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Discover Britain October/November 2018

Celebrating the best of our nation, every issue of Discover Britain is packed with features from history to travel. Read about the events that changed history, as well as British traditions and their origins, or be inspired for your next trip with great ideas for where to go and what to see. Whether you’re planning a weekend city break or an escape to the countryside, Discover Britain is your essential guide to getting the most out of your stay.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Chelsea Magazine
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welcome!

Britain has a largely unfair reputation when it comes to food. A recent feature about London’s restaurant scene in an otherwise reputable New York newspaper bore the headline “Beyond Porridge and Boiled Mutton”. Aside from the fact that I would gladly foot the bill for anyone who succeeded in ordering both those dishes in any modern London restaurant, it also painted a wholly inaccurate and outdated picture of British food as bland, grey and unpalatable. It couldn’t be further from the truth as this, our food and drink special, will proudly attest.On the menu in this issue, we have a starter of Britain’s best towns for foodies to visit (p12), a main of cosy Cotswold inns (p24), and a large measure of London gin history to wash it all…

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The Chamber of Secrets Many thanks for Discover Britain, the history and guides are most useful. Could I ask one question? Our last holiday included York and my family very much loved taking pictures of the old streets in the centre, just like a Harry Potter book. Could you recommend other cities like this? Lothar Weber, Frankfurt, Germany While York is a rather unique place, other heritage cities with a similar feel would include Canterbury (see page 74), Lincoln and Chester. The colleges of Oxford and Cambridge also retain a Hogwarts-like charm. Find more city guides at www.discoverbritainmag.com. California dreaming I completely enjoyed my recent issue of Discover Britain with the coastal theme [Issue 204]. I have been a California resident for 28…

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wish you were here...

Clevedon, Somerset Iconic pier one of England’s top 100 historic buildings Last year, Historic England began a search for the country’s top 100 historic buildings via a public vote and input from judges including Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.Compiled in new book, Irreplaceable – A History of England in 100 Places, the shortlist features the likes of Windsor Castle and the Palace of Westminster. We are rather fond of the less obvious choices, such as Clevedon Pier. Praised for its unusual design and practical origins, this elegant structure celebrates its 150th anniversary in February. www.historicengland.org.uk Lewes, East Sussex Exhibition space opens at famed Bloomsbury Group house We’ve always loved the hand-painted interiors at Charleston, the former home of Bloomsbury Group artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. While the…

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a taste of britain

Afternoon tea at Bettys Harrogate The north’s home of cream teas Ask anyone in the north of England to name a tasty afternoon tea and the chances are they will point you in the direction of Bettys. Now a Yorkshire institution with six tearooms, a craft bakery and a cookery school, the first café opened on Harrogate’s Cambridge Crescent back in 1919.Disappointingly, there is no real-life, cake-baking matriarch called Betty behind the empire, but rather a Swiss confectioner, Frederick Belmont, who only alighted here after boarding the wrong train. Such serendipity shouldn’t distract from the fact that Belmont put Harrogate on the culinary map. There are two Bettys Café Tea Rooms in the town today, the flagship on Parliament Street and a second at Royal Horticultural Society gardens at…

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win a foodie holiday in yorkshire

(COUNTRY LIVING ST GEORGE HOTEL/SLINGSBY/ANDREW STEPHENSON) To celebrate our food-and-drink themed issue, Discover Britain has teamed up with Welcome to Yorkshire to offer one lucky reader the chance to explore the culinary delights of Harrogate – one of our foodie towns highlighted in the feature that begins on page 12.The trip will centre on a two-night stay at the 90-room Country Living St George Hotel, Harrogate, which is located in the heart of one of Yorkshire’s most beautiful and popular destinations, just minutes’ walk from the iconic Bettys Café Tea Rooms. The hotel’s lunch and dinner menus feature modern classics made with the best of British seasonal produce as well as local Yorkshire meats, seafood and cheeses.To further whet your appetite, the trip will include a Spirit of Gin experience,…

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my britain

“Do we represent a British way of life that has been lost? I think people just like to see horses galloping around” I run a company called The Knights of Royal England. We put on medieval jousting tournaments at castles around Britain and Europe, trying to mix entertainment and history all in one. Do we represent a more noble British way of life that has been lost? I think people just like to see horses galloping around. My big hero is William Marshal. He was the most famous jousting man in medieval Britain. For a short time, he was a surrogate king of England. It’s always worth going to see where he was buried, which is an unprepossessing site in the Temple Church just off Fleet Street in…

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