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Terra Terra Italian Restaurant, London

Set over two floors the main restaurant is topside, a smart modern layout with an open bakery at one assaulting us with the arousing aroma of freshly baked bread and Tuscan oil.

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Hard Rock Hotel, London

It turns out the maiden aunt of Marble Arch has serious rock’n’roll credentials – Jimi Hendrix made it his London pied a terre and the great Buddy Holly stayed here before the day the music died.

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Tewkesbury Park Hotel

A smart, modern hotel and restaurant, recently renovated at a cost of £10m, not to mention a sweeping 18-hole golf course in 165 acres of undulating parkland,  are eclipsed only by the town’s exquisite riverbank, wealth of Tudor architecture and Tewkesbury Abbey, one of the nation’s finest Norman churches.

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The Cary Arms and Spa, Babbacombe, Devon

With palm trees, stylish motorboats whizzing across the bay for water-skiing, seas sometimes as azure as the Med and bobbing white spinnakers – this could by the French Riviera.

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The Wellington Arms, Hampshire

The king bed was royally adorned with quality crisp linen and duck-down pillows while the generous bathroom ticked all the right boxes for me; Espa toiletries and thick fluffy towels, rain forest shower and separate bathtub.

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The Red Lion, Odiham

The Red Lion is a class act and it’s a shame King John missed out. I reckon he would have given it a royal seal of approval too.

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