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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fish & Chips

Fish and chips were once Britain's favourite fast food. Originating in the mid-ninetenth century in London, fish n' chips, wrapped in newspaper and served with salt and malt vinegar became a staple of the working classes and a British cultural icon.


The fish is predominately cod or haddock fried in batter made from breadcrumbs. The chips are thickly cut and were traditionally fried in lard or dripping, but nowadays mostly in vegetable oil.

Fish and chips in a pub

Fish and chips can be bought all over the UK from fish and chip shops and also on the menu of many pubs. A number of fish and chip shops are operated by the Chinese community in the UK with Wong's on the A6 in Stockport being a particular favourite.

Blackstock's in Chester has a good reputation for its fish and chips, while Harry Ramsden's has become a nationwide chain.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Overcharged At Crown of Crucis Cirencester

I booked a room for 2 adults and a child at the Crown of Crucis Hotel outside Cirencester through Booking.com this month.



I asked on the internet booking form for an extra bed for my 9-year-old child, when we arrived there was no extra bed provided but we decided to get on with it and assumed that our note had not been received by reception.

On returning home we found we had been charged 20 GBP for the extra bed even though we had never received this service. Despite numerous phone calls and emails the management refused to reimburse me and so all we can recommend is that no-one stays as this seemingly dishonest and uncooperative establishment.

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Parish Church of St John the Baptist Cirencester

The 15th century Parish Church of St John the Baptist (the so-called "Cathedral of the Cotswolds") dominates the picturesque Market Place in the heart of Cirencester.


The mighty church tower is supported by magnificent flying buttresses which were added later when it was discovered the church had been built over a filled-in ditch.


The wine glass shaped pulpit is one of the few to have survived the Reformation.

The Anne Boleyn Cup, a silver goblet is on display inside the church. It was given by Queen Anne Boleyn to the physician Dr Richard Masters, in gratitude for his care of Anne Boleyn's daughter, the future Elizabeth I.


Parish Church of St John the Baptist
Market Place
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 2BQ
UK
Tel: 01285 654 552

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Friday, August 20, 2010

The Dial House Hotel Bourton on the Water

The Dial House Hotel in Bourton on the Water is the oldest building in the picturesque Cotswolds village and dates from 1698.

Well-known for its excellent gourmet food and individually decorated accommodation, The Dial House Hotel has lovely gardens and is an excellent base for exploring the Cotswolds.


Children under 12 years of age are not accepted as overnight guests.

The Dial House Hotel
High Street
Bourton on the Water
Gloucestershire
GL54 2AN
Tel: 01451 822244

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bell Inn Moreton-In-Marsh

The Bell Inn on the High Street in the Cotswolds' town of Moreton-In-Marsh is housed in an historic stone coaching inn.


The Bell Inn offers en-suite rooms, a restaurant and a variety of local ales. Entertainment includes local bands, karaoke nights and quiz nights.

The Prancing Pony, Middle Earth's most famous pub is based on The Bell Inn according to the The Bell Inn's website.

Moreton-In-Marsh is 15 miles south of Shakespeare's birthplace of Statford-upon-Avon.

Bell Inn
High Street,
Moreton-In-Marsh,
Gloucestershire,
GL56 0AF
Tel: 01608 651688
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bath City Sightseeing Bus

The Bath City Sightseeing Bus is one of the best ways to see the architectural delights of this UNESCO World Heritage listed city.


The red, open-top, double decker buses run on two routes.

The 50 minute City Centre Tour includes Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths, the Pump Rooms, Grand Parade, the Thermae Bath Spa, The Royal Crescent, The Circus, Pulteney Bridge and the Botanical Gardens in Victoria Park before returning to the city centre.

The one hour Skyline Tour runs from Bath Spa railway station via Bath Abbey, the University of Bath and nearby American Museum followed by a tour of Claverton Downs with views of Prior Park.



Commentaries can be enjoyed in the following languages: English, Cantonese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Polish, Russian and Spanish.

National Trust Members receive £1.00 off per ticket purchased. The buses have full disabled access.

Bath Bus Company
6 North Parade
Bath
BA1 1LF
Tel: +44 (0)1225 330444

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Bath Botanical Gardens

The 9.5 acre Bath Botanical Gardens form part of the larger Royal Victoria Park in the western area of the city.

The Botanical Gardens were created in 1887 and contain a replica of a Roman Temple of Minerva which was shown at the British Empire Exhibition, held at Wembley in 1924.


Other notable features of Bath's Botanical Gardens are a a scented walk, a rock garden and pool, Japanese maples, and a fine collection of old shrub roses.

Royal Victoria Park is located a little west of The Royal Crescent.

Entrance to Bath Botanical Gardens is free.


