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9 Bars in Manchester Where You Can Enjoy an Amazing Night Out

So Do You Know Any Cool Bars in Manchester?

Going out is a big deal. The choice of venue does not only dictate how your night if going to go, but it also says something about yourself and about your preferences. When it comes to going out, some people can only go for the coolest, newest and hottest places. And there are a lot of such places in Manchester, so option-wise you are covered.
But what do you do when there are too many choices? We have made a list with 9 bars. See if any of them looks like a place you would like to spend a night out at.

9 bars in Manchester you could try at your next outing

1. Kosmonaut

The Kosmonaut bar is unique in itself. Most elements of interior design, although inspired from the New York bar scene, have a story of their own. The place used to be an old cotton warehouse and the bare brick walls, stripped of paint coating, reveal this.
The furniture and the lighting is all reconditioned and fitted. Art exhibitions are held here and there are ping-pong leagues if you are into this kind of stuff. As far as music goes, it has some pretty cool DJ sets.

2. Epernay

Epernay is a fancy cocktail bar. There are over 80 cocktails served on location by award-winning mixologists. You can enjoy a simple night out, have a corporate or a private event and enjoy all the nice things this elegant bar has to offer. The view is a plus as the glass lounge overlooks the Deansgate area.

3. Cane and Grain

http://www.caneandgrain.co.uk/ – Inside the Manchester Cane and Grain bar

This bar spreads on three floors, each with a different vibe. There is a Rib Joint on the ground floor, a cocktail bar at the first floor and the Liars Lounge party third floor. The place is an interesting mix of odd elements like stuffed squirrels, copper bar tops, antique glassware and skateboards. And in this crazy mixture you find some of the best bartenders, a fine beverage selection and good food. That’s what is keeping it packed.

4. Cloud 23

Image source: http://www.cloud23bar.com/ – View from the Cloud 23 bar in Manchester

This Manchester bar is located on the 23rd floor of the Hilton Beetham Tower. It is a sophisticated sky bar that offers an amazing view of the city, some of the finest cocktails and service from some of the best trained industry professionals. Expect to get a bit dizzy when you get up there. Also, expect a line because the place is quite popular and in high demand.

5. Revolucion de Cuba

Image source: http://www.revoluciondecuba.com/ – Inside the Revolucion de Cuba Manchester bar

Rum, premium rum, salsa, amazing cocktails, salsa and an overall great vibe. This is what the Revolucion the Cuba Manchester bar has to offer. And if you are not a dancer but you love to see other people move to the sound of Latin music, you can simply sit at a high table and enjoy and good cocktail.

6. Gorilla

The venue is very versatile as here you can eat, drink good gin at the Gin Parlor and take part in some amazing parties. The place on Whitworth Street used to be the most experimental venue and it went by the name of the Green Room. With its current format, Gorilla is a hit and people are coming in high numbers.

7. The Alchemist

The Alchemist is owned by Living Ventures, a restaurant group. Even so, there is nothing basic about this bar. Quite on the contrary, it has a very creative list of drinks and food. The bartenders are picked from the finest and if the music does not get you going, they sure will.

8. The Gas Lamp

You might not feel very tempted to venture downstairs to the Gas Lamp bar, but know that you are safe. Even though the place is made up to look like a 1970s horror film. We actually mean that in a good way. It has a lot of character and a very strong appeal. Once you get down there and you manage to shake off the awe, reward yourself with a good beer.

9. The Temple

Let’s get this out in the open. The place used to be an old Victorian toilet, turned into a bar. Now that we got that out of the way, know that you can go there for good beer, great music from local bands and a very relaxed atmosphere. But we know you will mainly go there to see how it used to be a Victorian toilet so we’ll just let you get that out of the way.
You can choose to go out to have a special kind of drink, celebrate a special occasion or simply break the monotonous routine. If you are travelling to Manchester, you might want to see how the people there spend their free time and how they have fun. Going to a bar is something a bit more exciting that going to a restaurant, but not as consuming as going to a club. So have any of our 9 bars of Manchester caught your eye so far? Or do you need to study the issue on site?

