The best foodie hotels in Jersey
With two Michelin-starred restaurants, Jersey crab on the menus and feather duvets in the bedrooms, our list of the best foodie hotels in Jersey really are the cream of the crop.
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On UK city breaks, discover Baths’ Regency Grace, Cambridge’s charming colleges, Belfast’s modern docks or Liverpool’s regenerated Ropewalks. Take a country retreat in scenery that ranges from green and pleasant to sublimely atmospheric, from bluebell woods and babbling brooks to Wordsworth’s lakes and lovely lochs. Thanks to trusts and heritage funds, the land remains protected to this day. As for the coast: discover Belfast’s ship building past, Cornwall’s piratical tendencies or Scotland’s secret beaches. Book flights to discover more. Wherever you roam, you’ll find stories for the retelling.
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The UK and Ireland can be explored relatively cheaply. Whilst London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, cities in the north of England, Scotland and Wales can be explored on a budget. Be aware of different currencies as you travel – whilst the UK uses sterling, the Republic of Ireland uses the euro.
Visit the UK and Ireland on a budget. Transport and food get noticeably cheaper in the North of England. Pembrokeshire in Wales is cheaper than Devon and Cornwall, but the beaches are just as nice. Visit Tenby Harbour's pretty coastal cottages on the Welsh coast.
Visit gorgeous St Davids for a city in miniature: it's the UK's smallest, and has St Davids has an atmospheric 12th century cathedral. From here you can book a day trip to the island of Skomer. In spring you'll find a clifftop carpet of wild bluebells.Things to do in Wales
Visit the Cotswolds. Just an hour from London, this is where well-to-do Londoners converge for their weekends away. You, too, can follow the stylish set to a yellow-stone cottage with an open fire.Find out more
Look out for lamb shank in Cotswolds pubs. Washed down with a pint of Oxford Gold, this hearty dinner should refuel you after a country walk.
Stick to your budget by taking brisk country walks in the Cotswolds, or pop into Oxford for punting on the River Cherwell.
Venison in winter, salmon in summer, whisky whenever: the food and drink delight year round, thanks to Scotland’s superb organic produce.
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Aberdeen – This pretty port city is Scotland’s third biggest. When the sun shines, the granite buildings sparkle. There are 300 castles and miles of sandy beaches in the area.
Edinburgh – Proud and castle-topped, Edinburgh distils the spirit of Scotland and serves it with a side of festival fun.
Glasgow – Scotland’s edgier second city might seem surly, but it has a heart of gold. The seat of Makintosh’s Art School and a rowdy nightlife scene.
Inverness – A small city with a big backyard: the Scottish Highlands are on the doorstep of Inverness.
Dublin – A city of stories, Dublin has literary cache in a land of poets, an ancient university and a Guinness store. It also has a Google headquarters.
Belfast – Up-and-coming, Belfast is attracting the young and sociable with its recent reinvigoration. Visit the trendy docks, or the Titanic museum, then drive out to Giant’s Causeway.
Manchester – Rivalling London for liveliness, Manchester has bars and clubs, music and museums; but it’s striking distance from the Peak District’s craggy climbs and charming spa towns.
Newcastle – England’s beautiful northern town is criss-crossed by bridges over the Tyne. You can walk Hadrian’s Wall from the city, and look out for marauding Romans.
Leeds – Have a good night out in Leeds alongside Yorkshire lasses, or shop in the city’s stylish arcades. The Yorkshire Dales await if you’re on the hunt for a Heathcliff.
Isle of Man – They do things a bit differently on the Isle of Man. Explore the pretty countryside – or come for the Isle of Man TT, an epic motorcycle road race.
Jersey – Channel some calm in the Channel Islands. Jersey is well known for gorgeous local food, sunny climes and pretty seaside rambles.
A fry-up is an undisputed, but calorific breakfast of champions – have it with black and white pudding in Scotland or soda bread in Ulster. The pubs are a great option if you want a hearty and inexpensive meal wherever you find yourself in the UK. There’s also a profusion of international cuisines in the big cities, from the local Indian takeaway to the best new sushi bar. The UK nations are united by the need cup of tea at 4pm and a nice sit down over a scone or a sandwich with the crusts cut off, a sheaf of rough cut chips or an orchard apple.
Tipping is around 10% – 15% in restaurants and is considered polite, but not essential in the UK. Specific habits will help you blend in with the locals. Stand on the right to allow people to pass you if you're taking an escalator. If you’re waiting for a service, it’s polite to join the back of the queue – else you’ll receive many outraged looks. Say good morning to everyone in villages, and don’t be surprised to find people familiar and friendly in northern cities – whilst Londoners are intent on minding their own business.
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