Great beer, fine food and views – the Normandy guesthouse that has it all

The star of French thriller Witnesses made seaside bar La Filibustière in Ault a second home during filmingLa Flibustière is a pub right on the seafront in Ault on the Normandy coast, a gem of a place known only to locals. It has a restaurant as well, plus three guestrooms with sea views. The welcome is so lovely, you feel like you have been invited to stay by friends. Continue...

Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant chain under fire over tipping policy

Waiting staff say changes to tipping policy at Jamie’s Italian have left them out of pocket, a claim the chain rejectsWaiting staff at the Italian restaurant chain set up by Jamie Oliver are in dispute with the company after complaining that changes in the company’s tipping policy are exploitative and have left them out of pocket.Jamie’s Italian, which has been valued at more than £150m and serves Italian food at 42 branches across Britain, requires its waiting staff to pay a 2% levy from table sales they generate on each shift. The money is taken from credit card tips, the company says, to be redistributed among kitchen and door staff. Continue...

The 20 best breakfast recipes: part 3

Kedgeree, crumpets – and the definitive full English recipe• The final part of this series will be launched tomorrowMany years ago I appeared in a series for Yorkshire Television called Farmhouse Kitchen with Grace Mulligan. I got on very well with her and she taught me a lot about cooking on the box. She also introduced me to Arbroath smokies, which was just as valuable. A true Scottish delicacy, these are small haddock or sometimes whiting that are brined and then heavily smoked on the bone which keeps the fillet moist and sweet. Continue...

Half-baked? Why Australia is getting a raw deal on potatoes

Marc Llewellyn sets out to discover why there are more varieties of spuds in European supermarkets than in AustraliaYou might know them simply as white or red, and buy them either washed or brushed. If pressed, you might even be able to name three or four varieties. But for most Australians that’s about as far as it goes when it comes to potatoes.A recent scan of large Coles and Woolworths supermarkets in both Sutherland shire in Sydney and Goulburn in the New South Wales southern tablelands turned up eight or nine different types of potatoes in each store. The Woolworths stores stocked four distinct varieties – ruby lou, dutch cream, desiree, and kipfler. Alongside these were potatoes sold under the brand names Golden Delight, Cream Delight, Red Delight and Spud Lite. Continue...