Parks and Green Spaces
Royal Victoria Park Nursery
Marlborough Lane
Bath, BA1 2LZ
Tel: 01225 394041


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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bath A-Z

A = A30, Abbey, Airports, Ale, Ralph Allen, American Museum, Aquariums, Aqua Sulis, Art Galleries, Assembly Rooms, Avebury

Royal Crescent Bath, UK


B = B&Bs, Balloons, Bath, Bath Abbey, Bath Bus Station, Bath Chairs, Bath City, Bath Christmas MarketBath Sightseeing Buses, Bath Spa Station, Bath Spa University, Bath Stone, Beau Nash, Botanical Gardens, Bristol, Bristol Airport, Bristol Harbour, Bristol MapBristol Temple Meads Station, Building of Bath Museum, Buses

C = Camping, Canoe, Cars, Castles, Cathedral, Charles Dickens, Chinese Restaurants, Chedworth Roman Villa, Clifton Suspension Bridge, County Council, Cricket, Crown of Crucis, Cycling

D = Dogs, Driving, Drugs


E = Ebbor GorgeEilmer the Flying MonkExplore At-Bristol, Express By Holiday Inn Bath

F = Fashion Museum, Fauna, Festivals, Fishing, Fish & Chips, Football, Foxes

G = Galleries, Gardens, Gay, Gay Street, George Inn, Georgian Architecture, Glastonbury, Golf, Gravel Walk, Great Pulteney Street, Green Park

H = Henrietta Park, Heritage Vaults, Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Hiking, History, Hitchhiking, Holburne Musem, Horse-riding, Hostels, Hotels, Hot Springs

I = Indian Restaurants, Inns, Internet, Italian Restaurants

J = Jane Austen Centre, John Wesley's Chapel, John Wood the Elder, John Wood the Younger

K = Kayaking, Kelston Round Hill, Kennet & Avon Canal, King Edgar

L = Lacock Abbey, Lytes Cary Manor

M = M5 Motorway, Malborough, Map of Bath, Milsom Street, Montacute House, Motorbikes, Mushrooms, Music

N = National Cycle Network, National Parks, New Age, No.1 Royal Crescent

O = Outdoors, Organic Food

P = Parade Gardens, Park And Ride, Post Office, Prior Park, Pubs, Pulteney Bridge, Pump Room

Q = Queen Victoria

R = Red Deer, Restaurants, Romans, Roman Baths, Royal Crescent, Royal Victoria Park, Rugby

S = Sally Lunn's, St. Stephen's Church Bristol, Seagulls, Snow, Snowshill Manor, Somerset, Southgate Shopping Centre, Stonehenge, Stourhead, Sydney Gardens

T = Taunton, Thai Restaurants, The Circus, Theatre Royal, Thermae Bath Spa, Time, Twerton

Roman Baths, Bath, England, UK


U = Undergraduate, University, University of Bath

V = Vegan, Vegetarian, Vipers, Vixens

W = Walking, Weather, Webburn Valley, Wells, Wells Cathedral, John Wesley, White Hart Hotel Wells, Wifi, William Herschel Museum, William Oliver, Wine, Wookey Hole

X = X39 Bus, X-rated

Y = YMCA, Youth Hostels

Z = Zennor, Zoos

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Royal Victoria Park Bath

The 57 acre Royal Victoria Park in Bath opened in 1830 and is located a little west of The Royal Crescent.

The park, funded by public subscription, is one of the earliest parks laid out in the UK, and a fine example of Victorian style.


Royal Victoria Park plays host to the annual Bath Spring Flower Show (Bank Holiday weekend 1-3 May) and the park also contains an interesting Botanical Gardens.

The Botanical Gardens were created in 1887 and contain a replica of a Roman Temple which was shown at the British Empire Exhibition, held at Wembley in 1924.



Other facilities include a children's play area and skateboard park, bowling greens, golf & putting greens, a lake, model boating pond, a bird aviary, allotments, tennis courts, public toilets and the Pavilion Restaurant (open yearly 8am-5pm) for some excellent food and drink.



Car parking can be found within the park.

Parks and Green Spaces
Royal Victoria Park Nursery
Marlborough Lane
Bath, BA1 2LZ
Tel: 01225 394041


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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Bay Hotel Lyme Regis

The Bay Hotel is located on the seafront Marine Parade in Lyme Regis, a short walk from the Harbour Inn and The Cobb Arms.


The hotel offers a number of suites, all but one having spectacular sea view. Facilities include free wireless broadband, en-suite bathrooms, refrigerator and microwave. A full English Breakfast is included in the room price.

The hotel also includes a bar, bistro and cafe.

The Bay Hotel
Marine Parade
Lyme Regis
Dorset DT7 3JQ
Tel: +44 (0)1297 442059

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Hotel 1 Lyme

The Hotel 1 Lyme in Lyme Regis in Dorset styles itself as a luxury boutique hotel. The Grade II-listed building was completely renovated in 2008-2009 to offer six individual rooms with opulent trappings.


Some of the rooms have sea views over Lyme Bay.

Breakfast can be full English or vegetarian. The hotel offers the lovely touch of wicker-basket picnics, which can be ordered in advance.


Hotel 1 Lyme
1 Pound Street
Lyme Regis
Dorset DT7 3HZ
UK
Tel: 01297 442 499

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Holiday Inn Hotel Bristol Airport

The Holiday Inn Hotel Bristol Airport is a convenient place to stay if you have arrived on a late flight at Bristol Airport and have booked a hire car or are preparing for an early morning departure.


The Holiday Inn Hotel Bristol Airport is a short, 3-mile drive away on the A38 and offers 80 clean, quiet en-suite rooms with good facilities including internet access, a fully-licensed bar, buffet breakfast, airport shuttle and free newspapers.


The hotel is a favorite with airline staff and cabin crews.


Holiday Inn Hotel Bristol Airport
A38 Bridgewater Rd
Cowslip Green
Bristol BS40 5RB,
UK
Tel: 0871 423 4917
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