I have just returned from Whitley Bay this weekend, and I would just like to let anyone who is thinking about staying in Whitley Bay that I found the best B&B I have ever stayed in!
I have stayed in many B&Bs during my travels, most are a little tacky and chintzy. Most have their own little quirky attributes, like a shoulder against the door to assist opening it or a little gentle tap on the remote to get the TV working, that's if there is a remote. I know if you have stayed in B&Bs that you'll be familiar with these added features.
The Chedburgh in Whitley Bay is, however, a world apart! Flat screen TVs, DVD players, Sky Sports 1, 2 & 3 in the room plus other stations.
Great decor, neutral browns and creams with modern furniture and very clean! Everything in the room worked! Breakfast was fantastic and the owners young, friendly, really helpful and social people. Well done to these people for exceeding my exectations of the B&B industry in this country.
No complaints about this place at all, I wish I could find a Chedburgh everywhere I travelled!
Check out their website, really informative and what you see there is what you see at the B&B!
This is one of several Mauds ice cream parlours. The best ice cream is their pooh bear - vanilla with honey comb. They are becoming rather a monster with new outlets springing up everywhere but the quality never wanes. I'm just upset I can't get it in England where I now live so I have to pig out every time I go home!
A family run business since 1936, Gallones produces quality delicious handmade ice cream. Visit the factory shop for bargain prices and a taste of Italy.
E Gallone Ltd
8 Welford Road
Vans at Abington Park, Pittsford Reserviou.
'Hertford Castle' refers more to an area in the middle of the town rather than the 15th century gatehouse that lies at the centre of it, the only remaining building of the actual castle that once stood there.
There are, however, other remnants including 11th century perimeter walls built with flint and the original 10th century motte. All this is situated by the river Lea and surrounded by some very well kept gardens, the modern day use being mainly as a park area.
The castle has had some famous residents over the years, including Elizabeth I, who was a frequent visitor.
One of the best restaurants in Lancaster! Located on the Quay, QSF is a French restaurant serving delicious food in a relaxed environment.
A great selection of fresh fish, meat and veggie dishes – try to go on Sunday/ Monday when they do ‘Simply Squiffy’ – three courses and a bottle of wine each for a set price (just try not to fall in the River Lune afterwards). Also look out for Quite Simply Food, their sister deli up on Moor Lane in town.
Restaurant, cafe, jazz bar and cinema all rolled into one! Located in Ambleside, I have been visiting this place for over 20 years. In that time it’s gone through some changes but it still remains a wonderful place to go especially now with the addition of a jazz bar playing live jazz most Saturdays.
The restaurant and cafe are veggie but the kind of veggie that makes you want to convert! Cinema has four screens – two in the main building and two just down the road on the edge of the beautiful park. Go for the ‘movie deal’ (cinema ticket and meal) then afterwards listen to jazz for one of the best nights out in the Lakes!
Tel: 015394 33845
Invited out for a dinner with friends yesterday, and WOW, what a place. I overheard another table mention it had just been awarded 2 AA stars and that it was only 1 of 3 restaurants to have them.
Have to say I wasn't surprised. The food was excellent and the overall venue is just magic.
Disappointed that Sabor do Brasil has closed, as I love Brazillian food and hoped to visit it on a visit from Lancashire, but I discovered Brazillian café, Pizzico, 289 Regents Park Road N3 3JY near Finchley Central Station (formerly an Italian deli/café recently taken over by a Brazillian who cooks like an angel).
I have heard it said that it is better than Sabor used to be, and the prices are really good too. So if, like me, anyone is disappointed to lose Sabor, I recommend they try Pizzico.
289 Regents Park Road, N3 3JY
Tel: 020 8371 1999
Some of the best homemade ice cream I've ever tasted, served by the makers in an atmosphere that's friendly and warm. Go there for the ice cream, stay for the chat and come away with a desire to return. I recommend the raspberry cup... If anyone wants to buy me one, I'll explain why!
Conti's cafe, Harford Square, Lampeter, Dyfed
The peak of ice cream perfection ... in the Peak District. The vans do the rounds of Derbyshire honeypots, and there's a posh ice cream parlour in posh Bakewell. Try the Bakewell pudding flavour.
An Italian restaurant and ice cream parlour.
The best ice cream in London if not the UK, stroll off Primrose Hill and towards Camden town and there it is. Amazing flavour and amazing sundaes. Can't beat it.
Chalk Farm Road, towards Camden Town from Chalk Farm station on the left hand side as you walk south.
Excellent ice creams in the seaside village of Parkgate on the Wirral. The strange thing is the sea has now gone, it's no longer a busy port and due to the Dee tides it only comes up to the sea wall a couple of times a year. Excellent views to the mountains of north Wales.
On the Parade, in the centre of town, just on the edge of the Wirral.
Tel: 0151 336 1274
A tiny family-run ice cream factory in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Choose a cornet of one of umpteen flavours in the shop, and eat it on the bench outside, peering through the windows at their collection of ice cream vehicle memorabilia. Or take home a tub! Or one of their fantastic ice cream cakes!
Award-winning Treacle Town, with a rich flavour and little marshmallows is particularly good, as are their seasonal fruit flavours and the Christmas Pudding ice cream which appears in winter.
74 Newton Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6RJ, 01625 424391
Simply the best tasting ice-cream in the world!!
Produced by a small dedicated family firm who really know how to make natural ice cream.
Norwich, on a barrow in London Street and in restaurants/cafes/shops in Norfolk.
Apart from those who will only walk on tarmac roads, this island truly caters for all ages. Being a happy urban family, we spent a week here with our 3 kids (then aged 6,9 and 11) and they are begging to go back.
My husband used to love philosophising during the evenings at the tavern after pulling out rhodis all day and then, in our loved up youth, we spent a
very happy time drifting around the many walks and sights of this tiny island.
But our best time was with our kids (no TV or playstation but sadly mobiles do work out there) watching puffins, walking amongst the rocks and having them drag us off in to the Marisco Tavern which greeted them in a truly friendly manner.
The Tavern boasts numerous books and games to amuse
all ages, is welcoming at all hours and there is usually a troubadour or two (with instruments on hand) to provide an up-market karaoke element. Once, we even had a unicycle display around the whole tavern, weaving his way amongst the drinkers and diners. This is an island that provides both peace and quiet when required but also many opportunities for socialising.
We would have no hesitation in going back because, having been on many occasions, it's been a novelty every time. Oh! and the tavern male loo has one of the best views in the whole of the country!
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