What is spicy rosé, social media’s hottest new drinks trend?

Spicy rosé is the unexpected “It” drink of summer 2022, trending on TikTok and coming to a garden gathering near you. The viral trend is easy to make – it simply involves sticking ice cubes and a few sliced green jalapeños into a glass of ice cold rosé before sipping. It might sound wrong, but many insist that it’s right. I have to admit I enjoyed the addition of distinctive jalapeño spice to my glass when I plopped a few into a bottle of previously a-bit-too-sweet-for-me Champteloup rosé d'Anjo

Why the calorie count debate is dividing diners

Would you be more likely to order jamon croquettes with saffron aioli or a small plate of steamed edamame beans if you knew the calorie count (774 vs 79, respectively)? This is the sort of decision facing diners at all food businesses in England which employ over 250 people, since the rule came into force in April, including Caravan, a small London chain where these examples are served. From Wagamama to Côte Brasserie, calorie counts for each dish must be visible on the menu. The rules were intr

Sophie Ellis-Bextor: ‘I would have been cancelled if social media was around when I was a teenager’

Singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor has been married to The Feeling bassist Richard Jones since 2005. The couple have five sons, Sonny, 17, Kit, 13, Ray, nine, Jesse, six, and Mickey, three. The daughter of Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis, Sophie rose to fame in 2000 with Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love), followed by pop hits ­Murder on the Dancefloor and Take Me Home. In November her 24-hour danceathon, inspired by her lockdown “kitchen discos”, raised £1 million for Children in Need. Being r

How outdoor bathrooms became the new must-have

Hot tubs, which used to be a bit of a rarity, have become commonplace of late, with more than 100,000 households in the UK now in possession of one, according to recent research. However, there is a new trend in town, with increasing numbers of people opting instead for a more traditional bath and shower set-up outdoors. This move is partly inspired, like many interiors trends before it, by the Soho Farmhouse members’ club in Oxfordshire, which has normalised the idea of alfresco bathing, with t

Natasha Kaplinsky: ‘I had no idea if Strictly would go down well – or destroy my career’

Natasha Kaplinsky OBE, 49, is best known for her long-standing career as a news anchor for Sky News, BBC News, Channel 5 and ITV News. She was the first ever winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2004, and now lives on a farm in East Sussex with her husband, Justin Bower, and their two children. Kaplinsky has been an active ambassador for Save the Children for over a decade, and became the President of Barnardo’s in 2019, a role previously held by HRH the Duchess of Cornwall. She launched eco-frie

The secret supplement that can fix brain fog

If you’re battling brain fog and struggling to concentrate at work, or simply feel flat-out exhausted, the chances are you’ll reach for a caffeine fix or sugary snack. But before you do, consider this: it could be time to reach for a lesser known, healthier pick-me-up. Vitamin B12 is an often overlooked vitamin which is essential to keep our brains sharp and our nervous system firing on all cylinders. It is also key to healthy blood cell formation. This month, the Medicines and Healthcare prod

Revealed: The UK's best restaurant (and it's not in England)

It’s an area better known for remote scenery than for a high density of Michelin-starred places to eat – but at this year’s Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards, a boldly original fine-dining place on the west coast of Wales was named best in the UK. While in the past it may have been easy to dismiss the UK’s food scene as London-centric, this year’s winner, Ynyshir (on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park and the Ynys-Hir Nature Reserve, ten miles from Aberystwyth) proves that is not ent

'I had a surprise baby at 44 after eight years of trying'

At the beginning of 2019, we decided to draw a line under our attempts to conceive. Stuart booked in for a vasectomy, and I had counselling to help me come to terms with not having a second child. We were exhausted, and we didn’t want to risk being dragged under by it all. It had been so gruelling that we hadn’t looked up and taken the opportunity to enjoy life. We tried to think about all the other things we could do, like going travelling, and to imagine a different future for our family that

Eamonn Holmes: 'I'm edgier than most presenters'

Eamonn Holmes OBE, 62, hosts the GB News breakfast show with Isabel Webster. The Belfast-born television anchor made his first on-screen appearance in 1979 on Farming Ulster. He has since presented on GMTV and Sky News Sunrise, and co-hosted This Morning with his wife Ruth Langsford until he was axed by the programme last year. The couple live in Surrey with their son Jack. Eamonn also has three children with his first wife Gabrielle – Declan, Rebecca and Niall. I was close to my maternal grand

'My husband was diagnosed with dementia at 51 – our lives changed overnight'

At the beginning, you wouldn’t have known that Neil had dementia unless you spent time working or living with him. If you met him in the street, you might think he was just a bit eccentric. Alarm bells started ringing seven years ago when we were thinking of moving to the south coast. Neil would forget conversations we’d had around the dining table about big life decisions. I ended up taking minutes of our conversations and emailing them to him to prove it. His behaviour seemed strange and irra

‘Baking got me through my depression – now I’m running a successful business with my dad’

