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Travel Ideas from Andy Lynes

Here are the Travel Ideas for Britain's Finest chosen by Contributing Editor, Andy Lynes.

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Andy Lynes

Andy Lynes

Andy Lynes is a Glenfiddich Award nominated freelance writer specialising in food, drink and travel. He writes the Food of the Week column and travel articles for the Independent on Sunday Compact Traveller supplement and is a regular contributor to Restaurant magazine. He has been guest restaurant critic for The Guardian and Metro (London edition) and has contributed to the 2007 and 2006 editions of the Square Meal restaurant guide. His work has also appeared in olive magazine, Waitrose Food Illustrated, Independent on Sunday Review magazine, Food Arts, History Today and Scarlet magazine. Andy contributed to the revised edition of the Oxford Companion to Food and The AA's The Guest List, both published in 2006. Andy lives in Brighton with his wife Gill, children George (14) and Alice (10) and Lulu the German Shorthaired Pointer.

10 Best Family Friendly Gastropubs

The days when the kids had to sit outside a pub with a lemonade and a packet of crisps are well and truly over. The gastropub revolution, spawned by David Eyre and Mike Belben at The Eagle in Clerkenwell in 1991 has become a cornerstone of the national dining scene and many... more

You have to be careful when selecting a restaurant for a romantic occasion like Valentine's Day. Yes, the food has to be great, but the surroundings, style of service, location and clientele attain even more importance than usual. You want to ensure that everything is just... more

Brighton is Britain's best known seaside resort and by legend the country's favourite destination for a 'dirty weekend'. But the city's 8 million annual visitors have other things on their minds too like the historic Palace Pier and Royal Pavilion; shopping in boutique... more

London's restaurant scene is one of the most dynamic in the world, well worthy of mention in the same breath as New York or Paris. There's a real breadth and depth of quality never previously seen in the capital with great new restaurants (many of them with dazzling interior... more

This year, Christmas is shaping up to be a very merry one if the quality and variety of lunch options are anything to go by. From great gastropubs to beautiful boutique hotels, from the centre of the city to idyllic countryside settings you're in for a festive feast. Of... more

Ask most chefs and they'll tell you autumn is their favourite time of year. Native oysters are back in season, the woods are full of wild mushrooms but most importantly it’s game season. Grouse might have been available since the glorious twelfth in August but are best eaten... more

Although there have been high quality Japanese restaurants in London since the 70's, it wasn't until Yo! Sushi opened its first branch in 1997 and brought the cuisine to the high street that it really began to capture the British culinary imagination. Now, we're just as... more

Britain can lay claim to some of the finest seafood in the world. Shellfish from the west coast of Scotland is prized around the globe, but you’ll find superb produce around much of the country’s coastline, be it lobsters from Selsey, cod from Cornwall or oysters from Kent.... more

A great view when you’re dining out often comes at the expense of a great meal, with unscrupulous restaurateurs relying on what’s visible through the dining room window to distract you from what’s on your plate. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as my pick of Britain’s... more

Britain's dining scene has long been enriched by its diverse immigrant populations and especially those from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It's incontestable that you'll find the best Indian food outside the subcontinent in the UK, and it's arguable that this country is... more

Britain’s culinary landscape has changed dramatically over the last decade or so. Although London remains the country’s food epicentre, you’ll now find equally exciting and innovative cooking further afield. Gastronomic restaurants use the finest ingredients, cook them with... more

A well chosen bottle of wine can lift a great meal to a truly memorable one. A good wine list can be one that is so extensive it runs to several volumes or a much shorter document that contains a range of well chosen, interesting and good value bottles. Although home grown... more

Since the late 80s, London has been growing in stature as a global dining destination. Now, it’s unquestionably one of the most exciting cities to eat out in on the planet and the capital’s chefs are some of the most technically brilliant, innovative, eclectic and talented... more

The enjoyment of a great meal out with a few glasses of wine can be immeasurably increased by delaying the journey home by a night or two. No worrying about catching the last train home, or being the designated driver. Breaking the journey also allows you to be more... more

Britain has a love affair with all things Italian. Pizza and pasta has become part of the staple diet of the country and Italy tops the list of many Brits’ favourite holiday destinations. But you don’t have to travel to Tuscany or Sicily to enjoy an authentic taste of Italy.... more