In certain UK cities, the winter holidays make for as good a visit as any other time of the year. While making the most of their culture, history, and surroundings however, just as important is what to eat and where to eat it.
If medieval architecture is your bag, make a beeline for Cardiff Castle or the out-of-town Castell Coch. For more of Cardiff’s iconic buildings in general, and the peaceful Wetlands Nature Reserve, wander over to the bay. Just make sure to stop by Cardiff Central Market before you head home, where almost anything can be found from laverbread to flat caps. You’ll want to plan where to eat – if the mood says ‘British inspired small plates’, Great British Menu finalist Tommy Heaney will set you up well at Heaney’s. For the more exotic, Vivo Latino’s South American approach is sure to wake up the taste buds, while Sri Lankan street food spot The Coconut Tree will do the job just as well.
Welcome to Manchester. Here for the music scene? Then make tracks to one of Manchester’s great gig venues (YES is usually a good start), or record stores such as Eastern Bloc. The sport-curious should check out the National Football Museum, while the Pankhurst Centre, exhibiting the history of women’s social movement, is an enlightening visit for all. As with music, Manchester’s other appetites are diverse: There’s BAB, serving all manner of good things on flame-grilled flatbreads; Hispi, Gary Usher’s follow-up to the impossibly popular Sticky Walnut and Burnt Truffle, and Bundobust – with its okra fries, broccoli and kale bhajis, and vada pav burgers – is one of the best meat-free options in town. If you fancy food on the move, you can grab a glühwein and a German sausage at the city’s famous Christmas market.Continue Reading