Luciano by Gino D’Acampo, a review

Bruce first visited Luciano forty years ago so he was excited to revisit when I mentioned that I fancied going there for dinner after seeing their posts on Instagram. Technically when he was last there it was a nightclub called Brasingamen’s where footballers and wannabe WAGs hung out, and not a beautiful restaurant run by popular chef Gino D’Acampo, but he was excited nonetheless. If you know Alderley Edge at

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Things to do in Bath that aren’t baths

There are so many more things to do in Bath other than the baths that I thought I would do a post listing my favourite things to do in Bath that aren’t the baths. Don’t get me wrong, the baths are fantastic and something you should do but equally there are lots of other things to do that might be a little over shadowed. Bath is a relatively small city

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[AD} Hotel Indigo Bath, perfect for a night away

When Hotel Indigo Bath got in touch to ask if we would like to experience a night away in their hotel we jumped at the chance. Bath is a city steeped in history and most of it, I am ashamed to say, new to me. We stopped off in Lacock on the way to Bath, a place that I highly recommend if Wiltshire is somewhere you haven’t been before. With

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Lacock Village and Abbey

You would be forgiven for thinking you recognise a lot of Lacock, it features as heavily in period dramas as heaving bosoms and crinolines. The Abbey Cloisters above has been in many a Harry Potter film, and recent adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Wolf Hall were filmed in the Abbey itself. It is only when you wander the village that it dawns on you that there are no yellow

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Woolbeding Garden

Woolbeding Garden is managed by the National Trust, though the house that sits within it is let by them to a private family (Lord Sainsbury and his partner who remains resident there following Lord Sainsbury’s death in 2006). To say the garden is a hidden gem would be an understatement. My parent live locally and even worship in Woolbeding Church yet they were unaware that such a spectacular garden lay

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Our top places to eat in Amsterdam

Before we travelled to Amsterdam over the Jubilee weekend I had done my research on top places to eat in Amsterdam, made a short list and booked at least one restaurant for each day. Bruce thought I was mad but knowing how busy it would be, with many places also still struggling with staffing levels I wanted to know we were in the places we wanted to be in. Leaving

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Whipsnade Zoo #AroundTheWorldIn30Days

Whipsnade Zoo recently invited us to spend the day at the Zoo as part of their #RoundTheWorldIn30Days campaign. The campaign is aiming to encourage us to walk 40,075km in the month of June, the circumference of the globe, and to raise money whilst doing it to help endangered animals. The zoo invited us along to see how many kilometres we could clock up by wandering around the zoo for the

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Motorpoint makes buying a car easy, we find out just how easy — AD

My dad once drove from London to Sydney.  Obviously he didn’t just wake up one morning and decide he wanted to see the Opera House up close, it took months if not a year of planning.  He did it with friends and in his 1950s Jaguar XK140.   The drive took three months and, not content with putting his feet up and saying he had done that, he then set

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A weekend in Winchester

Winchester was the first and former capital city of England so when it comes to history Winchester is full of it. More than though it is also full of fabulous things to do over a weekend (though we are lucky enough to live less than an hour away so often pop down for the day) so here my top things to do if you ever fancy a weekend in Winchester

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Holiday Inn Winchester — A review (AD)

The Holiday Inn Winchester recently underwent a £2.5 million Pound refurbishment and Mr B and I were invited to stay in one of the 131 bedrooms this week to see for ourselves how fabulous they are. We received a complimentary stay with dinner, bed and breakfast in exchange for our honest review. Where to start though? The hotel sits just five minutes outside Winchester with easy access to major roads

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Netley Abbey

Netley Abbey sits in the village named after it just outside Southampton in Southern England. In fact Netley Abbey is is the most complete surviving abbey built by the Cistercian monks in southern England and is now looked after by English Heritage. It is free to visit and is open year round (do check the website as times change). In fact it is so in tact it is hard to

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Titchfield Abbey

Titchfield Abbey sits just outside Fareham in Hampshire and was once a medieval Abbey before then becoming a Country House. It is looked after English Heritage and is free to visit, though there is a small fee for the car park (although we had lunch in the pub opposite and they were happy for us to leave our car there whilst we wandered across the road). There is no gift

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