LUXE PLACES >>
For a weekend > Business is always pretty intense so I love spending a rare weekend off cruising with my family on my little boat at 4mph on some of the beautiful canals, lakes and rivers we have in this country.
A long holiday > The Canadian Rockies – stunning landscape, wonderful people and lots of amazing log houses, one of which would be my dream home!
LUXE RELAX >>
Best food > Really fresh seafood – mackerel caught off of the South West coast of Scotland, filleted on the boat and gently barbecued on the beach.
Best wine > Any soft, uncomplicated, easy-drinking red.
Favourite restaurant > Es Pla at Fornells in Menorca, they cook the most amazing seafood – I had black cod with squid ink risotto there once, the thought of which still makes my mouth water today.
Perfect weekend > My perfect weekends are when we have friends over and I can spend the days in the kitchen chatting, drinking wine, relaxing and cooking nice slow roasts.
DOWNTIME MEANS >>
Best telly > Great British Menu; as a perfectionist myself, I love watching some of the top chefs we have in this country really working at the top of their game to be the best.
Best book > The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin.
Best theatre > Having trained as an actor in the past, I used to go to the theatre a lot, the one performance that really stands out to me as the most stunning piece of theatre I have ever seen was called Acts
and Revelations by Gary Carter.
Best sounds > My kids singing along to some of my old 80s favourites like Madness and Adam Ant.
LUXE SHOP >>
Best shopping city > Anywhere that has a food festival on at the time, I love trying all the different local produce and finding the real gems.
Favourite shop > Go Outdoors, it’s a guilty pleasure, I love the outdoor life and as soon as I walk through the doors I just want to buy everything!
Best buy > My boat – not from Go Outdoors.
LUXE PARTY >>
Perfect party > The surprise 40th my wife threw for me.
A memorable night out > Camping in France with friends, barbecue-baked Camembert, red wine, watching a meteor shower overhead.
Best dress > An Oakstone Designs shirt, I don’t wear one often but always feel very proud when I do.
Dinner date > Sue Perkins – don’t tell my wife!
YOUR LUXE THINGS IN LIFE >>