Sunday, 16 May 2010


To whom it may concern,
I have known Paula Butteriss since September 2002. During that period, Paula submitted several articles for inclusion in the Henley Standard. These included restaurant reviews, a pantomime review and other advertorials. I have no hesitation in recommending her to you as a writer of quality and accuracy. Deadlines were never a problem for Paula and her copy is clean and crisp.
George Tuckfield.
Henley Standard

To whom It May Concern:
The purpose of this letter is to recommend Paula Butteriss for employment. Paula worked for the Henley Standard from September 2002 until March 2005.
Paula possess excellent sales, customer service, office and administrative skills necessary to administer a project or task. The work she produces is on-time and accurate; this made Paula an integral and valuable part of our sales team. I believe her good business skills and pleasant personality helped our business grow.
On the interpersonal side, Paula has good quality written and verbal communication skills. She gets along extremely well with managers as well as colleagues at her own level. She is highly respected, as both a person and a professional, by colleagues and customers alike.
When Paula announced her resignation following maternity leave we were sorry to see her go, although we obviously wished her success in the future.
Paula is a hard-working individual and I would highly recommend her to any company seeking the qualities outlined above. If you would like further elaboration, please feel free to contact me
Yours sincerely
Trudy Parsons
Henley Standard

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

Danesfield House, Buckinghamshire

Gourmet Guide
Any time is perfect to visit Danesfield House Hotel, although Spring is especially splendid. This Country House hotel positively glows as it welcomes non-residents and boasts a beautiful 65 acres of sweeping estate grounds. Arriving into the grounds, you’re immediately swept back in time, Victorian time. Danesfield House is mighty impressive, with its sweeping driveway and crunchy gravelled parking leading to this castellated mansion boasting longing views of the Thames. Anticipation builds from the moment you glimpse the Grand Hall from reception. The Grand Hall is a vast oak panelled span bedecked with fresh flowers and an enormous fireplace, giving an insight into the grandeur offered by this hotel.
My partner and I were met by a charismatic John Verstraeten, Front of House Manager, who offers a huge depth of knowledge (and the occasional discrete gossip) garnered from his 9 years of hosting at Danesfield. Making us feel immediately welcome, he showed us through to the cocktail bar to unwind and peruse the menu over a glass of sherry. This bar is striking and traditional with leather tan and green chesterfield seating, tapestry wall dressings hosting parkland scenes, rich oak wall panelling and handsome leaded French doors leading into the leafy glass Victorian conservatory– all very Hercule Poiret.
We were soon being shown into the Oak Room for our Supper – this really is the prettiest room you could imagine. Fresh lilies adorning a magnificent fireplace, opulent gilt framed oil paintings, candle lit mirrored sconces, high ceilings. The elegant tables are perfectly set with crisp white linen, and an abundance of solid silver – from the candlestick to the butter dish and cutlery. To finish the table, it was highlighted with seasonal flower arrangements of delicate snowdrops and lavender.
An asparagus pre-starter arrived which was light and creamy, arousing the palate in anticipation. To start I had ordered Warm Boudin – which as I found out, is a tasty traditional French black pudding. This entire article could easily be devoted to this single dish, it was astounding with a ‘melt-in-the-mouth’ mousse like texture accompanied by a wonderful combination of sweet and sharp bite from specially cured pickled onions and a granny smith’s apple vinaigrette. My fiancé opted for Comfit Rabbit set in Gewurtztraminer Jelly with a salad of Roasted Rabbit Fillet, stating that it was beautifully delicate with a refreshing jelly and excellent contrasting flavours.
As a main act, we selected the Roasted Corn fed chicken with fresh pasta and Truffles (rich yet light and the truffells distinctive but not overpowering) and the Anjou Pigeon with Bitter chocolate, golden sultanas and nabbed Coco. The combination of strong bitter cocoa, unadulterated black chocolate, and pigeon provided an excellent and memorable dish.
By this point, the food had been so perfect it was hopeless to try to resist dessert and a pre-dessert of blueberry soup accompanied by a comprehensive but keenly-priced champagne/ dessert wine menu arrived as we were choosing which dish we would share. First, my choice – a dazzling and refreshing Sabayon of Oranges and grand Marnier with Blood orange Granita. My partner chose the memorable assiette of Lemon and Basil – this offered a delicate balance of zingy iced flavours with soft, rounded herbed jellies – truly awesome.
Obvious to late to resist anything by now, we finished with delicious coffee and home made petit fours. This provided the perfect time to reflect on a seasonally changing menu that is refreshingly uncomplicated, with the emphasis on the finest produce. The dishes at Danesfield have traditional origins, but with an inventive, light and creative edge, making them honed to perfection by the executive Chef Damian Broom.
Whilst the Grand Hall is open all year round for mid morning coffee and traditional afternoon tea, the hotel also offers the Orangery restaurant, along with an extensive terrace for outside dining in the summer. We found each area to have a relaxed and intimate atmosphere, with each room having its own character. From now until the end of the year, you can enjoy the benefits of the estate grounds and have a relaxing stroll, taking in the incredible scenery over looking the River Thames. The Wisteria each year is not to be missed, and I have it on good authority (our Host showing those 9 years of experience) that it’s at its most magnificent in late April – early May, and smells incredible.
Our visit from the magical castellated beginning, to the satiated finish, was wonderful in every way, the food was breathtaking, the service pristine, yet informal and the venue was staggering. All in all a wonderful, luscious evening, and a warm memory.

