Category: Opinion

Wine House Hotel 1821: Edinburgh

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Wine House Hotel 1821 4 Picardy Place Edinburgh EH1 3JT Tel: 0131 557 1821   When taking the train up to Edinburgh I can’t help but be reminded of W. H. Auden and his atmospheric 1936 masterpiece Night Mail. As I trundled up the North Eastern line the words appear in my head without me

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Hamburg: Germany

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Hamburg Germany In the early 1960’s Hamburg had the reputation of a racy place to be as well as dangerous. The docks were not for the faint hearted and there wasn’t much to do except follow the sailors to the red light district where you might have heard the Beatles who cut their teeth there.

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The Old Coastguard: Cornwall

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The Old Coastguard The Parade Mousehole Penzance Cornwall TR19 6PR Tel: 01736 731 222   When I have those day dreams that we all have from time to time about leaving the city for a calmer life away from ‘here’ with ‘great views by the sea’, ‘somewhere quiet’, ‘comfortable’, ‘outstanding food’ well I’ve just discovered

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Jumeirah Hotel, Frankfurt: Germany

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Jumeirah Hotel Thurn-und-Taxis-Platz 2 60313 Frankfurt am Main Germany Tel: +49 (0)69 297 237 0    From standstill to being airborne took just 16” of sheer power in my Embrea AR 190 down the 1500m runway at London’s City Airport. It was then 89 minutes before I was at Frankfurt, a further 12 before I

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Central America: A New Revolution

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Central America A New Revolution   Once the hotbed of revolution and unrest the collection of seven countries that separate the Americas are experiencing something of a renaissance, a revolution in tourism if you will. Visiting three of them gave me a flavour of what’s on offer to the more adventurous visitor. I started my

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Mark Jordan at the Beach: Jersey

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Mark Jordan at the Beach La Plage La Route Se La Haule St. Peter Jersey JE3 7YD Tel: 01534 780180   When Mark Jordan isn’t creating Michelin starred food for his other restaurant The Ocean at The Atlantic Hotel he’s letting his hair down at the beach. This buzzy happy steak and fish restaurant certainly

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Qatar: A Taste of Adventure

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Doha Qatar The desert is and always will be a special place for me. Refuge for some, the enemy for others. Most of us westerners find its harsh conditions a challenge but I feel it has been undersold. With the right approach it can be rewarding, exciting and like nowhere else on earth. Welcome to

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Newark – Nottinghamshire

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Newark Nottinghamshire   The 10:30 Virgin East Coast train from London’s Kings Cross to Newcastle put me in mind of Roy Budd’s superb soundtrack to the seminal seventies movie Get Carter.  He managed to build on the repetitive rattle of train on track mounting the tension as Carter returns home to uncover the truth behind

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The Goldsmiths Arms – London

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The Goldsmiths Arms 3 Croydon Road London SE20 7TJ Tel: 020 8659 1242   About 15 years ago a serious decline started in pubs. Across the country they were falling like flies. The country local was no more, the London boozer had reached its end and the world was a poorer place for it. In

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Shake Shack – London

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Shake Shack Covent Garden Market The Piazza London WC2E 8RD Tel: 01923 555129   Shake Shack is one of those ‘rock up and order a burger and they do it for you’ places. Except that it’s a bit more than that. Sure, they do make their burgers to order but there is care and consideration

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The Butcher’s Hook – London

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The Butcher’s Hook 115 Dalling Road W6 0ET Tel: 020 8741 6282   Sitting in the middle of the Bermuda triangle of Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush and Chiswick and only 500 metres from Ravenscourt Park tube station is The Butcher’s Hook. Sister to the highly successful Fulham Road branch this relatively new outpost has hit the

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Saltwood on the Green – Kent

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Saltwood on the Green The Green Saltwood Hythe Kent CT21 4PS Tel: 01303 237 800   Saltwood on the Green is a village restaurant that could very easily be a backdrop to a Midsummer Murders mystery. Such is the quaint beauty of its location and the calm demeanor of the locals. I found myself here

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Tredwell’s – London

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Tredwell’s 4A Upper St. Martin’s Lane London WC2H 9NY Tel: 020 3764 0840   Tredwell’s is Marcus Wareing’s new West End eatery that has a more relaxed approach to food than some of his other restaurants. This is no standard Michelin starred gaff with starched napkins and staff to match. This is a genuinely relaxed

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Vienna – Austria

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Vienna Austria   At the beginning of Carol Reed’s 1949 film The Third Man the narrator talks of not knowing the old Vienna before the war referring to the days of imperial splendour and pomp. That may have had validity when the movie was made but it seems a little quaint now. Today Vienna has

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The Venus Cafe – Blackpool Sands, Devon

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Venus Cafe Blackpool Sands Dartmouth Devon TQ6 0RG Tel: 01803 770209   The cove at Blackpool Sands is straight out of an Enid Blyton book. It curves round in a perfect crescent the waves lapping the shingle shore with beautiful scenery all around. This area of Devon is one unexplored by many, maybe that’s why

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