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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...
Sarah Doukas

Modelling trailblazer Sarah Doukas on discovering Kate Moss and life in the New Forest

SARAH DOUKAS, founder of global modelling agency Storm, is utterly relaxed as we sit down to talk at the kitchen table of her picture postcard cottage. It’s a beautiful summer’s day and she seems just...

‘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...
Artist Nicoline Bolsius

The light of Keyhaven draws globe-trotting artist to the New Forest

AN artist who grew up in Brazil and has exhibited around the world is to hold weekly painting classes in the New Forest. Dutch-born Nicoline Bolsius is bringing her talents to the Red Rose Studio...

‘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...
Christina Veal at the New Forest Ice Cream factory in Ampress Park, Lymington

‘I never sit down and relax’: the secret of success for New Forest Ice...

THE sweet scent of dairy welcomes visitors to the HQ of New Forest Ice Cream, the family business that has grown from a kitchen in Milford into one of the district’s biggest manufacturers, turning...

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 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...

‘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...

‘It’s all I wanted. I just wanted to be a mum’

TUCKED away somewhere, Michelle Meech has a picture of herself and husband Dave holding a photo of a tiny embryo. At the time, it represented to them a “perfect little baby”, but several years on...
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