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Dining with a view in Edinburgh

View from Olroso © Richard Campbell

There are many great ways to eat your way around Edinburgh. I had a chat with the owner of Oloroso – one of the top restaurants and one of the best locations if you want to dine with a view over the city centre. Here is the story of Tony Singh and his passion for Scotland and local, seasonal food!

How did you start your career as a chef? And how did your interest in food come about?

I started with a Youth Training Scheme with Scottish and Newcastle, but my passion for food and sharing it came from my Mum and my Religion.  I am Sikh and one of the corner stones of our faith is a Free Communal kitchen – a meal called Lungar.

Oloroso is one of Edinburgh’s leading restaurants – what would you say is best thing about running a restaurant in Edinburgh?

It has to be the amazing amount of events that happen in the city – from the Science Festival, to the Film Festival and the Festival Fringe – there are so many to mention! They all bring in so many interesting people from around the world.

Oloroso – what does the name come from and what does it mean?

The name means aromatic, spicy and was chosen by my late partner, James Sankey, who was a truly amazing person.  James loved his wine, and the name also comes from a style of Sherry called ‘Oloroso’ because it is left to oxidize in the barrel to give it a vey aromatic and tasty style.

Olroso head chef Tony Singh

Oloroso owner Tony Singh

Where do you find your inspiration?

From all over – from travel, books, working with different chefs, trying different food… I am like a Magpie – anything that glitters and is good I will have it!

What would you say makes Oloroso unique compared to other restaurants?

My team, they are great at making guest feel welcome and have a great time in Oloroso. And the setting – the view from our roof terrace is just spectacular at sunset with the iconic Edinburgh Castle back drop.

Scotland’s food scene is growing and there are loads of award winning restaurants, what makes Scotland such a great place for food & drink?

The simple answer is Scotland’s larder is one of the best in the world. Our seafood, beef and game are renowned across the globe, and we have such a array of artisan produces and fantastic chefs that do the produce justice.  Scotland is a foodies treasure trove!

Yum, I’m getting hungry now!!

Find your way to Oloroso with our Britain map >

-Helene-

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Travel Guide for Families – Edinburgh

If you’re travelling to Edinburgh with children there are plenty of things to see and do. Here are a couple of our recommendations for families travelling to Edinburgh.

Scottish Seabird Centre
Bring the family to the Scottish Seabird Centre and experience the wild life up close – go on a boat safari and watch the seabirds and dolphins in their natural habitat.

Traquair Maze
Find your way to the centre in one of Scotland’s biggest mazes! If you’re here during Easter, bring your kids to the annual “Easter Egg Hunt” and look for the eggs scattered around in the maze. In front of the maze is the Traquair House – the oldest inhabited house in Scotland which used to be a hunting lodge for the kings and queens.

The Adventure Centre
Don’t let the weather control your family vacation in Edinburgh. If it’s raining, visit the Adventure Centre and go family climbing or maybe try archery?

Museum of Childhood
This is definitely something for the children, as well for the parents. Best of all – the Museum of Childhood has free admission! Here you can look at toys and games from all over the world, learn about the history of childhood, listen to storytelling’s, see how children were dressed in the past and much more.

Almond Valley Heritage Centre
Say hello to the ducks, pet the rabbits, play with the piglets, jump on the trampoline and learn how they milk a cow! Enjoy a family day with different animals and other fun activities at Almond Valley Heritage Centre.

Food for the whole family
Have your family dinner at The Bridge Inn right next to the Union Canal. While the grown-ups are talking, the kids can expand their artistic skills by drawing a picture to the restaurants art wall. If they get tired of sketching they’re welcome to play in the garden!

Eat your dessert at S. Luca’s and indulge in one of the best traditional ice creams in Edinburgh.

If you want more information about Edinburgh, read our destination guide  in:
Swedish >
Danish >
Norwegian >
Finnish >

Have a nice family vacation in Edinburgh!
/Siska

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Things to do in Britain when you’re stuck

Stuck in Britain because of an ash cloud? Don’t despair – Britain is probably the best place to get stuck in, since it’s full of great things to do all year round. So read this blog post and get inspired!

LONDON

Musicals
Phantom of the Opera, Buddy, La Bohème, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys or The Lion King – There is simply no better place to catch a musical than in London. And even if you don’t have tickets, there’s always a good chance to find tickets last minute at Leicester Square.

Find out which musical you want to see and if it’s running this weekend on Time Out London.

Storm Exhibition – Right but Wrong
See the highly recommended exhibition “Right but Wrong – The Extended Album Art of Storm Studios and Hipgnosis” at Idea Generation Gallery. The exhibition is open until 2nd of May 2010.