Tuesday, 1 May 2007

The Vanilla Pod. Marlow, Buckinghamshire

French Kissing. It was with a sense of occasion that my partner and I had our first date with The Vanilla Pod in Marlow on Thames. Would it be love at first bite? Michael McDonald the owner and chef has worked alongside Gordon Ramsey at La Tante Clair and Chez Nico, before spending the latter years as the Head Chef at Danesfield House in Marlow earning a high profile reputation and rave reviews. The restaurant is pleasingly chic and intimate, a mix of traditional honeyed walls, deep old beams and a concave brick fireplace. It becomes more contempory as the restaurant opens up, the walls becoming a selection of graduated sunset colours, fresh lemon to a warming burnt orange. It smells comforting, crisp and subtle and the lighting is very pretty due to small spotlights imbedded into the ceiling like night stars. Unsurprised to find this restaurant already bustling with diners, I liked the lack of music that allowed the soft background of voices and laughter to create truly congenial, informal atmosphere. Any lingering doubt about the calibre of treat waiting you is firmly dispelled when cosseted alongside the softest linen napkins and the sparkling array of glasses. A delicious aroma announced the arrival of warm, fresh bread that accompanied our menus - perfect timing for us to finalise food and wine choices. At the Vanilla Pod, the truly innovative dishes are seasonally balanced and our sommelier, Manuela, originating from Brittany, offered real enthusiasm in assisting with wine to complement a sophisticated array of dishes for the evening – she confirmed our instincts for the Fleurie.
Each dish is presented with a flourish and explained with passion. First to arrive was our pan-fried mackerel on compote of rhubarb and celeric, wonderfully light and set stylishly upon square white ceramics. My pressed ham hock terrine with cola jelly and aged balsamic vinegar - looked delightful; I loved the colourful layers of vegetables against the pinkness of the ham and I found it surprisingly chilled, making it cold and welcoming on the tongue. My partners choice was the delicious sounding risotto of confit duck and cep veloute, with of course, that trademark hint of vanilla; he declared it “the best he has ever tasted,” high praise indeed! We continued with Pan-fired scallops, vanilla poached pears and red wine shallots with vanilla, the nuttiness of the meat worked wonderfully with the sauce. Michael really has achieved the ability to load a dish with flavours in such a way that they seem to hit the tongue one by one as if on parade. Little solider flavours in a queue.
Throughout supper the service was wonderfully discreet and professional yet it was ‘as if by magic’ that the wine glasses were replenished, dishes cleared, and bread replaced.
For the main course I had ordered fillet of venison with a dried fruit sauce on a bed of parsnips (a much under-rated vegetable) it was predictably divine, with the jus leaving that gorgeous sticky lips feeling, heaven on earth. My partner opted for the cannon of lamb, orange crust, white cabbage and asparagus, and with a delirious smile the plate was soon bare. The pre desserts of melon, crème fraishe and ginger were genius, arriving in a test-tube shaped glass and providing a refreshing, zingy, kaleidoscope of flavours. Of course it was impossible to resist the dessert, my fresh mint panna cotta, crushed raspberry compote and peppered meringue was a total wow – although undetectable to the eye I truly could see, feel and smell the actually furry green mint leaves. Content, warm and satiated we asked for our coffee and petit fours to be served to us in the deep seats of the bar.
This Vanilla Pod really is an all over experience. Just like the ideal first date it is not only the anticipation of the event or the way it leaves your head swimming with intoxicating memories, but the urgency to re-live the feelings as soon as possible ……I think, for us, this could be the start of a beautiful relationship! PB

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Gladys Falloon Editorial

Enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles with the team at Gladys Falloon on Friday 5th December on Henley’s Christmas late night shopping evening, and receive an amazing 10% discount on any purchase. They can provide you with fabulous gift ideas this Christmas. For elegant and cosy winter looks this season they stock lined leather and sheepskin gloves by Dents, in various colours from only £24.99 and warm and elegant pashminas, shawls & stoles by Devore. Guaranteed to catch your eye are both the new and versatile range of jewellery by Isle of Bite and the fun-fur winter hats and matching jumpers by Zepla (ideal for skiing too). You can view the whole stunning autumn/winter range of fashion including suede trousers & skirt suits by Verse at very competitive prices and for more formal occasions and winter weddings they have Rose Belind “fascinators”, which are beautiful hand made feathers decorated with crystal. Now available up to sizes XXL is the Italian lace collection from Ann Balloon. The Gladys Falloon team would like to thank all their customers for their support throughout 2003 and look forward to seeing them all on Friday evening.

The Hare & Hounds. Marlow, Buckinghamshire

We knew there was something fishy going on from the moment we stepped into the Hare and Hounds pub and restaurant! A pretty 17th Century country pub and restaurant on the Henley road on the outskirts of Marlow that, under the new management of a father & son team Bryan and Barry Evans, since June last year, has an entirely new look and feel … and not to mention, new menu.

Bryan and Barry’s approach to refurbishing the pub has been the most welcome philosophy of refresh and clean without the loss of any of the building’s original charm. My partner and I warmed to the new interior from the moment we stepped inside – greeted immediately by the delightful mixed aroma of a roaring log fire, fresh spring flowers, the wafting smells of home cooking and being cosseted in deep chocolate brown leather sofa’s – a quintessential English pub in the very best tradition!!

The restaurant itself has been stylishly modernised with an amiable whitewash makeover, warm terracotta accents and dark beams. The tables were attractively dressed with simple settings, silver chargers, candles – and crisp linen napkins. This latter point – the napkin - to us, is such a simple accoutrement to today’s dining yet one so often inexplicably missed by restaurateurs and landlords. Why?

The real delight at the Hare and Hounds is the changes in the food philosophy. Gone are the fusty old pub choices of battered mushrooms and chips with everything, in it’s place is a refreshing menu that serves to be both light and robust. Barry has created an interesting menu of modern and conventional dishes - with a twist! His new menu now offers such interesting and inventive starters such as Grilled asparagus, topped with goats cheese and Parma ham served with garlic bruchetta or Foie gras and wild mushroom terrine accompanied by Autumn fruit chutney. The main dishes sounded equally appealing with choices like Apricot stuffed chicken breast, with Rosemary Thai Crème, or more traditional Chicken breast stuffed with apricot, and rosemary Thai crème, or more traditional such as pan-fried lambs liver, leek mash, and red wine glaze.

