Archive for October, 2016

Absolute Bute: the Scottish island that could just have it all

October 3, 2016

The UK press claimed the refugees who settled on this island in the Firth of Clyde hated it, but novelist Sophie Cooke finds it full of great food, walks, beaches – and more than a few contented Syrians Nungwi Village Once the beach resort of choice for fashionable Glaswegians, the Isle of Bute lies in […]

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Friuli, Italy, guide: what to see plus the best bars, hotels and restaurants

October 3, 2016

This border region of north-east Italy has stayed out of the limelight but offers dramatic Alpine scenery, gorgeous Adriatic lagoons, and a wealth of local wine, fine cuisine and history Driving east from Venice along the autostrada, it only takes half an hour to leave the tourists behind and cross into the very different world […]

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Top 10 Paris restaurants for €10 a head

October 3, 2016

With the traditional Parisian brasserie in decline, a new website is pointing diners to alternative cheap eats. The founders of Les Petites Tables show us where to dine well on a shoestring Nungwi Village ‘No kebabs, no sandwiches – that’s our rule. Apart from that, if it’s good we’ll consider it.” Romain Passelande and Thomas […]

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Walking the new St Hilda’s Way: a journey of lost souls

October 3, 2016

St Hilda’s Way is a new 40-mile walking trail across the North York moors to Whitby that takes in the churches inspired by the seventh-century saint• Plus: 5 more pilgrims’ trails ‘As pilgrimages go, that’s not too taxing,” I said when I came across the newly fledged St Hilda’s Way, which opened in June 2015 […]

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Italy’s best-kept food secret: the sagra festival

October 3, 2016

Italy’s food festivals are not just a chance to taste fantastic regional specialities, but also to delve into local culture – and autumn is the time to go Italy’s best-kept food secret is the sagra. A festival organised to show off a local food or drink (or both), a sagra is a place where you’ll […]

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‘Boring’ Frankfurt gets the party started … finally

October 3, 2016

The Bahnhofsviertel area is combining street parties, art and food with its traditional edginess and helping Germany’s business capital overcome its reputation as being full of bankers Next Thursday, locals and tourists alike will flock to an annual street party held in Frankfurt’s station quarter (8 September from 7pm). Bahnhorsviertelnacht will see streets closed to […]

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British boltholes: The Yarrow, Broadstairs, Kent: hotel review

October 3, 2016

East Kent further education college has its own hotel, restaurant and spa, where students learn on the job. A great idea that makes for an enjoyable, endearing stay The Yarrow looks unremarkable. OK, the building is Grade II-listed and has an interesting history: it was built in 1894 as a convalescent home for children, by […]

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Great European city breaks you’ve probably never thought of

October 3, 2016

These small cities may not pack the cultural punch of Europe’s grande dames – and that’s the point of going. All are full of local colour but also served by budget airlines. Perfect for a weekend break The Montenegrin coast feels very different from neighbouring Croatia: it’s more Russian-influenced and beauty spots can be thick […]

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Move over Barcelona: four great alternative city breaks

October 3, 2016

For weekends away, we tend to stick to the same old places. Why not dodge crowds and high prices at these less high-profile – but no less interesting – cities: Parma, Cadiz, Helsinki or Hamburg The old town poking into the Atlantic like a finger is (famously, photogenically, obviously) ancient, but thanks in part to […]

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The Bull and Ram: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

October 3, 2016

Situated deep in farming country in County Down, this shrine to prime-cut short-horn steak brings out the butcher’s boy in Jay The Bull & Ram, Dromore Street, Ballynahinch, County Down BT24 8AG (028 9756 0908). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £90 The building that houses the dining room of the Bull & Ram, […]

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