Category: United Kingdom

Andrews on the Weir

Andrews on the Weir

Attention all foodies. Experience a 3-rosette restaurant where you can feast your eyes on the seascapes of Porlock Weir. Savour the finest Exmoor meat, game, fish and local produce prepared by top chef Andrew Dixon, at Andrews on the Weir near Minehead. The wine list is world-class, the welcome, pure Exmoor.

English Heritage joins UK luxury self-catering market

English Heritage joins UK luxury self-catering market

As of tomorrow, English Heritage will be offering holidaymakers the rare opportunity to stay at the heart of its historic buildings and estates with the launch of a self-catering holiday cottage portfolio. The accommodation is aimed at the luxury end of the market and will offer contemporary 21st century interiors within dramatic heritage environments. Choose […]

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Collection

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Collection

If you’re not already familiar with the Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Collection series of books, check them out.   There is an edition for Europe and  another specifically for the UK & Ireland. These best-selling guides to some of the world’s coolest hotels have consistently good reviews and a considerable following. Available for purchase […]

Special feature: Aviemore Highland Resort

Special feature: Aviemore Highland Resort

I recently returned from four relaxing nights at the Aviemore Highland Resort in Aviemore. (Only last month it served as the venue for the Scottish Labour Party Conference, attended by Prime Minister Tony Blair.) There are four hotels on the resort, two of which are four-star.   We stayed in the Craigellachie Suite of the […]

Observer food awards

Observer food awards

UK celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has scooped two awards in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2006. He was judged to have made the Most Outstanding Contribution to the Food Industry, while his TV series Jamie’s School Dinners was voted the Best Food Programme.   Bruce Poole’s Chez Bruce in London was voted the Best Restaurant […]

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts Sensational Spring Breaks

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts Sensational Spring Breaks

Explore a different part of the country. Visit a city you’ve never been to before. See a new show. Try a new restaurant. Spring is simply the perfect time to do new exciting things, and at the UK’s Macdonald Hotels & Resorts  they can make your break all the more enjoyable as  they welcome you […]

How much would you pay for your hotel breakfast?

How much would you pay for your hotel breakfast?

According to consumer magazine Which?, the luxurious Ritz Hotel tops the list for the most expensive cooked hotel breakfast in the UK. Their £30 breakfast is followed closely by  The Lanesborough ( £28.50), Mandarin Oriental ( £28) and Brown’s Hotel ( £27).   All four hotels are situated in England’s capital, London.

The Tablet 10: Best of Europe

The Tablet 10: Best of Europe

It’s day 3 in  my look at Tablet Hotels‘ Tablet 10 and this time the focus is  upon Europe. Making the grade as Europe’s crème de la crème, in a list dominated by France and Italy,  are: Chateau de la Chevre d’Or – Eze Village, France The K Club – Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland Le […]

The Spa at Brown's in London

The Spa at Brown’s in London

The newly-refurbished Brown’s Hotel in  Mayfair, London, has announced the opening of its new spa. This Rocco Forte hotel  provides a tranquil  haven from which to escape the pressures of city life. The Spa at Brown’s provides  technologically advanced health and beauty treatments, designed to relax and pamper while of course also  providing maximum benefit. […]

Hotel Missoni heads for Kuwait, Edinburgh and Dubai

Hotel Missoni heads for Kuwait, Edinburgh and Dubai

Following a  license agreement between the hospitality management company Rezidor SAS Hospitality and the Italian fashion house Missoni, three new hotels – in Kuwait, Edinburgh and Dubai – will represent the first step towards an eventual goal of 30 Missoni hotels by 2010. Hotel Missoni Kuwait will be sited at the Symphony Complex, a new […]

Partnership between Maserati and Baglioni Hotels

Partnership between Maserati and Baglioni Hotels

Maserati and Baglioni Hotels, two brands who share a prestigious Italian heritage are joining forces in the UK to provide their clients with the very best in design, comfort and elegance. This unique partnership will provide guests of the Baglioni Hotel London with the opportunity to travel around the city in the luxurious new Maserati […]

Western & Oriental Travel floatation

A former finance director of lastminute.com who is Chairman of the UK luxury travel company known as Western & Oriental Travel (formerly World Luxury Group) has unveiled plans to float on the stock market. David Howell is seeking to raise £5.5 million through the floatation. The company has also recently acquired Ranch America, providers of […]

Another fun HSBC ad

Another fun HSBC ad

Here’s the low-down. The English believe it’s a slur on your host’s food if you don’t clear your plate… whereas the Chinese feel you’re questioning their generosity if you do  (3MB download).   At HSBC they never underestimate the importance of local knowledge…   I wish they did more of these ads; it’s a great […]

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 […]