Category: Reviews

The Gunton Arms, Norfolk

The Gunton Arms Cromer Road Thorpe Market Norfolk NR11 8TZ Tel: 01263 832010 We dined in the ‘Elk Room’.  Its provenance, a 10,000-year-old elk’s head above the fireplace, and what a fireplace.  It’s where the meat is cooked over an open wood fire.  Like a civilised medieval banqueting hall where you don’t have to eat

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Norfolk

Cranmer’s Garden House Fakenham Norfolk NR21 9HY Where better to head off to as the autumn draws in than a comforting country cottage in Norfolk.  We decided to have a couple of days R and R over half term in an extremely well appointed 3 bed bungalow with a roomy kitchen diner, 2 doubles (one

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Barbados

Barbados It seemed too good to be true, but I was really off to a Rum and Food festival on the idyllic Island of Barbados for a whole week.  In a little over eight hours I was in Bridgetown, the warm capital of Barbados and not much later ensconced in the beach front luxury of

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Norway’s Northern Archipelagos

Norway and the Arctic Circle With Fred Olsen This was to be my first cruise, I have never managed a full steam ahead  heading for the horizon cruise.  Yes this was to be the real deal, setting off from Liverpool and heading north up to the Arctic Circle via Norway and calling in on The

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The Watergate Bay Hotel: Cornwall

Watergate Bay Hotel Watergate Bay Cornwall TR8 4AA Tel: 01637 860543   “Cornwall” I said “In a couple of hours”.  That was the beginning of a conversation that became a bet (that I won) and ended just outside Newquay on Cornwall’s beautifully rugged north coast. Let me explain, M and myself often travel to South

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Caen: France

Caen France The echo chamber of today’s society loves a sound bite.  This year it’s been “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” and of course it should be rightly celebrated as one of if not the greatest achievement of man thus far.  But what it boils down to is travel, the

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Lucerne: Switzerland

Views of Lucerne Switzerland   The beautiful city of Lucerne, city of light sits in the middle of Switzerland, where the River Reuss drains the eponymous lake. It’s obvious it has natural beauty and class but what else might the discerning traveller be interested in?  Maybe the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe dating from

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Arnhem: 75 Years On

Arnhem: 75 Years On   75 years ago this September the skies of Arnhem were peppered with thousands of parachutists and hundreds of gliders.  Forming the largest airborne force the world had ever seen. Under the instructions of Field Marshal Montgomery the Airborne region as it is now known consisted of four principle areas; Arnhem, Ede,

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Steam Dreams in the Home Counties

The Steam Dreams Rail Company Tel: 01483 209888 Imagine sitting in a comfortable armchair, a table set for dinner in front of you, an attentive waiter at your beck and call, chilled champagne for a summer evening and a moving backdrop, why not?  Wait, what was that?  A moving backdrop, surely Neil you were describing one

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Belarus

Belarus   With five international borders the land locked east European Republic of Belarus has had its fair share of consequential history.  It declared independence from the disintegrating Soviet Union in 1991, concluding seven decades of turmoil.  After the 1917 Russian revolution Belarus became a founding constituent republic of the Soviet Union.  The Polish-Soviet war

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Somabay: Egypt

Somabay Red Sea Egypt   Hurghada airport is only 45 minutes drive away from Somabay Resort, which means including the flight you can be checked into your luxury Red Sea view room within six hours of taking off from the UK.  Placed at the tip of an isthmus surrounded on three sides by alluringly blue

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Highbullen Hotel Golf & Country Club, Devon

Highbullen Hotel Golf & Country Club Chittlehamholt Umberleigh North Devon EX37 9HD Tel: 01769 540561   Located in Chittlehamholt village, a tongue twister of a name designed to confuse (or delight) American visitors Highbullen Hotel, Golf and Country Club is quite a place, really quiet.  From its clubby cellar bar with cosy booths and pool

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The Hague, Holland

A Weekend of Art in The Hague   The Hague is one of those cities in Europe that everyone has heard of but not many have visited.  It has a peculiar status in that it is not the capital but is the home to the Dutch Parliament.  The Hague is only 50km south west of

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POTUS, London

POTUS Crowne Plaza Hotel 10-11 Albert Embankment London SE1 7SP Tel: +44 (0) 203 1460 370   It might be considered foolhardy in these times of polarised political views to name a restaurant that generically pronounces a president’s importance.  But that is what’s happened, the acronym POTUS or more accurately POT (President of the) was

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Kasbah Angour, Morocco

Kasbah Angour Tahanaout Marrakech Morocco Tel: +212 (0) 524 484 121   Some people dream of castles in the sky but Brit Paul Foulsham, a long time resident of Morocco dreamed of his own castle in the mountains.  After five years of securing land, finding water, learning how to be a project manager, employing the

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