Infotel Magazine | Edition 8 | 2016

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Inside this month's edition: It's lighting up time in Blackpool but there's so much more to see at this Great British seaside location! He's worked with Gary Rhodes, now he's creating at the Best Western Cresta Court Hotel! Simon Hardman-Taylor talks kitchen tactics! Plus the latest hotel offers and features from around the UK

Dates for the Diary

What to do, where to stay

The Guest Book

This month’s top picks

Europe’s first Mondrian

Hotel, designed by

Tom Dixon >>

Infotel Specials

The latest discounts

National Read a Book Day

The Infotel Page Turner Collection >>

Let the food do the talking:

Head Chef Simon Hardman-Taylor talks tactics!

Infotel Business:

The Case Study >> The City Collection >>


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CONTENTS

9 to 15 20 to 21 28 to 29

4 10 20

5 12 22

6 14 24

7 16 26

8 18 27

9 19 28

The Guest Book

Dates for the Diary

Duchally

Country Estate

Titanic Hotel

Liverpool

Best Western Cresta

Court Hotel

Infotel Business

Cities trending

this month

Infotel Case

Study

Cities trending

this month

Let the food do

the talking...

Padbrook Park Hotel

Golf & Country Club

Mondrian London

at Sea Containers

Infotel Page

Turner

Infotel Specials

A postard from

Blackpool

Castlewood

Lodges

Annabel Church

Lettings Group

Chef’s Corner:

Free Recipe

Front Cover: Mondrian London at Sea Containers Inside Cover: One Sandy Lane

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This month’s collection of Infotel properties to tempt you away

Mumbles Carlton Hotel

West Glamorgan

Greenbank Hotel,

Restaurant & Bar Cornwall

Tudor Lodge Hotel

Middlesex

Willow Court Lodge

Hotel Gloucestershire

Manor House Inn

Northumberland

Clarendon Royal Hotel

Kent

Falcon Hotel

Hampshire

Foxfields Country Hotel

Lancashire

The Glenlyn

London

Bentley Hotel

Lanarkshire

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DATES FOR THE DIARY

What’s On?

SEPT 2016

Astronomy

Festival 2016

2 - 4 Sept

East Sussex

Ludlow Food Festival

9 - 11 Sept

Ludlow

The Jane Austen

Festival

9 - 18 Sept

Bath

Where?

Great North Run

11 Sept

Newcastle

When?

Southampton Boat Show

16 - 25 Sept

Southampton

Newquay

Fish Festival

16 - 18 Sept

Newquay

Invercharron

Highland Games

17 Sept

Bonar Bridge

London

Fashion Week

17 - 25 Sept

London

Who?

Elvis Festival

23 - 25 Sept

Porthcawl

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FEATURE

Duchally Country Estate

Auchterarder, Perthshire PH3 1PN

“The lodges are perfect, it was just like

home from home. They are kept in pristine

condition and the hotel is lovely too.”

Trip Advisor Reviewer

From

£119

01775 843413

Lines open 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

CLC Duchally Country Estate is set in prime

Perthshire parkland close to the famous

Gleneagles Championship Golf Course and

with easy access to Edinburgh, Glasgow

and the Highlands.

With a combination of superb hotel rooms

and fully equipped luxury lodges with two

and three bedrooms, it’s perfectly placed

for an overnight stop, short break and

longer stays.

The facilities available include a Whisky Bar,

which is stocked with 39 different varieties

of Scotch Whisky and serves light snacks,

an award-winning restaurant, spa and

massage facilities and a games room

for younger guests.

The hotel also has a leisure centre

with indoor heated swimming pool and

gymnasium, a whirlpool hot tub, sauna and

steam room for guest’s fitness and relaxtion.

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60 On-site Free WiFi Restaurant Bar Weddings CCTV 24hr

Reception

Fishing

Nearby

Golf

Nearby

Indoor

Pool/Spa

Gym

Check In

4.00pm

Check Out

10.00am


FEATURE

Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Liverpool, Merseyside L3 0AN

From

£89.25

01775 843413

Lines open 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

At Liverpool’s Stanley Dock, the Titanic Hotel

Liverpool is found in the site’s former North

Warehouse, and offers stylish accommodation,

a restaurant, bar plus a Fitness Suite and Spa.

