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Super chef from world’s top restaurant takes charge at Montagu Arms in Beaulieu

AS a small boy Matthew Whitfield was being driven past the Montagu Arms Hotel with his grandparents when he confidently announced: “One day I’m going to work there!” Not only did that prophecy come true...

‘Just look at the view! This is the best job in the world’

SWEEPING her hand in front of her desk, Wendy Stowe exclaims: “Just look at the view from my office! No wonder I think this is the best job in the world.” Flowing in front of...

‘I did not know I was dying slowly’ – explorer Adrian Hayes reveals his...

“HOW personal do you want this to be?” Adrian Hayes asks over the table of his untidy kitchen. It’s an unexpectedly vulnerable question from the veteran explorer and former special forces reservist who has faced...

Former Heidi child star Emma Blake on fame, scandal and missing coffee dates with...

HAVING screen tested more than 300 children, frustrated producer John McRae was animatedly banging a desk late one night in a BBC office and wondering what he was going to do. Then, as fate would...

‘I have to have a purpose’: Chris Packham on the New Forest, poodles and...

WHEN Chris Packham dies, he wants his ashes mixed with those of his beloved poodles and scattered in the New Forest to mingle with the plants and wildlife that first fired his fascination with...

Top New Forest chef Matthew Tomkinson on his career: ‘That’s where it started. It’s...

DONKEYS and weekday tourists stroll in the winter sunshine past the window of the wood-panelled room of the Montagu Arms where Matthew Tomkinson is recalling moving from where he grew up in the north-west...

‘I don’t know why you’re interviewing me’: sculptor Geoffrey Dashwood opens up

YOU know you’ve arrived at Geoffrey Dashwood’s house when you turn the corner and come face to face with a monumental bronze bird of prey glaring down the driveway. Actually finding the secluded spot near...

‘A lot of sweat, tears and hard work’: Bob Wilson on his career and...

“ONCE you wind me up I don’t stop,” grins Bob Wilson after delivering 90 minutes of his life’s edited highlights – from mixing with the doomed Busby Babes of Manchester Utd to his TV...

‘It was pretty crazy’: Dire Straits guitarist John Illsley on gigs, pubs and cancer...

JOHN ILLSLEY breaks off mid-sentence as we talk in the sunny garden of his pub, the East End Arms. He’s performed in front of millions, won an Ivor Novello Award, and sold more than 120...

‘All the best stories you’ve ever heard’: TV historian Dan Snow talks family life...

DAN Snow is late. His staff don’t know where he is – until the head nanny arrives to say the TV historian has been delayed picking up his children. A few minutes later he pulls up...
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