Archive for November, 2015

Let’s go to … Pendle Hill for Halloween

November 3, 2015

Few places are as ghostly and ghoulish as the Lancashire beauty spot where the notorious coven was rounded up 400 years ago for the Pendle witch trials Nungwi Village Why go now?Tranquil-looking Pendle Hill, in the Forest of Bowland, is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. But at this time of year people visit less […]

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Let’s go to … the Shropshire Hills

November 3, 2015

Autumn walking in this border area is fantastic, and the surrounding towns offer plenty of pubs, culture and, in nearby Ludlow, the region’s best restaurants Why go now?This area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), which covers a quarter of Shropshire, has wonderful autumn walks through heather-covered hills, valleys and ancient woodland. Nungwi Village What else […]

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Sheffield’s real steal: a cutting edge city break

November 3, 2015

An industrial city famed for snooker finals might make for an unlikely getaway, but its vibrant arts scene won comedian and writer Jon Holmes over Nungwi Village Sheffield is famous for its cutlery, in which my interest is fleeting, usually around mealtimes. But it has also just been awarded the accolade of Best Value City […]

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Travels with locals: 10 great B&B and guesthouse hosts around the world

November 3, 2015

B&B and guesthouse owners who go the extra mile deserve credit for making travel trips more pleasurable. Here, Guardian writers tip their hats to hosts with the most Staying with a winemaker is often a special occasion, but little can compare to the welcome given by the burly, moustachioed Burgundy vigneron Thierry Violot-Guillemard and his […]

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Tbilisi’s cultural revolution

November 3, 2015

The Georgian capital is steeped in tradition but a new generation of artists and entrepreneurs is offering an alternative to the old ways with the opening of stylish restaurants, hotels, bars and galleries Few countries embrace their national stereotypes as wholeheartedly as Georgia. Ask the average Georgian about the traditions of this former Soviet nation […]

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Shotgun: restaurant review

November 3, 2015

The US barbecue trend has brought with it much tiresome posturing, but this restaurant feels like the real deal Shotgun, 26 Kingly Street, London W1 (020 3137 7252). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £80 In the modern age of flash and bravura, every new restaurant must have its Instagrammable dish; that food item […]

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Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company opens cafe

November 3, 2015

Fancy a ‘flapjack kerouac’? Visitors who have gorged on books at this literary institution can now head next door for healthy dishes and snacks in its new cafe The humble stationery shop adjacent to George Whitman’s, Shakespeare and Company – the successor to the legendary interwar bookstore of the same name where Hemingway et al […]

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I’ve been brainwashed: I went to Europe and I couldn’t stop myself tipping

November 3, 2015

As someone who lives in America and has worked in the service industry, going out to eat and not tipping makes me so uncomfortable that I have to do it – even if those on the receiving end are just as uncomfortable accepting it “She tried to tip a barman.” When I confessed this to […]

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Vico: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

November 3, 2015

An overcomplicated concept mars an otherwise sound scheme for an urban restaurant serving Italian classics Vico, 1 Cambridge Circus, London WC2. No booking. Meal for two including drinks: £25-£45 The site on London’s Cambridge Circus now occupied by Vico used to house a branch of Pizza Hut. I went there once in the name of […]

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Let’s go to … the Shropshire Hills

November 3, 2015

Autumn walking in this border area is fantastic, and the surrounding towns offer plenty of pubs, culture and, in nearby Ludlow, the region’s best restaurants Why go now?This area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), which covers a quarter of Shropshire, has wonderful autumn walks through heather-covered hills, valleys and ancient woodland. What else is there […]

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