The Grill Room at Royal Castle Hotel (Dartmouth)

The Grill Room at the Royal Castle Hotel in Dartmouth, where we stayed at on my Easter visit, is probably the place to go to for a traditional, proper dinner with your family; it is known among the officer cadets at the nearby Royal Naval College as ‘The Castle’ and offers a lovely sea view alongside immensely well-prepared seafood (think mussels and haddock!) which are in my opinion rather value-for-money, given the generous quantity and quality! Thanks to the newly-commissioned SLT Tan for the treat; It was an amazing meal.

On a side note, the restaurant itself was also posh without being overwhelmingly intimidating, and is a really comfortable environment to just spend the night catching up with loved ones.

Continue reading

Postcard from Paris: Champs-Élysées Christmas Market

I love Christmas markets; the aroma of churros, crepes and Nutella permeating the wintry night air, carousels and pushing through throngs of excited locals and tourists all gathered together to indulge in the festive air. Here’s a quick look at what I had (and saw, it’ll be impossible to finish them all!) at the Champs-Élysées Christmas Market (the largest market within Paris’ city limits) in a follow-up to Nat’s post on the Manchester Christmas Market

Continue reading

Postcard from Paris: Cafe de Flore

How can an English student like myself miss out on paying a visit to the iconic Cafe de Flore when I was in Paris? Located at the crossroads between Boulevard Saint-Germain and the Rue St. Benoit, in the 6th arrondissement, this cafe has a legacy for being a gathering point for French intellectuals in the post-war period. Just imagine; the likes of thinkers such as Jean-Paul Sartre once pondered the world at this very cafe, watching the world go by….

Continue reading

Postcard from Paris: La Pâtisserie Viennoise

La Pâtisserie Viennoise is a small, unassuming cake and coffee shop tucked away in a corner off the Parisian tourist area of St. Michel. We just happened to be walking by and could not help but marvel at the array of cakes and tarts on display: huge slabs of chocolate cake, exquisite almond tarts as well as all sorts of other delights. It is pretty well-known, filled with a good mix of both locals and tourists, and settling in the cosy coffee shop seems like the perfect thing to do on a slightly chilly winter’s day.

Continue reading