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La Trompette was the last of the trio of restaurants to open, in 2001, under the joint ownership of restaurateur Nigel Platts-Martin and chef Bruce Poole. In the same fashion as Chez Bruce in Wandsworth Common and The Glasshouse in Kew,…
Curtain Bluff, Antigua
If return visits reflect quality, Curtain Bluff is top of the pile. Occupying a striking peninsula off southern Antigua in the West Indies, the family- owned, five-star all-inclusive attracts generation after generation of the same families. They come for the…
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Spring is a time of regeneration and renewal – a process we try to embrace in every issue, but of which you’ll see plenty of evidence this month. Take our Gourmet Traveller article on Mantua (p28), a part of Italy that has been constantly reinventing itself since the time of Da Vinci; and where, today, chefs harness the produce and tradition of the province while nurturing the next generation. Even more vividly, we’ve pulled together 20 floral-themed trips to celebrate spring’s bloom – see p62 for our inspirational ideas, from flower walks in Malta to Monet’s water lilies in Paris.
Regeneration isn’t just about nature though – we all need the odd injection of self-renewal. And what better way of achieving this than via a cookery school in a far-flung part of the world? If you really want to get to the heart of a region’s cuisine, you’re spoilt for choice in terms of overseas courses, many of which can be packaged up into an expansive culinary break. This month (p69), we venture outside Europe; next month we’ll look at courses in continental Europe; before wrapping up the series with a look at the best UK cookery schools for gourmet holidays.
Guy Woodward - Editor