Retaining many original features, including

exposed brickwork and vaulted ceilings, the

spacious ensuite rooms are air conditioned

and have a flat screen TV with Sky Sports,

Nespresso machines, Egyptian cotton

bedding and complimentary toiletries.

“The hotel, staff, service and

food are excellent. The location

is great too!”

Trip Advisor Reviewer

Treat the taste buds to a theatre of food at the

award-winning Stanley’s Bar and Grill or relax

in the Rum Bar after discovering some of

Liverpool’s major attractions, located just a

five minute drive away.

130 On-site

Free WiFi

Restaurant/

Catering

Bar

24hr CCTV/

Reception

Private

Parties

Gym

Spa

Air Check In

Conditioning 2.00pm

Check Out

11.00am

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FEATURE

Best Western Cresta Court Hotel

Manchester, Greater Manchester WA14 4DP

From

£60

01775 843413

Lines open 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

Perfectly located near Manchester’s theatres,

shops and sporting venues as well as being

convenient for the airport, with easy links to the

M6, M56 and M60, Best Western Cresta Court

Hotel makes a great base for both business

and leisure stays.

All 140 ensuite rooms include free WiFi, Freeview

TV and tea and coffee making facilities. There’s

an on-site bar and the new restaurant, which is

now located at the front of the hotel and has a

contemporary style, has recently welcomed

Head Chef Simon Hardman-Taylor to the kitchen.

“Stayed for five nights while on

business in the area. This was my

third consecutive year staying

here so that speaks volumes!”

Trip Advisor Reviewer

Head Chef Simon Hardman-Taylor

lets his food do the talking >>

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200 On-site Free WiFi Restaurant/

Catering

Bar

24hr CCTV/

Reception

Weddings/

Civil

Spa

Air Check In

Conditioning 2.00pm

Check Out

11.00am


BUSINESS

The

City

Collection:

trending this month >>

The

Case

Study:

DCM Surfaces >>


BUSINESS

Trending this month...

Bristol

Pick from over 500 hotels >>

A 3 star suggestion:

Hampton by Hilton

Bristol City Centre >>

A 4 star stay:

Holiday Inn Bristol

City Centre >>

For a Serviced Apartment:

Cleyro Serviced

Apartments >>

Birmingham

Choose from over 340 hotels >>

A 3 star stay:

Cobden Hotel

Birmingham >>

A 4 star suggestion:

Hotel La Tour >>

For an apartment:

Staying Cool

Apartments >>


Cardiff

Choose from 370 hotels >>

A 3 star suggestion:

Village The Hotel

Club Cardiff >>

A 4 star stay:

Holiday Inn

Cardiff City >>

For added gym time:

Cardiff Marriott

Hotel >>

Coventry

Pick from 270 hotels >>

A 3 star stay:

The Chace Hotel

A 4 star suggestion:

Ramada Hotel &

Suites Coventry

To make a splash:

Best Western Plus Windmill

Village Hotel Golf & Leisure


CASE STUDY

How we helped

DCM Surfaces

We have been working

with well-known large

corporations to smaller

companies, organisations

and individuals all over

the UK for the last 26

years. This month, we

caught up with DCM

Surfaces to see how they

benefit from using our

free booking service.

Established in 1995,

DCM Surfaces provide

innovative products and

designs for various surfaces;

play including wet pour,

sport, decorative gravel and

structural surfacing. This

keeps their installers busy

all over the UK, and is where

our team of accommodation

specialists step in.

DCM Surfaces: Show home pathways

The case background:

We have been working with

DCM Surfaces since 2009 to

help bring their accommodation

bookings in on budget without

compromising the welfare of

their employees, working directly

with DCM’s Operations team;

Mariusz Kusmierek and

Matthew Bowry.

