Category: United Kingdom

Special feature: Barton Grange Hotel, UK

Special feature: Barton Grange Hotel, UK

I  stayed at  Barton Grange Hotel at the weekend, arguably the best hotel in Preston, Lancashire (UK). Easily accessible from Junction 32 of the M6 motorway, the hotel is just 2 miles from the junction, in the direction of Garstang. It’s an easy place to while away the weekend with ample facilities, good food and, […]

New spa at The Old Course Hotel approaches completion

New spa at The Old Course Hotel approaches completion

Phase 2 of the Kohler Water Spa will be completed this month at The Old Course Golf Resort & Spa in St. Andrews, Scotland. The spa has 11 treatment rooms, a thermal suite and a 20-metre pool with waterfall.   There is also a roof terrace with an 8-person whirlpool. Treatments start from £45.

Queen Victoria from Cunard

Queen Victoria from Cunard

The soon-to-be-finished Queen Victoria will enter service late next year (December 2007).   Operating from Southampton in the UK, this fine successor to the QE2 and QM2 cruise ships will be the second largest of the Cunard ships ever built. It can hold 1,968 passengers and will be heading for the Mediterranean, the Canaries, Northern […]

Glenapp Castle Spring Garden Break, Scotland

Glenapp Castle Spring Garden Break, Scotland

Named Luxury Hotel of the Year in the Scottish Hotels of the Year Awards at a sparkling ceremony attended by 350 guests in Edinburgh last year, Glenapp Castle in Ballantrae in South Ayrshire is currently offering a Spring Garden Break where you can enjoy a special two night stay from £170.00 per person per night, […]

Win a stay at Charlton House & Monty’s Spa in SOMERSET

Celebrating the launch of a new website for romantic holidays and the release of “Imagine Me & You” on 31st March 2006, South West England has teamed up with UIP/Universal to give away the perfect romantic gift: 2 nights at the  fabulous award-winning Charlton House & Monty’s Spa in Somerset, with 1st class rail travel […]

Guinness blog launched

Guinness blog launched

World-renowned brewer Guinness launched a weblog last Wednesday that is created and written by the company’s staff to give you an inside track on Guinness in Great Britain. Tip:  just say you’re from the UK when hitting their homepage in order to by-pass some legal mumbo-jumbo that otherwise disallows your visit.  

Condé Nast / Gleneagles offer

Condé Nast / Gleneagles offer

Condé Nast Traveller readers are invited to live it up at Gleneagles at an exclusive event to be held on 18th-19th September 2006. This bespoke event will include  a complimentary clay-pigeon shooting session, a cookery demonstration, a Gala Dinner with accopmanying Scottish entertainment and accommodation in the best rooms at Gleneagles. Price is £785 per […]

New Smartphone from HTC

New Smartphone from HTC

HTC  – the global leader in Windows Mobile-based devices  –  has unveiled the world’s first DAB-IP enabled Smartphone, the Trilogy.  It runs on Windows Mobile version 5.0 and has all the features you’d expect: Pocket Media player, Push Email, Office suite, etc. What is special about this Smartphone, though, is that it can receive Digital […]

Follow your heart... to The Howard

Follow your heart… to The Howard

Sweep your loved one of their feet, by treating them to a romantic night at The Howard – a 5-star Georgian retreat in the city centre of Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh – and enjoy a stay filled with treats, including chilled pink Champagne and a rose petal turndown. Get loved up in the afternoon […]

Valentines at the K West Hotel & Spa in London

Valentines at the K West Hotel & Spa in London

From 10th to 19th February 2006, couples can celebrate the most romantic night of the year at London’s K West Hotel & Spa. You can enjoy an overnight stay in a stunning Deluxe Room with a king-size bed for only £119 per person.   Or why not spoil yourself and upgrade to an Executive Room […]

Hotel Babylon

Hotel Babylon

A new eight-part drama starts on BBC1 tonight, at 9pm, and it’s all centred around a luxury five-star hotel. Hotel Babylon has been  produced  by Carnival Films, of ‘As If’ and ‘Poirot’ fame. Judging by the trailers, it looks to be being shown after the watershed for a reason.   Indeed, Carnival Films describe the […]

Family fun at Warwick Castle, UK

Family fun at Warwick Castle, UK

Schools across the UK will be breaking up for February half term very soon. And if you’re looking for something a little different to occupy them, get yourself along to Warwick Castle between 11th and 26th February 2006. During the two weeks there will be a series of displays and activities, highlighting the ‘terrible tortures […]

The Vineyard At Stockcross extends January Sale

The Vineyard At Stockcross extends January Sale

Looking for a UK hotel outside of London where you can enjoy exceptional food?   Then look no further than The Vineyard At Stockcross.   It’s situated in Newbury, Berkshire, just 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport and has a Michelin-starred restaurant serving delicacies such as roast Anjou squab with treacle, and turbot with oxtail. What’s […]

Orchid Restaurant in Torquay (UK) awarded third AA rosette

Orchid Restaurant in Torquay (UK) awarded third AA rosette

The Orchid Restaurant at the Corbyn Head Hotel has just received a highly coveted 3 AA rosette rating, making it Torbay’s highest rated restaurant and within the top 10% of all restaurants in the UK. Situated on the first floor of the hotel, with spectacular views across the bay, the 25-cover  restaurant was first awarded […]

Heston Blumenthal OBE

Heston Blumenthal OBE

Heston Blumenthal, Chef Patron of The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, one of just a handful of restaurants worldwide to have three Michelin stars, has been awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen, in the New Years Honours List. After a tremendous year of accolades culminating in the Fat Duck being voted The Best […]

Alma de Cuba, Liverpool UK

Alma de Cuba, Liverpool UK

The latest addition to the Liverpool restaurant scene appears to be getting rave reviews. Located in a a 200-year-old Polish Catholic church on Seel Street, some are going so far as to describe it as one of the most spectacular bar and restaurant venues in Europe. It also seems to be one of the places […]