Already a huge hit with the locals, and creating quite a following is Barrys new and comphreshensive fish menu, which offers modern fish dishes with new flavour combinations and inventive dressings. Being avid fish lovers it was without hesitation
We jumped at the opportunity to try some of these, so, orderiung a bottle of cool, crisp Piniot Grigio I opted for an exotic sounding Crab, lemongrass and ginger strudel that was dressed with tarragon crème fraiche. It was delicious, surprisingly subtle without any single ingredient taking president, yet together the flavours creating a wonderful mixture. My Fiancé chose the Green lip mussels with a stilton crust which disappeared very very quickly indeed. Each dish is cooked with fresh ingredients, which affords a welcome and comfortable break between courses to savour each course, and look forward to the next one. For my main course I chose the Salmon with a horseraddish crust in a watercress sauce with fresh grilled asparagus, which was amazing, the salmon was succulent and moist, the crust adding some zing to the soft falvours, and wow the watercress sauce in particular was delightful. My fiancé had pan flashed monkfish with asparagus pesto, which he loved, our dishes were served with new potaotoes.
Although we were both full really the desserts sounded so mouth watering, my partner enjoyed a sticky toffee pudding, which as a bit of a conosuir was high praise, and I just had to order Homemade rosemary Crème Brulle.
We adjourned to the stylish bar area after supper for coffee, sat in the comfortable sofas and enjoyed the warmth of the fire and relaxing atmosphere.
This pub not only looks great after a considerate refurbishment, has a new cosy atmosphere due to the friendly and professional owners and staff but offers stylish food, beautifully presented, with thoughtful and sophisticated food combinations
At great value, a two course meal here, for two people will cost about £30.
Amazingly popular mighty mussels night, every Monday, where you can each as many mussels as you like for just £8.50, chose from six flavours
Telephone for reservation and/or view their website on (check)

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

The Bull Hotel at Wargrave, Berkshire

Brakespears ---“Pub of the Year”
There can be few pubs in the Brakspear portfolio more brimful of character than the 600 year-old former coaching that’s the Bull Hotel in Wargrave. Be it the legend of the ghost (reputed to be a previous landlady who giving birth after an illicit an affair who was promptly thrown out by her husband), the delightful hidden garden, or the charming welcome of the present landlady, Jayne Worrall.

A pub tenant for more than twenty years, Jayne has cherished lifelong ambitions for running the Bull, and fulfilled her dreams by returning to this lovely old hotel six years ago. Since then, she has focused her efforts and built a reputation for serious food and high quality accommodation. Aside from the ranks of delighted customers, Jayne’s most recent accolade was to be voted “Brakspear Pub of the Year.”

We arrived early on a mid week evening to find the bar already bustling with drinkers debating the topical issues of the day, always a great sign of a popular well loved establishment. Jayne Worrell is tangibly a talented Landlady – she immediately sought us out on our arrival and made us feel relaxed with a warm comfortable greeting. We were promptly shown to a pretty table in the cosy dining room, adjacent to a huge fireplace, the kind that one would fully expect the errant ghostly former landlady to appear out of.

Being known for my indecision – at least I think so – the choice of two comprehensive menus was almost too much to bear. The first menu was outstanding value from £10.00 per head for two courses (available Monday – Thursday), the second was a more comprehensive menu, but in truth they both looked fantastic. It was really good to hear the considerable pride that Jayne used when telling us that all dishes are produced daily from fresh produce and there is no resorting to mass-prepared bought-in food. Furthermore, wherever possible food is sourced from local suppliers – all of which made the menus even more appetising.

Starters such as Chef’s pate of the day, or warm fanned duck breast salad with mango and lime coulis and Parma ham with smoked chicken. I found the main course choices equally appealing including Pan-fried Tuna steak with a red pepper pesto, or Cumberland sausage with mash, and Chef’s pie of the day – the latter being the kind of robust affair for the most sturdy of appetites.

We eventually chose from the Standard evening menu, which has an impressive selection under the titles, Something Fishy, Something Vegetarian, or Something Else! Plus an delicious looking and varied salad bowl range. It really would be nigh on impossible to not find something to suit. I opted for the interesting sounding Samosas with minted yoghurt, which were exotic and fresh. My fiancé had the deep fried cambozola with a cider and brandy chutney, he loved the homemade chutney, which was tangy and perfect foil for the cheese.

As a main course, I opted for fresh pasta carbonara with garlic bread, and my partner chose the Calves liver and bacon with mash and onion gravy. Both dishes were hearty yet elegantly presented and tasted every bit as good as they looked. Having been informed that the desserts too were all home made, I swiftly veered from “can’t possibly, couldn’t eat another thing” to “OK, I’ll just try some”. Difficult choices again. Apple pie with cinnamon and sultanas? Raspberry meringue roulade? Bananas with ice cream and topped with walnuts and maple syrup? I would have something light and low calorie I thought… but before I knew it, I ordered Warm Chocolate Fudge Brownie with lashings of custard. It was truly heaven sent.

This is not just a traditional pub with great food and drink; it can also be a very comfortable base for guests, with four delightful well-equipped en suite bedrooms, and following a recent refurbishment, the outside now offers large attractive and secluded walled garden. The full main menu will be served here for lunches and supper -- weather permitting! Rooms start from as little as just £45 per night and are all of a high standard enjoying en suite facilities and one complete with four-poster, ideal for romantics.

The food and the atmosphere really did exceed our expectations here at the Bull Hotel, a thriving and successful business, great value dining, and an interesting local haunted pub.

It is still alleged that the cries of the ghost can still be heard whenever she returns weeping and wailing for forgiveness from her spouse – the truth is we secretly know that she has just missed the last Fudge Brownie!!

Business Feature - Town & Country Tyres

“Excellent” “Brilliant”, “Fast and friendly”……….. This is what their customers have remarked on questionnaires at Town and Country tyres within just the last few months.

Town and Country tyres are a reputable and recommended family run business that has been serving the community of Henley and her surrounding areas for almost 17 years. They are well known for their professional service, competitive rates and the high level of repeat business speaks volumes.

At the front of this service helm is David Yeo, the manager, who deals initially with most of the major mechanical enquiries. He is supported in the day-to-day running by his assistant manager Daniel Lunnon, and fully trained tyre- fitter John Roberts.

Offering a full service (apart from MOT), and friendly service, after 16 years in the area Town and Country have dealt with all manner of tyres from wheelbarrows to Ferrari. They supply and fit all makes and models of tyres, including high performance and 4X4. Keen to please, they have been known to assist with pumping up tyres and checking tyre pressure. A welcomed addition to extended service is the arrival of their fully equipped Mobile Call Out Van, due at the end of this month. This will enable them to come to you regardless of whether you are at home, or at the office. Saving you valuable time and effort.

Town & Country tyres are approved by all the major lease companies including Lloyds TSB and Leaseplan and trade accounts and they pride themselves on being female friendly. You can expect open honest advice, and they do not expect you to know everything about mechanics or tyres, they are happy to explain in plain English any procedures, prices and services.

They are offering a November Winter Check which includes testing and checking, Engine water and oils, Brakes level fluids, Exhaust condition check, antifreeze strength, windscreen and windscreen and wiper blades, tyres, battery condition check, brake condition check, steering and suspension.

