A Week In Madeira – 15. The Toboggan Run


After spending an hour or so in Funchal market that morning, we drove up the hill to Monte for the Toboggan Run. There is also the cable car which starts at Parque Almirante Reis in downtown Funchal and covers the 3,718 metres to the Monte station 560 metres up the hill in 15 minutes. The parish…

A Week In Madeira – 12. A Walk In Jurassic Park


The Laurisilva or the 15,000ha Primary Laurel Forest in the 27,000ha of Parque Natural da Madeira is an outstanding relict of a previously widespread laurel forest, which covered much of Southern Europe 15-40 million years ago. The laurels are ‘vascular plants’ which have specialised tissues for conducting water and minerals throughout the plant and are…

Sunday Roast & IPA


“The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober” – William Butler Yeats   You have a lot to live up to if you name your pub after a great poet and a pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments. Many say that W. B. Yeats in Finsbury Park…

Alvarinho & Custard Tarts


“Taberna do Mercado in London’s Old Spitalfields Market is a joint effort between chefs Nuno Mendes and Antonio Galapito to capture and reinterpret Portuguese food & flavours whilst championing specially sourced Portuguese ingredients”     Yesterday, we had lunch at Taberna do Mercado. It is a modest place right at the entrance to Old Spitalfields…

A Week In Madeira – 11. Dinner At Reid’s


With a reputation of excellence, William Restaurant reflects the glamour of Belmond Reid’s Palace   The view of the Atlantic from the terrace was magnificent. The undulating garden down to the ocean was a delight. Inside, the glamour and opulence was breathtaking. And the welcome at the restaurant was comforting. The place oozed subdued elegance. The…