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London ‘hotelier’ King Henry VIII – the first market gardener?

Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Costello Media | 0 comments

KING HENRY VIII was an outstanding hotelier, accommodating up to 600 guests at a time after he took over Hampton Court Palace from Cardinal Wolsey in 1529. This is how the audio guide kicks of your tour at this Top 10 London attraction. It tells you that guests of the Royal Court would arrive by horse and carriage at their sumptuous lodgings and be greeted by staff at Base Court before being taken to their rooms around Hampton Court Palace. It was five-star hospitality at the ‘hotel’ with around 200 staff waiting on their every need. Guests’ stay was on a half-board basis – up to 600 people were fed twice a day with lavish feasts that might include peacock, porpoise with oatmeal or salmon and fig pie. Exotic peppers and spices from India, West Africa and Indonesia were...

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Brecqhou Island opens to the public

Posted by on Mar 7, 2012 in Costello Media | 0 comments

THE private island of Brecqhou has been opened to the general public for day trips from Sark. Visitors can tour the private gardens, vineyards and chapel of Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay, who bought the tiny Channel Island in 1995. Brecqhou day boat trips are complimentary for all hotel guests booking through any of the four luxury hotels in the Sark Island Hotels group ( The hotels include the Aval du Creux, Hotel Petit Champ, La Moinerie Hotel and the Dixcart Bay Hotel, which is set to open in May 2012. Brecqhou will also shortly be open to anyone coming to Sark for the day, or staying in other hotels and guesthouses on the Isle of Sark. Kevin Delaney, managing director of Sark Estate Management, said the opening of Brecqhou to the general public adds a unique destination...

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11 staggeringly good restaurants improving the image of front-of-house careers

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 in Costello Media | 0 comments

1, 2 & 3. GORDON Ramsay’s Maze in Grosvenor Square, The Ritz London and Galvin at Windows at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Three restaurants known throughout the world for their eclectic menus and exquisitely presented dishes that are a delight to any palate. 4. Cafe Sofra, a most excellent eatery in Mayfair’s Shepherd Market, claims my crown as London’s best value restaurant in 2011. Even on a Sunday, Sofra buzzes with diners who can’t get enough of the restaurant’s mouthwatering Turkish delicacies. 5. The River Room at Ireland’s K Club Resort – another ‘gold standard’ example of a restaurant showing its country’s cuisine at its very best. Executive chef Finbar Higgins searches for the best quality cuts of meat and seafood from County Kildare’s surrounding farms and shores, and he gives his 3 AA Rosette dishes a...

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