England

Delicatessen

Delicatessen is the brainchild of Israeli-born Or Golan, a student of Tel Aviv’s restaurant scene before joining Yotam Ottolenghi’s Belgravia deli as head chef. It is a genius move to open up bang in the middle of Hampstead’s affluent kosher crowd,

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New Hall Hotel

Stepping out of the 21st Century, for a stay at New Hall Hotel, you expect to see Henry Vlll stomping across the drawbridge powering towards a substantial lunch in the wood-panelled-mullion-windowed Great Chamber.

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Crathorne Hall Hotel

Though it’s towering gates were patriotically donated to the 1940s war effort and never replaced – the discovery that you can’t manufacture bombers from iron came after melt-down – Crathorne Hall Hotel’s facade framed by two bell towers, still has a stately grandeur.

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Hampton Manor

Hampton Manor is a wonderful country pile set in 45 acres of landscaped grounds a stone’s throw from the tiny village of Hampton-in-Arden just outside Solihull. It may be just a few miles from Birmingham, but light years away by comparison.

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The 25 Boutique B&B

I’m sipping bubbly in the sunshine and eating a delicious homemade brownie, watching the birds in the front garden. Yes, The 25 Boutique B&B is the place to relax, and I’ve only been here 10 minutes.

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Bohemia Bar & Restaurant, Jersey

I must admit, having a one-star Michelin Restaurant to ourselves might be seen by some as a little self-indulgent but what the heck. You only live once, and I intend to live it to the full.

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