The Coach House, Darley Abbey, Derby: B&B review

When I heard a new B&B had opened in my home town of Derby, I had a mental picture of the dull, dreary guesthouses in a Patrick Hamilton novel. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Walking into the Coach House, which reopened under new ownership this autumn, was more like stepping into the pages of […]

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New Road Hotel, London: ‘Smart, fun … and part of the local story’ – review

Everything you need and nothing you don’t. That’s the USP of this new hotel in a former 1950s textile factory in London’s Whitechapel. But that is a little disingenuous: all you really need is a comfortable bed and somewhere to shower. The New Road Hotel actually offers all sorts of things no one really needs […]

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1823 Spinning Block Hotel, Clitheroe: ‘Don Draper would love this place’ – review

Even by east Lancashire’s unassuming standards, Clitheroe maintains a low-profile. This gateway to the Ribble valley – an area loved by walkers, cyclists and foodies – sits at the end of a train line from Manchester but you would have to go back to 1985 (when the Fall played live in the grounds of Clitheroe’s […]

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Guernsey goes gastro: a food adventure in the Channel Islands

‘The best things in life are usually closer than you think,” says Luke Wheadon as he pours a healthy measure of his artisan gin over ice. I’m in Guernsey with my husband to discover some of the island’s new food and drink offerings, and we’re sampling Luke’s “gin experience” in the cellar lounge of the […]

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