You will be delighted with the service, the ease of parking, and of course the competitive quotes and prices as they endeavour to offer the best possible prices.

The Goose. Britwell Salome, Oxfordshire

The Goose at Britwell Salome is a handsome brick-built restaurant with parts dating back to 1728 and if like us it has been a while since you last went, then trust me, you should return as soon as possible. In May this year it changed ownership, had an extensive refurbishment, extended it’s kitchen and added a stylish outside dining space. Best of all it has brought back Michael North, this time as the Head Chef. Debbie Whiteside the front of house/restaurant manager breezed us into the new garden area, which has a decidedly English country garden meets Mediterranean courtyard feel with quality teak dining furniture in terracotta and green, traditional hanging baskets, wild roses climbing on trellis, and a laid back atmosphere aided by the soothing and ambient background music. We let the sun set as we enjoyed chilled glasses of chardonnay and studied the menus. Following our substantial self inflicted excesses of the Henley Royal Regatta and Festival fortnight, my partner and I were really looking forward to some uncomplicated, wholesome home made food in a restaurant where every thing is made and prepared daily on the premises.
The improvements are evident the moment you step in- and wow, we were stunned by this now very stylish, contemporary restaurant, and new look that has breathed new life into this tired old goose. Imagine, clean, crisp lines, the Hessian and natural oak flooring, rose coloured ceiling with embedded spotlights, cream tongue and groove walls, brick built pillars - traditional materials but a sophisticated feel. The table settings are just as stylish and simple with pretty blue and green glassware, white linen napkins, polished silverware, long white candles and fresh English country flowers. I loved the framed Annie tempest cartoons and good old traditional hunting pictures, the tapestry curtains and I there is even a glamorous Victorian silk screen shielding the entrance to the kitchen.
Imogen our waitress bought us our wine, a French 2002 Rose Domaine to compliment our diverse choices for supper. My fiancé selected the Tian of Cornish crab with avocado cream and tomato water, which was fresh, light and exquisite followed by the most amazing rich deep layered braised lamb and potato torte, creamed spinach and lamb jus. I cajoled him into sharing it with me, which swiftly turned into a “who can eat this without licking your lips competition – it was that delectable, I lasted four seconds! Luckily, he didn’t notice as he was absorbed in pronouncing he had died and gone to heaven. For me it was the fresh tagliatelle with wild mushrooms, broad beans and peas. A quessential seasonal dish. The lime green of the beans against the darkness of the mushrooms, the silkiness of the olive oil, and an unmistakable suggestion of truffles. Sensational. Following that, arrived the roast fillet of hake with crushed new potato, braised fennel and sauce vierge. It was blissfully light, yet substantial, and a superb crusty topping. It was faultless.
Earlier that evening I had murmured something about being on a diet, which I had now thrown straight out of the window knowing the desserts would be equally fabulous. In fact I wanted to try them all – so we did! Gorgeous rich Chocolate tart that you could swim in, the lightest apple tar-tatin, sumptuous sticky toffee pudding, delectable praline ice cream and, exemplary summerberry crumble with vanilla ice-cream. At this point we mused all our supper dishes and challenged each-other to put them into order of preference. Every dish had ingenious touches, a veritable home produced feel, and presentation to die for, but we found it impossible to recount a single dish that deserved to be last – They were all truly perfect.
The Goose is fast set to become the latest must-try (again) restaurant, with its spectacular new menu its new sophisticated look and Chef Michael North. A talented and fantastic young chef, who, at only 24 years old not only overseas the whole operation, but is creating food that challenges the best of the fine-dining competition. With his whole career still in front of him, he already making dishes that he should be very proud of - The feather in this Gooses cap!

A.D. Salon. Henley On Thames . Advertorial

HEADQUARTERS IS CHANGING TO A.D. SALON....Exciting changes are ahead at Headquarters; Liz Agar is acting as both mentor and advisor, as she hands over the reins to the new ownership and management to AD Salon to Angelo, who leads the look and team with the support of experienced head-technician Karen. Between them they have over 50 year’s professional hairdressing experience. They are also proud to have on board Natalie a qualified stylist who specialises in hair extensions using 100% natural European hair and Andrea who, as the youngest member of this team, has impressed both staff and clients alike having shown total and enthusiastic commitment to hairdressing which has enabled him to fully qualify as a stylist this summer.

AD Salon is more than just a cut and blow dry, here you have an approachable, experienced and dedicated team within a fresh and modern environment who offer a relaxed, creative and highly professional service with competitive and affordable prices. Take advantage of their amazing special introductory discount of 50% OFF any full cut and style. You will know you are in safe hands, with a FREE CONSULTATION. Here the team can answer any hair questions, advise on cut and colours to suit your individual style and hair type and help you update your look making. Professional products support comes in the shape of L’Oreal.

Refreshments are served all day, but if you fancy something more exciting let them spoil you with a complimentary wine or glass of lager after 2pm daily.

Opening times – 6 days a week
Monday/ Tuesday /Saturday 8.30am – 5.30pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 7.00pm
Thursday 8.30am – 8.30pm
Friday 8.30pm - 5.30pm

Highly qualified technicians
Students under 21 – 20% discount
10% discount when you book two services on the same day

