spa access at K West Hotel & Spa, including a complimentary treatment – Mum’s choice! Every mum will also be gifted a bag of homemade chocolate truffles to take home with them.

Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY
Reservations on 020 7551 6000 or visit

Mother’s Day 2018 at Sopwell House
Mother’s Day, Sunday 11 March 2018, is the perfect opportunity to treat your Mum to everything she deserves. Why not whisk her away to Sopwell House in the Hertfordshire countryside for a relaxing and indulgent Mother’s Day.

With a range of dining options including Sunday Lunch, Champagne Afternoon Tea, and a Grand Buffet Lunch there is sure to be something for all Mums to enjoy.

Sopwell House, Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, AL1 2HQ
For reservations, please call: 01727 864477

Treat Mum to a Magical Mother’s Day at The Arch London
Treat the most important woman in your life to an unforgettable Mother’s Day at the five-star boutique hotel The Arch London. On Sunday 11 March 2018, take your lovely mum for a long luxurious lunch or an indulgent Champagne Afternoon Tea, each served with a complimentary gift for mum.

Mother’s Day Champagne Afternoon Tea
Sipping on a glass of bubbly is the perfect accompaniment to enjoying sandwich classics and quintessentially British desserts. The Arch London’s Royal Afternoon Tea will feature savouries such as Coronation chicken on toasted sourdough, and English Cheddar with apple and raisin chutney on sun blushed tomato bread, as well as plain and fruit scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. Scrumptious sweet treats will include rose and lavender macaroons, white chocolate and passionfruit brûlée, and lemon curd, strawberry and pistachio tartelette.

Mother’s Day Lunch
For the ultimate indulgence, treat mum to a three-course Mother’s Day menu featuring delicious starters such as a seafood cocktail of tiger prawns and Dorset crab with cucumber and avocado and pressed ham hock terrine and sticky apple compote. Main course choices include Norfolk roast black chicken with crushed Jersey royals and poached salmon with asparagus, Burford brown egg and blood orange hollandaise; with Yorkshire rhubarb jelly; white chocolate and passionfruit crème brûlée; and bread and butter pudding with marmalade ice cream for dessert.

The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD
For reservations, please call: 020 7724 4700 or

Luxury Mother’s Day Escape to Jersey
Spoil mum with the gift of Luxury this Mother’s Day by escaping to The Club Hotel & Spa in Jersey. Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 11 March 2018, and an indulgent weekend getaway is the perfect way to treat a deserving mum.
The idyllic island escape boasts charming country lanes, far-reaching cliff top views and beautiful beaches – qualities that make it a great destination for a family retreat. The Club Hotel & Spa is a stylish AA Red Star hotel that offers plush accommodation, Michelin-starred dining, lavish afternoon teas and spa facilities.

Afternoon Tea
Bohemia’s Head Pastry Chef Ellen de Jager has created a special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea which comes served with a special gift for every mum. Priced at £19.95 per person, the scrumptious tea features savoury and sweet delights with imaginative finishing touches. What mum doesn’t love finger sandwiches, dainty cakes and lots of tea?

The Club Hotel & Spa, Green Street, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 4UH, Channel Islands
For reservations please call: 01534 876 500 or visit


Wine and dine your mamma this Mother’s Day (11 March), with a three-course lunch or dinner at a Carluccio’s restaurant – enjoy with a glass of prosecco from only £22.95 per person.


Available on the 10th and 11th of March, starters on the Festa Della Mamma menu include a traditional tomato bruschetta, Sicilian arancini and an antipasti sharing board piled high with Sardinian flatbread, caper berries, mixed olives, salami, poponcini peppers filled with pesto and mint and garlic marinated green beans and caponata.

Mains feature a Carluccio’s favourite – Risotto ai Funghi; a vegan orecchiette pasta tossed in cauliflower sauce with sautéed kale, chilli and turmeric cauliflower florets; and a classic Chicken Milanese.

Finish off with a lemon, passion fruit or melon sorbet or authentic gelato in a selection of flavours including hazelnut, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and cherry. If you’re looking for something more indulgent, enjoy a delicious vanilla panna cotta, classic tiramisu or a selection of artisan Italian cheeses*.


From indulgent jars of Italian truffles (£12.95), to a trio of flavoured oils (£21.95) and scarlet boxes of handwrapped amaretti biscuits (£7.95) you will find the perfect present for your mamma at Carluccio’s.

Gifts are available in all Carluccio’s delis and online at Enjoy the Festa Della Mamma menu from the 10th- 11th March.

* £1 supplement for cheese

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Mother’s Day at Pear Tree Café
Treat the most important woman in your life to the best this Mother’s Day at Pear Tree Café. With a sumptuous selection on offer for breakfast and lunch, and beautiful views across the boating lake, Battersea Parks’ beloved café is a sure way to put a smile on her face.

Start the day with a picturesque walk through the park amongst the spring flowers before settling into a delicious meal in the cosy surrounding of Pear Café. The irresistible menu mixes traditional flavours with seasonal and fresh ingredients. Enjoy Pear Tree Café classics like smashed avocado on toast or try the crowd pleasing favorite, sweetcorn fritters with thyme roasted tomatoes, crispy kale, avocado and bacon. With a dedicated vegan section on the menu, Pear Tree Café caters for every mum. Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day with the day she deserves.

The Pear Tree Cafe | Lakeside Cafe | Battersea Park | SW11 4NJ
W: | E: | T: 0207 978 1655
Social I: | F: @peartreecafeuk

Mother’s Day Tipsy Tea
Surprise your Mother Dearest to a spiffing Tipsy Tea as Phileas Fogg opens his humble Mayfair abode for an afternoon of extravagance this Mother’s Day. Treat her to a teapot of luxurious libations, alongside a delicious selection of sweet and savory treats as guests sit back and enjoy the soft sound of a harpist as you while away the afternoon.

