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  • Review of Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites, Ireland

    Catherine Mack takes the ferry from Ros a' Mhíl (Rossaveal) port on the west of Ireland to visit the inspiring Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites. In a nutshell: A luxury hotel and restaurant on the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. Good for green: The restaurant specialises in island ingredients, including lobster and crab from local fishermen; vegetables from kitchen garden. The Food: It is hard to know which can take the highest credit here - the restaurant or the suites. Top Tip: Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites’ reputation has spread far and wide.

  • Places to Eat in Llŷn

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Llŷn, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of restaurants, festivals and farmers' markets for local food and drink in this wonderful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in northwest Wales. There are a growing number of excellent restaurants, pubs, tea-rooms and farm shops all offering the best produce the area has to offer. The Ship Hotel Restaurant With its open fireplace and local ales – meriting a regular mention in the Good Beer Guide – this cosy bar and restaurant harks back to its roots as the original village inn. The restaurant, which is, literally, the dining room in a detached family house, is ‘small and intimate’ and does not cater for young children. Continue on your pilgrimage refreshed, praying to return one day. Treddafydd Organic Farm This small family-run organic farm in Llinthfaen supplies local hotels and restaurants with their fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables including raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, potatoes, artichokes purple-sprouting-this, pink-that and a whole rainbow of colours more.

  • Places to eat in the North Pennines

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the North Pennines, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of restaurants, cafés, markets and farm shops in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the north of England. Fresh produce is big business in the North Pennines, and there are a great many restaurants, cafes and farm shops offering up the best produce the North Pennines has to offer. It doesn't matter whether you visit a luxurious restaurant, a family-run farm shop or one of the monthly farmers' markets, the food is guaranteed to be top notch, healthy, and you'll have the added satisfaction of knowing that you're putting money straight back into the hands of the people responsible for producing it. Discerning ale drinkers will also be able to sample a wide range of cask ales. Eggleston Hall Coach House Restaurant Situated directly adjacent to the magnificent Eggleston Hall Gardens is the Coach House Bistro and Restaurant. The restaurant itself is open for out of hours private parties. Thorpe Farm bistro and coffee shop The newly converted bistro and coffee shop at Thorpe Farm Centre in North Yorkshire is the ideal place to pick up a coffee, a piece of homemade cake or an entire locally sourced meal.

  • Places to Eat in the Brecon Beacons

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the Brecon Beacons, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of restaurants, cafés, inns and food festivals that celebrate local food and drink in this glorious National Park in south Wales. From Michelin-starred restaurants to quaint, family-run tearooms, almost every menu in the region will offer something that has either grown or been reared in the surrounding hills and forests. Voted one of the best restaurants in the UK, the Walnut Tree has blossomed under the expert guidance of chef Shaun Hill and now offers an eclectic menu based around the core principle of using top-quality, locally sourced ingredients. In the evening, favourites include the Welsh black fillet and a Perl Las risotto. The Swan Hotel This cosy, Grade II-listed coaching inn is home to two restaurants - the Garden Room, which serves dinner during the summer and Sunday lunches, and the bistro, serving lunch and evening meals. Having developed an impressive kitchen garden, the restaurant now offers a host of gorgeous fruit and veg, as well as selling a variety of picalillies and chutneys.

  • Places to Eat in Anglesey

    Pubs, restaurants and cafés across the region serve up this local bounty with flair: try mussels steamed in local cider, tender Welsh mountain lamb, and fabulous cakes and scones. There are two B&B rooms onsite and a self-catering cottage too. Ann’s Pantry This bright and breezy café and restaurant is a great place to wind up at whilst tackling the coastal path. There are lots of tempting fish dishes at this restaurant in lovely Menai Bridge: try Dyl’s Drunken Mussels, steamed in local Welsh cider, or herb encrusted hake – or go all out with the Ferryman’s Platter, piled high with prawns, potted mussels and smoked trout. Deservedly popular so make sure you book, especially in summer. Marram Gras Stroll across the vast empty beach at Newborough before clambering over dunes to this village restaurant, run by two brothers with a passion for the provenance of ingredients. Inside, it's contemporary and cosy, and there’s a lovely play area to amuse children – and a great kids menu, too. The Lobster Pot Perched above Church Bay on Anglesey’s west coast, this seafood restaurant has been in business since the 1940’s.

  • Places to Eat in the Yorkshire Dales

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to The Yorkshire Dales, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of restaurants, pubs, cafés and local produce in this popular National Park in the north of England. After a day out exploring the Dales, there’s nothing better than a warming meal and there are plenty of sumptuous choices around – whether it’s a fine dining restaurant or cosy pub that suits your mood. Kilnsey Restaurant and Café A great place to stop for hearty home cooking from Yorkshire in the lovely Kilnsey Park (follow the wildlife spotting trail then come to refuel). Join a brewery tour to learn how it’s all done and sample the results in the bar and bistro. Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa With a Michelin star and 4 AA rosettes, the Burlington Restaurant is perhaps the finest in Yorkshire. Creative menus use all local produce in both the Restaurant and more informal Bar Brasserie.

