UnB&Believable facts and figures

Britain’s 25,000 B&Bs are today (March 24) celebrating the renaissance of their £2 billion ‘’cottage industry’’. It’s the inaugural National B&B Day and the small, independent accommodation providers are uniting to mark their vital role in the UK’s cultural life, ahead of what could be a bumper summer. The concept of a reliable, comfortable place…

London

EGGS & soldiers have been a favourite lunch time snack of mine for as long as I can remember, but until recently I had never been tempted to have it for pudding. Curiosity got the better of me when I noticed it on the dessert menu at the Pickled Hen restaurant in London, and two…

Brittany, France

YOU don’t need to catch a plane to bask on the golden sands of Tahiti. You can get there by boat – and in less than a day – from the UK. I kid you not. Of course, this isn’t the Tahiti of exotic French Polynesia in the South Pacific that has captured the imagination…

Llyn Peninsula, north Wales

Sitting outside the Ty Coch Inn, drink in hand, we could see why it was voted the third best beach bar in the world in a recent survey. The taste of our specially brewed 6.5% Ty Coch cider was enhanced by the views across to the Yr Eifl mountain range and Snowdonia beyond, as the…

Drayton Manor, Staffordshire

Move over Sir Topham Hatt, there’s another ‘Fat Controller’ in town – and his belly wobbles like a bowl full of jelly. Father Christmas has moved into Drayton Manor Park, the home of Thomas Land (Sodor), where you’ll find the famous blue train engine and all his friends. The Tamworth theme park’s moated Castle of…

Northumberland

It was like a scene from the classic but gory animated film Watership Down… A large family of rabbits were happily hopping about and munching the grass around our holiday home when suddenly a cat appeared. The rabbits scattered into the bushes but one baby bunny was too slow and was last seen flailing in…

Newquay, Cornwall

It might sound like the sort of place a stag party ends up at, but there’s nothing seedy about Newquay’s Lusty Glaze. In fact, as beaches go, it’s one of the classiest; where the ‘fashionable’ might go to top up their tans while sipping on a Mai Tai. And, I’m sad to report, nobody’s eyes…