The case aims:

• We would find suitable accommodation for installers working

on projects in locations too far to travel home to on the same

day, and projects needing extended periods of time away

from home.

• We would work to the agreed project budget for accommodation

as well as ensuring all other special requirements are met,

including onsite parking for a company van with no height

restrictions and a bar/restaurant is on site or close by to allow

employees to get dinner.

• The welfare of installers would be paramount in providing a

good standard of accommodation.

The case study:

DCM Surfaces: Residential driveway

DCM Surfaces: Recent project

We are in the unique position of working with over 800,000 hotels

across the UK, Europe and further afield. Through our long

established relationships with hotel groups and independent

accommodation providers we’re able to negotiate very competitive

room rates for DCM Surfaces.

With our highly advanced internal booking systems, our

accommodation specialists can quickly see whether a hotel is

in the allowed travel distance of ten miles and see the facilities

available, allowing them to check reviews and standards and as

a result, book the perfect hotel option.

We also provide an online booking portal for DCM Surfaces so their

head office employees booking for those out on the road, have their

own safe and secure method of inputting accommodation requests,

straight into our live system without having to pick up the phone.

This summer, DCM Surfaces have completed numerous playground

installations in the central London area, requiring teams to be on

site for a number of days. We were able to source accommodation

for staff within a short distance and within the set budget.


CASE STUDY

The case review:

Infotel’s ability to search for, find

and book accommodation saves

us a great deal of time.

We are confident we can call on

Infotel, sometimes at short notice,

to find us suitable accommodation

within budget in both city centre

and rural locations. Infotel are also

aware of extra requirements such

as large vehicle parking, late

check-in options and reduced

distance to site.

A further added benefit for us is

Infotel communicating directly

with our on-site installation teams

providing the relevant information

for their stay.

DCM Surfaces.

DCM Surfaces: Hospital play area

Infotel and DCM Surfaces

going forward:

DCM Surfaces have one of our dedicated

Account Managers liaising with them

on a regular basis through either

face-to-face meetings or on conference

calls, ensuring they are happy with our

services, and monitoring the company

accommodation spends.

For clients with a large annual spend,

we provide a free consolidated billing

facility and bespoke management

information, making accommodation

and accounting even easier.

To find out more on how we can help

save you and your company time and

money on your accommodation

bookings please contact our team.

01775 843418

Email Infotel

Sports surfaces include polymeric rubber surfaces and

artificial grass for sports; ideal installations for schools,

community centres and sports clubs looking for multi-use

games areas which can be used all year round with

minimal maintenance required.

Working with main contractors,

local authorities and directly with

schools and nurseries DCM Surfaces

routinely install play surfaces such as

wet pour, rubber mulch and artificial

grass on playgrounds and public

play areas throughout the UK.

DCM Surfaces’ artificial grass and resin bound gravel is

widely used by architects and private developers for

landscaping schemes, courtyards, paths and driveways.

To arrange a site visit or for more information please

contact DCM Surfaces on 0845 650 0066 or visit their

website www.dcmsurfaces.com where you can find

examples of recent installations and inspiration on

surfacing projects and designs.


BUSINESS

Glasgow

Choose from over 300 hotels >>

A 3 star suggestion:

Brunswick Hotel

A 4 star stay:

Hallmark Hotel Glasgow

For an apartment:

The White House Apartments

Leeds

Selection of over 250 hotels >>

A 3 star suggestion:

Village The Hotel

Club Leeds North

A 4 star stay:

Radisson Blu

Hotel Leeds

For a serviced stay:

Gateway

Apartments


Manchester

Pick from 300 hotels >>

A 3 star stay:

Castlefield Hotel

A 4 star suggestion:

Ainscow Hotel & Spa

For a quick getaway:

Hallmark Hotel

Manchester Airport

Newcastle

Choose from 300 hotels >>

A 3 star suggestion:

Hampton by Hilton

Newcastle

A 4 star stay:

Hotel Indigo

Newcastle & Marco

Pierre Steakhouse

For tee time:

Best Western

Beamish Hall Hotel


INTERVIEW

Let the food do

the talking...

