Archive for November, 2013

Autumn breaks: 20 UK bed and breakfasts for under £100 a night

November 3, 2013
Autumn breaks: 20 UK bed and breakfasts for under £100 a night

As the mercury falls and leaves pile up, it’s time to get cosy with an autumn break. Alastair Sawday picks 20 UK B&Bs, under £100, that are perfect to snuggle up inReader offer: two nights for the price of one at over 100 Sawday’s B&Bs The Old Forge, Compton Abbas, Dorset Step back in time […]

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Venice on a budget: how to eat, drink and travel cheaply

November 3, 2013
Venice on a budget: how to eat, drink and travel cheaply

In Venice, the jetset pay out for fancy restaurants and private launches but our tips mean you can enjoy the same views and (probably) more authentic food and drink for a fraction of the cost Snack … all the time If you’re happy to swap a sit-down meal in a restaurant for a stand-up snack, […]

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Generator Hostel, Venice: hotel review

November 3, 2013
Generator Hostel, Venice: hotel review

Venice’s slick new Generator Hostel offers smart dorms, a cool vibe and killer views at decidedly un-Venetian prices The last time I stayed in a hostel, a steaming drunk, muscle-bound Californian clambered in to my bunk, before a group of backpackers wrestled him out. The floors were wet and sticky, and coated in tangles of […]

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The White Hart, Somerton, Somerset: hotel review

November 3, 2013
The White Hart, Somerton, Somerset: hotel review

This 17th-century coaching inn proves to be a perfect stopover with its offbeat accommodation and inviting dinner menu “Is this Rapunzel’s bedroom?” asks my four-year-old daughter as we are shown to our room at the White Hart. I can see where she’s coming from: with its grand four-poster bed draped in a rich red and […]

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Askham Hall, Penrith, Lake District: hotel review

November 3, 2013
Askham Hall, Penrith, Lake District: hotel review

Stately pile, impressive menu … this new restaurant with rooms on the edge of the Lake District hits the spot (almost) perfectly Welcome to the Lake District where, of course, it is raining … hard. Which provides the perfect excuse to stay put at Askham Hall and forget about the fell walks. You want views? […]

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Drakes Tabanco: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

November 3, 2013
Drakes Tabanco: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

An ‘authentic’ Jerez tavern in London’s West End gives Jay a taste of Spain – but not quite enough sherry… Drakes Tabanco, 3 Windmill Street, London W1 (020 7637 9388). Meal for two: £70-120 (depending on sherries) Gosh, but it’s fun being an old Spanish farm labourer with calloused hands as knackered and lived in […]

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Stylish Stockholm: top tips from design blogger Emma Fexeus

November 3, 2013
Stylish Stockholm: top tips from design blogger Emma Fexeus

Insider guide on eating, drinking, sleeping and shopping in Stockholm from Sweden’s top design blogger Restaurant Lux, Lilla Essingen The former Electrolux factory by Lake Mälaren (Sweden’s third-biggest) is home to Restaurant Lux. Chef and owner Henrik Norström shows off his genius with a modern Swedish menu featuring only local products (and a biodynamic wine […]

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Six pubs and restaurants with horrible histories

November 3, 2013
Six pubs and restaurants with horrible histories

From skeletons in the basement to ‘ghostly sightings’ in the dining room, some of Britain’s pubs and restaurants love to shout about their grisly past. Here are six of the best Murderous pasts, hangings, skeletons in the basement: to paraphrase Loyd Grossman, who would eat in a place like this? Lots of us. Far from […]

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Great food pubs in the UK: readers’ tips

November 3, 2013
Great food pubs in the UK: readers’ tips

Readers pick their favourite pubs for good food, not to mention excellent craft beers and atmosphere. Tell us about your favourite foodie pub by adding a comment • To add a tip for next week and be in with a chance of winning a Jack Wolfskin backpack worth £130, go to GuardianWitness WINNING TIP: River […]

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The Tavern: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

November 3, 2013
The Tavern: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

Part sophisticated French restaurant, part hellish American diner… The Tavern needs to pull itself together The Tavern, 5 Royal Well Place, Cheltenham (01242 221212). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £90 This is a tale of two restaurants. One knocks out platefuls of pleasingly sturdy food, singing songs from sun-kissed Mediterranean shores. The other […]

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