A pub a short walk outside Arundel, on the banks of the river Arun in the shadow of the South Downs. It's a fabulously rural setting considering how easy it is to get to (esp without a car). Serves decent food and good beer. Has outside tables for the summer, and a log fire for the winter.
Down Mill Road from Arundel town centre.
Spend the morning wandering around Arundel. The bookshop at the bottom of town is fantastic. There are serious antiquities in shops just off the high street, particularly down the side of the post office. For cheaper curios, head down Tarrant Street and check out the Nineveh centre, a converted church with lots of small shops. Think of it as like a better version of Camden or Portobello, without the crowds.
High Street and Tarrant Street, Arundel.
Unassuming pub at the top of the hill in Arundel with lovely rooms. One of the doubles has views of the cathedral and the pub is very near the 14th century parish church and the castle. The ensuite rooms are very comfortably decorated and have TV, cd player etc. The pub itself is a local boozer - nothing too classy - but the accommodation is quite unexpected, and very reasonable. Decent English breakfast in the morning, and the service is straightforwardly helpful.
St Mary's Gate Inn
Tel: (0)1903 883145
Old-fashioned diner (in that converted-train-carriage stylee) in the centre of South Beach. Serves old-fashioned diner food at decent prices and is open 24 hours. Also serves beer, and has an outside terrace.
1065 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139; tel: 305 534 6373
Very friendly, although also slightly cool, bar in the supposedly fashionable 'South of Fifth' part of South Beach. Has excellent Jamaican food, a range of beers (could be colder, in truth) and a free pool table. Locals and staff very friendly and laid back. DJ most nights, playing unpretentious music.
423 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL; tel: 305 5324444
Smallish, but discerning museum. Permanent collection includes one Botticelli/Ghirlandaio altarpiece, some 19th-century tapestries, and - apparently - some Rubens. Also a very interesting room of 18th-century English portraiture. Rotating exhibitions also very interesting; in January 2006 they had a great set of paintings by a Chilean artist.
2121 Park Avenue (between 21st and 22nd Streets), Miami Beach, Florida 33139; tel: 305 673 7530; fax: 305 673 7062; www.bassmuseum.org/
Right in the middle of South Beach, very near the Clay Hotel and Youth Hostel, a beautiful public swimming pool. Six dollars entry, water gently heated in winter, shady palms around the deck, loungers, a kids' pool ... and hardly anyone there, at least when I visited.
Flamingo Park on 11th Street between Meridian and Jefferson
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