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Food critic William Sitwell dishes up his exclusive monthly food and drink newsletter
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May edition 

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A world exclusive Sitwell's Scoop as Caviar House & Prunier's reveal their newest farmed Osciètre caviar. After 12 years breeding the Acipenser

Gueldenstaedtii sturgeon, comes three varieties: Heritage, Superior, and Noir. It's produced in Montpon-Ménestérol in southwest France by 100-year-old Prunier, the first producer to obtain caviar from farmed sturgeons (in 1994), creating a sustainable and safe alternative for endangered species in the Caspian Sea.

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So many new spirits come at me it feels like an attack. But here's a welcome salvo: named after the south east county of Ireland where it is made - from barley, distilled on the banks of the River Suir, and matured in French and American oak - it's finessed into several editions. To my mind it's a really natural whisky, it feels and tastes more farmed than manufactured. Now this: their first event discount: for 5% quote SITWELL5 at checkout! Slàinte mhaith, as I can't say after a couple of glasses.

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The recent death of Barry Humphries saddened so many who appreciated his extraordinary talents, his unique comic creations of Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Paterson and others. Her are some of my thoughts and memories to add to my thoughts to the many obituaries. I was fortunate enough to meet him on several occasions as he became a family friend mainly due to his interest in the writings of my forebears. I'll never forget the occasion I found myself alone with Edna, chatting about art. Just me and her. Simply unforgettable...

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I'm often asked for suggestions of exciting, unusual places for lunch. So here's a cracker I've just discovered. Most people think it's a private club, attached to the Holland & Holland shooting grounds in Ruislip, but actually anyone - yes even you - can go. The restaurant is headed up by talented chef Joshua Hunter and to nudge you into booking here's a Sitwell Scoop offer: 50% off food if you book to shoot and dine or 25% off for dining only, for up to six guests. Quote SITWELL SCOOP at booking.


On these bright spring days little cheers the heart so much as gazing over a garden at the sights of trim lawns, edging, the greening up of hedges, the rebirth of plants and a brief win, perhaps, in the lifelong battle against weeds. Except of course that that moment of blissful calm is now being shattered by cries of “stop!” and by none other than that bastion of gardening, the Royal Horticultural Society. Read my Telegraph piece on the outrage brewing in the usually peaceful world of gardening...

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I'm biased of course because I feel duty-bound to salute food and drink related innovations and achievements in my part of the world, West Somerset or Exmoor to be precise. But this one gives me huge pleasure: It's a gin and it's seriously good. Named after Dryad, the ancient guardian of the woodlands, it's made by Becky Wright who uses in copper stills in the foothills of the Quantocks has notes of cardamom, cinnamon, orange peel and almond as well as the key ingredient: the essence of oak. Try a bottle and get 15 per off for your trouble. Enter coupon code SITWELL at checkout.

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