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4 Favourite Places for Pizza on Jersey & Guernsey

Heading to Jersey and Guernsey? Fancy visiting a decent eatery which dishes up fab pizzas? If so, here are some of our recommendations...   JERSEY PizzaExpress Any visit to Jersey must include a visit to this wonderful restaurant – in fact, I’d eat here just to enjoy the sumptuous view, for which it scores 10/10! [...]

By | 2024-06-10T11:49:28+01:00 June 10th, 2024|Latest Reviews, Places To Eat|0 Comments

Interview with Patrick Burke, managing director/owner of The Atlantic Hotel

I’ve been fortunate enough to stay at this wonderful hotel which is, quite simply, pure luxury. Whenever I return, I’m relieved to see that it has retained its timeless elegance, staff still firmly believe in service with a genuine smile, its location remains as enticing as ever and, well, I could list a long list [...]

By | 2024-06-10T12:29:29+01:00 June 10th, 2024|Latest News, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

Watersmeet Hotel – Woolacombe

This fabulous boutique hotel on the outskirts of Woolacombe in North Devon has recently been crowned Best Waterside Hotel 2024 by Condé Nast Johansen’s. As soon as you experience an overnight stay here, you’ll understand why. Paula and I were lucky enough to check out this four-star hotel which enjoys one of the finest coastal [...]

By | 2024-05-10T09:50:27+01:00 May 10th, 2024|Hotels/B&Bs, Latest Reviews, Places To Eat|0 Comments

Rectory Farm Tea Rooms – Bude

A bold proclamation to begin with: Paula and I don’t think we’ll eat a more delicious scone than what we had at these cosy little tea rooms near Bude. We cheekily asked the affable owner, Jill, for the recipe but, quite rightly, it’s a family secret! Never mind, it means a return visit will definitely [...]

By | 2024-05-10T08:23:45+01:00 May 10th, 2024|Cafes, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

Rosie’s Kitchen – Bude

A stone’s throw from Crooklet’s Beach in Bude is a family-run café serving up delicious diner-style food. Here, you can expect very generous portions, quick service and polite, helpful staff. We visited one evening while staying at nearby Wooda Farm Holiday Park. Despite it being very busy, there were no long waiting times or that [...]

By | 2024-05-10T08:02:11+01:00 May 10th, 2024|Cafes, Latest Reviews, Restaurants|0 Comments

Mamma Mia Restaurant – Funchal (Madeira)

If you’re ever in Funchal and fancy Italian cuisine, you’ll find no better restaurant than Mamma Mia. Owned by the Vidamar Resort Hotel - without question, one of the best (if not the best) hotels on the island - this contemporary designed restaurant edges the main road, just in front the hotel. I’ve had the [...]

By | 2024-03-15T16:52:08+00:00 March 15th, 2024|Latest Reviews, Places To Eat|0 Comments

Madeira – 8 Favourite Things to See & Do

One of the guarantees about visiting Madeira is that you’ll never be short of things to see and do. In fact, chances are a return will probably be on the cards to experience some of the attractions missed first time around. Here at Travellowdown, we recently enjoyed a five-day break on this beautiful sunny island. [...]

Walking Book Reviews

There are some great walking books around at the moment and one of my favourites is Great Scottish Walks by Helen & Paul Webster. As mentioned on the front cover, this guide spotlights the country’s best long-distance trails. In total, 26 walks are detailed within the 170-plus glossy pages. For me, this tome has everything. [...]

By | 2024-01-10T11:54:01+00:00 January 10th, 2024|Books/DVDs, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

VidaMar Resort Hotel – Madeira

Over the years, working as a travel journalist and editor has meant I’ve been lucky enough to experience some fine hotels. Just two, however, have stolen my heart: one is situated on the island of Jersey while the other is the sublime VidaMar Resort Hotel in Madeira. I’ve stayed several times at the VidaMar and, [...]

By | 2023-12-01T16:21:16+00:00 December 1st, 2023|Accommodation, Hotels/B&Bs, Latest Reviews|0 Comments

Funchal – 5 Favourite Places to Eat & Drink

Here at Travellowdown, we’ve recently returned from one of our best family holidays. Our destination was sunny Madeira, a beautiful island I’ve got to know so well over the years. Its bright colours, abundance of greenery, pleasant people, spectacular mountain ranges and myriad other delights make it an ideal destination for all ages. When it [...]

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