For that added spoiling touch, Mother’s will receive a box of chocolate truffles from the household staff, as all mothers deserve a little extra indulgence and special treatment. Make a snapshot of the day with a complimentary ‘caricature’ sketch to take home and enjoy!

Date: Sunday 11th March
Time: 1.31pm to 3.31pm and 3.46pm to 5.46pm.
Mr Foggs Residence | 15 Bruton Lane | London | W1J 6JD

Mother Dearest G&Tea
For mother’s that only deserve the best, treat her to a experience that she’ll never forget with Mr Fogg’s G&Tea at his Gin Parlour in Covent Garden. For a unique and memorable experience, sample a choice of gins from Phileas Fogg’s vast collection, served up as G&Tea pot cocktails, whilst delving into tasty homemade cakes and savoury nibbles.

With delightful delicacies, including, double chocolate brownies, buttermilk fruit scones and a spiffing sandwich collection, sit back with mother dearest whilst sipping on deliciously crafted cocktails uniquely made for Ma. It’s all about the added touch, with flower laden tables and a little gift from Mr Fogg to your very own mother dearest.

Date: Sunday 11th March 2018
Time: 13.01pm
Price: £45pp
Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour | 58 St Martin’s Lane | London | WC2N 4EA

A Special Day for A Special Mother at Bluebird
Take a leisurely stroll up the picturesque Kings Road and treat your mother to the ultimate three course meal in the beautiful setting of Bluebird Chelsea. With a fabulous Mother’s Day menu on offer, created by Executive Chef Simon Gregory, it is guaranteed to put a smile on her face.

The iconic Chelsea landmark’s exquisite Mother’s Day set menu will be showcasing the very best Bluebird has to offer, including a refreshing yellow fin tuna tartare with citrus dressing and rice crackers; roasted beef sirloin with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings fit for a queen, and a truly memorable chocolate tart with salted caramel and honeycomb. Whatever you choose from this sensational set menu, it’s a meal that is sure to put you in the good books with the most important woman in your life and show her how special she really is.

Your mother deserves nothing less than a Bluebird Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Menu
Sunday 11th March
Three courses for £55

Bluebird Chelsea
Address: 350 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UU
T: 020 7559 1000
Social: @bluebirdchelsea

Mamma’s Day La Famiglia Brunch at Bunga Bunga Battersea
It’s the day dedicated to all Mammas out there and Bunga Bunga Battersea are celebrating with a big Italian La Famiglia Brunch traditional style and the best part of all is all Mammas dine for free! With freshly baked warm brioche, cured meats alongside Bunga’s well renowned fantastico sourdough brunch pizze, bring all the famillia together for a mothering Sunday celebrazioni.

Guests will have the option to brighten up this Sunday by upgrading to two hours of bottomless bellinis to really celebrate the special lady in your life. With live entertainment throughout the day, the day of rest just got a whole lot more enjoyable!

Date: Sunday 11th March 2018
Bunga Bunga Battersea | 37 Battersea Bridge Road | Battersea | London

Mamma’s Day Brunch – BungaTINI
Make Mother’s Day a day of delizioso delights and take her on an Italian journey with BungaTINI’s three course brunch menu made just for mum. Offering an authentic Italian experience, guests can delve into dishes including deliciously cured antipasti, perfectly creamy Burrata and crisp wood-fired pizzas as BungaTINI spoils every mamma.

BungaTINI is making this mothering Sunday extra special treating all mammas to a glass of Frizzante on the house, the perfect accompaniment to an Italian feast. Starting with antipasto, including wood-fired eggs, Parma ham and Parmigiano Reggiano; delve into main courses with dishes including braised feather blade steak, before ending with a coppa crema e pistachio or a homemade chocolate mousse for the ultimate indulgence this Mother’s Day.

Date: Sunday 11th March 2018
BungaTINI | 167 Drury Lane | London | WC2B 5PG

Local, Wild and Magnificant for Mothers Day
This year to honour the most important woman in your life, your mother, Oliver Gladwin has curated a fabulous seven course tasting menu, using only local and wild ingredients, guaranteed to impress Mum on her special day at all thee venues, The Shed, Rabbit and Nutbourne restaurant. Recreating the Gladwins’ rural way of life in the heart of the city, the Magnificent Mother’s Day menu will feature Lulworth Scallops served with dill, roasted garlic veloute and English caviar; Baby spring Vegetables with egg yolk, pappardelle, wild garlic and roasted sunflower seed pesto; and Sticky Spatchcocked Quail with Buttermilk English Miso. Talented Head Chef Oliver is passionate about foraging and cultivating ingredients, serving wild seeds and herbs, such as Alexander and is keen to educate city dwellers in foraging both in the city and countryside. With every mother’s Daily Loosener cocktail on the house.

Local & Wild Mother’s Day Tasting Menu
Price: £42 Per Person | Includes complimentary daily loosener for Mothers.

The Shed | 112 Palace Gardens Terrace | London | W84RT

Rabbit | 172 Kings Road | London | SW3 4UP

Nutbourne | 35-37 Parkgate Road | Battersea | SW11 4NP

Treat Mum to a taste of Mexico
This Mother’s Day, spoil the most important woman in your life at Cantina Laredo, where every much-loved mum will be given a complimentary dessert. Mothers with a love for Mexican can tuck in to a menu bursting with authentic tastes of Mexico. Treat her to tacos and plenty of tequila on Sunday 11th March, where guests will be able to enjoy delicious dishes from the À la carte menu, including Seabass Ceviche, served with avocado and a cucumber and lime salsa; Tacos de Ribeye served on corn tortillas with an avocado emulsion and guajillo oil and Langostino al Achiote Guajillo, a jumbo prawn served with guajillo achiote butter.

Mothers who have to Hass some avocado will love Cantina Laredo’s Great Eight Guacamoles, theatrically prepared by in house “Guacamaestros”. For the ultimate indulgence Cantina Laredo are offering all Madres, Mothers and Mums a complimentary dessert, where she can choose from a selection of Mexican inspired puddings, from a Chocolate, pecan and walnut brownie to a Mexican spiced apple tart, a Hibiscus Cheesecake or traditional Churros, served with chili chocolate and strawberry cream.