7 of the Most Elegant Tea Rooms in London You Simply Need to Visit

It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere…

A full British experience absolutely must include a fancy afternoon tea. And simply sipping by the window of your room something you have made yourself at the hotel will not cut it. Especially not if you happen to be in London. There are so many elegant tea rooms that you might need to double your holiday just to make it to some of the most popular ones for tea time. Need a couple of pointers on where to start? Here are seven of the most elegant venues.

7 of the most elegant tea rooms in London

1. Fortnum and Mason

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The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum and Mason is probably the most sophisticated tea salon in the world. It was opened by HM The Queen on occasion of her Diamond Jubilee. Everything is impeccable, from the crisp white linen to the duck egg blue chinaware.
Tea has been served here since 1707 and today guests can try up to 82 different teas on the menu. There is even a tasting service set in place, where staff members guide visitors through the remarkable selection of fine blends.
The accompanying finger sandwiches, scones and pastries are not to be overlooked either as the dessert trolley is almost a masterpiece.

2. Brown’s Hotel

The Brown Hotel was the inspiration for the Bertram Hotel in Agatha Christie’s “At the Bertram” novel. And if you visit it, you will quickly understand why the writer chose it as the setting for one of her famous crime story. Queen Victoria herself used to dine here.
The tea room is a cozy place where refills are complementary and where the staff is trained to encourage patrons to enjoy the experience, take their time, savor their desserts and sip their teas in peace. It is a place that separates you from the fast forward pace of the outside world.
However, it is very much in tune with modern dietary needs. There are healthy fruit and low fat substitutes, there are low-carb, low-fat options for many treats and yet neither of these things makes the offer restrictive in any way.

3. Sketch

Just because you are having an English afternoon tea, it does not mean that you have to do it in a cold and grey setting like in one of Dickens’ books. On the contrary, how about the choice of drinking your tea and having some fluffy scones in a pink velvet room? And it is all possible at the Sketch restaurant.
The interior was designed by David Shrigley and it is something you need to see for yourself. And when you are done admiring the place, the youthful staff is at your disposal, ready with refills of fantastic finger sandwiches, meringue, scones and puff pastry.

4. Claridge

Tea at Claridge – Photo credit: finedining [email protected]

If you are looking for a very elegant place to have an elegant afternoon tea, you have found it. Claridge is an Art Deco inspired tea room with a waiting list to match your excitement about the place. But once you get inside you can listen to the soothing piano or cello music as well as a warm indistinct chatter that simply reminds you that you are in a popular venue and not in an overcrowded place.
And once the introductions are made, you can feast on the delicious sandwiches, pastries with walnuts and pears, and mouth watering cakes.

5. The Ritz

Tea at the Ritz – Photo credit: Herry [email protected]

Although some tea rooms in London are much older than the one at Ritz, it is tradition that keeps people flowing in since they first started serving tea here in 1906. The spread is just as you might expect from an establishment such as the Ritz. There are finger sandwiches with smoked salmon, tiered cake stands with more temptation than you would care to submit yourself to. There is a dress code and if people come here expecting typical British pomp, they are going to find it.

6. The Promenade at the Dorchester

What can you find at the Dorchester? A fine selection of Dalreoch teas, perfectly cooked salmon in exquisite finger sandwiches and intimate seating areas that allow visitors to sip their tea in peace and quiet. There are Marble columns that line the room, a general scent of seasonal flowers and a soothing light coming from the huge lamps hanging from the ceiling. This is The Promenade at the Dorchester, one of the most elegant tea rooms in London.

7. Hotel Café Royal

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The Café Royal Hotel Tea room used to be frequented by Oscar Wilde. This piece of information alone will give you a sense of occasion when visiting the place for an afternoon tea. But do not fear. The master of ceremonies often entertains the room with quotes and information on the life of the famous writer. Otherwise, the tea menu is extensive and you also have a choice of savory or sweet treats to accompany the feast.