‘I didn’t know how to function any more. And then, one day, I watched my dad make a really simple overnight bread, mixing flour, salt and yeast in a bowl. Watching something so simple transform into something so magical made me feel safe,” Kitty Tait, 17, recalls of the single loaf that altered the course of her life. Her father Al’s “miracle overnight white” – proved overnight and baked in a casserole dish – results in a crunchy crust and a pillowy crumb. Inspired by Jim Lahey’s no-knead bread

Jo Wood: 'The grandchildren call me Gangsta Granny and ask if I've ever done drugs – of course I say yes'

Jo Wood is the author of Stoned: Photographs & Treasures from Life with the Rolling Stones. She married Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood in 1985. The pair have two children together, Leah and Tyrone, and divorced in 2009. Jo also has a son from a previous marriage, Jamie. In 2005, she founded her own organic skincare and fragrance brand. Two and a half years ago, she moved from London to a farmhouse in Northamptonshire with six acres featuring a vegetable garden, a wild flower meadow and 70

Forget being vegan, go planet-friendly 'regen' (and you can still eat meat)

"Pasture is the great healer,” says Groove Armada’s Andy Cato, the DJ turned frontman for “regen” eating. Two million participants have signed up to the Veganuary campaign since it launched in 2014, but proponents of regenerative eating – an eco-friendly approach to food production that puts the health of land and pasture front and centre – say we should be focusing on how vegetables and grains are grown and animals are reared, rather than on ruling out meat and its by-products altogether. Regen

Want a truly heavenly home? Why church conversions are all the rage

In a tumultuous world, a converted church promises the perfect peaceful haven. With their soulful-yet-solemn architecture, they can make for challenging but deeply rewarding and beautiful renovation projects. According to a Church of England report, more than 350 churches are earmarked for closure within the next five years – a rate that is eight times faster than before the pandemic. At the same time, deconsecrated chapels and churches are increasingly popular with buyers intending to convert t

'It doesn’t have to be serious': Meet the new horticulturists shaking up the gardening scene

The public mood is having one of its periodic shifts. This time to gardening. Of the three million Britons who took it up over the past year (according to the Horticultural Trades Association), a third are under 45. Google searches for plants now rival those for dresses, and allotments are harder to get hold of than Glastonbury tickets (the National Allotment Society reported an increase of more than 300 per cent last year). In the first lockdown, Amazon saw a huge 1,237 per cent spike in seed s

WFC? The middle-class nomads who work (and live) from their campervans

The popularity of campervanning in Britain has rocketed. In tandem with this, an upsurge in remote working has given rise to a new breed of freewheeling van lifers: the WFC (“working from campervan”) brigade. Forget corporate offices, forget working from home or even from a hotel. Instead, these unconventional digital nomads extol the benefits of working (and living) in a portable office, with ever-changing views. The dream is not just a better work-life balance, but the freedom to roam – and wi

Why I sent my children to ‘Hippy Hogwarts’, the unique Welsh school favoured by European royals

It’s a 12th century castle on the wind-blown Welsh coast with an impressive royal roster. Princess Leonor of Spain, the 15-year-old heir to the Spanish throne, and Princess Alexia, 16, of the Netherlands are both beginning two-year International Baccalaureate classes this year, while Crown Princess Elisabeth, the 19-year-old heir to the Belgian throne, graduated this summer and is now on her way to Oxford University. Atlantic College in the Vale of Glamorgan – better known as ‘Hippy Hogwarts’ –

Inside Britain's poshest dog hotels – where Pawsecco is on tap

Kennels can be grim places. We’ve all seen photos and heard horror stories, so it pays to be careful when it comes to entrusting a stranger to care for your beloved dog while you go on holiday. Research from TrustedHousesitters has found that 82 per cent of pet owners feel anxious at the thought of leaving their pets in someone else’s care – while 62 per cent admit to feeling pangs of guilt. This “sep-paw-ration anxiety” is real, especially for new dog owners. It is estimated that the UK dog po

Suffering from sunburn? Here’s how to treat sore skin with home remedies

Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, as the Noel Coward song goes. The old cliché is often all too true, and as we flock to the beach to bask in the current heatwave, or head off on holiday, many of us will end up looking a little pink – or in some cases, painfully red – come sundown. Even though we know we should be protecting our skin by seeking shade and applying SPF regularly, both the long-term sun damage and the immediate symptoms of sunburn (visibly red, hot, sore skin)

How the pros plan the perfect garden party

Rejoice! ’Tis the season of the great British garden party. After "Freedom Day" on July 19, there are set to be no limits on socialising, including in private gardens. So, how to impress your guests in 2021, and ensure they have an agreeable, Insta-worthy time? To inspire your next garden gathering, we asked aesthetes, party planners, styling experts and good-living gurus how they host their own friends and families in their gardens at home. Read on for their tips, tricks and cunning ideas for s
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