It's centrally located just off the Royal Mile and you can find rooms from just £19 a night if you book online at least 3 weeks in advance on the non-refundable saver rate.
30 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TA
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Watching bands here is more of a musical experience than just a 'gig'.
Despite the venue being miles from any sort of humanity, the looming site of this magnificient glass building with its atriums and arches makes the one and half mile trek up the hill all worthwhile! Once inside Ally Pally you will be amazed by the amount of space there is and the decadent interior: gold-painted scrolling handrails on winding marbled stairs carpeted with lush velvet makes going to the loo feel like a royal visit!
The huge expanse of the building means that acoustics travel far and wide, making even the smallest band sound magnanimous. An excellent example of this was The White Stripes gig where the stark two-piece made so much noise that many were afraid Jack White's shrieking vocals would shatter the glass ceiling.
Alexandra Palace is truly a venue fit for kings!
Alexandra Palace Way
Very central, very cheap, and provides all the facilities you could wish for. Great choice of breakfasts from The Causeway Cafe. Fresh cooked and very reasonable.
22-32 Donegall Road, Belfast BT12 5JN
This pub, halfway between Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road tube stations, is brilliant. As well as a good range of drinks and a yummy menu, it offers loads of live music events all week (from open mic nights to unsigned indie bands and old-time jazz).
Thanks to a new refurbishment the Spice now looks like a slightly garish, eccentric Highland mansion, and it's extra-cosy for sinking winter pints. And best of all the pub's attractions? Three words: Sticky. Toffee. Pudding.
6 Moor St (by the intersection of Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Ave - just next to the big theatre)
The Sheesh Mahal on Kirkstall Road always manages to amaze me with both the quality of the food and service on offer. Azram, the owner, is always serving and chatting with his regulars, and nothing is too much trouble for him, whether it is explaining the history behind dishes on the menu, or providing cake and a free bottle of wine for a friend's birthday.
There are many very, very good curry houses in Leeds and Bradford, but the Sheesh manages to serve food that's up there with the best. The service always tips the scales in the Sheesh's direction though.
Key dishes to try include the prawn puri starter, and either the fish balti or sheesh gosht karahi with a side order of cauliflower and aubergine. I've tried most of the menu and have yet to have a bad meal there.
Kirkstall Road, Leeds
The food, fragrance, spice, atmosphere, and neighbourhood are all unforgettable. I recommend it to everyone. Such a place becomes an intregal part of sensory memory, replayed over and over again, even across a decade or more.
This is worth the trip out of town and out of Didsbury or Chorlton. Amazing, healthy (well, as healthy as a curry could be) and good value. Great service, always willing to give advice on what's best and wine to go with it. A real gem!
I agree that curry mile isn't worth it unless you're very inebriated and after the experience of the location, rather than the taste of the curry.
Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton.
It's an Indian restaurant rather than a curry house, if that makes any sense.
The food is just fantastic - a million miles from the generic curry sauce used on different ingredients that so many places churn out. Fantastic food, good prices, good portions, friendly staff.
It's the best Indian food I've had outside of India, and since moving away from Nottingham I've really missed it. Despite hunting high and low in Bristol, where I am now, I've not yet found anywhere near its equal.
43 Mount Street Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 6HE
A new Italian restaurant opened in Scarborough just three months ago and is the hottest place in town. The food is classical Italian, no pizza or spag bol! Fabulous fresh pasta, risotto and steaks. Gamberoni sale - tiger prawns cooked on a bed of rock salt with garlic white wine and fresh lemon - is to die for!
Everything is cooked to order by the owner Claudio (no microwave in sight!) and served in contemporary surroundings by a great team of friendly and helpful staff. The wine list is full of old favourites sourced from Italy, frascati, barola and classic chianti and is very reasonably priced. £11.90 a bottle for the sangiovese house wine.
The deserts are all homemade daily (the best tiramisu I have ever tasted!). £3 - £4 amazingly good value. Main course pastas and risottos are only £6.95, which is excellent and, to finish, an espresso so good if you close your eyes you could be in Italy!
Already booking is essential and a great idea is booking online, which offers a 10% discount - a good idea for parties. This place is a wonderful find and makes a change from the usual Italian restaurants. Do give it a try when you are visiting Scarborough, I am sure you won't be disappointed.
corner of bar street/st nicholas cliff scarborough north yorkshire
Simply one of the best places to eat fresh, local seafood on the south coast of England. I had my favourite ever dish here, hake, caught that morning, cooked with cornish yarg. Delicious.
1-3 Polkirt Hill
Cornwall PL26 6UR
Tel: +44 (0)1726 842174
1-3 Polkirt Hill
Cornwall PL26 6UR
Tel: +44 (0)1726 842174
Hidden away from the seagulls and sound lies a little courtyard where virginia creeper meet sparrows and butterflies - Libra Court, the cheeky jewel on Sidmouth's crown.
If you fancy a wander around artist studios, a nibble on chunky farmhouse bread, or just to sit and watch the buzz do its buzzing, hop off the seafront, go straight on down the highstreet, take a right, then nip left.
Life has a rather colourful palette in Libra Court.
Libra Court, Fore Street, Sidmouth, Devon
Woody Bay is a remarkably secluded, peaceful spot. It does require a long, winding walk down a cliff to get to it - but do not let that deter you.
Every minute you spend with the kind of quiet you will find there makes it worth the effort.
Devon is famous for its cream teas and this place serves the finest ones in the land. Organic scones, made in an ancient mill surounded by Devonish countryside which is a perfect excuse to walk off the cream.
Village of Otterton, Devon, just off B3178 in between Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth
It's a tiny space - decked out in retro burlesque style, entered by a dramatic (if small) glass entrance just in front of the Lyceum. A former men's loo it is now rammed with high-tech stuff (sms jukebox, automatically opaque loo doors) and ambitiously holds shows (can't imagine how) every night at 10.
We went in for an early evening cocktail - all drinks 1/3rd off before 8pm. Cocktails strong but chemical, though the wine list looked okay. To be honest it's just feels like a pleasantly odd place to be drinking - huddled beneath the pavement sitting on leather seats which are shaped like buttocks. Maybe I wouldn't go back, but if you are in the area it's worth a visit.
London WC2r 0HT
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