Cantina Laredo | 10 Upper St Martin’s Lane | London | WC2H 9FB

Website: | Email: | Social Media: @CantinaLaredoUK

An Unforgettable Mother’s Day at Skylon
This Mother’s Day, celebrate at the well renowned Modern British restaurant, Skylon, situated on London’s famed Southbank. With breathtaking panoramic views across the River Thames and stunning food specially curated by talented Executive Chef, Kim Woodward, treat your Mother to an unforgettable dining experience.

Delicious dishes on offer include starters of cow heart tomatoes with truffle ricotta, basil leaves and balsamic reduction and beef carpaccio with artichoke, green beans and dandelion and anchovy dressing. To follow, spoil your Mother with options including roast Hereford rump steak with roasted potatoes, cabbage, carrots and Yorkshire pudding and mouth-watering grilled sea trout with saffron potatoes and purple sprouting broccoli. To finish, indulge with a selection of decadent desserts including Bramley apple parfait with sour apple sorbet and millionaire shortbread with passion fruit sorbet.

Celebrate this special day with a special person at iconic dining destination Skylon.

Mother’s Day Menu – 3 courses £40.00
Available on Sunday 11th of March

Royal Festival Hall | London | SE1 8XX
W: | T: 020 7654 7800 |E:
Social: F & I: @skylonrestaurant | T: @skylonsouthbank

A Nordic Mother’s Day Comes to Aster, Victoria
Those wishing to treat their mum this Mother’s Day should do so in true Nordic style at Aster. The Nordic-French inspired restaurant in Victoria’s foodie hub, Nova Victoria, will be inviting guests to treat their Mother’s to a well-deserved three-course meal from a special Mother’s Day menu. The talented bar team are also creating a sharing mothers and daughters cocktail for the day and mother’s ordering off the a la carte will receive a complementary pudding, the Lingoberry meringue, to show them how much they mean.

Mother’s opting for the three-course menu will get to choose from delicious dishes such as Greenland prawns with a citrus mayonnaise and shaved fennel or rich smoked salmon, potato blinis and sour cream to start. Next up, a ballotine of chicken with golden beets, spelt and tarragon or salmon confit with watercress, baby potatoes and grain mustard sauce. Finish off the affair with a delectable bitter chocolate tart and vanilla cream or satisfy your sweet tooth with a lingonberry meringue, kefir mousse and quinoa crisp. Aster also offers delectable vegetarian dishes for all three courses.

Nestled on the first floor, just seconds from Victoria station, guests can escape from the hustle of the city to give their mothers the greatest gift of all, their time. Those wanting the perfect accompaniment to their meal, look no further than Aster’s signature cocktail list to complete the Nordic-French fantasy.

Mother’s Day Set Menu
Sunday 11th March
Three courses £37.50

150 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5LB
T: 020 3875 5555
Social: @astervictoria


This year, show your mum just how special she is on a day out with the National Trust. Spend some precious time together surrounded by glorious gardens and beautiful houses, and make Mother’s Day even more memorable.

Whether you choose to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea, take a springtime stroll or make your very own gift, with the National Trust you can really show mum just how special she is.

And while you create new traditions with your mum, you’ll also be helping the National Trust care for these special places for years to come.

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The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness – Laura Kemp

Surprising Acts of Kindness - Hot Brands Cool PlacesSynopsis: When Ceri Price arrives in the small seaside village in West Wales, she only means to stay for a couple of nights – long enough to scatter her mother’s ashes, and then go back to her life as a successful make-up entrepreneur.
But when a case of mistaken identities means she lands a job as the barmaid in the local pub, she unexpectedly finds friendship, and perhaps a chance at love.But when the plans for a new housing estate put the local woodland under threat, she fears the way of life here could disappear.Then mysterious acts of kindness start springing up around the village – a string of bunting adorns the streets, a new village signpost appears out of nowhere and someone provides paint to spruce up the houses on the seafront. Who is behind these acts of kindness and can they help in the race to save the village from the faceless developers…?

Welcome to the Village of Love. Where friendship flourishes and love blossoms…

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
This book is an absolute delight, funny, uplifting and brilliantly written, a wonderful feel-good read which will warm your heart even on the coldest day. We loved it! Highly Recommended!

A Country Escape – Katie Fforde

A Country Escape – Katie FfordeSynopsis: Fran has always wanted to be a farmer. And now it looks as if her childhood dream is about to come true.

She has just moved in to a beautiful but very run-down farm in the Cotswolds, currently owned by an old aunt who has told Fran that if she manages to turn the place around in a year, the farm will be hers.

But Fran knows nothing about farming. She might even be afraid of cows.

She’s going to need a lot of help from her best friend Issi, and also from her wealthy and very eligible neighbour – who might just have his own reasons for being so supportive.

Is it the farm he is interested in? Or Fran herself?

Hot Brands Cool Places Review

Katie Fforde is one of our favourite authors and we love the way Katie always invites the reader into the location and the lives of the characters. A Country Escape is another delightful opportunity to settle back and enjoy a wonderful escapist read. Highly Recommended!

Head over to for an interview with Katie Fforde about her inspiration behind A Country Escape and the first steps when you create a novel.

The Year That Changed Everything – Cathy Kelly

The Year That Changed Everything - Cathy KellySynopsis: Three women celebrate their birthdays… 30. 40. 50. But this milestone birthday marks the start of a year that will change everything…

Ginger isn’t spending her thirtieth the way she would have planned. Tonight might be the first night of the rest of her life – or a total disaster.

Sam is finally pregnant after years of trying. When her waters break on the morning of her fortieth birthday, she panics: forget labour, how is she going to be a mother?