The Flying Pig. Stonor, Oxfordshire

Great things have been happening deep within the heavenly tree-covered hills, on the edge of the Stonor Park Estate - Here an independently owned restaurant set within buildings dating back to the 18th Century, has been carefully, and lovingly re-launched with a style that reflects both the best of modern English luxury, and unashamed self indulgence. The Flying Pig at The Stonor Arms hotel has become an exceptional ‘restaurant with rooms’ bringing creativity, excitement and relaxation straight to us on our doorstep. Mark Van Der Goot the general manager & chef sommelier together with James McClean (who won young chef of the year in 1997) come to us here from a Michelin stared London restaurant, and they both have a passion for food and drink and pay total attention to detail.
My guest and I were warmly welcomed at reception by Marks wife Sharalyn who unveiled the refreshing new look and we were surprised and enchanted to discover that there are number of relaxing and invigorating dinning spots to choose from. Be it the blue snug that has well used leather chesterfield armchairs, deep sofas, oversized stuffed cushions, natural sun bleached woods and soft mellow table lamps, or perhaps you would prefer the thoroughly romantic conservatory overlooking the classic walled garden furnished with cream linen table cloths and glass lanterns creating a actual feel of bringing the outside in. (..and don’t forget to have a peek at the bathrooms! Decadent. Rich purple walls, chrome fittings and elegant black marble, pure French frivolity and fun, think Paris 1900’s). We opted for the inviting, glamorous and opulent Art deco style dining room that had deep red covered chairs, large glass table lamps, antique mirrored walls and soft lighting.
Just as we were thinking, this couldn’t get any better, we were delighted to discover that the team had prepared a tasting menu and wines for us - as this is an option they are developing and will be able to offer guests in the very near future. We started with a lovely savoury celeric and apple soup, celeric fondant, caramalised sweetbreads and foie gras which were twinned with 2001 Selback Ostler Reisling wine. Mark wholeheartedly explained for us each of the dishes and complimentary wine choices giving each dish real personality. Our next course was an aromatic and delightful smoked chicken and wild mushroom ravioli that had Jerusalem artichoke and toasted hazelnut veloute. Mark had chosen a mouth watering Italian 1999 Rondi di Chiarla Friuli to accompany this. It becomes evident that whilst James creates classic French cooking, he adds a twist of originality by combining cultures and by exploring taste sensations. Mark compliments this with his unparallel wine knowledge, and working together in a natural harmony they create the most amazing flavour combinations.
I deeply loved our cerviche of diver caught scallop, ginger, chilli, coriander, lemongrass and langoustine brochette and my guest had a firm favourite with the braised rib of beef, parsnip puree, baby beetroot & truffle jus with which Mark had hand picked a 2000 Australian Yerling Station from the Yarra Valley.
The team has been careful to produce a menu that will appeal to everybody. You may fancy the delicious sounding slow roasted breast and confit leg of Anjou squab pigeon with a truffled mash or maybe, if fish dishes are your true love, you would choose from pan fried halibut & roasted lobster, with shallot, carrot and fennel, or a roasted fillet of sea trout, pancetta, rock oyster and mushroom mustard grain dressing. As if that’s not enough the desserts were ludicrously tempting and delicious with either memories of summer in the shape of strawberry and basil bruchetta with crème fraiche ice cream, or warm and wintery such as the chocolate and hazelnut dacquoise with lemon thyme ice cream. Finally and reluctant to leave we rounded off a fantastic and captivating evening as we drank our coffee in the contempory and ambient Crocodile Bar, drinking coffee and chatting with the barman whilst being surrounded by the interesting assortment of grappa’s and armanac’s.
Although seriously serious about its food and wine The Flying Pig is a “fine dining experience - without the faff. ” You will immediately feel at home and be encouraged to relax and have fun with a variety of spectacular food and wine tastes. Mark James and Sharyln positively welcome your comments and questions and are on hand to make your visit as and interesting and absorbing as possible, responding to queries about dishes and assisting you to uncover the world of wine. They will do everything they can to make sure you are welcomed, looked after and relaxed. And if you don’t enjoy it – well…Pigs might Fly!

Friday, 20 April 2007

The Angel on the Bridge. Henley On Thames, Oxfordshire

Brrrrrr, mid October and the evening weather has changed from a convivial late summer breeze into a definite hardy Autumnal chill. Following a short and breath snapping walk along the river in Henley, my partner and I were especially glad to finally reach the glowing lights at The Angel on the Bridge River Restaurant. Stepping inside we removed gloves and scarves, to find it warm, inviting and friendly and before you know it we were perched merrily at the bar, glass of wine in hand, ravenously appraising the menu to the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald.
This restaurant is welcoming and homely with deep berry-red walls, and snow white linen, each table having a pretty candlelit glass lanterns and a posy of fresh flowers. Out of the window we enjoyed the moving riverscape and were delighted when we were entertained by a softly lit Dragon Boat out on the river in full practise – only in Henley!
Whilst the restaurant can be as intimate as required, the Angel also offers booths with huge sociable tables for larger groups or families. The well planned menu here changes every few months. Offers excellent choices and accommodates meat eaters, fish lovers and vegetarians alike. Starters are all offered at £5pp and offer dishes such as a parmesan salad, devilled whitebait, lemon and granary bread or perhaps roasted jerk chicken wings with cucumber yogurt. After much deliberation I opted for whole grilled flat mushrooms with pecorino cheese and sage. The mushrooms were so succulent, the heat making the Italian cheese continue to melt beautifully and the two textures together were delicious. My partner went for the more spicy sounding Chilean prawn piri-piri with caper berries, which arrived in an appealing simple terracotta earthenware dish; he declared them flavoursome and delectable. These are the perfect size starters, leaving you satisfied, yet anticipating the main course.
Seasonal warmers like Wild boar sausages, mashed potato and white onion sauce, Moules marinieres or Grilled swordfish steak with lemon, parsley and garlic the main courses are priced between £9 and £14pp and include vegetables or salad and potatoes. Wanting something hearty and rich, I immediately went for the calves liver, streaky bacon, and red onion marmalade, which was just perfect, the bacon welding the flavours together. My partner chose the leg of lamb steak with honey, redcurrant and fresh ginger, which he said was an interesting combination and promptly ate with great relish. We shared the side dishes of broccoli with cheese sauce, crispy noisette and new potatoes and salad. Although our hunger really had been satisfied, we were presented with the choices of dessert. Well… it would be rude not to! Even though I had congratulated myself on by-passing the Chocolate pudding, I was soon tackled and pulled down the Sticky toffee pudding as my partner gleefully ordered his favourite treacle tart, both with custard. Gorgeous, hot, puddings, real comfort food, just what the doctor ordered on a cold night!
Wandering back out into the wintry night we were now warmed to the bone, and full of good food. Henley no longer felt cold and bleak, but picturesque and charming once more.
The Angel on this bridge, is more than just a port in a storm on a cold wintry evening, it really is a haven of good food and divinely unpretentious surroundings where you can sit and share food and life with lovers and friends and catch up on the gossip. It has lots of spirit and is fortunate enough to be blessed with a heavenly atmosphere.

Fondue starts next week, Classic Swiss cheese £3.75 pp
Chicken or Beef £6.95 pp -Both served with new potatoes & salad and sauces -Chocolate & nut with shortcake and fruit £3.75 pp
New Years Eve party Arabian nights book early! Special -Bottle of house wine with every two main courses from Monday 27th Oct ordered from the main evening menu.