Simon Hardman-Taylor has been

in the kitchen for more than 26

years, five of them working with

Gary Rhodes.

He’s currently putting his whites

on for Best Western Cresta Court

Hotel, sharing his signature dish

and talking kitchen territory

and tactics with us!

What made you want to be a chef?

My inspiration came from watching my

Nan cook and helping her in the kitchen

– she was amazing. Home cooking is at

the heart of many great chef’s cuisine.

It’s basically focused around using fresh,

simple, seasonal ingredients and what

can be better than that?!

What do you look for when you create a

new dish or menu? What’s your main

considerations?

Using local and seasonal ingredients is a key

aspect of my cooking. We have a wealth of

amazing producers and suppliers in the north

west who provide the freshest produce. I like

to use this as much as possible in my food.

My culinary ‘style’ leans towards more

classical and traditional dishes, but with a

more contemporary interpretation and

presentation style.

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INTERVIEW

What’s proving to be the most popular

dish on your menu this month and why

do you think that is?

My signature dish of Braised Lamb Shoulder

is an extremely popular choice. It’s a great

looking dish, packed with flavour and cooked

until the meat is rich and tender.

It makes me hungry to just talk about it!

I think guests initially choose it because it’s

a hearty, traditional dish and has a broad

culinary appeal. They choose it a second time

because they fall in love with the flavour!

When you go home, who does the cooking?

Are you territorial in the kitchen!?

When I’m home I do the cooking. I love to cook

for my wife because she will give me feedback,

good or bad. I also get to try out new ideas and

development dishes at home before I decide if

they will appear on my menus. My wife is my

worst critic and my biggest fan, and that’s

good for me! I know when I am on to a winning

dish if she gives it her ‘royal’ seal of approval!

I am very territorial with my kitchen at home

and cannot stand when people put things

where they should not be! My family have

learned to stand well clear!

Which famous person,

dead or alive, would you love

to cook for and what would you

serve them?

Billy Connelly (above, left). I would love to cook

him my Nan’s traditional Meat and Potato Pie

as that’s the dish that first made me want to

become a chef. To this day I still love that dish

more than anything else, and I think Billy

would appreciate its simple honesty.

If you were stranded on a desert island

and allowed one item or ingredient from

your kitchen, what would it be and why?

Chorizo - it goes with so many things and can

be dried or fresh. It’s good with fish, shellfish

and vegetables (desert island cuisine!), or just

lovely on its own.

The #shelfie - a chef’s five must have herbs

and spices always available on the shelf!

What are yours and why?

Smoked Paprika - it’s so versatile and adds

flavour and enhances any dish. Pepper - it’s a

basic, but can be overlooked too often. Harissa -

to give a punch of flavour. Peashoot - because

it makes every dish stand out. And finally!

Coriander - in all forms from fresh seeds to

ground. It’s an essential in my kitchen.

What’s your

favourite cuisine

and why?

French/British cuisine.

I love the flavours and

simplicity, although

I’m starting to add

more Spanish and

Mexican flavours into

my cooking - it is that

warmth and aroma

from using different

spices that appeals.

Do any celebrity

chefs inspire you?

And if you had to

compare yourself to one,

who would you say you most

resemble in terms of cooking style

and/or temperament?

Simon Rogan (above) is my favourite ‘celebrity

chef’ at the moment. I love the fact that he grows

his own produce to ensure it’s the very best, and

his creative style of cooking. In terms of myself,

I suppose from working with Gary Rhodes (left)

for five years I probably most resemble him in

terms of cooking style. Simple dishes done

with the best ingredients and with great

attention to detail.

You’re sharing a recipe with our readers

today, why did you choose this one?

I chose the Braised Lamb Shoulder with

Dauphinoise potato and glazed baby

vegetables as it’s the most popular dish

on my menu at the moment. As one of my

signature dishes it epitomizes my style of

cooking perfectly. Enjoy!