Callie is celebrating her fiftieth at a big party in her Dublin home. Then a knock at the door mid-party changes everything…

Three women, three birthdays, one year that will change everything…

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
In this clever book Cathy Kelly has skillfully taken the major life events of three women and woven them into an utterly compelling read. Emotional, but ultimately heart-warming, this is a perfect weekend escape! Highly Recommended!

The Garden of Small Beginnings – Abbi Waxman

The Garden of Small Beginnings - Abbi WaxmanSynopsis: One moment Lili is arguing with Dan, her husband, the next he is killed in a terrible car accident right outside their family home.

Three years later and Lili has managed to resume her day-to-day life as a mother of two girls and a successful textbook illustrator. But despite her outward appearance, she feels an aching loss. However, when she is commissioned to illustrate a series of horticultural books, Lili is forced to take gardening class and the wilted roots of her life finally start to blossom. The class provides Lili with a new network of friends – friends with their own heartaches and problems – and, maybe, another chance at love . . .

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
Despite the tragic circumstances at the start of this book, The Garden of Small Beginnings is a funny and uplifting novel, we loved the innovative way that gardening tips are woven into the story. As a debut novel this is a very talented and delightful Spring read. Highly Recommended!

Interview – Tim Stathers – Toad Hall Cottages

Tim Stathers Toad Hall CottagesHow did Toad Hall Cottages come about?

Toad Hall Cottages was created in 1988 by our current owners, David and Sarah Hanmer. Having settled in the area, they recognized a need for a good quality, locally based holiday accommodation provider and the business grew from there. The company has grown tenfold since then, whilst managing to maintain the feel of a homegrown, family business.

How do you know if a property is right for your portfolio?

Our range of customers is so diverse that we take on properties of all shapes and sizes. From studio flats with sea views to huge period houses in the countryside, we try to offer something for everyone.

Location is hugely important, our mission has always been to offer the best rural, coastal and waterside properties in the West Country. And, while we love our luxurious 5 star properties in locations like Salcombe and Sandbanks, there is also a place in our portfolio for dog-friendly, family homes that can handle sandy feet and muddy paws. Continue reading

The Paris Wedding – Charlotte Nash

The Paris Wedding - Charlotte NashSynopsis:The invitation sat innocently on the side, where she’d dropped it like a rattlesnake after seeing the gold, raised lettering.

Ten years ago, Rachael gave up the love of her life. Now she’s being offered an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris – the city she’s always dreamed of living in: to watch to him marry someone else.

The sparkling city of love, hope and longing has all kinds of surprises in store – especially for a country girl more used to horseback than haute couture – but there’s one question above all that she’ll need to find the answer to . . .

When is it right to follow your heart?

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
The Paris Wedding is a delightfully romantic book full of emotion and hope, but what is equally delightful is the evocative way that Charlotte Nash describes both the plains of rural Australia and the streets of Paris, reading it you really feel transported to the very places that she describes. A perfect weekend read!

James Martin’s American Adventure – James Martin

James Martin's American Adventure - James Martin80 classic American recipes
Synopsis: Following on from his triumphant TV show and book James Martin’s French Adventure, our food hero takes on the United States in James Martin’s American Adventure.

The book sees James travel from coast to coast, cooking and eating everywhere from San Francisco to Dallas, Philadelphia to New Orleans, New York to Maine, and sampling the high life in The Hamptons. On the way he cooks with real cowboys at a ranch, caters at Reno air race, and explores Creole food in Baton Rouge.

It’s the culinary journey of a lifetime and here are all the recipes from the series, along with exclusive photography from behind the scenes on James’s extraordinary food trip.

Hot Brands Cool Places Review

This is an absolutely stunning book, packed full with amazing photography capturing the spirit of James Martin’s visit coupled with delicious step by step recipes for Breakfast & Brunch, Starters, Soups and Street Food, Fish, Meat, Poultry & Game, Salads & Pasta, and Desserts. With an introduction and ongoing commentary from James this is a perfect companion to the TV series.

Ivy & Abe – Elizabeth Enfield

Ivy & Abe – Elizabeth EnfieldSynopsis: Two people. One love story. A million possibilities. Is there actually a right person, or just a right time?
A stunning novel about the different paths our lives might follow, and the different people we might become along the way.

Childhood friends in the Sixties. Ivy and Abe were inseparable until a chance event tore them apart. Now in their early seventies, fate once again brings them together – both grey-haired, Ivy hand in hand with her grandson – to fill in the gaps of one another’s lives. Each has experienced great passions as well as heart-breaking tragedies, but the time is finally right for them.

Their love story seems, in the end, meant to be. But what if….

….. in a parallel universe, chance had intervened and they had met sooner?

….. they’d met in their forties, both married to other people and had begun an affair?

….. they’d met before then and married, but the daunting question mark over Ivy’s health had suffocated Abe’s love for her?

….. as lovestruck teenagers, one small moment had sealed their fate?

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
This is such a clever book, impossible to put down, moving and poignant, just when you think you may be able to predict the ending another twist emerges. In Ivy & Abe, Elizabeth Enfield has created a beautiful, intriguing and thought-provoking love story. One of our favourites for 2018 – Highly Recommended!

Homes & Antiques March 2018

Homes & Antiques March 2018Pick up a copy to discover our guide to decorating with dreamy neutral tones, and explore this month’s selection of stylish homes; from a colourful scandi apartment to an enchanting Somerset farmhouse.

Romantic Harmony

Soft, rose-tinted paint colours that are big news this year and share how these subtle tones can create the perfect backdrop for your favourite antiques.

The sweet scent of success

Having renovated a dilapidated farmhouse near Bruton in Somerset, Georgie Newbery and her husband Fabrizio Bocca have turned the surrounding land into a successful flower business.


Update your home with accessories in the colours of the season, expand your collection of curios with some quirky additions.

Cornish Beauty

Prideaux Place has a long and fascinating history. Built in 1592, the Elizabethan manor house which sits high above Padstow harbour, has been home to the same family for 14 generations.