Idea Generation Gallery
11 Chance Street
London E2 7JB
Web: Idea Generation Gallery

London Architecture Walks
If your interested in architecture but not sure what to visit or how, then a guided walk might be the answer. With London Architecture Walks, you can choose a theme like “London Churches”, “Financial London” or “River Thames”. Take your pick and start walking.

Web: London Architecture Walks

Have a pint at a local pub
Relax – there’s nothing you can do about the cloud anyway. So why not have a pint and just let the hours go by for a while? With the Good Pub Guide you can find the best places to find a good pint throughout Britain.

Web: The Good Pub Guide

ENGLAND

Fine Food Market in Nottingham
With almost 40 stallholders from across the East Midlands – selling everything from meat, cheese and pickles, to fudge, cakes, beer and wine – there is going to be plenty of choice for food and drink lovers everywhere. So take yourself down to Old Market Square between 16th and 17th of April and eat your way through British food culture this weekend.

Find more things to do in Nottingham on Visit Nottinghams homepage.

See a Premier League football game
Take the opportunity to see a Premier League football game this weekend. There are still some great matches that aren’t sold out like the derby between Manchester City and Manchester United or Liverpool – Westham and Blackburn – Everton.

Buy tickets on Premier Leagues homepage.

Hadrian’s Wall in Newcastle
You can’t visit Newcastle without walking along designated World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall. This famous 2,000-year-old Roman defence wall stretches from Carlisle in Cumbria to Wallsend in Newcastle going right through the city.

Find more things to do in Newcastle on VisitNewcastleGatesheads homepage.

Shopping in Manchester
Manchester is a real shopping Mecca, and if you’re stranded here – take the time to do some serious shopping. Some good places to shop is The Lowry Outlet Mall at The Quays, the bohemian area Northern Quarter where you’ll find famous Afflecks, or Kings Street with its fashionable shops.

Stuck in Manchester, but don’t have any shopping cravings? Then visit VisitManchesters homepage for more inspiration.

The Harry Potter Sensation
All over Britain you’ll find places to visit if you’re a Harry Potter buff. Take the Hogwarts Express through Harry Potters London & Oxford, find the filming locations for Hogwarts Dining Hall, Hogsmead Station or Diagon Alley and lot’s of other exiting places throughout Britain.

Read the first part of our three part guide to Harry Potters Britain here.

The Beatles Story in Liverpool
While in Liverpool you don’t want to miss The Beatles Story, an interactive museum located at the historic Albert Dock in Liverpool. Join the four lads in their journey from unknown boys to world famous.

The museum is open seven days a week, all year round (excluding December 25th/26th) Opening hours are 9am – 7pm. For information about current exhibitions, admission fees etc, please visit The Beatles Story homepage.

WALES

Millenium Centre
Cardiff’s showpiece arts centre features everything from ballet and opera to hip hop shows and comedy. Known locally as the ‘Golden Armadillo‘, its gigantic bronze-coloured façade inscribed with poetry has made the building an iconic UK landmark.

Historic Pubs
If you like beer and history, Cardiff is the place to go. Many of the ancient pubs of Cardiff actually existed before the city itself. So find a pub, have a pint and take in the historic atmosphere of Cardiff.

SCOTLAND

Glasgow International Festival Of Visual Art
Have you been stuck in Glasgow and love art? Lucky you. Between16 April-3 May you have the chance to see Glasgow International Festival Of Visual Art. Packed with events, talks and tours as well as major world-class exhibitions, some by artists living in the city and others by leading international figures, the Festival is Glasgow’s art scene at its liveliest and best.

The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh
If your fond of whisky and happen to be stuck in Edinburgh, I suggest you walk down to The Scotch Whisky Museum. Apparently they just started a thrilling new guided tour where you can take a barrel ride through a replica distillery, hear stories about the craftsmanship of whisky making and get some inside hints on how to improve your palate and lead you to your favourite Single Malt Whisky.

The Scotch Whisky Experience
354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile,
Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

For more information about the opening hours or ongoing events, please visit The Scotch Whisky Museums homepage.

I hope you got some ideas on what to do in Britain when you’re stuck. For further information or inspiration, please visit our homepages:

Sweden: http://www.visitbritain.se
Denmark: http://www.visitbritain.dk
Finland (ENG): http://www.visitbritain.fi
Norway: http://www.visitbritain.no

Enjoy!

– Towe –

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Birthday celebration in Edinburgh

I spent three wonderful days in Edinburgh to celebrate my dad´s 75th birthday. We were a family of 10 from ages 12 upwards … Edinburgh has something for everyone ! Here are some highlights from my trip.

Abercorn Guest House just outside central Edinburgh (Portobello) was fantastic ! A delightful couple who owned the place, who were always happy to help. Only a few minutes walk away from the beach and bus into town (bus took about 15 minutes).

