“Apparently”

“Apparently”

This is the way most tall stories begin, with the teller, glass in hand, propping up the bar of the village pub. Or in this case, seated by the fire, regaling a squirrel with Wealden tales. A squirrel? We are in the bar of the Bell, a soon to re-open pub with rooms in...
Checks & Valances

Checks & Valances

The gradual refurbishment at Whatley Manor Hotel continues, albeit slowly. It’s a tricky dilemma for a successful hotel. Naturally you want the rooms to look their best, but then the lost revenue and disruption have to be considered. Is it better to close...
Yum Yum !

Yum Yum !

I had to fight my way through the crowds in Chinatown on saturday, on my way to Spice Market. According to the restaurant’s American manager, it’s busier out there than in Times Square. I was back to shoot the private dining room (or PDR in PRspeak!) and...
Bedside Manor

Bedside Manor

I first visited Whatley Manor on the edge of the Cotswolds, 7 or 8 years ago, on behalf of Caterer & Hotelkeeper magazine. I have a lot to be thankful to that publication for, as it helped me gain access to several high profile hotels and restaurants such as...
Barnsley House Revisited

Barnsley House Revisited

The gradual refurbishment of the Barnsley House Hotel continues. The famed Cotswold garden in which it sits, provides much inspiration to the designers, Fox Linton, in their quest to update the rooms. Set among the simple new furnishings, one is likely to find...
Barnsley House Hotel

Barnsley House Hotel

I don’t need any excuse to go to the Cotswolds, so it’s always a treat to be asked to shoot a country house hotel there. The village of Barnsley is everything one would expect from a Cotswold village: picturesque stone cottages huddled around a pretty...