Notes on an Icon: Laura Ashley

Fabric designer and entrepreneur Laura Ashley took her inspiration from the rolling Welsh countryside and the antiques that surrounded her. We explore her iconic style, influences and legacy.

Also, don’t miss Caroline Wheater’s exploration into the rarified world of collecting Russian porcelain eggs, plus delve into the world of the artist, Horward Hodgkin, with a look at the sale of the possessions from his London home.

You’ll also get a list of the best antiques and vintage fairs to visit in March.

All this and much much more!!

The March issue of Homes & Antiques is on sale now:

Classic – Mary Berry

Classic - Mary BerrySynopsis:These are my wonderful brand-new recipes – timeless classics, simple British dishes and delicious, modern favourites to tempt family and friends. With my trusted tips and techniques for quick, easy and foolproof cooking, in Classic I’ll show you how to make the very best food in my own special, no-fuss way.” Mary Berry

Britain’s most trusted cook, Mary Berry, has been showing the nation how to make delicious, foolproof food for decades.

This brand-new collection from her landmark new BBC One series brings together everything we love about Mary – wonderfully simple but utterly dependable recipes that are essential for every home. These are recipes everyone can enjoy cooking and eating, no matter their time, budget or confidence.

Featuring all the recipes from Mary’s new television series, each accompanied by Mary’s no-nonsense tips and techniques, this stunning step-by-step cookbook ensures perfect results every time.

From ever-popular classics like Rack of Lamb with Orange and Thyme Sauce or Lemon Meringue Pie, to a perfect loin of pork with apple sauce, all these recipes have been honed and refined by Mary until just right.

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This gorgeous book is an absolute delight, featuring the most mouth-watering and delicious recipes that you can possibly cook. The title really does reflect the contents, which are “classic” and recipes that you will want to create over and over again. With an introduction, really helpful Cook’s Notes and recipes for Fish, Poultry and Game, Pork, Lamb and Beef, Vegetarian, Salads and Side dishes, and the most sublime Puddings, Desserts, and Teatime recipes this is a book that should be on every kitchen bookshelf. We loved it so much it’s our Highly Recommended Cookery Book of the Month!

Art, Passion & Power – Michael Hall

Art, Passion & Power - Michael HallThe Story of the Royal Collection
Foreword by H.R.H The Prince Of Wales

Synopsis: The Royal Collection is the last great collection formed by the European monarchies to have survived into the twenty-first century. Containing over a million artworks and objects, it covers all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, from paintings by Rembrandt and Michelangelo to grand sculpture, Fabergé eggs and some of the most exquisite furniture ever made. The Royal Collection also offers a revealing insight into the history of the British monarchy from William the Conqueror to Queen Elizabeth II, recording the tastes and obsessions of kings and queens over the past 500 years.

With unprecedented access to the royal residences of St James’ Palace, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace, Art, Passion & Power traces the history of this national institution from the Middle Ages to the present day, exploring how royalty used the arts to strengthen their position as rulers by divine right and celebrating treasures from the Crown Jewels to the “Abraham” tapestries in Hampton Court Palace. Author Michael Hall examines the monarchy’s response to changing attitudes to the arts and sciences during the Enlightenment and celebrates the British monarchy’s role in the democratisation of art in the modern world. Packed with glimpses of rarely seen artworks, Art, Passion & Power is a visual treat for all art enthusiasts.

Accompanying the BBC television series and a major exhibition at the Royal Academy, Art, Passion & Power is the definitive statement on the British monarchy’s treasures of the art world.

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
If you have been watching the BBC television series this is a wonderful companion, beautifully illustrated with stunning photographs and a fascinating commentary by Michael Hall, this is a sumptuous book to treasure for generations to come. Highly Recommended!

Homes & Antiques February 2018

Homes & Antiques February 2018Inside our packed February issue we have the following:

Discovering Colour
In our exclusive extract from her latest book,Tricia Guild, the founder of Designers Guild, outlines the perfect colours to reinvigorate your home this season.

The Journal
Our round-up of the best new homewares, sales at auction, fairs and unmissable events.

Explore bold Fifties colour, enticing natural textures and tones, plus Parisian cafe-inspired accessories for your kitchen.

Cottage industry
Packed with vintage curios and calm whitewashed tones, this Cornish cottage is a seaside idyll for Sylvie Morris.

A Secret history
Discover Shilstone House; the secluded Georgian gem, rescued from disrepair by Sebastian Fenwick and his family.It’s hard to believe that it was once a crumbling ruin.

Mix & Match
Filled with riotous texture and colour, step inside the Dunfermline-based home of textile designer, and avid collector of all things Sixties and Seventies, Claire Christie

Making an Impression
Designer Harriet Plumb and her husband Giles have kept their quirky home beside the Thames rooted in its Tudor and Georgian heritage.

Robert Adam: Life among the great
Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire is one of Robert Adam’s greatest achievements. Representing the final phase of the Palladian, and the beginning of the neoclassical, step inside this extraordinary home.

Notes on an Icon: Charles Lewis Tiffany
The promise of a glittering necklace, bracelet or ring inside a little robin’s egg blue box is an instantly recognisable image. In this issue we explore the sparkling history of Charles Lewis Tiffany, the pioneer of American luxury jewellery and the founder of the famous emporium, Tiffany & Co.

All this and much much more!!

The February issue of Homes & Antiques is on sale now:

The Little Book of Calm – Dr Aaron Balick

The Little Book of Calm - Dr Aaron BalickTame Your Anxieties, Face Your Fears, and Live Free


This definitive book, written by a trained psychotherapist, who regularly appears on CBBC and BBC Radio 1, offers techniques, advice and inspiration on the best and most effective ways to manage anxiety.

From exercises to help you put your worries into perspective, to relaxation methods for when anxiety attacks, Dr Aaron Balick shows you how to feel more at ease and sustain a sense of calm.