The Royal Yacht Britannia. This magnificent ship was home to Her Majesty The Queen and Royal Family. I loved the dining room with gifts from all over the world. Very good audio commentary. The latest is that they even serve afternoon teas on this yacht !

We had a lot of fun at “Camera Obscura”  enjoying spectacular rooftop views as well as amazing optical experiences.

For jazz lovers a must is a visit to “The Jazz Bar” on 14 Chambers Street. On Saturdays they have afternoon jazz from 3-6pm which is easier for youngsters to come along to (14-17 ) Poor Joely 12 couldn´t join us so her mum and her did some therapy shopping instead, whilst the rest of us sat in this cool basement bar listening to live music. A special treat for the birthday boy who loves that sound of jazz !

One evening at 9pm we dared “The Cadies & Witchery Tours” with our guide Adam Lyal a deceased highwayman who was executed in Edinburgh´s Grassmarket on 27th March 1811. He lead us through the dark courtyards and alleyways of the  Old Town telling tales of witchcraft, tortue, plague, along with a group of about 30 people. Not only scary at times but amusing ?!

We also visited “The Edinburgh Dungeon”. With many shows & displays this is a wealth of gruesome discovery ! We loved the “Drop Ride to Doom”.

Most of these attractions that we did (excluding “The Royal Yacht”) are included in the Edinburgh Pass which can be bought in our webshop. Super value, even includes local bus service and Airlink tickets from the airport, as well as restaurant discounts.

Last but not least, my final tip is a restaurant “The Dome”  (The Grill Room). Beautiful place, fantastic meals, my nephew said “It was the best meal he had ever eaten” ! My neice visited the restrooms about 6 times, she had never experienced such lovely toilets ! Well worth a visit for maybe that special occasion such as a 75th birthday celebration.

Next year it is mum´s 70th birthday and looks like we will all meet up again for a trip somewhere in Englands South Coast, any tips ?

– Jackie –

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Halloween in Britain

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With its majestic stone buildings and bloodthirsty history, where better to celebrate Halloween than in Britain? If you need help to get into the right spirit, here are a few tips and ideas for you to make the most out of it!

edinburghTop 10 Halloween ideas
How about going to Edinburgh to celebrate Halloween? The magnificent castle on the top of the hill is lit up at night and is a beautiful place to look out over the city. In Edinburgh, you can also take part in ghost tours of Edinburgh’s dark alleys and underground chambers.

Another suggestion is to go to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. Alnwick Castle is no stranger to witches and wizards and starred as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. Wear fancy clothes, carve pumpkins, hear ghost stories and take a spooky walk before the party starts.

Read more about our Halloween ideas here!

Top 10 haunted places
Britain is also known for its thousands of (allegedly) haunted places. No British city seems complete without its personal ghosts and scary tales. London is of course top of this list with the infamous Tower of London taking the no. 1 spot – the giant fortress has provided the scene for many historical beheadings and hangings. Apparently, you can still smell the perfume of the ‘White Lady’ who died in the Tower many years ago.

Read more about Britain’s top haunted places here!

Have a nice Halloween!

/Carl

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Six new reasons to go to Britain this autumn!

New routes to Britain editedAutumn is almost here and that means winter schedules starts. And this autumn the airline schedules have a lot of new routes to Britain:

From October 25 Norwegian is expanding their flights from Bergen to London.

Ryan Air is expanding their routes with two brand new routes this season. On November 4 Ryan Air starts flying between Torp (Olso) and Edinburgh in Scotland three times a week. On November 5 the new route from Skavsta (Nyköping) to London Gatwick opens. Ryan Air will fly this route once a day and tickets are already available for booking.

EasyJets new route between Copenhagen and Manchester will be scheduled six days a week from November 4.

Finally Cimber Sterling is expanding their winder schedule with a new route and more frequent flights on an existing route. From October 26 passengers can fly from Copenhagen to London Gatwick six days a week. On the same day the new route from Billund to Aberdeen starts flying, also six days a week.  

So there you have it – Six new reasons to go to Britain this autumn!

 – Towe –

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One of the best Fish and chip shops in UK

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Fish and chips

A few years ago I  drove from Edinburgh towards St Andrews along the Fife coastal road and had to stop for something to eat. I had read and also been recommended by the scottish tourist board of a  lovely harbour town called Anstruther.  The town is famous for it’s fish and chips,  so I just had to try it out. Insted of sitting inside, on a lovely sunny day (they do exist) I took my “chippie”  outside and sat on bench.  I really enjoyed my lunch!

I had an awesome sight over the harbour, overlooking the yachts that sailed into the harbour. And today I was pleased to read that  “Anstruther Fish Bar” is the winner of The UK Fish & Chip of the Year competition 2008/09. 
www.anstrutherfishbar.co.uk

-Anne-

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