Wimbledon continues in the sunshine, the Sportsman in Kent is named National Restaurant of the Year, and it’s World Food Week!
Ten new galleries are launching at the National Museum of Scotland on 8 July as part of a £14.1 million redevelopment in its 150th anniversary year. More than 3,000 objects will go on display, 75 per cent of which have not been seen for at least a generation.
The Sportsman pub in Kent has been named National Restaurant of the Year at Restaurant magazine’s annual National Restaurant Awards. The winners were announced on Monday 27 June. Thoroughly deserved.
Stefan Chomka, editor of Restaurant magazine, said:
It might not look much from the outside, but The Sportsman is a magnificent place and Stephen Harris a well deserving recipient of this award. The Sportsman’s journey to the top of this list highlights the eclecticism of today’s eating out market and proves that you don’t need slick PR, cutting edge restaurant design or a flashy London postcode to run an establishment that’s best in class.
And here’s the full list of awards:
■ One to Watch – Som Saa
■ Cocktail List of the Year – Social Eating House
■ Sustainable Restaurant of the Year – Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
■ Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland – Deanes Eipic
■ ‘Fit for Foodies’ Award – Prithvi
■ Best Restaurant in Scotland – Restaurant Andrew Fairlie
■ Wine List of the Year – Noble Rot
■ Best Indian Restaurant – Hoppers
■ Best Restaurant in Wales – The Walnut Tree
■ Chefs’ Chef of the Year – Phil Howard
■ Lifetime Achievement – Pierre Koffmann
■ Best Italian Restaurant – The River Café
■ Highest New Entry – Piquet
■ The Service Award – The Clove Club
■ Best Spanish Restaurant – Barrafina Adelaide Street
■ Gastropub of the Year – The Sportsman
■ National Restaurant of the Year – The Sportsman
Trevor Pickett has unveiled The Queensbury Room in his Burlington Gardens store, which allows for trunk shows, private receptions, debates, and other activities. The room takes on the concept of the modern salon – it’s a traditional Savile Row shop using a more contemporary style to engage with customers.
4. Mental sanctuary
Cornwall is offering a new form of mental therapy not offered anywhere else in Europe. It uses the ‘soothing medium of the sea’. The Falmouth-based charity Sea Sanctuary is the first of its kind to ever receive formal and financial backing from the NHS. It offers health education on-board a large classic yacht, supporting the needs of a people with different levels of wellness through sail training and health education.
Interiors company Loaf has released new products for summer including the ‘Flump’ occasional chair (£745) and the ‘Chinch’ mirror (£145). The range is described as a ‘laid-back family’ trend, with natural tones and shapely wood. There’s some French inspiration too.
— Loaf (@loafhome) June 28, 2016
The Spanish Tourist Office and Turismo de Galicia will be exhibiting at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for the first time this year. The ‘Route of the Camellia’ Garden will be competing for a medal in the largest ever ‘World Gardens’ award category.
Garden designer Rose McMonigall commented:
The Spain garden aims to encapsulate the journey of the pilgrimage, drawing the viewer’s imagination into the garden and emphasising the wild and beautiful surroundings of this special corner of Spain.
The five-star boutique hotel Andaz London, on Liverpool Street, has opened its new 1901 Wine Lounge. It has a list of more than 160 wines.
It’s here. We’re excited. Make sure you check out our list of great properties with tennis courts.
Hollie is there today, so she’ll be bringing you some fine photographs from Day 2 at Wimbledon.
Your attention please…
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 28, 2016
8. Amy Manson
Walk Japan, the pioneer of off-the-beaten-track tours of Japan, has announced the launch of the Kumano Wayfarer. It sounds breathtaking.
Starting in Kyoto, customers are transported to the start of the Kumano Kodo’s Nakahechi route in deepest rural Japan. This follows a hilly, winding path primarily through verdant forests that leads to the Kumano Sanzan; namely, Hongu Taisha, Nachi Taisha and Hayatama Taisha. All are sacred grand shrines at the core of the pilgrimage; the first is known for its scenery-dominating, immense torii shrine gate and the second for the iconic setting of its pagoda and waterfall.
10. World Food Week
Finally, World Food Week has arrived. To celebrate, Facebook food channel Twisted is marking the 70th anniversary of the airing of the first TV cooking show and charting the history of cooking on television.
Let’s begin with this joyful footage of the great Fanny Cradock making an omelette.