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FOR STARTERS: Rick Stein
might have put Padstow on
the map, but it's young chef
Paul Ainsworth keeping the
foodie �ame alive. His Padstow
Townhouse oers six decadent
suites with varying décor, including
rich velvets and a marble replace.
Suites come with access to a
pantry for drinks and snacks.
MAINS & MORE: Breakfast
is fresh local produce served at
Ainsworth's Rojano's in the Square. For dinner, it has to be
the vibrant modern interpretations of classic dishes at awardwinning
Paul Ainsworth at Number 6.
SIDES: Learn to surf at Harlyn Bay or go on a Padstow Sea
Life Safari in search of dolphins. On dry land, cycle the 18-mile
Camel Trail, with a stop for a glass of zz at Camel Valley
Vineyard. Alternatively, borrow a pair of the Townhouse's
Dubarry boots and strike o along the Cornish coastal path.
BILL, PLEASE: Double rooms with breakfast and dinner
from £200 per person a night
CONTACT: 01841 550950; paul-ainsworth.co.uk
FOR STARTERS: What could be
more quintessentially English than the
chocolate-box Cotswolds? A hotel in the
Cotswolds celebrating all things English, that's what - and this
family-owned boutique bolthole simply nails rustic chic. Home
to a 15th-century manor house, a medieval barn and a Norman
church, the country estate has eight bedroom suites, three
cottage suites and two cottages.
MAINS & MORE: Breakfast is served in the barn, and
includes produce from the kitchen gardens and eggs from the
estate's chickens, geese and quails, along with freshly baked
breads and pastries. For dinner, take a short stroll to e Swan
- a 17th-century village
pub that's also part of the
estate - for rare-breed pork
and Scotch eggs to die for.
Head back to try a few of
the botanical cocktails from yme's drawing-room bar.
SIDES: Get to grips with choux pastry and bread making in
the Bulthaup kitchen of the cookery school, where you can
take a masterclass with Quo Vadis chef Jeremy Lee on 4 June.
Get up early for a guided walk to hear the dawn chorus, shoot
a few clay pigeons or borrow a bike and explore the surrounding
elds and woods.
BILL, PLEASE: Double rooms with breakfast from £260 a night
CONTACT: 01367 850174; thyme.co.uk
FOREST SIDE, CUMBRIA
FOR STARTERS: Following an 18-month renovation, the
people behind Hipping Hall have opened a new hotel in
Grasmere. e 20 pastel-hued bedrooms in this Victorian pile
are divided into 'Cosy', 'Jolly Good' and 'Superb'; open your
window to enjoy the fragrance of specially chosen plants, while
insulation comes from the wool
of Lakeland Herdwick sheep.
MAINS & MORE:
L'Enclume's former sous chef
and head forager Kevin Tickle
heads up the restaurant. With
40 acres of forageable grounds,
a walled kitchen garden and a 70sq m greenhouse at his
disposal, expect anything from homegrown micro-greens and
peaches to nasturtiums and oyster leaves on the tasting menu.
SIDES: Have your own forage around the private gardens or
visit the Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage. Load up on
carbs at the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop then hike it o up
Silver How for spectacular views. Or
stay on the �at with a walk around the
shores of Grasmere and Rydal Water.
BILL, PLEASE: Double rooms with
breakfast and dinner from £299 a night
CONTACT: 01539 435250;
KING STREET TOWNHOUSE,
FOR STARTERS: In the words of Buzz Lightyear: "To
innity… and beyond!" ere may be no "beyond", but King
Street Townhouse does have a seventh-�oor innity pool
overlooking Manchester Town Hall's gothic clock tower. e
views continue from the terrace and bar, as well as from the 40
rooms of this not boutique (we're told), but 'baby grand' hotel.
MAINS & MORE: e King Street Tavern serves Brit fare
such as sh pie and afternoon tea, or sample the city's booming
restaurant and bar scene, which includes Simon Rogan's e
French, Aiden Byrne at Manchester House, or the hip bars in
the Northern Quarter, Manchester's answer to Shoreditch.
SIDES: Browse shops around King Street, take the tram
to Salford Quays to
look at e Lowry's
matchstick men and
women, or check out the
programme at the Royal
BILL, PLEASE: Double
rooms (room only) from
£120 a night
CONTACT: 0161 667