Go to page 28 for

Simon’s free recipe >>

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FEATURE

Padbrook Park Hotel

Golf & Country Club

Cullompton, Devon EX15 1RU

From

£75

£110

01775 843413

Lines open 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

Situated in the beautiful Culm Valley,

with Exeter and Tiverton just 15 minutes

away and both Exmoor and Dartmoor

National Parks 30 minutes by car,

Padbrook Park offers fabulous sporting

and leisure facilities in an informal,

friendly atmosphere.

The 40 ensuite bedrooms boast either

king, double or twin beds, family rooms

and interconnecting rooms, plus deluxe

rooms are available with canopied beds

and two person Jacuzzis. Some rooms

have views over the scenic 18 hole

Championship Golf Course, and there

is also a driving range, fishing lake and

a fitness centre on-site.

“Nice rooms, larger than

expected, with all the usual

facilities. Comfortable beds

and good black-out curtains!”

Trip Advisor Reviewer

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250 On-site Free WiFi Restaurant Bar Weddings Pet Friendly Golf Fishing

Leisure

Facilities

Check In

2.00pm

Check Out

11.00am


FEATURE

Mondrian London

at Sea Containers

Southwark, London SE1 9PD

From

£150

01775 843413

Lines open 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

Envisioned by renowned designer, Tom Dixon, Mondrian

London brings the intensity, energy and pulse of the original

Hollywood Mondrian to the iconic and impressive Sea

Containers building on the South Bank of the River Thames.

The first Mondrian hotel in Europe, Mondrian London buzzes

with excitement and confident cool, creating an urban and

dynamic vibe.

A range of rooms and suites are available, many with

outdoor space and river views, and combine the elegance

of a transatlantic 1920’s liner with a healthy dose of 1980’s

post-modernism. Along with bespoke furniture, including

Tom Dixon’s signature wingback chair, marble bathrooms

and custom designed dimmable lighting, guests are provided

with a smart phone with free data for their convenience.

“Excellent, modern

fashionable hotel.

The quality of the bed

is very high, rooms are

large and comfortable”

Trip Advisor Reviewer

WiFi Restaurant Bar CCTV Air

Conditioning

Great

Views

The Sea Containers Restaurant, with outside seating, The

Dandelyan Cocktail Bar and The Den, as well as a rooftop

lounge and terrace provide the prefect end to the day.

Gym

Spa

Check In

3.00pm

Check Out

12.00pm

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PAGE TURNER

To celebrate

National Read

a Book Day on

6 September

we’re settling into the first

edition of the Infotel Page

Turner Collection!

Our accommodation

with literary connections

delivers a chapter which

takes readers from Alice’s

Wonderland to Out of Africa

via the wildness of

Bodmin Moor!

Oozing

rural charm

and rustic

character,

The Cheshire Cat

makes it into our

collection simply

because of its name

and it being 151 years

since Alice first met

The Cheshire Cat!

Built in Christleton, on a key civil war site

and also playing a crucial role in World

War II, The Cheshire Cat has plenty of its

own tales to tell! The historic lodge offers 14

comfortable en-suite rooms, complemented

by a cosy pub serving seasonally inspired

country dining and a range of cask ales and

carefully chosen wines.

Spend a few

days as a

castaway at

the Haycock

Hotel, where

Robinson Crusoe

creator Daniel

Defoe stayed.

Set in the idyllic

surroundings of

Wansford on the

River Nene, with

stunning scenery

and fabulous facilities, this 16th Century

coaching inn has 48 luxurious bedrooms

and an AA award-winning restaurant.

The Finch

Hatton

Arms is

a quiet

country retreat

steeped in history

and full of character,

located in the heart

of Lincolnshire.

The property was

used as a hunting

lodge by Denys

Finch Hatton, whose

love affair with

Baroness Karen Blixen was documented

in her memoirs, published in 1937, and

then brought to life in the 1985 Oscar

winning film Out of Africa. A total of 11

guest rooms and two restaurants make

for a comfortable stay in this friendly and

welcoming hotel, popular with walkers,

cyclists, visitors and local villagers.


