As I’ve said before, I am a great lover of British cuisine.
Now it’s perfectly true that great chunks of our indigenous culinary traditions were driven to the brink of extinction by the insane 1960s-1980s headlong rush towards so-called ‘modern convenience foods’. Fortunately, a few enlightened people recognised the damage this was causing and over more recent times there has been a huge upsurge in the re-discovery of our native ingredients and dining traditions. (more…)
I’m always keen to speak at length about the visual and cultural attractions of my local area but there’s one right here in our very own hotel in Kensington that I just must mention.
It’s an absolutely breath-taking scale model of our own Terrace. It sits on permanent display in our hotel and fascinates guests.
I was speaking recently to the model’s designer and builder, Mr. Hoosain Ebrahim, who is a personal friend of the hotel’s owner Mr. Harish Patel. (more…)
I’ve spoken before about how I love going on strolls from our Kensington Hotel.
I’m also very much an ‘off the beaten track’ man. Yes, I love Kensington’s main streets, squares and parks but what I find really fascinating are those tiny courtyards and small backstreets that, sadly, most tourists simply never get to see. (more…)
I have admitted once or twice to guests at our Kensington Hotel, albeit slightly sheepishly, that for some years I just didn’t “get” organic and biological food.
I was a lot younger when the first notes of concern were raised about certain agricultural practices and I suppose at the time, with the disdain of youth, I assumed it was largely hype and fashion. When I think of how I used to eat in those now long-gone days, I’m pleasantly surprised that I survived! (more…)
That’s not too surprising because this borough has a very long history of association with literature and what would once have been called “Men of Words”, though today the preferred term presumably de-emphasises the gender! (more…)