Don Lorenzo’s Resturant. Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Good news travels fast! Don Lorenzo’s restaurant has been open in Marlow for just three months, but it is already well known for it’s vibrant, welcoming environment and superb Italian cuisine. Lance Robinson and Giuseppe have created an Italian paradise on two floors, complete with private dining room. They have even brought their chef over from Naples, for that truly authentic Italian taste. Giuseppe is not only a partner in the business, but also the front of house conductor, orchestrating his team of waitresses and chefs with precision and ease.
With his wide –opened armed welcome, you just know that when this thoroughbred Italian says to you “Make yourself at home”, you really will feel as though you are in his own home. A lovely ambient restaurant with a pretty bowed front bay window, warm timber beams, soft toffee coloured walls and attractive simple crisp white linen.
I instantly decided to choose a starter of home made penne pasta with Parma ham, basil, and radicchio – an interesting combination that surprised me when the imaginative ingredients complimented each other wonderfully. My fiancé chose the seasonal Asparagus tips, and was very pleased to find it simply prepared and so very fresh.
Don Lorenzo offers a well considered and tempting wine list spanning the globe from a deep Spanish Rioja to a South African Pinotage. Having visited numerous Tuscan vineyards I have a particular passion for Italian red wines and was delighted by the choice of such favourites as Chianti classico, Brunello de Montalcino and Amarone truly bringing Italy straight to the table.
With so much fresh fish to choose from my fiancé was really torn between Sea Bass, Tuna, and Dover Sole. Guiseppe recommendation the whole Sea Bass with aubergine, cherry tomato comfit, basil and olive oil. Once tasted he declared that it “was as though it had been hooked straight from the Adriatic”. I equally relished my corn fed Chicken wrapped in Parma ham and served with an Italian favourite – Pecorino cheese. These were accompanied with side dishes of fresh mange tout, courgettes, mushrooms, and peppers in olive oil. Delicious
Impossible to resist the desserts, we chose the Lemon cheesecake, light fresh layers of sponge and cream, and a deeply brandied Tiramisu.
Amidst the sound of chattering voices, and soft Italian music, and the smell of fresh herbs, you can hear old and new friends coming and going. Don Lorenzo’s really is Marlow’s reflection of Umbria and Tuscany, a special haven where you can eat fresh imaginative ingredients and enjoy the laid back and convivial atmosphere.
You will remember the passion for the food, the sophisticated menu, the simplicity of the flavours, the beautiful presentation……… and of course Giuseppe!

Odessey Health Club. Henley On Thames, Oxfordshire

Hot Stones Therapy at Odessey Health Club
The treatment rooms at Odyssey are warm, softly lit ,and smell gorgeous. With the soothing background music it wasn’t long before my working day had disappeared into a distant memory. The new Hot Stone therapy here was introduced from Arizona has been in use for over 2000 years. It is said to “opens up the energy centres of the mind and body, known as the Chakras, thus allowing a balance of individual chakras to be achieved. “Rebecca commenced the treatment by gently brushing my legs and arms, she then massaged warm oils to my body, creating a calm, safe and totally relaxed feeling.
After about 15 minutes she introduced the warm basalt stones, which had been gently heating up in a water bath. These stones are said to “bring about an increase in heart rate and respiration as well as increasing the supply of blood to the muscles and organs removing waste products”.
First of all to my shoulders and back, by my feet and during the therapy, laid softly into the palm of my hands. She massaged my back, and traced with the stones the tight muscle groups that had collected in my shoulders and base of my neck, loosening the muscles and relieving tension. Next, the other side; turning over I had the stones placed underneath my waist, at the point of my Sacral, and at the base of my neck.
Feeling very comfortable I experienced a deeply therapeutic feeling as the warmth slowly and gently seeped through my body during this slow, languorous treatment. I then felt her place smaller stones on my forehead above and between my eyebrows, on my collarbones and shoulders and larger warm stones on my abdomen. Then most surprisingly (and for me powerfully relaxing), between each of my toes –.this produced an amazing feeling of energies opening, and I felt like I was dropping into the earth. It was very profound.
Rebecca having massaged me to heaven, then gave me an amazing facial massage, stroking the skin up and down, and the tracing my temples with tiny stones in small circular movements, then taking them gently into the hairline like a head massage sending my mind and body floating into outer space. I was able to fell a total lightness in my whole body and Rebecca tuning into my energies. In a warm, safe and comforting space, a state of deep relaxation was achieved, a treatment that is enveloping, spiritual and unforgettable. The effect is similar to a combination of massage and sauna, without having to move anywhere in fact I would say it is like going to heaven and coming back in time for supper! Telephone Odyssey for details on 01491

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

The Reformation. Gallowstree, Reading, Berkshire

Hanging out in Gallowstree. This very month The Reformation Public House in Gallowstree Common celebrates its 107th Anniversary with Brakspears. In November 1896 Brakspear (who by now had a portfolio of about 150 pubs) acquired this particular public house from The “Greys Brewery” down in Friday Street, Henley (interestingly, the property was said to have been valued then at £550.00) The name and sign, have a somewhat obscure origination, but the pub-sign shows one of the Kings ships dating back to the 1800’s; a large Royal Navy sailing vessel called the Reformation. The village of GallowsTree also has an interesting history, and was known by the landmark “gallow-tree” on a hillock (that sits about a mile away from this pub), it was said to have been used to hang prisoners from Reading Gaol, and bodies left there to dangle for many days.Since February this year, the pub has been helmed by Sharon & Lindsey, who are now fully fledged members of this community and host celebrations and judge the many eccentric and convivial rivalry competitions. This Saturday they hosted the annual log splitting match, where the proceeds are donated to both help the aged and cancer charities.

Our visit happily coincided with the monthly Folk Music Evening, and the car park looked pretty busy. The pub itself was vibrant yet retained its usual laid back flavour. Sharon welcomed us warmly and pointed out the menus that are chalked up on two black boards by the bar. We took advantage of some chilled white wine as we selected supper. The Reformation has two main bar areas, both winter-warm and cosy, the second of which is where the music was being played, people were seated everywhere, comfortable in jeans and cosy jumpers; a lazy night at the local. Here you can pop in to grab a beer; catch up on local pub atmosphere, or like us arrive for supper and happenstance upon some fantastic live music. The menu is varied and wholesome, with choices for starters (priced between £4.50 and £5.25) such as bacon, avocado & chicken salad with balsamic vinegar or Thai crab cakes with sweet chilli dip. Equally tempting are the main courses (priced between £5.95 to £10.95) and range from hearty chilli con carne, chicken fajitas, and Ribeye Steak. Vegetarians will also find at least a couple of appealing choices from each section. If you just fancy a nibble, there is also a “lighter bites selection” board (priced between £4.50 and £6.95) which also has great choices like potato skins with melted cheese & bacon, baked potatoes with various toppings or a traditional ploughman’s.

