The terrace of La Maison Hotel in Kotido, in north-east Uganda, is the finest dining place for miles around. You will be looked after by Esher who serves a choice of beef or chicken, which can be stewed or fried, and served with rice and potatoes. Drinks include a choice of partially chilled Nile or Tusker beer. It might be wise to provide your own supplements such as fruit, instant cup noodles or something like Lancashire Hot Pot in a ‘Meal Ready-to-Eat.’ The atmosphere is relaxed and secure — La Maison is in its own compound with an armed guard. The television runs Premier League or BBC Knowledge, while outside dogs bark and cockerels crow regardless of the time of day. This venue is thoroughly recommended for anyone passing by Kotido.