Jersey is an island in the English channel it is near France. The milk produced from their Jersey cows is very creamy and tastes fantastic. There are lots of lovely beaches and near one of them there is castle Gorey. In the hills you can go pony trekking along the lanes.
Many people in Jersey speak French as well as English.
Condor Ferries Plymouth taking 3hrs 25minutes
+44 (0)1305 763003
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Since our grandson went to the university we have got to know Edinburgh better and he showed us this coffee house and restaurant. It is where JK Rowling wrote her early novels, sitting in the back and it was also frequented by Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith. So this should be enough inspiration for buddibng writers but the ambience is also great and the home made imaginative menu is even better.They serve home made lasagne, pannini's some with mexican flavours and even haggis, neaps and tatties. What more could you want?
It can be very busy so do not be in a rush but it is well worth the visit.It is clear that lots of the students spend their very precious grants in here.
21 GeorgeIV Bridge, Edinburgh.
The Terrace Cafe is not only in one of the UK's most beautiful botanic gardens, but it also boasts one of the best views of Edinburgh. As you approach the terrace suddenly a panorama of the city appears in front of you. The cafe served the usual hot and cold, something-for-everyone fare. I had a memorable first date at the Terrace Cafe, escaping the bustle of the Edinburgh Fringe. Use the Arborteum Place entrance (West Gate) to the Botanic Gardens, which are about a mile from the city centre.
L’Artichaut is a warm and welcoming place, simply but charmingly furnished with gorgeous Tim Stead chairs. Their food is seriously sensual, imaginative, beautifully presented, and as seasonal and local as possible.
Service is knowledgeable, with many wines available by the glass, and Cattriona’s wine advice is excellent: on one occasion, my dining companion said he normally drank only white wine, but tonight he wanted a red "which won’t make me feel all shivery." Catriona’s choice was perfect.
I normally find puddings overly sweet and cloying, but L’Artichaut’s pink peppercorn and lime meringues with lemon curd and bitter chocolate sauce is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. So was their polenta and shiitake mushroom terrine with sauce soubise. And their tomato fritters with olive salad and basil and caper pesto. And their chicory and walnut terrine. And their twice-baked wild garlic and gruyere soufflé with chargrilled artichoke and herb cream sauce. (Incidentally, it’s vegetarian, but if you’re not, you won’t even notice because the food is so fabulous - and half the price you’d pay in London).
This pub has real ale, occasionally stocks local cider, serves good food and has a stunning beer garden and terrace that overlooks the whole of the fabulous Vale of Clwyd. On a summer's day the view is simply fantastic and is a great vista for supping drinks long into the evening. There is also a small campsite owned by the pub about 50 yards away so you can stumble to your tent too.
I go here a lot, it's one of my favourite places in Edinburgh for music, drinks and food. The food is really excellent for a bar/restaurant and although the menu is quite limited they do have specials on to supplement choice. I think the food offers pretty good value for money too, although the drinks are certainly approaching typical George Street prices.
19a West Register St, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA
(above The Cafe Royal) which is located on small (and quite dingy) side street accessed from either Princes St or St Andrews Square. Note that there are quite a lot of steps to get up there.)
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The perfect day out for the jaded Londoner: hop on the train at Victoria with your bike and in less than two hours emerge blinking into the clear blue skies of Birchington-on-Sea in Kent. Well sign posted is the Viking Trail cycle path. It is a lovely route that hugs the north Kent coast, so sea views and salty air all the way. Flat and wide it is perfect for families and younger cyclists, a cycle for pleasure this, rather than for working up a sweat. The trail goes all the way to Ramsgate, the highlight being the five beautiful bays of Broadstairs. This is a great place for a lunch stop – at the Broadstairs institution Posilipo you can feast on spaghetti and shellfish sitting on a terrace high above Viking Bay. If you've had a glass of rose too many you can always hop back on the train at Broadstairs. And dont forget your swimsuit...
OK, it's rather grand for a beer garden - but if there is a more peaceful and beautiful spot to sip your after-dinner drink or while away a long afternoon, I've yet to find it. Even though The Village (yes, the one from 60s TV hit The Prisoner) is a major tourist spot, its artfully artless design creates tiny oases of quiet and country-house comfort. When the sun shines (and it does, often) Portmeirion's secluded mountain setting with its forests and riverside beaches feels more like Italy than Wales, and is irresistibly photogenic. If it's cold, there's a beautiful bar and restaurant in the hotel. Perfect white sands, deep green forests, gardens to rival any in Britain, unique settings, a luxurious interior and great food and drink - why would anyone try to escape?
Portmeirion, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER, Wales
Nearest stations: Minffordd is a 20-minute stroll up a tree-lined lane; Porthmadog is less than ten minutes away by taxi.
