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Melanie McDonagh is a leaderwriter for the Evening Standard and Spectator contributor. Irish, living in London.

The perfect pairing: fine tea is the new wine

Forget builder’s with milk and sugar, now it’s all about blue, white and green tea and what you eat with it

How we fell out of love with fruit cake

In our over-sugared times, traditional fruit cakes are being ditched in favour of sickly-sweet sponges

The ultimate guide to Christmas chocolate

We asked one of London’s finest chocolatiers to review high-street Christmas chocolate.

Auf wiedersehen, Blue Nun: Brits have rediscovered the joy of quality German wine

The current popularity of German wine is picking up where British drinkers left off a century ago

French President Emmanuel Macron visiting Amiens during the election campaign

Amiens: The city that made Macron

The French president’s quiet hometown is a wonderful destination for a weekend break

Did Cadbury turn Easter into an orgy of chocolate?

Chocolate is pretty much all the Resurrection of Christ means for lots of Brits

Dry January is finally over. Let’s ditch it for good next year

The winter months are the time to be compensating for the weather with red wine and spirits

London’s best Christmas afternoon teas

Six of the capital’s most indulgent festive teas

The French don’t need British jam

The art of jam making is known to every European culture

The Sunday roast is dying – and the Tories are to blame

Mrs Thatcher introduced the first bill to allow for Sunday trading in 1986; then the change ultimately happened under John Major.

Cake expectations: A guide to afternoon tea

It’s one of the great English contributions to civilisation, this mid-afternoon break for tea and cake.

Theresa May’s Ottolenghi revelation is gobsmacking

Forget footwear. The most telling thing about Theresa May, as suggested in interview with Robert Peston, is her cookbook collection…

Fit to Party

We all know about detoxing, right? Old-style detoxing is about laying off the toxins after the party season; the pretox…

Cake Expectations

Afternoon tea used to be a fairly sedate affair, where you knew pretty well what you’d get on your cake…