Lovely Tudor coaching inn at the centre of Rye. A couple of friends live in nearby Hastings, so I come to Rye and stay at The George when I want to extend my trip with some R&R!
The place had closed for restoration until recently (i'd actually been in a couple of years ago when only the bar was open. The rest of it was a bit of a 1970s nightmare). Couldn't believe it when I went back. Beautifully designed rooms, very personal and quirky, as far from a hotel room as you can imagine (and no box shaped rooms in sight).
The George also has a restaurant (very good food, particularly when Rye's many tea rooms get a bit samey) and an evocative, historic pub.
Unfortunately we're currently in the depths of winter as The George's garden, which is in a courtyard, is also very pretty.
This really is a homely but stylish place, and I'd also urge those just visiting Rye for the day to stop in for lunch or a drink, as it's such a beautiful hotel.
One more tip: try to visit Rye when Lamb House is open, a National Trust property that Henry James lived in for the latter part of his life. Only open a couple of days a week but well worth a visit.
98 High Street
East Sussex TN31 7JT
T 01797 222 114
Nearest Station Rye
D&C is an 'enoteco' serving wonderful Italian food and a host of wines by the glass. Service is with a smile and staff are knowledgeable and concerned that you enjoy the food. Busy, buzzy, cheap and never fails to cheer.
Just off Nassau Street, close to Trinity College and Grafton Street
14/16 South Frederick Street,
City Centre D2
Tel: 01 677 3815 / 675 9892
Take an old building in a swanky street in one of Melbourne's best suburbs, renovate it, add a top chef (who also is the owner), add a top menu based on french influences and you get one of Melbourne's fave eating spots...Vèra!
Superb food, immaculate tables and layout, attentive staff. The wine list is also top class. Go!
Barry also holds food classes covering everything from 'classic french desserts ' to 'Help, I can't cook!'.
118 Church St
ph - 95931880
it is next to Mid Brighton Station
In a quiet canalside location a stone's throw from the Anne Frank Museum, De Prins is a lively English pub-style eatery with a limited number of tables and a warm, friendly atmosphere on a cold winter's night. The menu is limited but the food is top quality and perfectly prepared. The fondue is well up to Swiss standards and is a perfect protection against Amsterdam's cold winds. As in many restaurants in this enlightened city, smokers are still welcomed, so if you are not addicted to tobacco you may be better elsewhere.
Plancius, in the former Jewish quarter next door to the excellent Dutch Resistance Museum, is a busy modern restaurant popular with locals. We lunched on superb home-made soup and lighter-than-air omlettes, and had swift and friendly service.
De Prins: Prinsengracht 124, Amsterdam 1015 AE
Public Transport - Tram: 6, 13, 14, or 17 to Westermarkt and a short walk.
Plancius; Plantage Kerklaan 61a, 1018 CX Amsterdam.
Tel: (020) 330 94 69
Public Transport - Tram 6,9, 14 (stop: Artis)
A very good regional gallery & museum. A couple of very good Landseer's overlook the cafe's interior. Seeing the paintings by John Martin (a local) is worth the visit alone; also, a good walk around of Newcastle's history. Family friendly.
New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AG.
On the "Blue Carpet" at the bottom of John Dobson Street. Five minutes walk eastwards from Monument Metro.
Telephone: (0191) 232 7734
It is a huge commercial art gallery selling everything from crafts to sculpture and canvasses. It is free to visit and the Byker Vista cafe and Black door restaurant have great food. Close by there are other artists' studios and galleries.
Another find in our local High St. and one whilst naming itself 'Urchin Bar' is really a Mediterranean/Middle eastern restaurant serving a great array of different foods ...with a bar with fold back windows overlooking the street.
The food covers many different areas of the Middle East…Moroccan, Tunisian, Greek, and Turkish etc and there is also a great choice of vegetarian courses. In contrast, the small wine list is distinctly Australian. Given that it is a bar (says the name), there is a fine list of cocktails spirits etc as well.
On Sunday afternoons and Wednesday nights there is live music and they also hold (out of hours) belly-dancing classes.
424 Hampton St, Hampton
Phone (03) 9598 1453
A short walk (100 metres) from Hampton railway station
Two paladares stand out in Trinidad:
Sol y Son - very nice comida criolla, in the courtyard of a Trinidad Colonial residence.
Estela - The best paladare in Trinidad, and the only place we ate at twice in Cuba. Brilliant home cooked style comida criolla, with huge portions in a beautiful setting.
