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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Highland Park Whisky

Highland Park Whisky produced on the Orkney Islands has been named The Best Spirit in the World not once but twice.

Highland Park Whisky, Orkney, Scotland

Highland Park produces fine Scottish single malt whiskey aged from 12-40 years old.

Highland Park Whisky, Scotland.

The brand's foundation is associated with the colorful character of Magnus Eunson in the late 18th century, though the distillery officially gained its license in 1826.

Highland Park Whisky, Orkney, Scotland.

Founded in 1798 and located just outside Kirkwall, the main town on Orkney, the Highland Park distillery is the most northerly distillery in Scotland (half a mile farther north than the neighbouring Scapa distillery).

Highland Park Whisky, Orkney, Scotland, UK.

The name of the whisky doesn't come from the area of Scotland known as The Highlands - as many people assume - but from the fact that the distillery was founded on an area called "High Park".

Highland Park Whisky, Orkney, Scotland, Britain.

Highland Park is one of the few distilleries to malt its own barley, using locally cut peat from Hobbister Moor. The peat is then mixed with heather before being used as fuel. The distilleries single matls gave won numerous awards; in 1984, Highland Park was the only whisky ever to have scored a rating of 100% by the regular tasting team of The Scotsman newspaper.

Highland Park Whisky, Orkney, Scotland, UK.

The distillery offers a number of tours, ranging from £7.50 to £75 per person. These include a short film, a guided tour of the site, and sampling of various whiskies.

Highland Park Whisky, Orkney, Scotland, UK.

Highland Park
Holm Road, Kirkwall
Orkney, KW15 1SU
Tel: +44(0) 1856 874619

Highland Park Whisky, Orkney, Scotland, UK.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Howie's Restaurant Edinburgh

Howie's Restaurants in Edinburgh and Aberdeen serve award-winning Scottish, seasonal cuisine.

Howie's Restaurant Edinburgh, Scotland

Howie's two Edinburgh restaurants are both located in centuries old buildings, providing a unique dining ambiance for visitors to Scotland's capital city.

Howie's menu items include such Scottish favourites as Traditional Haggis, Neeps & Tatties, Traditional Scottish Kedgeree, Duo of Rutherford Estate Roe Deer and the mouth-watering Slow Braised Beef Tenderloin with horseradish mashed potatoes, herb roasted vegetables & thyme sauce.

Howie's Restaurant Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Vegetarian options are also on the menu plus an extensive wine list including some excellent French and Italian choices.

Most diners find the service prompt and efficient.

Howies Waterloo Place, Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 556 5766
Howies Victoria Street, Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 225 1721
Howies Chapel Street, Aberdeen
Tel: 01224 639500

Howie's Restaurant Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Fentiman's Beverages

Fentiman's, established in 1905 is a maker of original British beverages such as Dandelion & Burdock, Lemonade, Cola, Tonic, Shandy and Ginger Ale.

Fentiman's Beverages, UK

The original business grew out of a botanically brewed recipe for a beverage given as collateral on a loan that was never re-paid.

Over a hundred years on Fentiman's is still going strong and is still family owned. Fentiman's bottled drinks can be purchased in shops, restaurants and bars. See the company website below for more details.

Fentiman's Beverages, UK

Fentimans UK
6 Rear Battle Hill, Hexham
Northumberland, NE46 1BB
Tel: 01434 609847

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Stockport Little Underbank

Underbank in Stockport, along with Stockport Market is the historic core of this northern town seven miles south of Manchester.

Stockport Little Underbank Conservation Area

A short walk from Stockport's rather mundane 1960's shopping precinct, Underbank retains vestiges of its Victorian past and has a number of popular, traditional pubs and shops.

The cast iron St Petersgate Bridge spans the street and was originally built in 1868.

St Petersgate Bridge, Stockport

Good pubs on Little Underbank include the charming Queen's Head and Winter's, both establishments with a history. The very narrow Queen's Head dates from the building of the St Petersgate Bridge in 1868 but has a wine cellar of more than 300 years old. Winter's was originally a jeweller's until turned into a pub.

Stockport Little Underbank

Shopping and eating outlets are the usual eclectic mix of British high street stores: a branch of Freedman's menswear hire, Stage Door for ballet and dance, a wedding dress store, a head shop, a bookies, a barber's and a decent fish & chip shop.

Things to see in Stockport in Greater Manchester include Stockport Town Hall, Stockport Air Raid Shelters, St Mary's Church, Bramhall Hall, Woodbank Park, Vernon Park, Stockport Market, Three Shires House (Underbank Hall), Fred Perry's birthplace, Woodbank Park, the Viaduct and Stockport Hat Museum.

