Archive for December, 2017

The Masons Arms, Louth, Lincolnshire: hotel review

December 3, 2017

This 18th-century pub, in one of Britain’s favourite market towns, has been spruced up – all modern angles and bold statements. But a few rough edges remain There is a lot to like about the Masons Arms in historic Louth. The handsome, 1775 coaching inn had dwindled into a rather shabby pub – with outdated, […]

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In defence of Brussels: ‘If you actually know it, you probably love it’

December 3, 2017

Ignore the sceptics, this is a fabulous city, says a longtime fan – especially Ixelles, the vibrant multicultural quarter where Audrey Hepburn was born Coming home from a holiday last week, I had a brief conversation with the taxi driver about Belgium. He looked at me in his rear-view mirror and said, “Been somewhere lovely, […]

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New Year getaways: 25 great hotels, pubs and cottages

December 3, 2017

There’s still time to book a cosy New Year break in the UK and see in 2018 in style, with our pick of historic hotels, charming pubs and seaside cottages from Cornwall to Loch Lomond Nungwi Village Continue reading…

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The Chain Locker, Falmouth, Cornwall: hotel review

December 3, 2017

Once the haunt of drunken sailors, this 17th-century inn has been faithfully restored, and makes a great base in one of Cornwall’s liveliest towns We were welcomed to the Chain Locker by a multitude of warm smiles. Well, that’s how it felt, as we stumbled out of the gales and driving rain heralding Storm Brian […]

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St Petersburg: city of revolution turns itself around – again

December 3, 2017

This year all eyes have been on what happened in Russia’s cultural capital 100 years ago, but we ask local artists and musicians for the lowdown on its best 21st-century clubs and arts venues “You won’t find anything like this in Moscow,” Kolya Dubinko, a St Petersburg native, insists. We’re sitting on a wooden bench […]

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10 of the best restaurants and food stalls in Paris’s covered markets

December 3, 2017

Food halls, many in historic buildings, are flourishing all over the French capital and feature bistrots and stalls serving the very best traditional and ethnic dishes Paris has not had a single central food market since Les Halles was demolished in the 1970s. But there are still flourishing historic covered markets serving neighbourhoods all over […]

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Rochelle Bar and Canteen, London: ‘This food feels right’ – restaurant review

December 3, 2017

Brilliant British food served in one of London’s grandest buildings… Lunch can be such joy Rochelle Bar and Canteen at the ICA, the Mall, London SW1Y 5AH (020 7930 8619). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £90 While we are having lunch at the newly opened Rochelle Bar and Canteen inside the ICA on […]

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North House, Cowes, Isle of Wight: hotel review

December 3, 2017

Informal, tasteful (only slightly nautical decor), with cracking views over the Solent and a great restaurant to boot, this island townhouse stay won’t disappoint If you wanted a crash course in anticipating the needs of the world’s most demanding guests, then a spell working on Roman Abramovich’s super-yacht would probably do the trick. Before entering […]

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The best towns and small cities in the US: Eugene, Oregon

December 3, 2017

Continuing our series about America’s coolest cities we take a trip to Portland’s slightly scruffier little sister – for sport, music and an endearing anarchism Part one: Chapel Hill, North Carolina The Slug Queens sum up the spirit of Eugene. Every year the Oregon town hosts an alternative beauty pageant – coinciding with, but independent […]

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The Kitchen, Inverness: ‘A place that really looks after you’ – restaurant review

December 3, 2017

After a miserable lunch at Boath House, Jay is relieved to find himself at the Kitchen in Inverness The Kitchen, 15 Huntly Street, Inverness IV3 5PR (01463 259119). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £80 A few weeks ago Boath House, a handsome grey stone hotel and restaurant 20 miles outside Inverness, announced it […]

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