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
There are lots of things to like about this useful little book; the size makes it very easy to carry with you, each page offers either a suggestion or technique to help you find calm, or a different way of seeing the world, that can help you address different challenges. Coupled with quotes The Little Book of Calm is a very practical and helpful way to slow down and find a sense of calm.

Coming Home to Island House – Erica James

Coming Home to Island House - Erica JamesSynopsis: From Erica James, bestselling author of Summer at the Lake, comes an enchanting tale of one family coming together and finding their way.
It’s the summer of 1939, and after touring an unsettled Europe to promote her latest book, Romily Temple returns home to Island House and the love of her life, the charismatic Jack Devereux.

But when Jack falls ill, his estranged family are called home and given seven days to find a way to bury their resentments and come together.
With war now declared, each member of the family is reluctantly forced to accept their new stepmother and confront their own shortcomings. But can the habits of a lifetime be changed in one week? And can Romily, a woman who thrives on adventure, cope with the life that has been so unexpectedly thrust upon her?

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
In Coming Home to Island House, Erica James has created a deeply satisfying book, the sort of book that you will lose yourself in for hours, from the first page until the very end you will be totally absorbed with this beautifully crafted novel. With complex characters and enough twists and turns to keep you completely hooked this is a gorgeous weekend read. So curl up on the sofa and enjoy! Highly Recommended!

One Pan. 100 Brilliant Meals– Mari Mererid Williams

One Pan. 100 Brilliant Meals– Mari Mererid WilliamsSynopsis: One pan really is all you need to solve those weeknight dinner dilemmas!

All your favourite recipes made simple. Using store cupboard staples, simple cooking methods and creative twists to suit all appetites, not to mention, no more expensive kitchen kit, and hardly any washing up!

This book is packed with delicious pan-to-table recipes from breakfasts and mains to desserts and baking – comforting and warming or light and healthy, there’s something for everyone, and for all abilities.

So, feed a crowd, whip up a meal for one, or impress friends with these tasty dishes, from Pan fried gnocchi with broccoli, hazelnuts and garlic, to Avocado and black bean quesadillas, Cheat’s frying pan lasagne, Sweet potato dhal, and even Pizza. You can even create delicious sweet treats and bakes, including Soda bread, Fried cinnamon brioche and Chocolate brownies.

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Packed full with suggestions for breakfast, lunch, dinners, snacks and desserts, as well as advice about choices of pan, One Pan. 100 Brilliant Meals is a really useful book to kick-start the new year. If you are looking for delicious and easy to create recipes, this is a really delightful collection.

The Endless Beach – Jenny Colgan

The Endless Beach – Jenny ColganSynopsis: On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Summer Seaside Kitchen. It’s a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the cafe, feels safe and content – unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel, her gorgeous but emotionally (and physically) distant boyfriend.

While Flora is in turmoil about her relationship. her best friend Lorna is pining after the local doctor. Saif came to the island as a refugee, having lost all of his family. But he’s about to get some shocking news which will change everything for him.

As cold winter nights shift to long summer days, can Flora find her happy-ever-after with Joel?

Hot Brands Cool Places
We loved our first visit to the island of Mure in The Summer Seaside Kitchen, and in The Endless Beach, Jenny Colgan has taken the story further with another charming delightful escape, both poignant and heart-warming. The village and its characters have such a sense of realism you feel that you have actually visited the island. Coupled with the delicious recipes makes this a wonderful weekend read. We loved it. Highly Recommended!

Buddha Bowls – Hannah Pemberton

Buddha Bowls – Hannah Pemberton - Hot Brands Cool PlacesSynopsis: Buddha Bowls are the plant-based, perfectly balanced, fun way to eat.

They follow a very simple formula: Grain + Green + Protein (+ Zen)

And are tasty, nourishing and easy to make.

The new ‘meat and two veg’ dinner, Buddha Bowls ensure you get all the nutrients you need with no-fuss and no need for meat protein. All recipes are vegetarian or vegan, and vegan swaps are provided throughout.

Lunch Bowls are perfect for work lunch, Recovery Bowls offer comfort and refreshment after a workout, Quicker-than-a-takeaway Bowls offer deconstructed take-away favourites made healthy, Evening Bowls offer comfort and cosiness for an evening meal, and Dinner Party Bowls are ideal for sharing with friends.

Learn how to build a perfectly balanced bowl and customize it with a host of fresh ingredients, dressings, toppings and sauces.

Plant-based eating has never been so simple.

Hot Brands Cool Places
Buddha Bowls is a beautifully illustrated handy size cookbook packed with a variety of delicious recipes. It includes Dressings & Sauces, together with a whole variety of recipes perfect for different times of the day as well as for sharing with friends. Buddha Bowls also encourages a ritual of preparing and eating mindfully enjoying every mouthful. A delicious way to start 2018!

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

Little Women - Louisa May AlcottV&A Collector’s Edition
Synopsis: Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love. Then there’s tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer. Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first, and finally there’s Amy, the youngest and most precocious. Together they are the March sisters. Even though money is short, times are tough and their father is away at war, their infectious sense of fun sweeps everyone up in their adventures – including Laurie, the boy next door. And through sisterly squabbles, their happy times and sad ones too, the sisters discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do.

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This new hardback edition is one of five special Puffin Classic editions created in partnership with the world-famous V & A Museum, with exquisite cover designs from their William Morris collection. The five titles in the collection are:

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The stories have been specially selected from the National Art Library at the V&A making this beautiful collection the perfect combination of timeless design and classic children’s literature.

We love these absolutely beautiful editions, a very special gift for any lover of literature. Highly Recommended!

Homes & Antiques January 2018

Homes & Antiques January 2018Get the season’s most magical looks with the January issue of Homes & Antiques. Inside, we share tips on how to create a traditional and luxurious look with shades of rich crimson, explore a beautifully renovated Dutch home and take a look inside the pre-Raphaelite manor that is filled with a wealth of art and textiles.