If you are not in it for the tea or if you do not have a sweet tooth to enjoy the scones, although we cannot understand who could not yield to the deliciousness of the puffy desserts usually accompanying the hot beverages in any tea room, then you must be into it for the ceremony. It is not like a Japanese tea ceremony, but the chinaware, the expertly laid down trays of colourful desserts, the stylish interiors and the calm of it all will make you happy you did not skip out on this treat.

Top 9 Historic Places Competing for the Title of Oldest UK Pub

Have a Pint in the Oldest Pub in UK. Know Which One That Is?

There is a competition over which pub in the UK is the oldest. And there are a lot of contenders to the title. Debates exist because there are no documents to attest the ages claimed by some of the owners. Also, in some cases, former establishments have burnt down or have been destroyed only to have other pubs open in the same location.

Managers tend to add the years before to the year the new locations were established. This creates confusion then this information is matched to maps and records. But let’s see which are 9 of the strongest competitors for the title.

9 of the oldest pubs in the UK

The Skirrid Mountain Inn in Abergavenny, dating back to 1110

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There are references to the establishment as early as 1110 although the building it is in was only built in the 17th century. The place used to be a courthouse and an execution place. Many of the accused were hanged on the premises with markings of the rope being still visible to this day. It is said that the ghost of a judge is still roaming the halls.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem in Nottingham, dating back to 1189

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The pub received its name as it was the last stopping point before soldiers headed off to the Crusades. The place is also thought to have been the Nottingham castle brewery. There is no historical evidence to back up this claim and the location appears mentioned in documents as early as 1751. The building itself seems to have been erected in the 17th century.

Man and Scythe in Bolton, Lancashire, dating back to 1251

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Only the vaulted cellars remain from the 1251 original construction. Otherwise, there has been a pub on this exact location since that time and the current establishment was rebuilt in 1651, which is nothing to sneeze at either. Apart from it being 750 years old, the pub also has a reputation of being a haunted pub as visitors and locals alike have spotted a mysterious figure at an upstairs window.

Clachan Inn in Drymen, Scotland, dating back to 1734

 

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While it is still in the race for the oldest pub in the UK, the Clachan Inn surely is the oldest pub in Scotland. It is situated in the vicinity of Loch Lomond and it is just the place you need to warm your feet after a long and healthy walk. It has a nice fire, friendly personnel, a well drafted menu and a fine selection of wines all visitors can enjoy. Among the interesting facts about this place is that the sister of famous outlaw Rob Roy was once a landlady here.

The Old Ferriboat Inn, Cambridgeshire, dating back to 460

Although records point to the fact that people have been drinking ale at this location since 560, the staff at the Old Ferriboat Inn are actually claiming that even then the place was an establishment with 100 years tradition, as it has been around since 460. Does it seem incredible? It sure does! Best way to find out the truth is to go and check things out yourself.

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St. Albans, dating back to 795

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Guinness book recognized the St. Albans Ye Olde Fighting Cock pub as the oldest pub as it dates back to 795. The record was contested as there are voices claiming that the real date is closer to 1485. Either way, the landmark has become famous since the 17th century when Oliver Cromwell spent a night at the inn.

Adam and Eve in Norwich, dating back to 1249

The Adam and Eve Inn in Norwich – Photo credit: Elliott [email protected]

 

According to what the staff told the Business Insider magazine, the Adam and Eve pub in Norwich dates back to 1249. It is said to have been a monastic brewery frequented by the people working to build the cathedral nearby.

Bingley Arms in Leeds, dating back to 953

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The original name of the pub was The Priest’s Inn, it appears in records as early as 905 and it functioned as a court as well. It was also used as a place for monks to rest on their way to St. Mary’s Abbey in York. Official numbers mention the year of 953 and the place was rebuilt in 1539.

Sheep Heid Inn in Edinburgh, Scotland, dating back to 1360

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We do not know for sure whether this is the oldest pub in the UK but we do know that it has a lot of history connected to it. A public house may have existed at this location since 1360, while contesters claim that is was only established around 1710. Among the most famous patrons of the Sheep Heid Inn there are Mary Queen of Scots and James VI.

