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‘Has there ever been a better introduction to the food and wine of a single country? If there has, it’s not on my shelves. This talented husband-and-wife team has produced a lavish, lovingly researched guide to a country whose wines are criminally under-appreciated in the UK, complete with hotel and restaurant tips. Put this in your hand luggage next time you fly to Oporto, Lisbon or The Algarve.’

Tim Atkin, Observer, December 2007


The best new book is the husband and wife team Charles Metcalfe and Kathryn McWhirter’s The Wine & Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal. Any armchair traveller snuggling up with a glass of port, a box of Elvas plums and this essential guide to what to eat, drink, buy, see and where to stay in Portugal will have a happy holiday.

Jane MacQuitty, The Times, December 2007


‘A brilliant and thoroughly comprehensive working document which eclipses anything seen so far on the subject. The astonishing wealth of dedication and research by Charles Metcalfe and Kathryn McWhirter that has obviously gone into this exciting book places them as creators of what must surely become the standard reference work on the modern Portuguese wine and food scene for many years to come.’

John Ducker, Association of Wine Educators’ Newsletter, December 2007



“Portugal probably offers the greatest value in the northern hemisphere, yet as most of her grapes are indigenous and difficult to pronounce, the wines are frequently overlooked. The Wine and Food Lover's Guide to Portugal by Charles Metcalfe and Kathryn McWhirter (Inn House, £16.95) …is a complete guide, with good sections on food, accommodation and pointers to the non-culinary highlights. Their detail is always impressive… Every visitor to Portugal should take a copy of this book.”
 
Conal Gregory, The Scotsman, December 2007