We also take a look at the beautiful sapphire coronet designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria, plus this issue comes with our special 6-page last minute gift guide to help you find the perfect presents for loved ones… phew, no last minute panics!

You will also receive our much anticipated 2018 calendar and a list of the best antique and vintage fairs to visit around the UK this January. Don’t miss this magical issue!

Christmas in Crimson

Draw up a comfy armchair by the fire, put on some merry music and enjoy a classic Dickensian-style Christmas that invites you and your guests to feel right at home…

H&A’s last minute gift-guide

We’ve scoured antiques shops, contemporary boutiques and the high street to seek out the most glorious gifts for the design lovers in your life.

10 of the best design escapes

Craving a winter retreat? Find fabulous interiors inspiration with 10 of the finest design-driven hotels and antiques-filled hotspots in Europe.

Wightwick Manor

Built around a battlemented tower, take a look inside Wightwick Manor in Wolverhampton which is a melange of Tudor, Elizabethan and Jacobean-style architecture.

The January issue of Homes & Antiques is on sale now:

Images: Katya De Grunwald

Styling: Selina Lake

Frontpage April 2018

The Place We Met – Isabelle Broom

The Place We Met - Isabelle Broom Review on Hot Brands Cool PlacesSynopsis: Lake Como, Italy, New Year’s Eve. The perfect place to fall in love? Or the perfect place for everything to fall apart?

Lucy may have suffered her fair share of bad men, but now she has Pete. Finally, a man worth sharing her favourite place with, Lake Como. That’s if she can put mysterious phone calls and glamorous ex-girlfriends out of her mind.

Taggie is rushed off her feet, but distraction is exactly what she needs to forget why she fled England and the sadness she left behind. She certainly doesn’t have time for infuriating stranger Marco. A man is the last thing she needs right now.

Lucy and Taggie might not know it, but their lives are about to collide. The New Year might begin with fireworks – but how will it end?

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
We have loved all of Isabelle Broom’s previous books, she always sets them in the most stunningly beautiful places, which means as well as delivering deliciously romantic storylines, she always transports you to the most wonderful locations. The Place We Met is another magical read, full of emotion, set against the backdrop of Lake Como, a perfect read for a cosy night in, so curl up and lose yourself in this utterly gorgeous book.
Highly Recommended!

Homes & Antiques December 2017

Homes & Antiques December 2017Soak up the festive spirit with the December issue of Homes & Antiques. Inside, we share tips on how to make your classic antiques shine with yuletide touches, explore a traditionally elegant London nest and peer inside one of the nation’s most exuberant stately homes at Christmas, Castle Howard.

We also take a look into the recent sale at Christie’s of Audrey Hepburn’s personal belongings, plus, this issue comes with our special 11-page ultimate gift guide to help you find the perfect present for your loved ones this Christmas.

You will also get a list of the best antiques and vintage fairs to visit in December and a round-up of 10 of the best Christmas markets in Europe.

A Collector’s Christmas
We offer up some new and inspiring ways to display your antiques this festive season. From new ways with teacups to embellishing with brooches, it is the perfect opportunity to put your antiques centre stage.

H&A’s Ultimate Gift Guide
Whatever your budget, we have gathered together the perfect presents for your loved ones. From art lovers to globe trotters, there is something for everyone.

Style Counsel
Interiors stylist Sarah Davenport has breathed new life into the Victorian home she shares with her family, combining vintage and antique furniture with contemporary colour schemes and floral displays.

Hearth & Soul
It’s taken Peet and Ruud Schreuder 35 years to renovate their rural farmhouse in the Netherlands. Now, they can enjoy the fruits of their labour with rustic family Christmases every year.

10 of the best Christmas markets
Are you looking for shopping inspiration with a twist? We round up 10 of our favourite Christmas markets in Europe.

5 tips to make your Christmas magical
We have asked some of our favourite interiors experts for their advice on making your Christmas at home extra-special…

Don’t miss this magical issue!

The December issue of Homes & Antiques is on sale now:

Images: Katya De Grunwald

Styling: Selina Lake


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway – Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The GetawaySynopsis: With this new adventure, Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Getaway, readers won’t be able to stop laughing as they join Greg and his family on a holiday trip to remember. To escape the stress of the holidays, the Heffleys decide to get out of town and go to a resort instead of celebrating Christmas at home, but what’s billed as a stress-free vacation becomes a holiday nightmare. Filled with Kinney’s trademark hilarity, accessibility, and pure fun, this latest Wimpy Kid instalment is sure to delight fans once again.

Millions of children in the UK are readers because of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and fans will not be disappointed this autumn with the publication of the much anticipated Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway, the twelfth book in the series, which will publish simultaneously with twenty other publishers worldwide.

2017 also marks a milestone moment for the phenomenally successful series, with the 10th anniversary of the launch of the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. Bestselling author Jeff Kinney will mark the series’ anniversary and the publication of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway with his third global tour, meeting and entertaining fans around the world with media and events throughout November and December.

“Ten years in, I’m having a blast. I’m as excited and energized about these books as I’ve ever been, and I think The Getaway is going to be one of the best Wimpy Kid books,” says Kinney. “I’m very grateful to all of the readers who have stuck with me over the years, and to the ones who are just starting the series.”

Jeff Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn even the most reluctant readers on to books. The Wimpy Kid books are 50% comic strip, 50% novel and 100% hilarious. As a result of the impact and success of these books, Jeff Kinney has been named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world

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It is always a special moment when the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid arrives in our office, because we know that it will bring joy to our junior reviewers, particularly one who is a reluctant reader, and cannot wait to take the very latest book into school to show her friends. All our reviewers love the stories because the combination of humour, illustrations and use of language makes them very accessible for every child whatever their level of reading ability.

As adults what we love about the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway  is that Jeff Kinney has created travel situations that we all recognise, and has combined them altogether in one hilarious book that parents and children will enjoy reading as a family. Congratulations to Jeff Kinney, as a 10th Anniversary celebration this book is absolutely brilliant! Highly Recommended!