You can trust the records, you can trust what the pub owners and patrons say or you can trust your own gut. The best way to know for sure is to go there, get a seat in a corner and imagine what the place must have looked like so many years ago. And you can do this while savoring some amazing local dish and having a refreshing drink.

7 Best Restaurants in Liverpool for a Fancy Dinner and a Nice Night Out

Fine Dining Options in Liverpool

If you find yourself in Liverpool and you need to plan a fancy dinner or if you simply want to make a special occasion out of a night out, you should go to a nice restaurant. There are a lot of options so we were afraid you might feel confused and uncertain. This is why we compiled this list with 7 of the best Liverpool restaurants. They have made it on the list due to customer reviews and the reviews of food critics and food bloggers. If you spend enough time in Liverpool, you can make a list of your own. But up till that moment, you can simply rely on our own selection.

7 of the best restaurants in Liverpool

The London Carriage Works

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This is a multi award winning restaurant built in 1866. As the name suggests, the company was initially a carriage building one. It is now considered a cornerstone of the Liverpool restaurant scene. The director and chef is Paul Askew, the chairman of the Liverpool Restaurant Association.
There is a clear preference for fresh and local produce at the London Carriage Works, and this is a fact dealt with great pride as the menu expands on all of the ingredients and gives you a very colorful presentation even before you actually see the dishes.

Panoramic 34

View from the Panoramic 34 restaurant – Image source: http://www.panoramic34.com/

Panoramic 34 is located at the 34th floor of the West Tower, 300 feet above sea level. It offers an amazing panoramic view of the city at 360o. The menu matches the view in the sense that it is spectacular to say the least.
But if you are not necessarily looking for a big dinner and you would still like to enjoy the view, you can book a seat and go for a cocktail or an afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and pastries. We know you will enjoy the view from the ceiling to the floor windows.

Puschka

Dish served at the Puschka restaurant – Image source: http://puschka.co.uk/

Puschka is a contemporary restaurant with a lot to offer to any foodie, with a reputation of offering a magnificent meal and an extraordinary dining experience. The menu is eclectic and very creative so your taste buds will go off on a journey of their own. The place is family owned and it has a bohemian feel about it. There is a reasonably priced wine list and the desserts are quite expertly made. If you are trying to impress someone, Puschka will speak for you as its stylish charm is undeniable.

Lunya

Inside the Lunya restaurant in Liverpool – Image source: http://lunya.co.uk/liverpool/

Lunya is actually a Catalan deli and restaurant. There is another one in Manchester as well. How come it made it on our list? Because the food here is so appreciated that we were sure you will agree. The place opened in 2010 in an 18th century warehouse on College Lane.
It has a beautifully decorated downstairs bar, while the upstairs part of the restaurant preserves intact the original walls and oak beams of the warehouse.

Da Mount Gurkha

This is a place with terrific reviews. It is a Nepalese restaurant with dishes so delicious that it will make you want to come back for more, even if they move the place to the highest peaks of the Himalayas.
Everything is well priced and very tasty and, assuming that you are not used to Nepalese food, incredibly new and addictive. You will experience such unique combinations of taste and textures that we do not want to spoil your surprise. Simply make the trip over to the restaurant and see for yourself.

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar and Grill

Inside the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar and Grill – Image source: http://www.mpwrestaurants.co.uk/

This is another chain of restaurants and one you can put down as a great option for a meal any time you come across it in the UK. The Liverpool place, though, has recently undergone some design changes and it now honors the industrial heritage of its location. You can take your time and sit through a nice long meal, but this is also the place to be if you are in a hurry, in need of a sandwich, a salad, a coffee, or some dessert. Simple, yet delicious meals in a beautiful setting and at accessible prices. What else can you ask for from a restaurant?

Grilla

Talk about some unusual eats in the heart of Liverpool. Grilla offers interesting Mediterranean and Scandinavian dishes. Intrigued yet? Great! Then know that whatever you choose on the menu and no matter how much you like it, you will still feel food envy for whatever is on the plate of your dinner partner. You have been warned!
Every real foodie has one of these lists prepared for any city he/she visits. It is the joy of discovering a restaurant with a nice interior, friendly staff and amazing food. So we decided to go ahead and prepare such a list for Liverpool restaurants.
These are general opinions and it is always wise to test them for yourself. See how many of the restaurants on our list remain in your opinion as Liverpool’s finst, and which of them get knocked off by some of your own discoveries. After all, this is what travelling is all about.