  • Places to Eat in Pembrokeshire

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Pembrokeshire National Park, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of restaurants, cafés, and festivals to help you find the best local produce in this wonderful protected area in southwest Wales. The menu is equally, if not more, impressive, with a commitment to seasonal and local produce that results in the likes of local diver caught scallops, St Brides Bay crab and Welsh rib eye steak, not to mention a whole range of real Welsh ales that'll act as the perfect accompaniment to a hearty Welsh meal. Plantagenet House You'll find this cosy little restaurant hidden away in one of Tenby's cobbled streets. Having welcomed the likes of Bill Clinton, Plantagenet House has garnered a reputation as one of Pembrokeshire's top restaurants and is a great option whether you're looking for a romantic evening meal or a family outing.

  • Places to eat in Nidderdale

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Nidderdale, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of restaurants, pubs, cafés and other local food outlets in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Yorkshire Dales. The rich farmland in the Nidderdale AONB means there’s no shortage of quality natural ingredients for local restaurants to plunder. Vennell’s Restaurant Situated in the lovely town of Masham, this recently refurbished restaurant offers carefully crafted cuisine that suits the elegant surrounds. A pub with restaurant and 12 rooms, it’s a great base for exploring this beautiful region. There’s an on-site restaurant too where head chef Andy Wilkinson offers breakfast and lunch (smoked fish bruschetta for starters, followed by chicken breast stuffed with Mackenzie’s parma ham)– and a range of cakes is served all day too.

  • Places to eat in Suffolk Coast and Heaths

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Suffolk Coast and Heaths, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of farmers' markets, festivals and restaurants to find the best local food and drink in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in south east England. Below is our top pick of restaurants, cafes and delicatessens that showcase the best of what this region has to offer, or try and time your visit to coincide with one of the many farmers’ markets and food festivals that are bursting with mouth-watering local produce. Jason also loves to differentiate his cooking from other restaurants in Aldeburgh by adding a subtle French twist to his menu, so expect to find moules mariniere, beef bourguignon and Mediterranean vegetable tart amongst the more traditional Suffolk fare such as Sutton Hoo roast chicken and the local cheese platter. Trinity Restaurant at the Crown and Castle With two AA rosettes and countless excellent write ups in the major food guides, it’s not surprising that guests often cite The Trinity Restaurant as one of the major reason they come to stay at The Crown and Castle. Having been involved in fishing, smoking and cultivating oysters for over 50 years, Pinney's of Orford (and the nearby Butley Orford Oysterage) should be your first stop for delicious local seafood. The Boardwalk Restaurant Having recently been renovated, the Boardwalk restaurant on Southwold Pier now offers a fantastic family-friendly dining experience wher ethe emphasis is firmly placed on showcasing local food and producers. It’s not just Southwolds’ only fish restaurant, but also a truly neighbourhood restaurant which serves local food for local people.

  • Where to Eat in the Norfolk Broads

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the Broads, Jackie King picks out a selection of cafés, delis, pubs and restaurants in and around the Broads. Wendy Timewell bakes up fab cakes, sausage rolls and homemade “Hornish’ pasties – perfect for picnics and on-board lunches – and everywhere the focus in on Norfolk cheeses and other local produce. Bure River Cottage Restaurant Horning’s not short on places to eat, but Abbie and Nigel’s restaurant goes the extra mile – it’s arguably one of the best alternatives for miles round, serving high-quality fish and seafood from a blackboard menu that features changing specials like Brancaster or Morston mussels, local crab and lobster, and great locally smoked salmon. Beers are mostly local (Suffolk and Norfolk ales), and service friendly and efficient, and most of the ingredients are not only fresh but sourced locally – some of them from the sister business, Farm to Fork & Fish, across the road. The Lavender House Brundall is a clinker-and-tar, boaty sort of village, mainly focused on the river, and is not the sort of place you’d expect to find a restaurant like Lavender House, where chef Richard Hughes has been cooking complex yet hearty food for a decade in a lovely sixteenth-century beamed and thatched setting. This is one of Norfolk’s finest fine dining restaurants, indeed the style of cooking here has been described as ‘Modern Norfolk’ utilising the best local produce – local lamb, local beef, crabs and other seafood from Cley and the north coast – in culinary skilful and innovative ways. It’s also home to a small “junior farm” with goats, sheep, cows, pigs with lamb Feeding during the half-term school holidays and donkeys to pet and feed, a small funfair and mini golf course, and an excellent restaurant which is one of the area’s best bets for lunch, with an emphasis on quality local produce – one of several sustainable aspects of the business, which also includes water-less urinals and excellent recycling.

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