RICHARD ESLING: Pink champagne to fuel your passion

Despite the best efforts of our dear American President to convince us otherwise, ‘Fake Noos’ may not be such a new thing. When it comes to Saint Valentine and the origins of this much celebrated day of romanticism, there is much controversy as to its origins.

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Berryworld strawberry, toasted almond and caramel pancakes. Picture:

How to make the perfect pancakes

It is Shrove Tuesday today so if you have forgotten how to make the perfect pancake check out these recipes.

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Pina colada mousse with boozy pineapple and ginger cake

TONY STAPLES: Let the sunshine in with this pina colada mousse

Escape the gloom of February with this tropical island dessert. One taste and you will feel like you’re on holiday, says Tony Staples, executive head chef of the Arora Hotel.


Video: Prezzo turns to the dark side with the launch of the UK’s first charcoal-based pizza

Pizza and pasta restaurant Prezzo is launching two exciting black pizza options made with a charcoal dough base.

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Top of the Range Cremant de Bourgogne

RICHARD ESLING: Burgundy not only shines but it sparkles too

There are two great wine regions of the world which vie with each other for first place in the World Wine Stakes.

Champagne Jelly served here with caramelized white chocolate mousse red velvet hearts, panna cotta and sorbet

DAVID WOODS: Champagne jelly is a sweet end to a romantic meal

If you’re popping the question this Valentine’s Day, then do it with champagne.

The Armagnac Masterclass with Amanda Garnham of BNIA

RICHARD ESLING: Armagnac – one of France’s well-kept secrets

Armagnac. “Cognac’s little brother. A more rustic type of brandy. A rougher spirit from south west France.”

Growth in vinyl record sales

Vinyl resurgence sees record sales

For 12 years in a row, vinyl sales have been increasing, with 14.32 million US sales in 2017 (an increase from nine per cent from the year before).


Gallery: Knitting and photography combine to create incredible patterns

Brighton knitting enthusiast Nina Dodd and award-winning photographer Joseph Ford have teamed up to create a photography project utilising unique knitting patterns that blend into the background.

Stony soil in Pessac-Leognan

RICHARD ESLING: The end of Dry January is in sight

For those of you who have done ‘dry January’, well done! I salute your forbearance and will-power, which is far greater than my own.

Yvonne and Peter Green in 1947

Eyewitness account of the bombing of Crawley Post Office in 1943

February 4 1943 was a dark day for the people of Crawley.

K2 Crawley new gym and studio formal opening 
Paralympian Katie-George Dunlevy opened the new gym and indoor cycling studio at K2 Crawley, here with Ivan Horsfall Turner - md Freedom Leisure and Cllr Chris Mullins. Pic Steve Robards SR1802471 SUS-180122-173842001

Paralympic star opens K2’s new fitness suite

Paralympian Katie-George Dunlevy formally opened a new gym and indoor cycling studio at K2 leisure centre on Monday.

The 13th hole of the stunning Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya

Fairway to heaven

As distractions go, the 13th fairway of the Stadium course at the PGA Catalunya golf course must be among the best in the world.
St Catherine’s Hospice fundraiser will pay tribute to Velvet Voice Vandross

St Catherine’s Hospice fundraiser will pay tribute to Velvet Voice Vandross

Supporters of St Catherine’s Hospice have announced a fundraising dinner dance, with a live performance by tribute artist Harry as Luther.

John Hillier

John Hillier - Crawley Boxing Club legend

John Hillier, who died on December 30, was a legend at Crawley Boxing Club and modestly described himself as a “small cog” in the career of world champion Alan Minter. In 1998, he gave the following interview to the Crawley Observer.

Gressingham duck with soy roots and fruits and plum and ginger sauce

TONY STAPLES: A luxurious meal to help you beat the January blues

Give yourself a plate of luxury to blast away the winter blues says Tony Staples, executive head chef at the Arora hotel in Crawley.

Rully  Reuilly, Fuisse  Fume

RICHARD ESLING: Care needed in choosing wines with similar names

It’s one of those debates that will probably carry on forever.

British Airways research shows most people don't take two-week breaks

Workers fear two-week holidays are ‘frowned on’ by employers

More than a third of people living in the South East do not take a two-week holiday because they believe it’s frowned on and discouraged at their workplace, a study has shown.

Councillor Laura Moffatt with Michael Spencer, Luke Edrich, Benny Curry and Steven Moules. The boys were members of the 2nd Crawley Scouts and were off to Norway with a gift for the Scouts of Havrevn

Looking back at the smiling faces of 1993

Like most years, 1993 was something of a mixed bag.


Clearing up after the floods of 1968

Storm Eleanor did her furious best to give 2018 a seriously soggy start – but her efforts have been nothing when compared to the storm of September 1968.

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