Archive for January, 2016

Top 10 city running tours

January 3, 2016

Do your sightseeing on foot, and have a workout while you’re at it, in some of the world’s most attractive cities – from New York to Melbourne and Barcelona Running Copenhagen offers a whole range of tours, both private and in small groups. There’s the general city tour, covering the must-see sights of Copenhagen, such […]

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Naples: what to see, plus the best restaurants, bars and hotels

January 3, 2016

Southern Italy’s biggest city has scrubbed up beautifully – without losing its anarchic charm – and is now a great choice for a winter city break• Readers’ tips: where to go in Naples As fascinating as it is contradictory, ravishingly beautiful yet dilapidated and chaotic, Naples makes a brilliant winter break destination. It enjoys a […]

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Rosebery Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne: hotel review

January 3, 2016

This quirky but cosy B&B eschews the local stag/hen party scene, maintaining an air of quiet privacy amid its eccentric, clashing furnishings One thing that Newcastle does not lack is hotel rooms. Finding a cosy one with character is another matter. As in most cities, the big chains dominate, offering generic luxury, sterile business suites […]

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Sartoria: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

January 3, 2016

The plush and pile of Savile Row is the ideal backdrop to the dizzying cooking of Francesco Mazzei Sartoria, 20 Savile Row, London W1 (020 7534 7000). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £150 When I last reviewed Francesco Mazzei’s food, I concluded it made sense to sell my house and move into his […]

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Oklava: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

January 3, 2016

It ticks all the boxes, and the young chef is a star in the making, but this new restaurant isn’t quite the finished article Oklava, 74 Luke Street, London EC2 (020 7729 3032). Meal for two, with drinks and service: £80 If you happened to be terribly smug and decided to prove the irritating depths […]

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Naples: what to see, plus the best restaurants, bars and hotels

January 3, 2016

Southern Italy’s biggest city has scrubbed up beautifully – without losing its anarchic charm – and is now a great choice for a winter city break• Readers’ tips: where to go in Naples As fascinating as it is contradictory, ravishingly beautiful yet dilapidated and chaotic, Naples makes a brilliant winter break destination. It enjoys a […]

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Flour & Ash: restaurant review

January 3, 2016

If there was a degree in the science of making perfect pizza, the boffins at this Bristol restaurant would ace it Flour & Ash, 203b Cheltenham Road, Bristol (0117 908 3228). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £40-£60 Most restaurant chefs exist on a continuum from “feeder” to “nerd”. We all know the feeders, […]

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The Haughmond hotel, Upton Magna, near Shrewsbury: review

January 3, 2016

It has comfortable rooms, but it’s the superb food that sets this former coaching inn apart – and got it straight into the Michelin guide ‘So where did you find the chef?” my friend asks Mel, co-owner of the Haughmond hotel, while scraping up the last smear of chocolate fondant. “I married him,” she replies, […]

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German Gymnasium: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

January 3, 2016

It was a gym, but there’s little that’s German about this vast new restaurant. And the food’s a long way off a ‘perfect 10’ German Gymnasium, 1 King’s Boulevard, London N1 (020 7287 8000). Meal for two in the restaurant, including drinks and service: £130 You’d think, after all these years writing about restaurants, I’d […]

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A foodie tour of Puerto Rico

January 3, 2016

The Ocean Park district of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital, has gone from has-been to happening hub, and is now home to new yoga studios, vintage shops and trendy restaurants and bars• Vieques: Puerto Rico’s Caribbean idyll Old San Juan is a visual delight, with narrow hilly streets of blue cobblestones lined with brightly coloured […]

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