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West Sussex: Crab and Lobster in Sidlesham

Ruby Scott

Come to this restaurant for a delightful winter warmer. Their locally-sourced menu has an emphasis on fresh fish, crab and lobster. A place in which to relax and unwind!

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Chichester: Runcton Farm Shop, Lagness Road

Genevieve Delacroix

This farm shop equates to a delicatessen, butchery, pet shop and ‘pyo’ (pick your own!). There’s a wide range of home grown produce throughout the year. They have plums, pumpkins, spinach & chard in September, and all the more as the year continues. On their website they feature a ‘seasonal recipe’.

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West Wittering Beach, not far from Chichester

Fiona Duncan

West Wittering Beach offers wonderful views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs. The outstanding water quality has made it one of the premier Blue Flag beaches in the country. The sea is popular with wind and kite surfers, and the shallow lagoons are left on extensive sandy flats at low tide.

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Falmouth: Chain Locker Hotel, Cornwall

Mary Canon-Belle

This spot has just undergone a spectacular restoration. On Falmouth’s historic quayside, it now offers stylish and contemporary dining with the original and distinctive charm of a 16th century inn, it’s believed to be one of Falmouth’s oldest buildings and perfect weekend venturing.

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Sliding Doors

Lysander Tyler-Green

Gwyneth Paltrow plays a London commuter whose life takes a turn for the better and the worse. A story of parallel time lines, it is an interesting idea, well executed.

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France: Château de Suscinio, Brittany

Margot Petherick

The castle was built I the late middle ages and it was the home to the Dukes of Brittany and, very briefly, Henry Tudor. Having fallen into disrepair by the 60s, it has been returned to its former glory. A fantastic museum and a wonderful day out.

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Far Breton

Hamish Charlton

This delicious prune flan is one of France’s best pastries. Easy to make and surprisingly light, it is ideal fare for a summer picnic.

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‘The Idiot’ by Elif Batuman

Charles Fergusson

The Idiot traces the life of a student, newly-arrived at Harvard University, as she struggles to find a sense of self. A funny, yet deeply introspective book, it was a delight, to read.

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The Babadook

Edith Warren

Don’t be put off by The Babadook’s mediocre reviews, it is exquisitely crafted. Dealing with themes of depression, parenthood and grief, it is a very thought-provoking film. Frightening and brilliant in equal measure.

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London: Visit ’Tales on Moon Lane’ Children’s Bookshop, Herne Hill

Hamish Charlton

A charming and multi-award winning Children's Bookshop. They believe in fantastic, first-rate customer service and have children at the very heart of what they do. They host weekly story time sessions for pre-schoolers and book signings for children to meet their author and illustrator heroes.

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‘Moral Fibre’ snacks

Coralie Purves

Raw ingredients, fabulous flavours and glorious guilt free snacking. Handmade snacks that are high in fibre and naturally free of gluten, dairy and added sugar – just raw goodness from carefully sourced plant-based ingredients. Enjoy them either sweet or savoury, Banananut Bites or Courgette Crunch?

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‘Pip & Nut’ Nut Butters and Almond Milks

Annabel Sampson

This takes peanut butter into delightful new realms. Delicious natural nut butters and almond milks. Smooth, Crunchy, or maybe you want to try the ‘Chocolate Orange’ Almond variety that is made of gently roasted almonds, rich cacao and zesty orange? There’s even a Pip & Nut Cookery Book.

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Silk basics at ‘Marina London’

Margot Petherick

Luxury 100% Silk Basics. The most beautiful designs in the other-worldliest of silks. Greet, navy, red satins - long dresses, jump suits, strappy tops. Great depth in range of colour, if only slight changes in style season to season.

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Edinburgh: 'Secret Herb Garden', Pentland Hills

Annabel Sampson

A specialist herb nursery nestled at the foot of the Pentland Hills. Not just herbs – visit for the wonderful café and shop full of vintage furniture wine and beer. The gardens were created by Hamish and Liberty and are set within a magical 7.5 acres bordered by native hedgerow and a gentle stream.

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UK-wide: Deckchair Hire

Mary Canon-Belle

If you’re after some moderately comfortable, affordable and jazzy seats – then this may be a place for you. Vintage, Giant and Double Deckchairs are available to hire nationwide. No minimum order and just £5 each. Whether it’s an event, wedding or festival they’re needed for.

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'Brydon Brothers' Belts

Lara Akeroyd

High quality, handmade belts. Inspired and designed by four brothers from England from the finest sourced material. Signature handmade stretch woven belts – designed with no holes to allow for a customised and comfortable fit. Have a look at their website.

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'Rapha' Sportswear

Jonathan Finchley

Swanky sportswear for serious cyclists. Rapha Performance Roadwear is a sportswear and lifestyle brand focused on road bicycle racing, clothing and accessories. They have a selection of women’s and men’s cycling garments that look amazingly posh. MAMILs need look no further.

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‘Solo: The Joy of Cooking for One’ cookery book by Signe Johansen

Margot Petherick

This is inspiring for chefs who can’t muster the enthusiasm to cook for one. With food, the emphasis is always on sharing. But sometimes, you want to experiment for yourself. This book is about (tasty) self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Recipes that can be doubled, trebled, quadrupled if need be!

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'Shetland: Cooking on the Edge of the World' recipe book by James and Tom Morton

Lara Akeroyd

A recipe book co-written by father and son, Tom and James Morton. The recipes take in the very best that the isles have to offer, from celebratory feasts (the tradition of 'foy') through the food of the sea – mackerel, mussels, salmon – to treasures from the land – lamb, venison, beef – and earth.

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'Brilliant Bread' recipe book by James Morton

Ruby Scott

James Morton, of the 'Great British Bake Off', who is fondly remembered for his Fairisle knits, is an expert bread baker. He is fascinated by the science of it, the taste of it, the making of it. In 'Brilliant Bread' he demystifies the often daunting process of "proper" bread making.

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South London Gallery’s 'Fire Station', Peckham

Thea Dale

6a architects have turned their capable gaze to the Grade II-listed Peckham Road Fire Station, which will couple up with the South London Gallery as a joint exhibition space. It has been superbly and sensitively restored from a state of disrepair – ‘wet rot, dry rot, every kind of rot’. Now open!

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Oxfordshire: 'The Maytime Inn', Asthall

Genevieve Delacroix

Nestled beside the River Windrush, this 17th-century inn is a good spot for a late-summer alfresco lunch or a gin (there are over 100 varieties on the menu). Just a hop and a skip from the gabled Jocobean Cotswold Manor House, Asthall Manor, the childhood home of the Mitford sisters.

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London: 'Coach Makers Arms', Marylebone

Trevor Littleboy

A beautifully restored pub that is tucked between Marylebone’s quaint streets, that first opened 140 years ago. The huge windows that line the front, flood the busy ground-floor bar with light. It belongs to the Cubitt House portfolio of elegant pubs that includes the Thomas Cubitt and the Orange.

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Ceredigion: 'Harbourmaster Hotel', Aberaeron

Alfred Watchley

From the menu to the paintings that hang on its pale blue walls, the Harbourmaster abides by a seaside theme. Delve into the set evening menu featuring Carlingford oysters and marmalade sponge pudding. Or spend the afternoon watching the yachts as they gently rock in the harbour in front.

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Cumbria: 'Drunken Duck Inn', Ambleside

Lysander Tyler-Green

A much-loved Lake District pub with a quirky, contemporary-country style feel. It has great beer and ever reliable food. Tony Turnbull, the Food Editor of the Times chooses it as his favourite spot and says, ‘the outside seats are the perfect place to rest weary legs and gaze across the fells.’

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