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  • A green holiday in the Broads National Park

    Wroxham Barns is a mecca for all the family – the sort of place you’re delighted to find, especially if the weather is unkind… a bit of retail therapy for the adults, a junior farm, fun park, artists’ studios and a fresh airy restaurant serving meals throughout the day, including afternoon tea and Sunday roast. When it comes to fish restaurants there’s something reassuring about a chalkboard menu – it smacks of daily changing menus driven by the day’s catch. At The Bure River Cottage Restaurant that’s just what you get.

  • Where to eat in East Devon

    As we launch our Green Traveller's Guide to East Devon, Jackie King picks out a selection of restaurants, cafés and markets to find the best local food and drink in in this wonderful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in southwest England. Neil’s Restaurant The menu changes daily at this fish restaurant so that chef Neil Harding can choose the freshest local seafood from the merchants and fishermen that he knows so well. My choice of butterflied fresh mackerel with apple and apricot relish and Lyonnaise potatoes was the best meal I’d had in a long time Pynes Bar & Restaurant Many of the ingredients for Pyne’s restaurant come from the Pyne family farm shop, that has been sourcing local produce for nearly 30 years. This restaurant, in the Bedford Hotel, overlooks Sidmouth’s seafront and Lyme Bay. Locals claim it’s the best pub in Sidmouth. Keystone Lodge Restaurant at the Bulstone Hotel This family-run restaurant serves no-nonsense meals of decent portions.

  • Places to Stay in Gower

    Rooms are simply furnished but comfortable and there’s a pleasant restaurant, cosy bar and terrace downstairs. King Arthur Hotel, Gower, Wales The location of the King Arthur, in chilled-out Reynoldston with the moorland and the sea both a walk away, makes it a wonderful choice for a relaxed weekend away. Oxwich Bay Hotel, Gower, Wales The wonderful restaurant is a real highlight, as are the friendly, smiling staff.

  • How to travel from South West England to Europe without flying

    Leaves Plymouth at around 08:00 and/or 22:00, depending on the day and season Facilities on board: restaurants, bars, cafe, shops, live entertainment, cinemas, children’s play area, pool and spa (on some crossings) Sleeper cabins: 2-4 berth cabins Luggage: there’s no limit on luggage. Greatest choice of sailing times at 08:15, 14.45, 22:00 and 22:45 depending on the day and season Facilities on board: bar, restaurants, cinema, entertainment for adults and children, shops and kids play area Sleeper Cabins: take from 2-4 people and some ferries have cabins suitable for a dog to travel alongside its owner Luggage: there’s no limit on luggage. Leaves Portsmouth at 20:15, arriving in Cherbourg at 08:15, with slight changes to timings depending on the season and some day crossings from St Malo Facilities on board: cinemas, cabaret and live entertainment, restaurants, bar, cafe, shopping Sleeper cabins: 2-4 berth cabins Luggage: there’s no limit on luggage. Sundays sailings offer two nights onboard Facilities on board: restaurants, bar, cafe, shopping, pool, spa, cinema, children’s play area Sleeper cabins: 2-4 berth cabins including a cabin that accommodates a pet alongside its owners Luggage: there’s no limit on luggage. Leaves Portsmouth at around 08:45 or 17:00 depending on the day and season Facilities on board: restaurants, bar, cafe, shopping, pool, spa, cinema, children’s play area Sleeper cabins: 2-4 berth cabins including a cabin that accommodates a pet alongside its owners Luggage: there’s no limit on luggage.

  • Local attractions in the Peak District

    Fronted by the River Derwent, the 1000 acre park boasts 105 acres of picturesque gardens, fountains, restaurants, award-winning farm shops and cafes, as well as an adventure playground and working farm. Guests will enjoy the range of locally produced food on offer at the restaurant, which is located in the 17th Century stable block.

  • Where to Eat along the Northumberland Coast

    As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Northumberland Coast, Jo Keeling picks out a selection of local produce, cafés, and pubs and restaurants along this glorious stretch of the northeast coast of England. They source their ingredients from local food heroes: honeycomb from the Chain Bridge Honey Farm, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, who produce two types: Tweedside set flower honey and their famous heather honey; Alnwick Rum, a distinguished dark rum based on a 90-year-old recipe lost for 20 years; Pumphreys Coffee, a flavoursome roast with hints of caramel which has a history tracing back to 1750. The Barn at Beal, Northumberland Coast One of the main attractions of this coffee shop and restaurant, housed in a 19th-century cart shed next to Beal House, is the huge windows overlooking Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve: 3,500 hectares of sand dunes, tidal mudflats and salt marsh between the mainland and Holy Island.

  • Orion Treehouses, South of France

    Groups up to 12 adults and families up to 14 persons Price: Self-catering from €200/night Spring and Autumn (min 2 nights); €795 for 3 nights in the Summer Meals: Breakfast included; several excellent restaurants close by Open: April to October Facilities: Cots available & babies stay for free; Sauna, Yoga & Massage available. If you can stir yourself away from the tranquility, a short walk up the hill behind Orion is La Brouette, a wonderfully intimate, Danish-owned restaurant, overlooking the medieval, fortified village of Saint-Paul de Vence (see top tip below). Plus there are also lots of lovely locally owned restaurants in nearby St Paul de Vence, including Le Tilleul and La Colombe d'Or as well as Pause Nature in La Colle sur Loup, and Dame Nature - an organic restaurant in Saint-Laurent du Var harbour. - reservations advised, especially in summer. Once you've arrive in Nice, you can either take take bus 400 direct to Saint-Paul de Vence in 1 hour (from where it's a 20-minute walk to Orion), or take the train to Cagnes-sur-Mer from where you can get a taxi to Orion - you can pre-book a transfer from the railway station with local taxi company Taxi Patrice +33 (0)685 57 13 10 / Top Tip: As well as the lovely village of Saint-Paul de Vence, the most outstanding thing is the wonderful restaurant behind Orion, called La Brouette. Alternatively, there are some wonderful restaurants in St Paul de Vence.

  • A Green Holiday in the North York Moors

    All of the eateries listed in this guide, from pubs in slumbering hamlets and vintage tearooms to chic restaurants and country inns, take pride in their produce, many growing their own vegetables and salads in gardens and allotments – and the result is a distinctive array of flavours unique to the region.

  • Local Attractions in the Mendip Hills

    The River Axe still powers the old Victorian cogs which drive the millstones, producing flour sold throughout Somerset, and supplying various restaurants and bakeries in the region.

  • Places to stay in the Peak District

    The friendly staff are justly proud of their award winning Orangery Restaurant, which uses only local, seasonal produce (their website goes into exceptional detail about the provenance of their produce). Situated at the edge of the village of Hathersage it is easily accessible by public transport (train or bus) with shops, pubs and restaurants just a short walk away. Superb location with great views, restaurant onsite and family-friendly activities on your doorstep. Dewsnaps Farm Holiday Cottages Two converted barn holiday cottages.

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