12 Classic British Dishes You Simply Need to Try when Visiting the UK

Like the British Eat It…

There are certain types of dishes in this world that have long surpassed the geographic boundaries of their places of origin and have become favourites of people all over the world. This means that a person can love pasta without ever having been to Italy or burger without ever having set foot in the US. The same goes for some signature British dishes which you may have heard about or even had a chance to try in a different corner of the world.
But could you miss out on the opportunity to eat them in their place of birth and see firsthand how they are supposed to taste like? Some dishes tend to get a local flavor and to move away from the original recipe.

Here are 12 of the most popular British dishes

1. Fish&Chips

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This is probably the most recognisable of English meals. It is a take away food, popular among the working classes since the 19th century. The fried fish was introduced to the British by Spanish Jews and the local flavor added to it was the replacement of the wheat flour of the fish batter with cornmeal flour. During WWII, this was one of the very few meals which were not rationed.

2. Yorkshire Pudding

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The Yorkshire pudding is part of the Sunday roast and is a type of food made from batter consisting of flour, eggs and water or milk. It is supposed to be a puff pastry that goes amazingly well with gravy and steak.

3. Sunday Roast

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This is a traditional British meal served on Sundays. The roast can be beef, lamb or pork and it is served with a side of vegetables and with Yorkshire pudding. Does it seem plentiful? Then know that this is the weekly version of a grand Christmas dinner, so… yes, it is.

4. Bangers and mash

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Bangers and mash, or simply said, sausages and mashed potatoes, are a traditional British meal often served with a side of onions, peas, beans and gravy. The dish is normally sold in gastropubs or made at home and it is quite delicious and filling.

5. Kedgeree

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This recipe is from India but it was introduced in the British Victorian kitchens and suffered some alterations. It is now boiled rice, flaked fish, hard boiled eggs, parley and curry powder with butter or cream. For the fish, you can use haddock, tuna, salmon or shrimp to the mix.

6. Lancashire Hotpot

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Fancy a British stew? Then this is the dish for you. It consists of lamb or mutton meat with onions, covered by potato slices, slow cooked in a heavy pot. Do not be scared to try regional variations of the original recipe, which include the addition of vegetables to the meat.

7. English breakfast

English breakfast

Sure, you can find it in most restaurants and pubs all over the world. And it probably does not taste any differently, especially since the elements are cooked separately and the flavors only combine on the plate. But how could you miss out on the chance to have an English breakfast in the heart of an English town?

8. Sticky Toffee Pudding

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This delicious dessert will be a serious threat to your waistline. It is a very moist sponge cake containing finely chopped dates, served with toffee sauce and vanilla custard or ice-cream. The recipe has been around since the 1970s, making it pretty new compared to other English traditional dishes, but it compensates in taste what is lacks in years.

9. Haggis

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Haggis is a pudding containing sheep’s heart, lungs and liver, spices, oatmeal and onion wrapped in an animal stomach. The dish is thought to be a Scottish one, but there are no documents to attest this origin. It is usually served with neeps and tatties.

10. Scones

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Scones are small quick bread desserts made of wheat, barley or oatmeal, baked on sheet pans. They are usually served with tea.

11. Mince pies

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The British like their mince pies. Traditionally, mincemeat pies were served on Christmas morning. They used to be filled with lamb meat but now the fruit filled variations are just as appreciated. You will have a chance to taste the original if you travel to Britain around the holidays.

12. Eton Mess

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The Eton mess is an English dessert originated at Eton College. It was first mentioned as being served at an annual cricket match in 1893. In the 1930s, the tradition of the Eton mess was already under way. It consisted of strawberries and bananas, mixed with cream or ice cream. The recipe was changed a bit in time as it can also be served with other fruit and the meringue was added.
We travel to discover a whole civilization, to experience firsthand the contrast between what the books and the media present to us, how things used to be and how they are in reality. These things might just be easier when it comes to food. You taste it and immediately see if your expectations are met.