Sol y Son - Bolivar 283 e. Pais y Marti
Estela - Bolivar 557 e. Marquez y Mendoza
It is a bar with grandeur and cosiness. It has snugly couches, friendly staff, a very pleasant atmosphere and good food options. The nicest station bar I’ve ever seen, by some distance (not much competition).
Adjoining Newcastle central station
A nicely designed bar with a beautiful view on the ocean. Cocktails, different kind of beers and good personnel makes this bar the best one in Cumbuco.
In the main street in the centre where you find most of the restaurants.
Fab Turkish restaurant/bistro. Amazing food, veg and non-veg. Great atmosphere, very chilled. Lovely staff. I eat here as often as possible. The moussaka is to die for. The mixed meze is a lovely starter for two or meal for one. I'm getting hungry now just typing about it. Starters are in the region of £5 and mains (evening) under £10 - £15 I think. Most lunch items are around £5. Very reasonable for what you get!
6 The Promenade, Gloucester Road
Wonderful Italian restaurant, the food is tremendous and the selection is amazing, and the price is so reasonable it's beyond belief. Relax and enjoy your meal in opulent surroundings whilst you are attended to by the most beautiful and attentive waitresses in Vilnius. This place is a must for any trip to the Lithuanian capital, but either book or arrive early as when we were there the place filled up very quickly.
On the corner of Traku and Vilniaus, just at the end of Vokieciu. The opposite end to the Radisson hotel.
As a non-meat eater I couldn’t help but notice the irony of eating somewhere where the only main dishes are kofte: meatballs and kebab. However, having been recommended by a number of visitors and with an especially carnivorous husband wanting to sample as many kebabs as Istanbul could offer I was happy to give Tarihi Selim Usta Sultanahmet Koftecisi a try. And, having visited once, happy to go back a second time.
Situated amongst the many eateries of Divan Yolu Tarihi Selim Usta Sultanahmet Koftecisi seemed consistently bustling and busy with a steady stream of locals and tourists. Inside it is basic and functional – but what more do you need – the same could be said of the menu which, apart from kofke and kebab offers lentil soup, rice (pilav), green salad, bean salad (piyaz), yoghurt and bread as accompaniments. However in no way does that do the food justice. It is what you might call comfort food of the first degree, unfussy, straightforward and flavoursome. Lentil Soup was thick and tasty, the bean salad - seasoned with mint and a little oil - lovely and fresh, both the kebabs and kofte were nicely spiced and well cooked and the yoghurt was delicious – again a wonderful fresh, palate cleansing taste.
Sit downstairs and you are right in the middle of things with waiters scooting about taking orders and delivering food from the grill, upstairs was quieter with excellent views over Divan Yolu. Service is friendly and fast and the price is excellent – between 20 and 30 YTL (£7.20/$13.80 to £10.80/$20.70) for a meat dishes, two or three accompaniments, yoghurt, bread and a couple of drinks. This is fast food at its tastiest and best, perfect for a lunchtime break.
12 Divan Yolu
Nearest tram stop is Sultanahmet
Restored riad within the medina walls. A real hidden oasis with just two rooms and two suites set around a tiled courtyard with citrus trees and fountain. Slightly eccentric and very friendly German owner cooks the fantastic food - a mixture of Moroccan and European dishes with local ingredients. Good value with rooms from €65.
3 Derb Skallia, Douh, Batha, Fes Medina
Bar, eating and then a club. Brilliant live music most nights of the week and a great venue with graphics and art all over the walls. This place looks a bit odd opposite some scally pub but don't be put off that they built this is the wrong part of town.
39-41 Fleet Street, Liverpool City Centre. Next to Concert Square. 5 mins walk from Central Station
Hip restaurant in Belgrano. Good modern Argentinian food, great wine list, cavernous industrial-chic interior, slightly pretentious but the place to go if you want to spend an evening with the BA "it" crowd.
A Michelin-starred restaurant that specialises in and celebrates Nordic cuisine, and where I had the best dining experience of my life in September. Expect plenty of shellfish, local herbs and ingredients and some very clever ideas on your plate. Staff are wonderful too. It was so good - I'm going again in December!
A fairy tale thatched cottage restaurant (hence the name - the Yellow Cottage) on the Danish Riviera, overlooking the beach, which serves fantastic Modern Danish food. Just 20 mins from Copenhagen station so a great day out too. It's tiny though (seats about 15!) so you'll need to book.
(5 mins walk from Klampenborg station, get outside, turn right and head towards the water!)
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