Great restaurant, great food, good selection, excellent service, ice-cold draught Cobra (and bottled King Cobra), very good fixed price menu with good selection midweek. Book on Fridays and Saturdays.
I've tried them all locally and this is the best.
133 Chanterlands Avenue Hull HU5 3TJ. About 1 and a half miles from city centre.
Fantastic local curry house. A tiny little place in a run-down back street in SW8. Fantastic east-African food with real flavour and very cheap. Bring your own drink. Regularly changing specials. Particularly good for vegetarians.
Wilcox Close, London, SW8.
Nearest tubes Stockwell and Vauxhall.
Nearest bus routes 2, 88, 77, 87, 196.
Babur is (apparently) a bit of a south-east London legend and has existed for over 20 years. Their takeaway is the best I've ever had (whole spices, judicious application of chilli heat, pretty decent quality meat etc).
They have just refurbished their restaurant (which is in a differnt location to the takeaway). It's always packed at the weekend with a nice crowd, and no p*ssed-up punters, which could be due to the fact it's a bit dearer than your average ruby due to it's modern take on regional classics. Good wine-list too, and really helpful, friendly staff. I really can't recommend this place enough...
119 Brockley Rise
London SE23 1JP
Prashad serves a mix of tasty Dosa and Gujarati cooking, delicious chaat and roadside snacks. Mrs Patel - the chief cook - has been named Yorkshire Forward Chef of the Year 2004 & 2006 and South Indian Chef of the Year in 2005 & 2006. Don't let the fact it being vegetarian put you off - I always take my friends and they are always gobsmacked with how great the food is!
86 Horton Grange Road, Bradford, BD7 2DW; tel: 01274 575 893;
The best vegetarian Indian restaurant in town, which is saying something. Some of the 50 or so dishes will be new to many - for starters, try mysore bonda (amazingly light fried lentil balls with coconut dips), mosar vade (lentil doughnuts in yogurt) or a tangy, crunchy bhel puri.
Highlights among the mains include dosais, aloogadde soppu (the best spinach and potato dish I've eaten), a wonderful mutter paneer and a vibrant, earthy beetroot sasami. It's cheap, too: the most expensive main dish is £5.75. Service is always friendly, helpful and relaxed.
153 Granby Street,
It is quite simply the best British B&B we have stayed in. Everything is thought of and catered for. How ace to have a full breakfast menu with such great choices with proper sauces, jams etc - none of these rubbishy catering pack plastic sachets. Perfectly situated for the excellent Monkey World, too!
44 Maiden Castle Road
01305 267145 - 07748947610
There are hundreds of B&Bs to choose from in Whitby - and this is one of the best. Simply decorated, quirky rooms with fabulous fixtures in this elegant Georgian town house, handy for both the harbour and the buzzy town centre.
The vibe is very relaxed - not a single 'do not do this/that/the other' sign in evidence; the welcome's warm and the breakfast stupendous.
You'll return again and again - you can afford to -it's within everyone's pocket.
5 Havelock Place
North Yorks YO21 3ER
La Flamenca is an authentic Spanish restaurant, run by a Spanish family in the traditional way. We had delicious chicken in garlic tapas. Wonderful, succulent pieces of tender chicken poached in a delicious liquor of garlic and white wine.
There was ample fresh bread to mop up the juices. Extra virgin olive oil brought from Spain was also provided to drizzle on the bread as the Mediterraneans do. The service was also attentive and excellent.
12a North Parade,
Between Tenby and Saundersfoot lies the village of New Hedges. The beach at Monkstone can be found just besides Trevayne campsite. The way down is steep but the beach itself is worth it. Beautiful sands, beautiful rocks and best of all, lots of mussels to pick for tea!
New Hedges, Pembrokeshire
If you like the Magpie in Whitby (and let's face it, everyone who's been there does) the Mermaid does the same top-class fish and chips with style.
Choose from the old favourites (cod, haddock, scampi) or from the blackboard of current fresh fish. Plus, you get a great view.
1 The Strand, Saundersfoot.
If it's raining and you need a cheap umbrella, just go to London Transport's lost property office at Baker Street station and say you left a black umbrella on the tube. They just hand you a replacement one. And they have hundreds of black umbrellas to choose from.
Travelling by train to Europe has been very difficult for people living in the North. Combining a cheap ticket to London with a cheap Eurostar ticket is not easy. If you can only get a value ticket to London one-way, use Virgin Trains who now sell half-savers for flexible one-way travel.
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
A B&B in Tywardreath (setting for Daphne du Maurier's House on the Strand). Really stylish modern rooms and ideally located for exploring mid-Cornwall. Owners are highly knowledgeable about local walks, beaches, pubs and restaurants.
To get away from the city for a day, try an early start out of town for the 2hr drive to Fort William in order to catch the 10.20 steam-pulled Jacobite (also known as the Hogwarts Express) from Fort William to Mallaig through the atmospheric Scottish landscape passing lochs & mountains a plenty and over the awe-inspiring Glenfinnan viaduct.
There is time for an hour long hike & an ice cream at Mallaig before catching the return back to Fort William, then drive back to Glasgow either via Oban for fish & chips or via Loch Lomond for lakeside dining.
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