Want to Grab a Drink? Here Are 6 of the Most Visited London Pubs

Where Do You Go Pubbing in London?

When in London, you do what the locals do for fun. This means going to a pub, grabbing something to drink and simply taking in the place and the atmosphere. Some of these pubs have been around forever. And you will have where to choose from as there are thousands of them. So unless you have a British friend to take you everywhere, check out this article to find out which are six of the most visited London pubs. You never know when you might end up on the doorstep of a historic site or when one of the finest London pubs is just around the corner from the place where you decided you desperately need a break.

6 constantly packed pubs in London

1. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

The sign of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub – Photo credit: George [email protected]

There has been a pub at 145 Fleet Street since 1538, and it was rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666. The main attraction of the place? The complete lack of natural lighting inside and the gloomy charm of the place, the vaulted cellars thought to date back to the 13th century, the wooden paneling, some from the 19th century, some much older. And if you really wish to be part of history, know that great writers like Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were among the pub patrons.

2. The George Inn

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Another pub rebuilt after the Great Fire is the George Inn. Old maps show that there has been a pub on that location, on Borough High Street, called Gorge then George and the Dragon since 1543. This used to be a coaching inn and it was referred to in Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit novel. The cobbled courtyard, the low ceilings and latticed windows will send you back to a time long gone. It offers an insight to London’s past life. The place is owned by the National Trust.

3. The Spaniards Inn

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The pub is said to have been built in 1585 on Spaniards Road. It is an atmospheric pub with one of the best gardens and oak paneling. Being an inn, it was situated 2 hours coach ride from London and it used to be frequented by highwaymen. The Spaniards Inn was mentioned in Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers and in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Also, to understand just how beautiful the gardens are, know that famous poets Byron and Keats frequented the place and wrote here. In 2006-2007, the pub was awarded the “Best Food Pub: London” award given by the Morning Advertiser.

4. The Mayflower

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Before it was the Mayflower, The Shippe pub stood on the same place in 1550 in Rotherhithe area. It is close to the place where the Mayflower ship was fitted for its voyage. This is thought to be the oldest pub on the shores of the Thames. Going to the Mayflower means taking a historical journey; you can sit in the 400 year old mooring point of the Pilgrim Father’s Mayflower ship. Need more reasons to visit this place? The food is amazing and you can get some of London’s finest drinks here.

5. Lamb&Flag

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The first mention of the 33 Rose Street pub was made in 1772, when the place was called the Coopers Arms. It became the Lamb and Flag in 1833. Also in the early 19th century, the pub had a bloody reputation as bare knuckle fights used to be organized here. Now, it is a friendly place where you can enjoy the old world charm setting and have some delicious meals paired with one of the finest selections of drinks. This is the kind of place that does not change as it has a timeless beauty and an undeniable appeal.

6. Ye Olde Mitre

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When the pub was built in 1546, it was meant for the servants of the Bishops of Ely, in Cambridge. This place has a great historical value as in the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth danced around the cherry tree in front of the pub. It is also near the place where William Wallace was hung as the area was often used for public executions. As a small heads up, the pub might be a bit difficult to find as you can reach it though a nearly invisible passage way. You might want to double check the maps or get some help with that. Other than that, it was voted London’s most unusual pub, which clearly means you have to visit it.
We are more than certain that during your trip to London, you will be tempted to discover some pubs all by yourself and simply go where your feet take you. And this is part of the charm of travelling. But just to be on the safe side and to make sure you know when you have stumbled upon one of London’s best pubs, we have compiled this list. Go to one of these pubs, go to several or go to all of them. But whatever you do, make sure you have a good time, London style.

