The Game Bird review: Fine dining without the formality

The beautifully understated Stafford Hotel in Mayfair has recently opened a new restaurant, The Game Bird. James Fisher went to see if it lives up to the establishment’s impeccable standards.The beauty of the Stafford Hotel in Mayfair is its ‘whisper-it-quietly’ atmosphere. The pomp and circumstance of its most glittering neighbour, The Ritz, is viewed disdainfully as folly and there are no diamonds for sale here, no tourists clucking and flashing cameras as you enter and exit. The word-of-mouth appeal, combined with the legendary American Bar, has made this an undisputed jewel in London’s luxury hotel crown. Sure, it doesn’t shine

Fiat 124 Spider review: The return of the Italian job

Dismissed as a ‘poor man’s Ferrari’, the new Fiat 124 Spider is as good-looking as Isabella Rossellini and as powerful as Rocky Marciano, says a smitten Charles Rangeley-Wilson. I must have been the last motoring writer in the country to realise that the new sports car I drove in 2017 was the same car I’d been the first motoring writer in the UK to drive in 1989. Too much homework ruins first impressions—well, that’s what I like to tell myself. In this case, I’d done none. Why would I need to? The achingly pretty, two-seater Italian roadster had caught my eye

American couple secure their dream holiday home in Tuscany with us – RealItalia

Properties at our gorgeous Ville degli Olivi olive estate in Lajatico, Tuscany are selling well, as its charm and unique location attract buyers from all over the world.
Our latest buyers are an American couple, who have bought a three-bedroom semi-detached house which they designed through our unique interior design services. Having spent many years searching for an Italian holiday home before they came to us, we are delighted that we have helped them become the proud new owners of something very special indeed. Here’s their story…
The Challenge
Our clients had been looking for a holiday home in Northern Italy by themselves

Mini-break: The Painswick, Gloucestershire

Lucy Ford enjoys the cream of the Cotswolds. Built in the late 18th century, in the time of the Slad Valley’s booming wool trade, The Painswick was once the local vicarage. Today, it’s a 16-bedroom hotel—voted The Sunday Times Ultimate Hotel of the Year when it opened in 2016—nestled deep in Laurie Lee country, in the historic hilltop village known as the Queen of the Cotswolds.
Described as a ‘country-cool restaurant with rooms’, the feel of the interiors, by Nicky Farquhar and Cathy Birtles, is urban style meets rural charm.

In the entrance hall, a central staircase leads straight up to the

Bloomin’ lovely activities inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show

Five floral treats taking place in London this summer. ALAIN DUCASSE’S ‘LUNCH FLOWER MENU’ AT THE DORCHESTER
Highlights of the menu include playful dishes such as the ‘Flowering vegetable garden, fresh herb condiment’, ‘Watercress velouté, Lily pad ‘our way’, ‘Fillet of Brill, red and yellow beetroot’, and ‘Potato gnocchi, courgette blossom’. The Lunch Flower Menu is completed by an intricate ‘Pistachio and Strawberry field’ dessert, created by the talented pastry team.www.alainducasse-dorchester.com
PERRIER-JOUËT POP-UP
Throughout the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, The Kensington’s K-bar will be open and serving Perrier-Jouët’s brand new Blanc de Blancs Cuvée. On May 25, the hotel will also be

Great escape: Kandima, Maldives

Into the wide, blue yonder. As the boat bounced over the impossibly turquoise sea, the palm-fringed tropical island of Kandima appeared on the horizon. Stepping onto the jetty, then the white sand, we understood what Robinson Crusoe must have felt like.
Masterminded by Sanjay Maniku—whose father was one of the pioneers of tourism in the Maldives—and Mohamed Khaleel, Kandima is the latest resort to spring up in this archipelago of nearly 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean, 80 of which have hotels.
The 2½-mile island in Dhaalu Atoll, lapped on one side by a lagoon, now houses nearly 300 rooms. There are

Dream properties in Mediterranean hotspots

Forget rainy Britain — Carla Passino finds where the sun shines for longest in the Mediterranean. Sardinia, Italy
Sardinia is virtually a synonym for pristine beaches, turquoise waters and secret bays, but Italy’s second-largest island has even more to offer. The countryside is dotted with medieval churches, prehistoric shrines and nuraghi – huge stone buildings left by a Bronze Age culture that’s unique to Sardinia.
On the coast, Roman ruins stretch at the foot of sturdy forts built to ward off pirates and, in cities such as Cagliari and Alghero, the rich architecture bears witness to the island’s tumultuous history at the

Highland Retreats review: Proof that shooting lodges that aren’t all freezing monstrosities

A new book by Mary Miers, Country Life’s fine arts and books editor, had Adam Nicolson gripped.
Highland Retreats: The Architecture and Interiors of Scotland’s Romantic North, by Mary Miers, with photographs by Country Life Magazine, Paul Barker and Simon Jauncey (Rizzoli, £45)
Scholarly, original, witty and beautiful to look at; clear-headed about the whole phenomenon of the British rich colonising the Highlands and amazingly knowledgable; subtle and complex in its tracing of the various roots and variations of this love affair with a beautifully upholstered version of the wild; alert to absurdity; in love with the romance of it; perfectly designed by Robert

When the worlds of art and tailoring collide

A collaboration between Huntsman and Sotheby’s has given rise to some remarkably beautiful jackets.The Savile Row tailors and the auctioneers have been working together on a project that brings art and style together in beautiful fashion – and they unveiled some of the fruits of their teamwork in Venice at the end of last week.
A work by Italian artist Beatrice Caracciolo is being used for the silk lining of 11 limited edition bespoke Huntsman jackets to be offered to Sotheby’s clients at the Venice Biennale.
Caracciolo is based in Paris, and has works on display in places including the Pompidou Centre;  ‘Pine Needles’, a striking

New kids on the block: Spectacular new builds in Monaco

Monaco is a Mediterranean idyll to the rich and famous as well as lovers of high-speed racing.
As the Principality contains some truly covetable properties, its new-builds are among the finest. Eleanor Doughty picks three to inspire. In the heart of Monte Carlo, this two-bedroom loft-style home has panoramic views over the harbour, the sea and the palace of the Principality.
It’s also mere steps away from the Hôtel de Paris, the Casino and the spa Les Thermes Marins, with its saltwater swimming pool.
Inside the apartment, one can dine overlooking three different aspects, giving the impression of being on board an ocean