A brilliant B&B about 15 minutes walk from the centre of Bath. It has parking at the back (rare for Bath). The owner is very helpful and keen on good bathrooms and it shows. This is a non- chintzy place not cheap but worth the extra.
The star performance is breakfast - homemade muesli, walnut bread, organic eggs, the works. If you are travelling by train you can be collected and delivered to station by said owner.
Athole House,33 Upper Oldfield Park,Bath BA2 3JX
Don leathers and leave behind the elegant, quintessential Englishness of Chester (built to keep the Welsh out), gradually ascend and ride the switchback of the dramatic Horseshoe Pass, an early natural rollercoaster, and glide (pausing awhile at the Ponderosa for refreshments) under the clouds into One Hundred Years of Solitude, or the Welsh Dee Valley, at Llangollen overlooked by the brooding magnificence of Castell Dinas Bran
Go in July and catch the International Eisteddfod, the epicentre of grass roots world music for a week. This year, acts range from Joan Baez to Jose Carreras but the true stars are from Iraq, China and the west coast of Africa!
The best Welsh brewed real ales are at Gales in the high street and for Welsh contemporary "tapas", try the stunningly located Cornmill on the banks of the swirling Dee.
It is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant which will not disappoint a meat eater. Regular changing menus with 4 or 5 choices. Always an interesting variety of cultures and cuisines covered within the choices. Good short wine list of largely organic wines and beers. Friendly and attentive service.
23-25 Heathcote Street, Hockley, Nottingham NG1 3AG
Tel: 0115 9555560
A quiet Indian restaurant specialising in food from Kerala ('God's own country') in South India.
The food is authentic and tastes home-made. Every time I feel home sick, I head to Oxford Circus. A little shopping followed by a delicious hot meal is the cure for my blues!
Try the buffet (different prices depending on whether you choose dessert or not). I love the 'Mango Lassi' as a refreshing drink on a hot summers day.
Kerala Restaurant, 15 Great Castle Street, London, W1W 8LT. Nearest tube Oxford Circus
This is a great little restaurant, tucked away near the river in Sowerby with great ambience and friendly staff. It outshines the area and gives hope that things are on the up for this Northern Milltown. The dishes are all vegan and range from huge seasonal dishes like aparagaus and new potato salad to baked plantains with spicy mango salsa. The puddings are great, really traditional and everything is prepared fresh in the open kitchen. The wine is organic too, but reasonable so a three course meal for two plus wine is just under £45 - splendid.
6 Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2EA.
Tel: 01422 316 000
You don’t travel 650 miles from Surrey for nothing! We have stayed at the cottage on many occasions and will repeatedly return to savour the delights of exceptional accommodation in an idyllic setting.
We cannot speak too highly of the Taigh a’ Bhraion experience, try it for yourselves, especially in the winter, it's cosy and warm and very beautiful outside.
Letters on Loch Broom, 10 miles from Ullapool
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Its originality of recipes and high ingredient quality mark it out from the rest. The wonderful informal Bistro atmosphere enables one to enjoy a meal in comfort and quiet if necesary. It also has some good bottled beers.
It is on Penny Street; slap bang in the centre of Lancaster's pedestrian zone; 10 minutes walk from the station or the Duke's Theatre.
Rasa vegetarian restaurant in Stoke Newington is great - delicious variety of interesting Keralan dishes and all completely vegetarian. For carnivores, there's a non-veggie version opposite.
Church Street, Stoke Newington, Hackney, London
Tucked away in a converted church near Hammersmith tube, this is the best British veggie restaurant we've found. Particularly fantastic are the wild food menus, which include everything from nettles and wild mushrooms to strange salad ingredients and inventive elderflower puddings. It's pretty good value for top-notch food and even has an original mural covering one wall!
Simply the place to get the most fantastic fresh fish and seafood, Malliag is a proper fishing port rather than a tourist destination. Most people arrive there and stay only briefly on their way to Skye, Rhum or Knoydart but the excellence of the food, served in a harbourside setting, is such that it is worth organising an overnight stop on your way to these places. The service is helpful, friendly and unpretentious and the helpings more than generous.
Right on the harbour near the ferry terminal.
Not far along the coast road from Lynton you’ll find a signpost for Hunters Inn, which as well as being a pub-restaurant and place of accommodation, is also a beauty spot near the bottom of the alarmingly steep and deep Heddon Valley.
The walks in this area are spectacular, whether you follow the river path down to the sea or climb the cliff paths which cut narrow tracks along steep, heather-covered inclines.
This is a truly beautiful place to spend some time, just make sure that your car brakes are in good working order before you make the journey.
Take the coast road from Lynton towards Ilfracombe. Watch for the signposted road for Hunters Inn.
Several kilometers of unspoilt golden sand. Stunning views out into the Atlantic and up to the Mountains of Harris. You'd be unlucky to bump into anyone else. Can get windy - bring your kite!
Isle of Berneray, Outer Hebrides
As a regular visitor to Inverness, for me this is the best restaurant in town with an exciting mix of European/Scottish food. The stylish interior and warm welcome everyone receives make it a must.
1 Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5NE Tel: 01463 717274
A hidden gem in Halifax - freshly cooked veggie & vegan food. North African dishes seem to be a speciality, and there are wonderfully presented Bento boxes on Fridays. The soya lattes, fresh juices and imaginative salads are delicious.
The Okra House Cafe,
Above Food Therapy Wholefoods, opposite the Library.
Bright, friendly vegetarian cafe. Delicious food, the best salads. Really friendly staff, good prices, toys and books for kids and local art for sale on the walls.
Above Richard's Health Food shop, Bread Street, Penzance, Cornwall. Best reached from bottom of Causewayhead. Up the hill from Penzance train station.
Varied veggie and vegan menu - inspired by flavours from around the world. The tapas is excellent, the veggie breakfast is tasty and very filling and the cakes are delicious. We enjoy the leisurely atmosphere - you are not rushed to finish and move on. We can't wait to go back.
Wai Kika Moo Kau, 42 Meeting House Lane, Brighton, East Sussex,
Tel: 01273 323824
Delicious, freshly prepared food using wholesome ingredients. A really friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It is always hard to choose what to have as it all looks so inviting. The Bannoffi Pie is to die for! I challenge you to eat a whole one!
667 Christchurch Road, Boscombe
Tel: 01202 393673
Simply the best veggie restaurant that I have ever visited. Reading the menu is part of the pleasure - it has a language all of its own, e.g. Bengal Babs -Tandoori spice loaded halloumi kebab, served with smoked almond custard risotto, tamarind tang, pink onion and green mango sas, and podi dust tomatoes; Cigarillo Mejoolie - Deep-fried parchment pastry crammed with cardamon mejool date and pistachio lemon mince, cinnamon dust, fennel seed sugar, served with pomegranate bead, orange and grapefruit fillets and a mint tisane granita. The flavours and textures are divine. The staff are efficient and friendly and the restaurant also caters for vegans and those who need a gluten free diet. I visit regularly and am never disappointed.
71 East Street, Brighton BN1 1HQ
Tel: 01273 729051
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