8 Mouth Watering Food Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss Out On in the UK

A Holiday for the Eyes, a Treat for the Mouth

Some people travel with their eyes, while others travel with their stomachs. This is enough of a reason for you to pack up your fork and knife, hit these amazing food festivals and get to see some of the United Kingdom in the process. Now, while the eyes are insatiable and they have no limit to how much beauty they can take in, your stomach will set an actual “all you can eat” limit, meaning that no matter how many delicious treats might tempt you at a festival, you will still have to choose wisely.
So in order to make your life at least a little bit easier, we have made a list with the best food festivals in the UK. Otherwise, what you choose to eat there is your responsibility alone.

8 Fantastic Food Festivals to Hit in the UK

1. The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

Food tasting at the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival – Image source: http://news.bbc.co.uk

The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival is a fundraising event started in 1983. The organizers have put together a festival around the booming garlic industry on the island and it has turned into an event that attracts around 40,000 visitors every year.
Not sure about how varied the products at a garlic festival can be? Why not check out the over 200 stalls and see if you can top the garlic beer or the garlic ice cream.

2. The Big Feastival in Oxfordshire

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The Big Feastival is a food and music summer festival held on Alex James’ Farm in Kingham. It is a three days festival during which some of the top UK chefs will hold cooking sessions. People can come and camp, have picnics, see what the big chefs are cooking. The proceeds of the festival go to the Jamie Oliver Foundation, a charity that teaches people how to make healthier food choices.

3. Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival

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The Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival is the largest event that brings together suppliers from all over Scotland and from all over the world, in a magnificent setting, overlooking the Loch Lomond and the Ben Lomond. Every year, in September, at Loch Lomond, you can taste ale, cider, wine, you can eat pork, paella, sushi, cheese and there is something good for the vegetarian participants as well.

4. Abergavenny Food Festival

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Two farmers started the food festival in 1999. Ten years later, it drew a crowd on 35,000 people. The festival does more than just bring farmers together to present their products in 220 indoor stalls. Every year, a new farming and health issue is raised. There are talks, debates and guest speakers. It looks like a successful cross between an abundant food festival and a professional conference.

5. Taste of London

Dish presented at the 2010 edition of the Taste of London Festival – Photo Credit: Annie [email protected]

This is the London food industry flagship event. It is held in summer and it gathers more than 55,000 visitors every year to taste the dishes of 40 of the best, newest, most creative chefs in London. The events are organized in afternoon and evening editions on each day, with tickets sold separately for each session. It depends on what the visitors want to see, do and taste. It has a little brother, the Festive Edition, held in November. This event kicks off the Christmas season celebrations.

6. The Bristol Vegfest

Participants at the Bristol Vegfest – Image source: http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/04/96/15/4961533_59b633b2.jpg

VegfestUK was created in 2003 and it was first called Bristol Vegan Fayre. Yes, you guessed it. This is a festival promoting the vegan lifestyle. There is a marketplace for sampling, there are chefs promoting various dishes, there are cooking workshops and talks and movies. Around 20,000 people attend the three day festival every year.

7. Dorset Seafood Festival

Lobster at the Dorset Seafood Festival – Image source (NO LICENSE FILTER): http://keyassets.timeincuk.net

Held in Weymouth’s historic Old Harbor, the Dorset Seafood Festival is a charitable event designed to raise funds for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. The organizers strive to promote local products, to promote the inclusion of fish in daily menus and to develop links throughout the industry, from fishermen to merchants and consumers.

8. Whistable Oyster Festival

DAKG2B Lobster at Dorset sea food festival 2013 in Weymouth Harbour

Children dressed up for the Whitstable Oyster Festival – Image source: https://c2.staticflickr.com/

The 2016 edition of the Whitstable Oyster Festival was the 32th one. This festival is a massive celebration that brings in about 80,000 people every summer. It combines amazing food with good music and other entertaining events. There is a vivid street parade and everything is nicely wrapped up by a spectacular firework shows. Like the amazing local, and sometimes international food, is not enough to keep us entertained…
What do you get when you combine an avid traveler and a foodie? A happy person! So you are either in it for the road, for the scenery, for the taste or for the experience. Just do what you like the most and savor the trip. Food festivals have caught on for a few years and they are amazing. They can celebrate the unique regional tastes, introduce new dishes or simply give a regional flavor for international food.