For our starters I chose the Jalapeño Peppers, stuffed with cream cheese, which was a pretty colourful dish with red and yellow peppers and rocket lettuce, I enjoyed the surprisingly piquant flavour of aged balsamic vinegar. My partner opted for the crumbled whitebait, which were served with salad garnish and tartare sauce. He announced them as very flavoursome. For our main course, I decided quickly on the penne pasta with a gorgeously creamy mushroom and cheese sauce and served with luscious latticed garlic bread. I could taste the heavenly double cream of the sauce,
yet the mushrooms were able to hold their own amongst the other flavours. My partner chose the fresh cod fillet, which was lightly battered and served with chips and peas. The main courses were so large our eyes almost popped out of our heads. These dished really would fulfil the hungriest diner. Although I really couldn’t eat another thing, that didn’t stop me eyeing the dessert menu greedily, and I felt I could be in heaven between the choc-puddle pudding, sticky toffee pudding and very seasonal apple and blackberry crumble, all served with a choice of ice cream, custard or cream (priced at £3.50 each).

We really enjoyed our visit to The Reformation Pub; the landladies are warm and out going and seem to genuinely enjoy this pub and its village. With several combined years of bar and restaurant experience, Sharon and Lindsey really know how to make you feel welcome. This is a friendly local pub, with a varied menu and lashings of food. Back in its history, GallowsTree Common wasn’t a favourite spot for those unfortunate Reading Jail prisoners but I for one would recommend a bit more time hanging about at the Reformation Pub.

Thursday, 12 April 2007

Pantomime Review. Puss In Boots

A new world record was set at the Kenton Theatre with Mike Hurst’s’ Pantomime production of Puss In Boots performed by 23 of his own relatives, his children, the in-laws, grandchildren and his wife, as they raised money to donate to this Henley On Thames theatre - the 3rd oldest in the country.

As the curtain opened, the magic began as we were transported very rapidly back to ‘ye olde days’ and met almost the entire cast in a swinging singing opening chorus, setting the style, pace and level of corny jokes early on in the production. We journeyed with Puss, and (Muffin) takes the cast and audience through scene to scene in as the story unfolded, about a poor man who is given a cat by his father.

The talking cat helps his master by gaining the King’s favour. First, he catches a rabbit, and takes it to the King saying it is a gift from his master. Then, by cunning, he manages to get some fine clothes, and finally a castle. The King is convinced Puss in Boots master is worthy of his daughters hand, and the tale ends with the accepted wedding proposal. The costumes, songs, and atmosphere were created with the children of the audience in mind, and the jokes were definitely to tickle the adults, as our subject matter started with Kinky Boots, weapons of mass destruction, political puns and fox hunting are all subject matter for Mike’s hilarious, yet traditionally corny script. Transformation scene from a giant to a mouse included pyrotechnics. Mikes older children, and in laws were cast in the main character parts, and between them they played the stronger parts of the show with humour, and continuous laughs were introduced by the three peasants, who were dragged onto staged.

‘The fleas’ were played by the grandchildren, whose ages ranged from 2 – 6, who undoubtedly stole the show, with their sparkly costumes, and endearing rendition of ‘underneath the armpits’. The Giant – was brilliant, with a character that filled the stage. Mike Hurst has retained a traditional Pantomime story, updated it with modern giggles, and did not miss a single opportunity to make the most of the talents of the cast.

It is obvious that there were a few nervous faces, but the hours of practise shone through for this talented, comical, and versatile family performance that never lost its own sense of humour. Between them, they performed an exuberant and hilarious Pantomime, and it is evident from the delighted reception that the packed audience gave them, that the magic really shone through. No doubt after all the thigh slapping for this family onstage, there followed lots of back-patting over the opening of their Christmas presents.

Wednesday, 4 April 2007

The Greyhound. Gallowstree Common, Berkshire

The Greyhound Country Pub & Resturant.
After a long week at work, it was a real pleasure for us to arrive at The Greyhound in Rotherfield Peppard on a glorious Friday evening. Pretty as a picture, this charming English village pub with its ancient brick and timber exterior and red tiled roof, is set back off a peaceful country lane in the most pleasing of locations. Although it was already 9pm, the natives, and visitors alike are relaxing and chatting at attractive teak tables with cotton parasols in the well-kept gardens. Either side of the front door I was enchanted to spot the two elegant stone greyhounds welcoming us inside. The interior was equally delightful, a cosy beamed bar, chocolate-brown leather sofas, chic art deco lamps, antiquated books and vases of gorgeous long stemmed white lilies. Unsurprisingly this hospitable and well-run pub was positively bustling, but it took just a blink of an eye for the charismatic and efficient Jamie Tomlinson to welcome us, present the menus, and locate our table.
Kevin Whitehouse the chef/patron took over this establishment in July 2002 and converted the barn, creating a bewitching restaurant with high beamed ceilings and a stone-flagged floor, which tonight is aglow with an abundance of alluring twinkling candles. Around the room, there is an array of vast gilded mirrors, handsome Gainsbourgh’’esque paintings, and even a quirky boars head silently taking in the proceedings from the lofty walls above. Our table was stylish, simple, and refined with crisp white linen, shining glasses, interesting knotted cutlery, and butter pats in petite glass dishes! It is this attention to detail throughout that produced the feeling of escaping the bustle of the day-to day. As the ambience gently enfolded us, we found ourselves relaxing into the inviting and captivating surroundings. Now it feels like the weekend has really started! The wine list proffers great choices - we selected the Gavi di Gavi Lantana a delicious dry clean crisp Italian from Peimeonte. You can deliberate over white wines from a Pinot Grigio to a rather special Mersault Thierry Matrot 1999 or the reds that are equally varied from an Australian Shiraz, to a flavoursome red Burgundy Aloxe Corton 1996. In the restaurant the menu changes weekly and is decidedly modern and imaginative – to start I opted for the intriguing Field mushrooms stuffed with asparagus; tomato and spinach glazed goats cheese and sprinkled with pine kernels. Beautifully presented and utterly delectable - undoubtedly one of the most mouth watering and engaging dishes I have every tried. My fiancé decided on the Sardines filled with Kumquat butter on a braised baby fennel, he pronounced them absolutely delicious. The professional staff is friendly and attentive; our waitress, Sian Richards confidently contributed to our choices of food and wine, and was truly knowledgeable of the inventive dishes by Chef David Benney. She recommended the Wing of skate, which was served with a lemon chervil butter sauce and accompanied with herb flavoured cous cous. I loved it as it was flavoursome yet delicate, healthy and so simply presented. My fiancé opted for the Cornish Sea Bass stuffed with spinach and prawns and a timbale of basmati rice and a green herb dressing. He promptly looked as though he was the cat that ate the cream. The desserts were true comfort food, luscious strawberry cheesecake with light mouse and rich caramelised biscuit, and a heavenly white chocolate mouse tart - pure hedonistic pleasure.
Whether you, deserve a treat, or wish for pure escapism, relax and be spoilt by the team at The Greyhound. Set in unspoilt and peaceful countryside, you are assured an excellent fine-dining experience, with beautifully presented and delicious food served with style and flair. I for one could not imagine a more marvellous country retreat.

Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Home Sweet Home Inn. Roke, Oxfordshire

We arrived at Home Sweet Home Inn on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. This picture-box pretty pub, excudes country living. Still partly thatched, surrounded by excellent walking country, and set in beautiful countryside this pub was already bustling with contented visitors enjoying the sun, enjoying the outdoors and most of all enjoying the food. Whilst retaining the traditional much loved charm of the family village pub proprietor Andy Hearn, has certainly made his mark since purchasing the freehold. With years of local pub and fine dining experience, Andy is also the owner of The Horns at Crazies Hill, (Berkshire Dining Pub of the Year 2001) he has the charisma and genuine hosty part to play that ensures new and old customers alike come back time after time. Alongside him is Karin Peacock, the joint licencee, who manages the staff and ambience beautifully. The Home Sweet Home Inn has been given a gently and sympathetic face-lift and updated with Andy’s hallmark laid back style making this a great place to relax and enjoy being looked after. Gone are the pink chintzy pink carpets and walls, the dark black beams and the overcrowding of trinkets and copper. We now have softer, more ambient feel, retaining the original charm by re-exposing existing interior brickwork. Beams cleaned and stripped back to a glorious natural finish, gorgeous wooden floors, and softer terracotta tones. The large dining room has all the same charm plus added intimacy with its warm red walls for dining elegance.

We were seated at a charming table overlooking the front gardens. The table was pretty with a posy of fresh cut flowers and white linen napkins. The menu is certainly comprehensive, catering for vegetarians and fish lovers as well as offering the more traditionally loved favourites from Prawn Cocktail or cheese Ploughman’s, to the more modern Aubergine and Goat’s cheese bruschetta or Nachos with sour cream and guacamole. It was not easy to decided, but I finally chose the Chefs soup of the day, which was Carrot & Orange, it was hearty yet light, the fresh chives on top finished it off beautifully, my partner opted for Chicken liver, & Cointreau Pate, beautifully presented. He found it really smooth, and loved the accompanying picante sauce.

We chatted and relaxed whilst we had a pause for our main course, which were equally traditional and exciting with firm favourites such as Aberdeen Angus topside of beef with Yorkshire pudding or Pork and Leek sausages with Spring onion mash and onion gravy, as well the wonderful sounding Pan-fried Monkfish with a light green Thai cream sauce, or Seafood and dill pancakes served with salad. Tempted by all the fish on the menu I had delicious Tuna and chilli fishcakes, I found theses to be pleasingly consistency, and cooked on the outside leaving the inside soft, moist and flavoursome, the salad and sweet chilli sauce were perfect accompaniments.

My partner chose the Beef and Hoppit Ale pie with a puff pastry Lid, it was a hearty traditional Sunday kind of lunch, which he particularly enjoys, accompanied by an additional generous dish brimming full of sauté potatoes, we shared these, and they were perfect.

I had no intention to try the dessert, but with the choices scribed up onto a blackboard in my full view all afternoon, I knew exactly what I was going to have.. the Blackcurrant and almond cheesecake with cream. It was light, fruity and rounded off a lovely afternoons lunching. Why not pop in for a great value midweek lunch which offers a Ploughman’s platter or a selection of fresh filled baguettes,
(Brie and Mango, smoked salmon and cream cheese, ham and English mustard) from as little as £4.25

We found the whole team are professional and very attentive; the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed making it the perfect mid-week or weekend treat for families, couples, walkers, and ale drinkers alike. Easy travelling distance from Henley, Wattlington, Wallingford, and Ewelme, Home Sweet Home Inn is fast becoming an epicentre of good food, laid back dining style and an assured warm welcome. Another restaurant/pub with fine dining from Andy Hearn, you heard it here first. This is the perfect way to spend a few relaxed lazy hours away from the hustle and bustle. Country living at its best.

Sunday, 18 March 2007

NCT (National Childbirth Trust) Book Review

Families & How To survive Them by Robin Skynner & John Cleese

A friend of mine was so adamant I should read book following the birth of first child Gabriel 8 months ago that she sent it as a gift to me via good ole Amazon – and, you know, I am so glad she did! I found it a serious yet amusing read. One I could pick up and put down between baby feeds (!) easily, or dip into as required. It is not a really a “baby book” as such, however it shadows a baby’s development throughout the content. The dialogue explores the changing relationships between mother and father, plus the role (important) that the father plays during baby 'development. It talks about changing dynamics in the parent relationship, and the importance of the roles being played out, and more interestingly……..why? The subjects raised include, Coping with change, Demands of the baby, Baby’s point of view, and Needs and responsibilities of the mother. It goes on to reveal “What makes a family happy?” “Why do some marriages succeed and other fail?” This exploration is played out in a straightforward readable, chatty style that will talk personally to each reader.

Luckily, for a book that tackles such potentially heavy subject matter I found it refreshingly light-hearted and humorous. Offering self-development plus a bit of an insight into relationships, babies, toddlers, and internal feelings. I feel it is a book that everyone will really be able to take something positive from. As a parent, I found it a well-written roadmap of a child’s development, and as an adult, it was another step within "The University of Life.”
This is a book I would confidently recommend and will certainly be buying it for a few close friends!

Paula Maria Butteriss