Winter's Pub Stockport Little Underbank


Map of Little Underbank

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Thursday, June 20, 2013


Scottish cuisine may not have the best reputation but it does have some delicious favourites such as haggis, whole hog roast and Arbroath Smokies (Smoked Haddock).

Haggis, Scotland

The national dish of Scotland as much as roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding or fish and chips or Full English Breakfast could be thought of as quintessential English fare, haggis is a savoury mix of minced sheep's innards mixed with oatmeal, onion, suet and salt.

Traditionally this would be simmered in boiling water wrapped in the animals's stomach.

Haggis is often served with mashed potato and turnips and traditionally eaten on Burns Night on January 25.

A good place to sample fresh Scottish produce is at the Edinburgh Farmer's Market in Edinburgh, which takes place on Saturday's below Edinburgh Castle.

Whole Hog Roast, Edinburgh Farmer's Market

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Fullers London Pride

Fullers London Pride is one of London's best beers. Any visitor to England's capital city is bound to encounter a pint of London Pride on tap in one of London's hundreds of pubs.

Fullers London Pride

The history of the Fuller's beer goes back to the 17th century and the time of Oliver Cromwell, though the present company dates from the mid-19th century in Chiswick, west London. Fullers now brews a number of award-winning beers: London Pride, ESB, 1845, Chiswick Bitter as well as a selection of bottled brews and vintage ales.

Fullers London Pride

Fuller's operates nearly 400 pubs, most of them in the south east of England.


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Monday, June 3, 2013

St. Mary's Church Colston Bassett

Walking up the Grantham Canal towards Clark's Bridge from the Plough Inn, in the village of Hickling, and then heading north, brings you within sight of the ruin of St. Mary's Church in nearby Colston Bassett.

St. Mary's Church Colston Bassett, Notts

The ruin of St. Mary's Church stands on a site known to have been occupied from Norman times and the well-preserved ruin has Norman, Early English and Decorated and Perpendicular architectural styles.

The present church, which is preserved and supported by English Heritage, has been a ruin since the late 19th century and its structural problems may have been due to the constant over-building since the 12th century.

St. Mary's Church Colston Bassett, UK

Colston Bassett is in south east Nottinghamshire within the Vale of Belvoir, famous for its production of Blue Stilton cheese. The name Colston means the homestead of someone called "Col" and Bassett refers to the Bassett family, once large Norman landowners in the area. Bassett was added to differentiate the village from other Colstons.

The Grantham Canal is no longer in use but is popular with anglers, cyclists, hikers and dog-walkers. Wildlife along the canal includes swans.

St. Mary's Church Colston Bassett, Nottingham, UK

St. Mary's Church Colston Bassett Access

The church is close to Colston Bassett Cricket and Croquet Club, just off New Road. Hickling is north of Melton Mowbray, turn right off the A606 into Nottingham.

St Mary's Map

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

A-Z Listing of Churches & Places of Worship in the UK

Here is a list of places of worship in the UK listed on this site. If you wish to list your church, chapel, mosque, meeting house, synagogue, stone circle or temple for free please send us a description including description, images and contact details including postal address and telephone number.

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All Saints Church Calver

A = All Saints Church Calver, Avebury Henge

B = Bath Abbey, Bishop's Palace WellsBristol Cathedral

C = Canterbury CathedralChapel of St. Mary ToryChatsworth House Chapel, Chester Cathedral, Chinese Pagoda Kew Gardens, Christ Church Cathedral OxfordChurch of All Saints Martock

D = Durham Cathedral

E = Eyam Church Derbyshire, Exeter Cathedral

F = Finsbury Park Mosque

G = Glastonbury TorGloucester Cathedral

H = Holy Trinity Church Bradford-on-Avon

I =

J = John Wesley's Chapel Bristol

K = Kingsbridge Cathedral

M = Malmesbury Abbey, Manchester Cathedral

N =

O =

P = Parish Church of St. John the Baptist Cirencester, Parish Church of St. Stephen Bristol

S = Salisbury CathedralSaxon Church of St. LaurenceSt. Andrews Castle Combe, St. Bartholomew CorfordSt Bridget's Skenfrith, St. Cyriac's Lacock, St. George's StockportSt John the Baptist BurfordSt. John the Baptist's Church Chester, St John the Baptist DevizesStonehenge, St. Mary Church Ottery St. Mary, St. Mary's Church Ruin Colston BassettSt. Mary Dartington, St. Mary Redcliffe BristolSt Mary's Stockport, St. Mary the Virgin TetburySt Michael's BathSt. Paul's Cathedral LondonSt. Peter's Prestbury, St. Teilo's Church Cardiff, Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory

T = Tintern Abbey

U = University Church of St. Mary the Virgin Oxford

V =

W = Wells CathedralWestminster AbbeyWidecombe Church Dartmoor, Winchester Cathedral

X =

Y = York Minster

Z =

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