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After a literary day in Rye or searching vainly for Derek Jarman's garden in nearby Dungeness, you could do well and head inland to the magical smugglers haven of Romney Marsh. Nestled amid in the flat samphire and watercress fields is the 15th-century Woolpack Inn at Brookland.
Forget the inglenook fireplace and head straight for the garden, with enough room for boistrous kids and private hedged corners where you can share messy crab, roast duck and a crisp New Zealand white. Beery types can swoon over Shepherd Neame's Late Red or a patriotic pint of Spitfire in Battle of Britain country.
This leafy, winding pub garden in this strangely mystical part of Kent only gets better as your third Spitfire of the day hits the target. To quote Douglas Bader: "I then realized my appearance was a bit odd. My right leg was no longer with me."
The Chesil Rectory is a beautiful restaurant in the lovely centre of Winchester. Although the prices put it in the "special occasion" category, the menu is incredibly well put together and the food tasty and locally sourced. The restaurant itself is in an old tudor building.
The Bounty is situated on the bank of the river Thames in The Peoples Republic of Cockmarsh, and is only accessible by foot or by boat. It seems to be a pub that you wander into by accident rather than deliberately set out to look for. Though this rather defeats the object of writing a tip to advise others to go there, part of the fun of The Bounty are these peculiarities and its betwixt and between location is all part of the fun. On the next beautiful sunny day, collect a gaggle of children, dogs and like-minded adults and set out on the walk between Cookham and Bourne End. You'll stumble across it and wander in to enjoy a quick pint of local beer, let the kids play in the play area and enjoy the sunshine across the water. Make no mistake though, the fab grub, easy going atmosphere and lovely staff will ensure that once you arrive, you will stay far, far longer than you ever intend to.
Bourne End, SL8 5RG
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The Waterpoet has one of the best beer gardens in London. The garden is open all year round (even in the snow!) as it is sheltered between an old crumbling building and two modern style buildings. It serves delicious and very affordable food, hosts various quiz nights, it has pool tables and various TVs scattered all around the venue for those who love football, cricket, tennis or rugby. They also have a great choice of beer and wines. It has great atmosphere each time and super friendly helpful staff.
It is located near Liverpool Street station at 9-11 Folgate Street Spitalfields, London E1 6BX
Tel: 020 7426 0495
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In terms of best beer gardens in the UK, my recommendation would be the White House, near to Clissold park in London.
It's run by a Turkish owner and the rear garden really feels like being on holiday in Turkey - there's bean bags everywhere, low tables, shisha pipes to smoke and so on. They do table service in their busier times which is great when the football's on. Two big screens to watch on out there also. The food is excellent in a simple-but-great Turkish way. Oh - and there's a pub rabbit! Better than a pub dog ...
This is a brilliant pub that attracts some very interesting people from all walks of life; dog and child friendly too. The beer garden is pretty expansive with a covered area of sofas and TV and bigger marquee-type things that are rolled out across the whole garden in the winter and also provide shelter for the various music and entertainment events. There is also a little outdoor bar, lots of lovely flowers and a fantastic atmosphere. They serve a range of real ales and guest beers at pretty reasonable prices; the menu is excellent and Saturday is hog-roast day!
Prince of Wales, 118 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8EE
0121 449 4198
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The Prince of Wales is a fantastic pub with a sublime beer garden ... in BIRMINGHAM. Yes, I know, Birmigham. I too was shocked. However, after endless summers spent trying to find a decent beer garden round my neck of the woods in East London, I stumbled upon this little gem one evening when I was in Birmingham for work. The beer is great (eight casque ales no less) but the garden tops off the Victorian splendour of the bar, parlour et. al.
Just go see it for yourself - All I'm going to say is shack, sunset and stage. the rest, as they say, is up to you dear reader ...
Best beer garden in the UK. Unique pub situated in a peaceful village on the Isle of Purbeck with breathtaking views of the coastline. Take a short or long walk along the coastal footpath then grab a cider or local ale with a warm, homemade pasty, sit on the stone furniture to watch the sun go down over the south coast - tranquility.
The Thomas Lord might just be the perfect pub for the summer. The food's great and the staff are lovely, but the beer garden is the best bit. A kitchen garden which supplies the restaurant. An outdoor pizza oven. They even have their own chickens and quails running about. Perfect for families and hardened drinkers alike. The location means that a dedicated driver is a must. Unless you stay in a yurt at one of the nearby trout lakes.
High Street, West Meon, Hampshire, GU32 1LN
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Impressive beer garden where you can sit barefoot on the grass or a picnic table, with a pitcher of Pimms and enjoy other people's dogs.
69, Stoke Newington High St, London, N16 8EL
+44(0)20 7254 6626
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