The Road to Mexico – Rick Stein

The Road to Mexico – Rick SteinSynopsis: Rick Stein brings his unrivalled enthusiasm and trusted expertise to the fresh, flavourful food of Mexico and California. No one better than Rick at capturing the food essence of a country and bringing the best recipes into our kitchens.

Starting in San Francisco and Baja California, and working his way down to the southernmost tip of Mexico, Rick Stein cooks, eats and experiences Mexican food at its very best and most diverse.

Whether it’s the farmers’ markets of California, full of sourdough bread, new season garlic and a profusion of citrus fruit; the prawns, snapper and tuna of the Pacific or the glorious street food and colourful markets of Mexico with their avocados, chillies, tomatillos, cheese and corn, this is a part of the world packed with natural, healthy and satisfying ingredients.

Showcasing Rick’s authentic style, with recipes like Ensenada Fish Tacos with Chilli, Deep Fried Coconut Prawns and Slow Cooked Pork Tacos, this cookbook will encourage anyone to try out the bold food of these sunshine states.

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
The Road to Mexico is a joyful collection of vibrant recipes including selections for Breakfast & Brunch, Street Food, Vegetables & Sides, Fish and Shellfish, Poultry, Meat, Desserts & Drinks. The photography is stunning, which along with Rick’s commentary makes this delicious book the essential companion to the new BBC Two series of the same name. Trying out these recipes is the perfect way to brighten up a winter’s evening. Highly Recommended!

CHARITABLE BOOKINGS Signature Dish Recipe Book– Edited by David Johnstone

CHARITABLE BOOKINGS Signature Dish Recipe Book– Edited by David JohnstoneSynopsis: 365 of the best loved chefs from the UK’s leading restaurants, private members clubs and 5* hotels have collaborated with CHARITABLE BOOKINGS by sharing their secret main course Signature Dish recipe to help raise money and awareness for 1,000’s of UK registered charities.

These 365 mouthwatering recipes can be found in the both the 754 page, 3.2kg hard back coffee table cook book with a limited edition slip case, making the perfect gift for all foodies this Christmas, priced at £40 with £5 going to a charity of the buyers choice from a growing list of over 8,500 UK registered charities or everyone can enjoy 100 of these stunning recipes for free by simply downloading the CHARITABLE BOOKINGS app with the remaining 265 recipes accessible with a token in-app purchase of £3.99 with £1 going again to a cause close to the customers heart.

These recipes are all exceptional and are from 365 our best loved chefs including Jason Atherton, Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth, Tom Aikens, Marcus Wareing, Tom Kerridge, Raymond Blanc, Claude Bosi, Angela Hartnett, Atul Kochhar, Anton Mosimann and Albert Roux and feature dishes from UK leading restaurants including Le Pont De La Tour, Dinner by Heston, Sushi Samba, Pollen Street Social, L’Enclume, Le Caprice, Bibendum, Nobu, Daphne’s, Sexy Fish, Colbert and The Ivy. Alongside some of the UK’s nest restaurants we are also delighted to have main course Signature Dish secret recipes from some of the best private members clubs and 5* hotels head chefs including; The Ritz, The Lanesborough, The Berkeley, Claridge’s, The Groucho Club, The Goring Hotel, The Garrick Club, The Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane, The Dorchester, White’s Club, Jumeirah Carlton Tower, and Annabel’s.

Every recipe is special from the simple favourites like The Ivy’s classic Shepherd’s Pie to dinner party show stoppers like the Famous Grouse from John William’s at The Ritz as well as mouth-watering winter warmers such as Tom Aikens’ 7 hour-braised shoulder of lamb. Every dish is accompanied by clear and easy to follow step by step instructions allowing you to create restaurant quality dishes in your own home.

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This is a sumptuous book, beautifully presented with stunning photography and delicious recipes from many of the best loved chefs, sharing their signature dishes to help raise money for charity. This is a special gift for anyone who loves cooking or wants to experience the mouth-watering dishes included in this wonderful collection. Highly Recommended!

The Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2018 – Alison Maloney

The Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2018 – Alison MaloneySynopsis: Series 15 of Strictly Come Dancing is back and more glamorous than ever. Let yourself be twirled around the dance floor by the 2018 annual, your perfect guide to divas, drama and dancing.

Get the lowdown on all of the celebs and dancers. The Official Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2018 is simply fabulous.

Featuring a sequin-studded cast of celebrities, exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes exclusives this annual is your perfect partner for the glittering world of Strictly.

Don your finest feather boa and be prepared to shimmy under the glitter ball!

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If you love Strictly Come Dancing you will love this book! Packed full with details on all the celebrities and their professional partners, as well as the team of Tess, Claudia and the judges; plus special Strictly features including Meet the Head Judge, Set Sail for Strictly – Strictly Cruises, The Birth of the Glitter Ball, Putting on the Ritz, Hollywood Hair, Lipstick and Rouge, Steps to Success, The Music Man, Top of the Props, The Booth of Truth and much more!

A perfect gift for all fans of Strictly Come Dancing!

Daily Kindness: 365 Days of Compassion – National Geographic

Daily Kindness: 365 Days of Compassion - National Geographic Synopsis: With enriching quotes from celebrated luminaries and striking National Geographic photography, each page of this moving book will inspire you to live with sincerity, compassion, and benevolence. Each month, you’ll practice virtues like patience, respect, and generosity that will focus your mind and heart, creating fulfillment and contentment. Both inviting and motivating, Daily Kindness invites you to reflect on life’s big and small moments, providing a way to embrace new ideas–and enrich your life every day of the year.

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This is a beautiful book, the photographs, as you would expect from National Geographic, are absolutely stunning. Taking a theme for each month, the daily quotes are inspiring and uplifting. Perfect to keep close and to read at the start of each day. It would also make a gorgeous gift for someone special. We loved it. Highly Recommended!