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Great Places to Stay, Eat and Drink: What's Hot for 2012

A “top ten” round-up of some new, and rapidly rising, stars across the UK.

A Safari Tent in Derbyshire

Escape the urban jungle and spend a night under canvas in the Teversal Camping and Caravanning Club Site’s new luxurious Safari Tents, a touch of Africa on the borders of the Peak District. Take a look here.

“Insider Tip” No.1 from The Cotswolds

The Feathered Nest in Nether Westcote, in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds!  Winning as many awards as plaudits these days.  It’s the part of the world where you might bump into Kate Winslet.  But don’t be too disappointed if you don’t.  Just book a table at this AA Pub of the Year for England 2011/12, and take a look at those rooms on the website…..

New hotel was previously a row of colliery houses!

At Palterton near Chesterfield, one of the more unusual uses for a former pit community has seen a traditional row of former colliery houses, which have just been sympathetically refurbished to create a three star hotel with a twist. www.twinoakshotel.co.uk

Lazy grazing in Derby

Jack Rabbits Cafe/Deli has been gaining a reputation as a laid-back and yet buzzy place to eat – bringing a touch of downtown Manhattan to Derby.  And it offers a tasty trio of: home cooked meals to take away; a fantastic grocery/deli/bakery; and a dining area to enjoy Jack Rabbits’ own brand of “lazy grazing”! For more details take a look at the website.

The Camping and Caravanning Club's ‘Summer of 2012 Event Campsites’

The Camping and Caravanning Club will be offering several temporary event campsites during the summer of 2012.  The Club will organise, administer and manage sites at Gravesend, Ebbsfleet, and Havering – with the latter two being just 10-15 minutes from the Olympic village. The WaterWorks Nature Reserve and Golf Centre in Leyton, meanwhile, is believed to be the closest campsite to the Olympic Park.  Pitches - costing from £30 per night – will accommodate up to four people. www.2012camping.co.uk

"Insider Tip" No.2 from The Cotswolds

It’s tough to keep up with what’s new and what’s hot in The Cotswolds, but here’s another of the rising stars: The Swan at Southrop.  You may recall this is the village where Kate Moss was married.  But visit the website and you’ll find out how you, too, can eat, drink and stay here.

Award-winning team set to open another Brasserie-bar near to Stoke-on-Trent

Recognised as having created the best Brasserie-bar in Staffordshire, the team which led The Swan With Two Necks to first place in the annual Taste of Staffordshire awards will hope to emulate that success with the opening of The Wayfarer in Stone.  It will give visitors to Stoke-on-Trent and The Potteries another place to dine in style from December 1ast, 2011. Get a taste of what you can expect here.

Number 25, Hereford

Number 25 has only just been opened in a recently refurbished townhouse, which is still a part of the well-established, highly acclaimed Castle House Hotel in Hereford.  All rooms are individually decorated in a contemporary, classic style – with antiques from local auctions and art from Herefordshire craftsmen.  Make sure you book well in advance to take the 10-second stroll to the restaurant at Castle House Hotel, where Head Chef Claire Nicholls is passionate about sourcing her ingredients as close to the hotel as she can, and can even draw on beef from the hotel owner’s pedigree Herefordshire herd on his Hereford farm.  For more details of Number 25, visit their website.

A taste of Italy, and Spain – in Chesterfield

It’s the first establishment in Chesterfield to make it into the Michelin Guide.  And it’s also the only restaurant in the UK with wine-tasting equipment stocked solely with Italian wines.  Nonsolovino is causing quite a sensation in Derbyshire, and beyond.  And if you’d like to stay the night, then how about the less-than-one-year-old Casa Hotel in Chesterfield, with its Spanish influenced public areas, and “most comfortable beds in the UK award! Visit the Nonsolovino and Casa Hotel websites for more information.

The Cotswolds’ Pizzeria with a difference!

Watch-out for a Pizzeria, which will be opened in Stroud in 2012, by Dan Chadwick (artist and son of famous sculptor Lyn Chadwick).  Based on London Road in one of Stroud's landmark buildings, which has been empty for the last seven years, it will also double a pizza oven factory where Dan will make, and sell, his invention, The Chadwick Oven - a portable pizza oven designed to emulate traditional Italian ovens.  Website coming soon, but for more details on the pizza oven, visit the Chadwick Oven website.

And then, just across the English Channel, in France….

Five star luxury chateau with an equestrian centre opens for business in France

Domaine Château du Faucon will open for business in The French Ardennes region of France, at the start of 2012.  A place “dedicated to the art of living”, it is also an equestrian centre par excellence. Take a look here.


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