Catch up on the latest openings, eats and reads around the world with travel editor Rhiannon Batten
A modern hotel with an equally contemporary approach to food has long been overdue in London’s Paddington. Newly opened The Pilgrm promises to fill the gap. On the ground floor is a small coffee house selling custom-blended coffee, teas and pastries. The first-floor lounge, meanwhile, serves an all-day menu ranging from Welsh rarebit on sourdough for breakfast to plates of British charcuterie, mugs of soup, and ramen with crispy pork belly later in the day (plus craft cocktails). The rooms are restfully simple with parquet floors and cast-iron radiators. Frills are kept to a minimum, but expect nice sheets and WiFi. thepilgrm.com
A new venture from Eurostar, Interludes is a range of curated, 36-hour travel experiences launching with a culinary exploration of Paris this month. The trips include travel, accommodation and some meals. What’s innovative is that the itinerary is only partly revealed in advance. The first trip leaves on a Saturday morning and returns the next evening, kicking off with breakfast served by chefs from Mokonuts in Paris and Honey & Co in London. A pack will be given to each guest at that point, including a museum pass, details of their hotel and the name of the chef they will be dining with that evening in a Parisian home (those signed up so far include chefs from Septime, Saturne, Dersou and Passerini). interludes.eurostar.com
Who better to inspire English-speaking readers to venture (in their own kitchens) on a tour of Lisbon than Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes? He may currently be head chef at London’s Chiltern Firehouse but his new book, Lisboeta: Recipes from Portugal’s City of Light, is a celebration of the city in which he grew up. Published this month, the cookbook steers a deft culinary journey around Lisbon’s food culture, with nods to its neighbourhood sardine grills, coffee grinders, street carnivals and cafés serving moreish pregos (garlicky steak rolls). For those looking to recreate a flavour of the city in the comfort of their own home, it’s all about the recipes, of course, and there are plenty of crowd-pleasers among the choices here, including custard tarts, salt cod cakes and café-style steak, cooked in a creamy pepper sauce spiked with madeira (£26, Bloomsbury).