Top 4 traditional English foods you should try

English food is very famous all over the world now. Though many people consider it to be too boring compared to the spicy curries in Thailand, people still find something comforting in English foods. Here are four best traditional English foods that you must try.

Fish and chips

This was the only food that was not rationed in England during the Second World War. It is made by coating haddock or cod in batter and then deep frying the batter until it turns crispy. The fish inside turns out to be soft. Fried chips and peas accompany the fish.

Bangers and mash

This food is sausages that are cooked or fried in the oven. It is served with mashed potato that has lots of butter and milk in it. Traditionally it was served with fried onions on top, and then some gravy was poured. It is a great dish for a rainy day.

Bread and butter pudding

English loves desserts. In the past, this meal was prepared by the poorer families from leftover stale bread. It is made by steaming the bread, and then layering it with dried fruit and sultanas. This is soaked in all milk and then baked in an oven.

Roast dinner

This dish consists of roasted meat, mashed potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire puddings, and stuffing. In the past, it was served as a main dish on Sundays. Now it is eaten on any day.

These traditional English foods are still popular. People have them for special occasions. You can find these dishes in non-English restaurants all over the world as well.

4 tips for eating at restaurants in a healthy way

Many people consider eating out at restaurants to be unhealthy. But if you choose the right menu and have the right eating approach, then you can eat healthily even in restaurants. Here are some tips you can follow.

Make the proper choice

It is better to go to fancier restaurants, as you will be eating less for the high price. You should try to avoid standard Italian or American restaurants as they have very high protein and carb contents. Your plate should ideally contain 50 percent vegetables, 25 percent grains and 25 percent protein. It is better to eat Thai, Japanese, Greek or Indian food as they have more non-fried options.

Learn the food language

You should scan the menu for words like ‘pan-fried’, ‘crispy’, ‘dipped’, ‘gratin’, etc. There are lots of sodium and fat in those menus. You should order things that are green and contains words like ‘grilled’, ‘steamed’ or ‘baked’.

Know the cuts

If you are craving for meat then you should choose leaner cuts of meat. You can also go for chicken breast-based dishes instead of one with chicken thighs. You can also choose skinless breasts.

 Know how the food is prepared

You should ask questions to the waiter to find out how the food is prepared. You can ask about the content of butter or oil in the food.

If you follow this advice, you can have a healthy meal even at restaurants. So, if you love eating out, you won’t have to worry about the calories anymore.

Top 3 juice recipes that your kids will love in summer

Children grow fast. During their growth period, it is important to ensure that they get the right nutrients. Kids love fruits, but they hate vegetables. Lots of important vitamins and minerals are present in vegetables. One way to make sure that your child gets the nutrients present in vegetables in to make juices out of them. Fresh juices are very healthy for kids. Here are some recipes for delicious juices that your kids will love.

Watermelon and cucumber juice

Watermelon and cucumber contain more than 90% water. This juice will keep your child hydrated on hot summer days. It is also a good drink after playtime or sports activities. Watermelon and cucumber contain antioxidants, fibre and lots of vitamins and minerals as well. You should mix a quarter of watermelon with one cucumber in a juicer or blender to prepare the juice.

Fruit and carrot juice

You should mix two carrots, one orange, four strawberries and half lemon. Carrot contains beta-carotene. They are good for the eyes. Strawberries have a high quantity of fibre, antioxidants, and potassium. Oranges contain vitamin C and lemons have to iron. It’s a very healthy juice for your kids.

Apple and kale juice

Kale is a leafy vegetable that is very good for the health of your child. It is good at promoting cardiovascular health. It is rich in fibre, calcium, antioxidants and vitamins. Add apples, pineapples and lemons to it to make a super delicious drink. Just take a handful of kale and mix two apples, one slice of pineapple, and a quarter of a lemon to it and you will get a very healthy juice.

The number of child obesity is increasing due to consumption of fast foods and processed foods. So, you must give your child nutritious foods to keep them healthy and strong. The recipes of juices just given are full of nutrients and very good for your kid’s health.