Lovely little cafe next to the Mersey Valley visitor centre. Great quiches, pizzas and sandwiches. Home made breads and cakes. Great veggie breakfast (served all day) - yum. Small and friendly and will go that extra yard to suit your wishes.
Walk or bike from Chorlton and cross the meadows.
Super for lunch.
Sale Water Park, M33 2LX. Just off the M60.
Three 18th century barns converted into fabulous contemporary holiday houses. With a private cook, housekeeper and swimming pool, our stay felt more exclusive and more relaxing than any five-star hotel.
Mesmear, St Minver, Nr Polzeath, North Cornwall, PL27 6RA. Tel: 01208 869731. www.mesmear.co.uk
Exmoor has some fabulous walking - we were in Lynton & Lynmouth, the 'walking capital of Exmoor' and had three splendid days' walking, staying at Shelley's in Lynmouth. Four National Walking Trails pass through the twin villages, or you can just follow one of the many shorter local walks, they're all great!
8 Watersmeet Road
Lynmouth Exmoor Devon EX35 6EP
Fantastic fourstar large self-catering house ideal for large groups. Great location near the coast, with access to a secluded beach. Indoor heated swimming pool - all round excellent!
Phone: 07825 732215
Great selection of self-catering holiday flats on Scarborough's beautiful esplanade on South Cliff. Lovely views across harbour and out to sea. Mexican restaurant on site and sports bar.
The Villa Esplanade, South Cliff, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2QA
Good hotel offering accommodation in the centre of Malton. Only 30 minutes from both York and Scarborough. Ideal location to explore coast and country. Great deals on rooms.
The Talbot Hotel,
North Yorkshire YO17 7AJ
Traditional Yorkshire inn offering good food, range of beers and wines with accommodation. Large bar, cosy corners and real log fires plus huge pool hall with American and English tables. Big screen TV showing all live sporting events and live entertainment. Great place for families looking to explore local area. Only 20 minutes form York and Scarborough.
The Green Man Family Inn,
15 Market Street, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 7LY
Cliff-top hotel located on the north bay of Scarborough, offering the best sea views you may ever see! Excellent rates and cheap deals always available. Perfect for families - only five minutes from many attractions and one minute from Blue Flag Beach. Nice rooms, good food and friendly service. Perfect for anyone looking for a seaside holiday on a budget.
The Clifton Hotel,
Queen’s Parade, North Bay,
Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO12 7HX
Four-star hotel in the centre of Bournemouth. Perfect location in centre of town and only five minutes' walk through gardens to Bournemouth's beautiful beach. Full leisure facilities including indoor pool, restaurant and bar. Accommodation is some of the nicest in Bournemouth - ask for a Superior room.
The Norfolk Royale Hotel,
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 6EN
Beautiful country house hotel in Scalby Village near Scarborough in North Yorkshire. Attended a small wedding here and it was absolutely stunning. Great rooms, great food, nice wines and some of the most beautiful uninterrupted views of Yorkshire you may ever see!
Wrea Head Country House Hotel in Scarborough
Barmoor Lane, Scalby near Scarborough
Possibly the best hotel in Scarborough. Central location and sea views! Full leisure facilities, good food and great service.
The Royal Hotel in Scarborough
St Nicholas Street, Scarborough YO11 2HE
I recently stayed in a self-catering castle with friends in Scotland. With all the talk of the downturn in the economy, maybe we should consider holidaying within UK and Europe.
A company called Celtic Castles offer castle accommodation all around the UK, Ireland and France. Some have been converted into hotels while others (like Castle Law that I stayed in) are now self-catering properties.
The thing I was surprised about was how little it cost. It worked out at less than 100 pounds per person per night, there are some offers available at the moment so this will be even less now.
Definitely worth considering!
This is a beautiful and B& in the heart of the Lake District. Luxury accommodation and a superb attention to detail make it a weary traveller's paradise. The owners have put their life and soul into the restoration project of this beautiful old house and they have made the wise decision of choosing quality all the way.
The views are stunning, the breakfast excellent and the service second to none. I highly recommend a break away from the hectic life we all lead. I only spent two nights and have come back to Ireland ready for anything. Book ahead as this place is not going to be a secret find for long.
Summerhill Country House
Ambleside LA22 0PP
Secreted in a tiny village between Torquay and Exeter this restaurant is a delight. Using mostly local ingredients to create excellent menus at what - at least to London eyes - are very reasonable prices.
Great small Italian restaurant close to Bedford and Luton where they serve authentic Italian cuisine which will not cost you an arm and a leg. Always a good and varied evening meal restaurant and lunchtime coffee bar menu.
Gio's Italian Restauarant
83 Bedford Road
Barton Le Clay
Tel: 01582 883042
It is a well presented Indian restaurant, with a great chef who does really authentic good food. Service is detailed and good, with a very pleasant ambience and relaxing bar - it's a great place to go.
Wollaton Vale, Wollaton, Nottingham
A four-day bus pass costs £21 - you can hop on and off buses over a wide area, walk from one valley and come down in another and generally avoid driving and finding parking spaces! The open top bus along Borrowdale is great fun!
Bored of the same old flocked wallpaper and run-of-the-mill korma combo? Anokha is the antidote. Meaning ‘unique’, this contemporary city Indian features leather chairs and low lighting. Classic regional curries sit side by side with an excellent selection of modern Indian fusion dishes, and Anokha prides itself on using only fresh, wholesome ingredients and no artificial colourings or preservatives.
Start with a delicate scallop puree, then move on to the bold sweet and sour flavours of Mali duck, cooked with mango puree, yoghurt, tamarind, garlic and ginger. An excellent wine list and friendly service.
9-13 Fenchurch Buildings, London, EC3M 5HR
0207 481 8556
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