¡Viva Ibérica! // Ibérica opens its second restaurant in Canary Wharf

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Rachel Seed heads out east for a truly authentic taste of contemporary Spanish cooking, courtesy of Executive Chef Nacho Manzano and his team at Ibérica Canary Wharf. Read the review in full here.

Country Life // Luxury Cotswold Rentals

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We first saw the picture-postcard-perfect Cotswold townhouse, The Old Surgery, on Escape To The Country. A stunning property, the buyer said that they planned to turn in into a B&B – we wanted to book ourselves in there and then. So we were delighted to hear that this beautiful Tetbury home is now available to rent. The beautifully designed property is owned by photographer and artist Maria Stengard-Green and her work is an integral part of the look and feel of the place. Contemporary design and furnishings sit seamlessly within the magnificent Elizabethan splendour. Four stylish bedrooms accommodate up to 10 guests. Open fireplaces, cozy sitting areas, a professionally kitted out kitchen and a gorgeous Provence style courtyard provide plenty of space. And best of all, The Old Surgery at Tetbury allows well behaved pets. Henry, our office pooch, is as excited as we are.
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Tel: +44 7989 404 535
www.luxurycotswoldrentals.co.uk

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Welcome To Our New Website

Resource Magazine has been online for over four years, and whilst we’ve tweaked and polished it regularly, we thought it was about time the site was overhauled to reflect our new outlook, our new ventures in print publishing and to ensure that our reviews looked beautiful online. We hope you like it.

Making A Stand

For the Resource team, travel is not cheap. It’s not a right, it’s a privilege and we feel very lucky to travel and explore the world in the name of our work. One of our greatest and guiltiest pleasures is to turn left on an aircraft – to arrive at one’s destination in style and comfort, feeling refreshed and ready for the trip ahead, is a joy. And while low-cost airlines have enabled international travel for the masses, for us this pile ‘em high attitude to travel cheapens the experience. As the airlines desperately try to scrape profits from their industry, more and more commentators and experts are coming up with ideas to put more bums on seats. And removing traditional seats is an idea being mooted with alarming frequency. While Ryanair’s boss might have raised the idea with his tongue firmly in cheeky, Italian airline cabin design company Aviointeriors has put the ‘Stand Up Cabin’ idea onto the drawing board and come up with the Skyrider concept, creating a pitch measuring less than 23 inches based on the seat of a scooter. And while its inventiveness is to be applauded, if the choice is to travel in comfort or travel standing up, we’d rather wait and save our flying time.
As an antithesis to this high density seating, our review of the marvellous Emirates’ Airbus A380 will be going live soon.

Town & Country

Overide

A visit to Tetbury isn’t complete without some serious credit card abuse in Overider – or so the girls in the Resource team tell us. A light, airy fashion boutique on the town’s busiest thoroughfare, the store’s own designs have an intriguing style of their own, mixing country motifs with this season’s must-have fabrics, cuts and colours. Items we’ve coveted so far have included a pair of patent Converse-style sneakers, some beautifully crafted leather boots, a very modern take on the tweed jacket and this gorgeous, whimsical dress splashed with bug designs.

Overider, 1 Church Street, Tetbury
Tel: 01666 500 401
www.overider.com

In Search Of The Perfect Gastropub…

Kingham Plough

The Resource team is always on the search the perfect “gastropub”: the archetypal English pub with a few modern design statements; affordable food made with fresh, local produce given an imaginative twist in the kitchen; roaring log fires; piles of the Sunday papers and well-thumbed magazines for you to help yourself to; great quality wine by the glass; an eclectic mix of customers, both old and new; the pub’s pooch wandering between tables to snaffle a dropped crumb. We’re still yet to find it.
Near to Resource HQ is The Old Lodge – a beautiful old building set in the middle of Minchinhampton Common. On paper it should be perfect, but on each of our visits we’ve come away feeling a little short-changed. We think it’s the staff: they’re all so young. On one Sunday a guest was asking the bar ‘man’ what the risotto was like: “Errr, well, I think it’s made of rice.” On another evening we were greeted by a Vicky Pollard look-and-soundalike. She was a sweet enough girl, but what we’re looking for is a level of sophistication, without a soundtrack of thumping dance tunes.
In our tireless search for the perfect gastropub, we’ve come across what is, quite possibly, the Cotswolds’ finest: The Kingham Plough, near Chipping Norton. With a former sous-chef of The Fat Duck at the stove, and situated in a picture-postcard-perfect village, it seems that all boxes have been ticked. Emily Watkins (the chef) and Adam Dorrien-Smith own the place and have fully refurbed the pub to include rooms upstairs (for you to retire to once you’ve drunk the bar dry and tried every item on the irresistible menu). Fear not if you’re expecting a take on Blumenthal’s fabled snail porridge: Watkins’ deliciously concise menu is a lesson in restraint, simplicity and the glory of local produce. Dishes include crisp duck egg with watercress sauce and peppered bacon; potted duck with sourdough toast; white onion, pumpkin and freshly foraged wild mushroom tart; fillet of Hereford beef, triple cooked chips, garden leaf salad, horseradish and mustard butter; treacle tart with vanilla ice cream. All of our dreams come true. There are even pig’s ears on the menu for your pooch; just one of many clever, detailed, thought out touches. We think they’re onto a winner.
We’re planning a visit for the next few weeks, so we will post a full review here soon. In the meantime, if you’re in the area, give it a visit and let us know your thoughts.

The Kingham Plough, Kingham, Chipping Norton
Tel: 01608 658 327
www.thekinghamplough.co.uk

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