The popular

tourist

destination

of Thirsk

is close to the

Yorkshire Dales,

North York Moors

and was home to

the author James

Herriot, of All

Creatures Great

and Small fame.

The White Horse Lodge Hotel has

14 recently refurbished guest rooms,

including a pet-friendly room, and

creates an ideal base for sight-seeing

and discovering this beautiful

countryside.

PAGE TURNER

F

ew hotels

in and

around

Edinburgh

can match this

lodge for its

views or its place

in literary history.

Many of its 14

cosy rooms look

out over the

iconic Forth

Road Bridge and the Firth of the

Forth estuary, and it`s said that

legendary author Robert Louis

Stevenson wrote part of his famous

novel Kidnapped here - there`s

even a mention of The Hawes Inn

in the book!

Immortalised

in Daphne

du Maurier’s

eponymous

tale of

smugglers,

rogues and

pirates, the historic

coaching house has

welcomed travellers

crossing Bodmin

Moor for nearly

300 years.

Full of legend, mystery, romance and

according to folklore, the odd friendly

spirit, Jamaica Inn is set in one of the

most evocative moorland locations

in Britain.

The

Derbyshire

Dales has a

long standing

connection

with literature; Roald

Dahl went to school in

Repton; George Elliot

stayed in Wirksworth,

considered to be the

village backdrop for

one of her novels;

Agatha Christie and

George Bernard Shaw were also regular

visitors.

William Wordsworth, H.G Wells

and E.M Forster experienced

the beauty of the dales and its

meandering river valleys, and the area

has set the scene in many feature films

including the much loved children’s

classic, The Chronicles of Narnia.

For a best-selling stay in the Dales >>


Thistle Hotel Euston

London

Weekend Offer: 20% off

food & drink orders

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Parkside International Hotel

Berkshire

Up to £55 off: spend the night

& save

£65 £120

Hadlow Manor Hotel

Kent

Weekend Breakfast Saver:

stay two nights & save 20%

£79

From

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Mid Glamorgan

Up to 44% off: spend the night

& save

£65 From £120

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Enquire now

01775 843413

Lines open 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday


West Country Inn

Devon

Savings of 25%

Milsoms

Essex

Dinner, bed and breakfast savings

£85 £135

From £110 From

Ambassador Hotel

North Wales

Best Western Hallmark

Hotel Liverpool Feathers

Merseyside

55% off rooms

Up to 64%off

£49 £65 From £110 From £175

View more >>

01775 843413

Lines open 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

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A POSTCARD FROM...

Blackpool

Synonymous with seaside sunshine, entertainment and adventure!

Blackpool mixes 19th Century heritage with 21st Century thrills.

Combining the best of both worlds, England’s answer to Vegas is

as rich in culture as it is in casinos, making it an ideal getaway

for all ages and tastes.

The biggest date in the resort’s diary is

the Blackpool Illuminations Switch On

Weekend which takes place over the 2 - 4

September and sees six miles of promenade

dazzlingly sparkle and shine for the following

66 nights. Using every kind of light display

available, including lasers, neon, fibre optic,

searchlights and floodlighting, over 500 features

and scenic designs will attract an anticipated

3.5 million visitors to this spectacular

experience dating back to 1879.

For a Strictly taste of tango, the world famous

Tower Ballroom paints a backdrop of stunning

architecture, and with its famous sprung floor

and Wurlitzer organ, it remains a destination

for dance fans from across the globe.

If you can’t see yourself on the dance floor,

enjoy afternoon tea from the side lines or from

the balcony before you head to the top of the

tower to experience the iconic viewing platform.

At 500 feet, on a clear day, you can see for up to

33 miles.

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A POSTCARD FROM...

For a magical blend of architecture,

horticulture and recreation head to Stanley

Park. Boasting one of England’s finest

examples of Art Deco design, the Art Deco

Cafe offers striking interior and exterior views

of the park. Italian gardens, water fountains,

rose gardens and a Remembrance Garden

plus a model village, children’s shuttle train,

extensive boating lakes and ornamental

bridges, a bandstand and sporting facilities

fill this 390 acre park.

