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Avani Indian Restaurant, Radlett Herts

The word is that nearly 80% of Indian restaurants in the UK are Bangladeshi. So when I hear about a new restaurant in Radlett specialising in Mumbai cuisine, naturally I want to know more about the Avani Indian Restaurant.

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Golf at The Grove. Discover a Top Golf Experience.

Ben, my golf relations assistant, has just driven up in his buggy to check on my well being. “How you coping with the course Mr. Mossack?” Perhaps he’s just spotted me pulling one into the nearby lake, so I cover quickly. “all good here Ben, thanks..Loving it.” Ben smiles and drives off. It’s an impressive example of Golf at The Grove.

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Collete's at The Grove

Colette’s at The Grove.

Colette, so I am reliably informed by Head Waiter Dominic, is the mother of the Levi brothers, the owners of The Grove. So, any mother who lends her name to a classy eating establishment must be reasonably confident the food is going to live up to her billing. So, no pressure on Colette’s at The Grove then.

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Anna Smith reports back on the Standon Calling Festival in deepest Hertfordshire Ella Eyre Gaelle 03

Standon Calling Festival. A Fantastic Family Favourite.

For years I’ve been searching for the ideal boutique UK festival, with that magical mix of location, size, facilities, bands and sideshows. Just when I find one – like The Big Chill or Wilderness – it gets a little too big for comfort. Too many queues, tents crammed in together, lost friends… So this summer, Standon Calling came to me and my festival friends. How did it fare?

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