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Posts by Charlotte Pike

A Weekend on Lake Windermere

I’ve just returned from a fantastic weekend on Lake Windermere in the Lake District. Whatever the weather, this exquisitely beautiful part of the country never loses its sense of drama and majesty. It’s been interesting to observe the changes in accommodation provision in the Lakes over the years, with a significant shift towards luxury accommodation and fine dining, so it was with great interest that I visited one of the

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A Foodie Guide to the Waveney Valley

The Waveney valley is home to some of the most innovative and delicious food and drink producers in the country, and I had the pleasure of visiting several on my recent visit with the Guild of Food Writers. My intention with this guide is to share some of the wonderful food and drink products in the area, as much as where to go and what to do. What to eat

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A Foodie Guide to the Mourne Mountains

The Mourne mountains are Northern Ireland’s highest mountains, situated in County Down in the south eastern corner of Northern Ireland, not far from the Irish border. Known for its dramatic scenery, this is a truly beautiful corner of the county that is really worth exploring. Northern Ireland is fast gaining increased recognition for its outstanding food and drink, and its vibrant network of enormously talented chefs and producers who are

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A Foodie Guide to Belfast

I have recently returned from another delicious trip to Belfast. It’s been nearly two years since I last visited, and this time, I spent a weekend in the city on my own to relax and enjoy some seriously good food and drink. This is a city experiencing a boom in tourist numbers and enjoying some redevelopment that goes with it. Every time I visit, I find there is a wealth

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A Foodie Guide: Self Catering Luxury in the Lake District

Where to stay My base for the visit was Gate House in Coniston, which is part of the Coppermines Cottages portfolio of properties. Gate House is a traditional Lakeland house at the foot of the Coppermine quarries in Coniston. It was purchased by current owners Jane and Simon in 2015 and extensively renovated to create a wonderfully luxurious base within walking distance of the centre of Coniston, yet feeling pleasantly

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Where to stay in London

Where to stay in London is something I regularly consider. I am very pleased to bring you a selection of suggestions from recent visits which I hope may inspire future trips. Marble Arch If shopping in London is your forte, or indeed, just staying in the heart of London, then the Hyatt Regency The Churchillis a superbly located spot on Portman Square, just a few steps back from Oxford Street.

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A Foodie Caribbean Cruise

Just a couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have a last minute opportunity to visit the Caribbean with P&O Cruises on a 14-night cruise. I’ve always dreamed of visiting, having admired photos of sun-drenched beaches, windswept palm trees, white sand and crystal clear turquoise sea for years. I’ve longed to try the huge array of fresh fruit and spices, freshly picked from the trees, and to sample

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A Foodie Guide to Dubai

Where to stay Our hotel for this trip was Grosvenor House in Dubai’s Marina area. It’s one of the older hotels in Dubai and a much-loved favourite which attracts a huge number of returning guests. The hotel is sat across two towers; one is for hotel rooms and the other houses private apartments. Some of Dubai’s most well-known clubs and restaurants are here, too, which include the Buddha Bar and

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A New Foodie Guide to Northern Ireland

Just a couple of weeks ago, I packed my bags and flew over to Belfast for a whistle-stop tour of the finest food and drink in Northern Ireland. It had been a couple of years since I last visited Northern Ireland and it felt great to be back. It is a place I hold in the highest esteem for its beautiful countryside, vibrant Belfast city and extending the warmest of

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A foodie guide to the Sporades

We have recently returned from a fantastic week in the Sporades, and so many of you have emailed since I returned to ask for your travel tips and recommendations, so I’m delighted to bring everything to you here in one place. Before I get into the specifics, I must say that we had an absolutely fantastic time and I’d recommend a visit to anyone. What became abundantly clear to me

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