Food & Restaurants – Comte des Cierges
For our first evening at The Horseshoe Inn, we kicked off with some champagne in the bar area, which was laden with leather chesterfields and plump sofas near the fireplace. Dinner was at 8, with an appetiser of pigs trotter mousse, sprinkled with crackling. We feasted on grouse, teal and red deer, all caught locally
I chose to stay at The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, which is in an excellent location, right next to the mountain gondola, and next to the driving range of the golf course (the latter of which is obviously closed during winter). My room had a view over the driving range, and I could see the heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub – perfect for gauging when to go down …
Stepping in from the unwavering phosphorescence of Bayswater’s bustling Queensway, glistening as a beacon amidst the dwindling December twilight, one leaves the chaotic intricacies of London’s assorted inhabitants and their rituals behind and enters an Oriental spectacle, greedily absorbed by each of the five senses.
Nestled warmly at a street-lining window, peering down upon hasty shoppers and winter-laden lovers meandering along Jermyn Street in the dark London evening, we sat contented with deep, rich coffees in hand and smiles on our face. Why so smiley? Well, the pair of us – my dining partner and I – had just devoured a delectable three course meal, complete with wine pairings, specifically-prepared gluten-free bread and unrelentingly attentive service.
From my balcony at the Inn at Laurel Point, the blue water of the harbour is tranquil and quiet. Below I can see the hotel’s Japanese garden, boats moored in the harbour and the newer glass and steel structures that now line the water’s edge. Breaking the tranquillity is the sound of an air craft engine – a float plane is coming into land on the harbours calm water. I love watching them fly in.
The Palm in Belgravia. If you live in the area you’re most likely a patron. If you love a good steak, you, too, are most likely a patron. In fact, if you’ve ever searched for an informal but delicious place to celebrate, meet professionally, socialise, drink cocktails or nibble on small bites before a night out, then you also may know of The Palm. And if not, allow me to introduce the restaurant you’ll choose next time you go decide to eat out.