Step back in time with a stroll along the

North Pier, Blackpool’s oldest and the most

beautiful of its three piers, having retained much

of the original Victorian architecture. A wide

deck welcomes walkers to the pier end, where

an enchanting carousel, sun lounge and tea

room provide more than a touch of nostalgia.

For family fun the Central Pier ticks all the

boxes with funfair rides, stalls, an arcade and

food outlets or head to the South Pier for an

adrenaline fix aboard the Skycoaster!

For an art attack discover

the ambitious and varied

year round programme at

The Grundy Art Gallery,

drawing on the unique

context and heritage of

Blackpool.

Exploring contemporary art,

entertainment and popular

culture, as well as exhibiting

celebrated artists such as

David Hockney, The Grundy

has a growing reputation

both nationally and

internationally.

Get in step with nature at Marton Mere Local Nature

Reserve, nationally recognised as a Site of Special Scientific

Interest for its bird population, dragonflies, butterflies, bats

and orchids.This bio diverse hot spot is a tranquil refuge for

quiet recreation and environmental education - the perfect

contrast to the Pleasure Beach, the UK’s most ride intensive,

scream inducing theme park!

Stay >>

Blackpool

& Lancashire

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FEATURE

Castlewood Lodges

Banchory, Aberdeenshire AB31 6NQ

From

£133

01775 843413

Lines open 9.00am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

“Immaculate, roomy and

comfortable...couldn’t fault

a thing”

Trip Advisor Reviewer

Castlewood Lodge is in the heart of Royal

Deeside, in a tranquil setting with mountain

views and only 30 minutes from the exciting

city of Aberdeen in one direction and the

stunning and contrasting Cairngorms

National Park in the opposite. Whisky trails,

golf courses, scenic walks, castles and

activity centres are ready to capture the

attention of guests looking for a Scottish

destination.

The modern lodges range in size, from

two bedrooms up to four, and have fully

equipped kitchens, central heating,

free WiFi, bed linen and towels, outdoor

hot tubs, a veranda or patio area, and

garden furniture, including a BBQ stand.

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50 On-site Free WiFi Self

Catering

2, 3 & 4

Bedrooms

Walking

Trails

Hot Tub

Laundry

Check In

2.00pm

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CHEF’S CORNER

BRAISED

LAMB

SHOULDER

WITH DAUPHINOISE

& GLAZED

VEGETABLES

by Simon Hardman-Taylor

(SERVES SIX)

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Method

Lamb

Switch the oven on to 180°C.

Ingredients

Lamb

6 x 8oz Lamb Noisette

1 pint beef stock

Rough cut vegetables

(onion, garlic, celery,

carrot and leek)

½ pint red wine

Redcurrant jelly

Dauphinoise

8 sliced potatoes

500ml double cream

500ml milk

50g block of butter

100g grated Gruyere

Glazed vegetables

6 mini turnips

6 mini carrots

6 baby sweet corn

200g spinach

Heat a little oil in a pan, then add the lamb and

cook until it is dark brown on the outside.

Transfer to a deep roasting tray with

the mire poix (the rough cut vegetables) and cover

with the red wine and stock. Braise in the oven for

up to three hours or until the lamb is tender.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Strain the stock to use for the Jus.

Jus

Add the strained stock into a heavy

bottomed pan.

Place on a high heat and add a little redcurrant

jelly, and reduce until it coats the back of a spoon.

Then pass through a fine sieve and set aside

Dauphinoise

Boil the cream, milk and butter in a pan until

the liquid is reduced by about a quarter.

Thinly slice the potatoes.

Once the liquid is cooled, add the potatoes and

give them a good coating before layering them

in an oven proof dish.

Cover with tin foil and cook in the oven

on 180°C degrees until tender.

For the last 10 minutes of cooking time, remove

the foil and add the grated Gruyere. Return to the

oven until golden.

Cover with foil and place a heavy object on the

top to press the potato dish down, then cut into

small squares.

Blanch the vegetables and refresh.

Plate up, serve and savour!

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