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Archive for October, 2008

Who says the financial gloom-mongers’ talk of a recession need rain on your parade? And who says you have to give up your well-earned spoil-yourself boutique breaks because of it? Here are Mr & Mrs Smith’s top ‘style on a shoestring’ tips for travelling smarter and making your money go further … 1. It may […]

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Paradise by way of Kensal Green: it’s hard to resist the temptation to say that this pub and restaurant truly is a pocket of paradise via W10 – so now that’s out of the way, let’s talk game. Just wait until you sample the meat and fowl concoctions they’ve cunningly matched with inspired reds to […]

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As you may or may not know, one of the most important things we do at Mr & Mrs Smith is get every property in our hotel collection anonymously reviewed by a real-life couple: it’s the only way to really make sure the hotel lives up to our romantic expectations and is a tip-top together-time […]

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After Anthony’s post (Best steak in London?) about the so-good-we-drooled T-bones Team Smith had at the Hawksmoor steakhouse, we thought you might like to meet Will Beckett, the well-travelled man behind the meat, as it were. [Thinking to self: goodness, must rein in those cheesy puns.] A kindred soul of Smith’s, he’s not averse to […]

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Game season is now officially here, so we’ve managed to persuade someone considerably better at cooking than us – chef Michael Caines – to devise a seasonal recipe for you: Roast Partridge with braised chicory, quince puree, toasted walnuts, wild mushrooms and a Gewürztraminer wine sauce. Ok, so it’s a bit involved, but trust us, […]

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As we’ve learned from the eating and drinking articles we’ve posted on this blog, everyone has an opinion when it comes to gastronomy. Now it’s time to get yours across – nominations have opened for the Observer Food Monthly Awards, the annual distribution of laurels to all the greats of the gastro world. Categories include […]

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Though stylish places to stay are our forté, we at Mr & Mrs Smith like to think we know a little bit about food, too. The destination guides that accompany all of the hotels on our website always include tips on where to head for great meals, and all of us at Smith HQ are […]

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Tamara’s travel blog chat

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Just a quick post to let you know that last night I took part in a live blogging session representing Mr & Mrs Smith, alongside fellow travel bloggers from Europe à la Carte, nerdseyeview, Travellerspoint and This Just In. I’ve never done anything like this before and was a touch nervous to tell the truth […]

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Chef Michael Caines – not to be confused with the chirpy, one-dimensional cockney actor – has long been a Mr & Mrs Smith favourite. After learning his trade in the kitchens of such greats as Raymond Blanc, Bernard Loiseau and Joël Robuchon, Michael became head chef at Gidleigh Park in Devon, where he garnered two […]

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Two-for-one boutique hotel offer

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Our travel team have been working their hand-knitted merino socks off this morning – we’ve been flooded with calls in response to our two-nights-for-the-price-of-one offer, which we’ve been running in association with The Times since Saturday. It seems that everyone has an eye for a bargain at the moment (I, for one have been more […]

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