England

GWR First Class service  to Devon

There are a few reserved seats but an empty four seat table winks at us further down the aisle and we fall into its welcoming embrace. And I’m not kidding. Plush leather reclining seats, power sockets within easy reach, a morning paper, free wifi and free refreshments.

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Orestone Manor Hotel

Newton Abbot is the nearest mainline station to the sleepy coastal village of Maidencombe south Devon, where the Orestone Manor Hotel lies tucked away in an almost exclusive enclave.

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The Jones Family Project

A 70s-style bar awash in greenery portrays The Jones Family Project as a probable purveyor of right-on clean eating. But appearances deceive; huge hunks of prime rib, rumps of hoggett and primeval pork tomahawks are what drive traffic to this serious Shoreditch steakhouse after sundown.

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The Petwood Hotel

Set in thirty acres of grounds, the Petwood Hotel is an extravagant display of neo-Tudor/Jacobean half-timbering, complete with splendid oak features.

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Galvin At The Athenaeum

If you didn’t know any better, you might mistake the Galvin brothers for a somewhat more sinister enterprise. It seems they have the Hyde Park Corner territory pretty well sown up. Galvin at Windows at the top floor of the London Hilton Park Lane and now Galvin At The Athenaeum

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Washingborough Hall Hotel

Just two miles or so from the city centre, the compact village of Washingborough, with its stone-built cottages clustered by the church and along the High Street, can boast Washingborough Hall, a late Georgian manor house, dating from the 1700s, and a Grade II Listed Building.

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