Catch up on the lat­est open­ings, eats and reads around the world with travel edi­tor Rhi­an­non Bat­ten

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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. thep­il­


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). in­ter­


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).

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