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The Hook lighthouse has a cafe in the visitor centre,  concentrating on foods prepared onsite and breads, cakes and scones baked in the in-house bakery.

Did Vikings really wear helmets with horns? The enduring stereotype of these fearsome Scandinavian warriors may be a little false, it turns out – or c(...)

World’s best restaurant, Osteria Francescana. Photograph: Osteria Francescana

Italian chef Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana has been named the best restaurant in the world, at the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. (...)

Northern Irish chef Clare Smyth in San Sebastian, Spain, before the announcement of the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018. Photograph: EPA/Gorka Estrada

Northern Irish chef Clare Smyth has been named “best female chef" in the world at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. At a ceremony in Bilbao(...)

I love the magic, the promise and the muddy-fingered industry of planting flower bulbs in autumn. Not only does it feel like an expression of hope,(...)

Alba Lorca and Cristina Nunez

Embody the Void Samuel Beckett Theatre **   Simultaneous sensations of power and vulnerability motivate most performers. In (...)

Convent of St Teresa in Avila, Spain.

He was, he told us, the youngest guide in Toledo. There were about 60, he said. He, at 28, is the youngest. So proud he told us twice. A happy young m(...)

Fionnuala’s garden last summer, filled with plants grown from seed under cover earlier that year. Photograph: Richard Johnston

‘And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!” It’s at this time of the gardening year that I start to feel like that little boy in Maurice Sen(...)

Michele Ferrero, the late owner of the Italian confectioner that makes Nutella and other chocolate sweets. Photograph: STR/EPA

Michele Ferrero, Italy’s richest person and owner of the Ferrero Group, maker of Nutella spread and Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs, has died aged 89(...)

Danish chef Rene Redzepi, the co-owner of Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark Photograph: EPA/Will Oliver

The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards were announced last night in London. Here is the full list of this year’s winners. You can read Catherine(...)

Alcoa  employees release molten aluminum into a vertical cast for cylindrical billets at ta  production plant in  South Carolina. Photographer: Stephen Morton/Bloomberg

Alcoa, the largest US aluminium producer, has agreed to pay $384 million to settle US allegations that one of its units bribed members of Bahrain’s ro(...)

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