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Travel Ideas - Restaurants

Here are the Travel Ideas for Britain's Finest, chosen by our team of professional travel journalists.

There are still some countries in Europe where dining rooms hide the fact that they are part of a hotel. It’s taken the Italians in particular decades to accept that one can dine well in a hotel. Even so they usually still give the restaurant a different name from the hotel.... more

Not long ago taking a room over a pub was what the traveller did if there were no hotel or boarding house nearby. In the twenty-first century however the British pub with rooms has taken off as a place to stay. The transformation began when pubs opened their doors to a wider... more

10 of the Best New Year's Eve Hotels

Let’s face it, New Year’s Eve can be a terrible let down if you haven’t arranged something special. Soggy mince pies at the neighbour’s, anyone? Treat yourself to a great start to 2018 with a New Year’s Eve getaway at a luxury hotel, why don’t you? Here are ten spots that’ll... more

Top 10 Edinburgh Restaurants

It’s festival time! No, not the ones where you watch Coldplay from two miles away in the drizzle wearing your wellies and eating a £9.50 bag of chips. We mean the Edinburgh Festival, where artists, singers, comedians, actors and every other talent you can imagine converge... more

There is something about water – lakes, lochs, rivers, and the sea itself - that answers a very deep need in us all. We are drawn to it. We want to swim in it , sail across it or just walk alongside it listening to the sounds of benign burbling. A day spent walking along a... more

We are a nation of dog lovers so it makes sense that we would want to take our faithful Fidos on holiday with us. This is something the hotel industry is more than aware of and enlightened managers now positively welcome pooches, offering all sorts of incentives for you to... more

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

Champagne has been drunk in this country for centuries but the idea of buying it by the glass really only took off with the rise of the cocktail bar in Britain’s hotels. Suddenly rather than purchasing a whole bottle, it was possible to sit at the bar and sip a glass of... 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

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

You don’t have to search hard to find a Cornish restaurant with a cracking sea view; but while many are worth the visit, a fair few dish up less than average grub at above average prices, relying solely on their setting to pull in the (never to return) holidaymaking crowds.... 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

I’m a West country girl and grew up just 40 minutes from Bristol. Bristol has always been close to my heart. It has friendly, enthusiastic locals and a vibrant strip of bars and cafés along the Waterfront, by the River Avon. You can even take a boat taxi from Bristol Temple... more

If you love eating out at the best restaurants in Britain but are often put off by the price tag than these are the restaurants for you! Early bird eating not only means great value but you can also escape the queues and chaos that often goes hand in hand with eating out at... 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

Robert Louis Stephenson described wine as “bottled poetry”, and there are many occasions when you want to indulge in some fine wine to accompany your meal. Only a few restaurants have the inclination and resources to invest in a really top cellar, and for wine-lovers such... more

From the game’s earliest days golf has been as much to do with food and drink as it has been about the game. Scarce wonder then that the victorious professional golfer at the Open championship walks off with a claret jug. And at amateur level golf is a most companionable... more

Country walks aren’t just for dog walkers and ramblers; a good old stomp through the countryside ought to be a staple in everyone’s life – especially on Sundays. The South East is awash with great places to explore, from coastal walks to sweeping hilltop vistas. But before... more

Stop! Step away from that tree and abandon those shopping bags, for now t’is the season to be merry. In just a few sleeps you will find you have lost your home to Santa, your mind to the children and your arm inside a turkey. So, make the most of this calm before the storm... more

For those wanting culinary sophistication but in a country setting, a short train ride or car journey can bring you to some superb establishments within an hour or so from London. All the restaurants below combine pretty countryside locations with Michelin-starred cooking.... more

The Top Ten Restaurants to Take the Kids

There's nothing worse that walking into your hotel's restaurant with the kids in tow and realising you have brought along some very unwanted guests. But it doesn't have to be that way. Britain's hoteliers are wising up to the power of the parent pound and subsequently there... 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

You did it! You made it through the summer! Weeks of hectic theme parks, noisy cinemas and family jaunts. Yes, the summer holidays are over. Autumn is here, the young kids back at school the older ‘kids’ are back at university… It is time for some overdue ‘me time’. So... 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

Yes, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for; the Olympics are coming to London. But as the excitement builds a quarter of Londoners are frantically planning to escape the capital in search of rest and relaxation. So if the thought of travel mayhem and overflowing crowds... more