Restaurant & tapas bar serving delicious local food in traditional patio. Exquisite 'salmorejo' (thick gazpacho), 'Flamenquin' (special rolled sausage), melt in the mouth bull's tail stew (rabo de toro), shellfish salad (Salpicon de mariscos) etc. Really friendly owner (3rd generation at La Fragua) and staff and all for around 22E per head.
Restaurante La Fragua
Calleja del Arco, s/n, 14003
Traditional Córdobese food at good prices.
Tel: 00 34 957 484 572
It's a favourite haunt. It does a really nice buffet with a good variety. Plenty of nice vegetables. Polite and pleasant staff. The 'meat' dishes look and taste authentic. We took some devoted-meat-eating friends there a few months back and bundled them in without their seeing the word 'vegan' on the outside. They didn't believe us when we confessed they'd just heartily enjoyed a vegan meal!! Great! A recommended evening would be to go there for the main and then over Soho Square to Soho Street and Govinda's for desert (very yummy!), though the latter closes at 8pm.
Old Compton Street, Soho.
Small chain of ice cream shops that offer top-notch ice cream both as to quality and selection.
Main shop is in Cambridge on Main St. near Massachusetts Ave. (near MIT) - bus #1 down Mass. Ave. or Red-line to Central Sq. underground stop.
Basement has a nice bookshop and a very convenient set of computers with internet access. The food is delicious and inexpensive since the restaurant is volunteer run.
24 Lever Street, Northern Quarter (M1 1DZ) (at Piccadilly Gardens & Piccadilly station)
Tel: 0161 237 1832
Although purely vegetarian, this Southern Indian restaurant is the best place for a curry in Birmingham. Don't just take my word for it, the walls are adorned with photos of TV chefs visiting! There's enormous variety in the menu, to ensure that no meat eater will go away feeling robbed. Plus, there's a fantastic sweet shop next door.
Advance booking is recommended!
569-571 Stratford Road, Sparkhill,
Birmingham B11 4LS
Tel: 0121 766 7199
A Manchester institution, serving students and other fans on this site since 1972. Delicious old-skool wholesome and filling veggie and vegan food, with some lighter alternatives these days, legendary salad dressing. They aren't shy about putting their recipes on the web so you can make them in slightly smaller quantities at home. There's a great food shop upstairs, too.
111 Oxford Road,
9.30am 'til 7.30pm Monday to Saturday
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
This place covers a range of organic, veggie and vegan foods; with many of the courses being experimental and *always* worth it. You can pick something random and it will amaze you. Excellent friendly service, this place is always busy and once you've been there you'll understand.
St Marks Rd, Easton, Bristol
A great place in the centre of Kunming with an extensive menu of coffees, cakes and ice cream. I've idled away many hours there as they also provide wireless internet.
76 Wen Lin Jie, Wen Hua Xiang, Kunming (Near Yunnan University and the Greenlake Park
I did the Great Glen Way (a five-day walk) a couple of years ago and had a memorable meal at a place we discovered on the way. Basically, it's a barge moored at Laggan Locks, the end of day two of the walk. Having been told about it the previous night in Gairlochy we called to book, told the bloke what food we liked and arrived to the most ridiculous oversized feast of local seafood and other nice stuff, all for a pitifully small sum. The whole experience was totally, if pleasingly, bonkers – a man, his dog, only two customers, a barge full of odd historical memorabilia and a lot of good food.
The walk, by the way, was pretty good but frustratingly, a lot of the walking route followed the same path as the cycle route and I felt that we wouldn't have lost much, and would have got to Inverness a lot quicker, if we'd been on bikes.
South Laggan PH34 9EA
f: 01320 340210
An old inn full of character perfectly perched over Loch Gairloch at Badachro Bay. Sit outside on the deck or in the conservatory with its open fire and enjoy fresh seafood or delicious homemade burgers. You might even be visited by a curious seal.
Gairloch, Ross-shire, Scotland IV21 2AA
Tel: 01445 741255
A reasonably priced and enjoyable restaurant on the Pest side and just south of the popular tourist areas.
Home-brewed beer, which you can have in litre sized glasses if you want (and at about £2.70 a litre at May 2007 exchange rates). Ask the band for your favourite tune.
Kinizsi utca 30-36.
Metro Ferenc Krt.
or short walk from the tram which runs along the banks of the Danube
Experience a chunk of Harry's trip to Hogwarts by going over Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West Highland railway line between Fort William and Mallaig.
Better still, stop and visit the viaduct itself - you can walk up to it easily from the visitors centre, which also has information about the nearby Bonnie Prince Charlie's monument, set amidst some of the most spectacular scenery on the west coast.
After working up an appetite, head to Glenfinnan Station's Dining Car - a cafe in a converted carriage - for afternoon tea of homemade scones with jam and thick cream.
While you're there, don't miss the fascinating Glenfinnan Station Museum - a real labour of love containing displays about the building of the railway and viaduct, along with ephemera from the railway age. If all that tires you out, you can always overnight at the Glenfinnan Sleeping Car, too...
In the Rías Baixas, each season and each month has its own gastronomical festival to honour the different tasty food of this region.
So, for example, the first two weeks of April, there is an oyster festival. The festival is during this date because the oysters are in the best moment to be tasted. Together with the gastronomic festival, there are other performances for the public.
You can enjoy non-stop eating from the oyster sample plates.
In and around Rue Daru is a small Russian community where you can find Russian restaurants and shops to browse around. The grandest feature however is the Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky, which is an impressive sight, both outside and in.
Recently re-opened cafe and B&B in splendidly isolated position on Rannoch Moor. Only accessible on foot or by train to its own station!
Great food and drink (lots of venison-based dishes from the local estate) and within walking distance of beautiful lochs and hills. Equally brilliant Loch Ossian eco-Youth Hostel close by.
Corrour Station House, Corrour Estate, Fort William, PH30 4AA
- at Corrour Station.
The Einich is a small and friendly cafe/restaurant located in the Rothiemurchus Visitor Centre at Inverdruie just south of Aviemore. Good value lunches and evening meals with some imaginative menu options.
Inverdruie, Aviemore PH22 1QH
Tel: 01479 812334
Mandraki is a must. The old town has its own charm but Mandraki represents the cosmopolitan Rhodes. There you will find everything. The Italian Art Deco buildings, the Agora with many shops and restaurants. Just at the entrance of the market there are kiosks with foreign books and newspapers.
On the promenade, visit the Zaharoplasteion Dimitriadis, one of the oldest pastry shops. Enjoy the view of the windmills and the two pillars with the deer at the port entrance.
Just behind the Taxi terminal inside the arcade there are some good old restaurants with very cheap prices.
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