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Premier Inn London Euston Hotel: Superb location, comfortable accommodation

There is no getting around it – Premier Inn Euston is a budget hotel, although at 90-100 pounds a night such “budget” is in London terms. Any comments on its quality must therefore be given with reference to its price. The location is superb. Not far from the hotel is Euston Tap, the famous tap room with 27 beers on tap, including a number of cask ales. Just a bit further is the Euston station. To the east, at a…

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CitizenM Glasgow: Great hip hotel

The location for the CitizenM Glasgow hotel is not the most convenient – it is quite a few blocks away from the Glasgow train station. For those who are contemplating walking with your luggage, don’t, because it is all the way uphill from the station. Taxi fare was 4-6 pounds and was well worth it. That said, much of central Glasgow is walkable from the hotel and the national bagpipe center is right next door. Location aside, the hotel was…

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Fernandez & Wells: Coffee not bad, food average.

We were at Fernandez & Wells for a quick brunch before heading to the museums nearby. The flat white we have ordered was decent but average, especially when compared with proper coffee shops around London. For food, I had a chorizo omelette on toast – an almost fail-proof recipe. It was average. Whist egg fried in chorizo fat can hardly taste bad, mine was significantly overcooked. The smell in the shop when it was being made was mouth-watering, though. Whilst we…

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The Lock Inn: Good pub packed with tourists

We were fortunate that our group arrived at Fort Augustus rather early and we did not hesitate to head for lunch immediately – the place was soon packed with hungry tourists but was practically empty when we first arrived. The problem is that there Fort Augustus is tiny with only a few restaurants, but the place is a must-see for most tour groups due to its Loch Ness view. Fort Augustus is at the south-west tip of Loch Ness. Naturally…

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Skinners Arms: Friendly & helpful staff, decent beer, average food.

To begin with, be very careful with your personal belongings when you are in this vicinity of the Skinners Arms. Two tourist couples had their phones taken whilst using their maps near the pub, when we were having lunch there. The staff of the pub were very helpful to these couples, going out of their way to give chase but the thief was long gone on his motorcycle and nothing much could be done. We had lunch here, and the…

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Ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile: Superb location, nice hotel

Oh Ibis Edinburgh Centre Royal Mile.  If all Ibis hotels are as nice as this I will be staying at their properties all the time!  However, this ibis is unlike any other ibis I’ve stayed at before, probably due to their relatively new decor. Maybe the place was renovated recently? The room we had was spacious and modern with a comfortable bed. Even the windows open and close smoothly. The photos with this review will speak more than I can…

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The Drapers Arms: Mediocre food, friendly busy staff.

The meal at Drapers Arms was a bit of a disappointment, partly due to our misplaced expectations. In short, the food was overwhelmingly mediocre, the beer / cask ale selection was very limited (yes we were spoiled by the Euston Tap) and the staff were too busy. To be fair, this would serve fine as a local pub, and I would be quite happy if I have a local like this back home. Yet gastropub this is not. The food…

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EE-Usk: Supposedly great view, average food

EE-Usk is a small seafood restaurant on the shore of Oban, right on the North Pier.  The view was supposed to be great, but a giant yacht was moored at the pier on the day and no view could be seen. Had the lunch set which included fried brie as appetizer and the fish and chips as main. The bread that first came was quite bad, to the extent that you’ll only bother with it because you’re hungry and it’s…

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Burger & Lobster Leicester Square: Very nice lobster roll

We were out hunting for a burger & lobster to satisfy our cravings for lobster, so naturally that’s what I ordered once we were seated.  We didn’t need to wait for a table fortunately, although the not-so-small restaurant filled up soon enough afterwards. It was delicious. My only complaint was that there were way too many claws (how is that possible?) and not enough body meat.  Unfortunately I find the bodies to be juicier and have better texture than the…

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The Pot Still: Not sampling the whisky here was a sin

We knew that the Pot Still, as its name and its giant whiskey wall suggests, is a whiskey bar. Yet being unable to fit a whiskey session into our short Glasgow itinerary, we came here for lunch and beer instead. It was still not a bad decision. The food offered here are basically sandwiches and pies and homemade pies. Playing the tourist, we naturally went for the Haggis, neeps and tottie pie and the “Couldn’t be more Scottish” pie, which…

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