A wonderfully cheap B&B option in central Cambridge. Bathrooms are shared and rooms are undergraduate-basic, but most have kettles and sinks. Superb breakfast in dining hall. Porters very friendly, and will look after luggage if you arrive early, or wish to leave it after you've cleared your room. College gardens are wonderful. Would recommend it to everyone. So handy for shops etc, and river, walking. Plus: there's all the college history, too!
Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7
An excellent charity-store bookshop. Good prices on paperbacks and hardbacks. Full range of fiction and non-fiction; lots of Politics, History and Sports. Also a decent collection of audio books for sale. An interesting place to browse.
St John's Business Park, Rugby Road, Lutterworth, Leicestershire LE17 4HB
Mostly go here to drink, and bar staff usually young and eccentric: either really friendly, or else too busy chatting in a huddle to serve anyone. Food is fine, but basic carvery. Toilets clean. Good outside area for summer. Plenty of parking.
Used to eat here a lot, but most recent visit was very disappointing. One of our desserts never turned up. The bathrooms were very smelly; and this smell extended across the entire dining room. Would not go back, sadly.
Goole DN14 0
The usual pub grub on offer. Has just won Brewer's Fayre 'Kitchen of the Year' award. Decent value, but does get very busy. Best to book a table on a weekend or Friday evening. Service can be slow, and really nothing special on the menu. Grab a burger and chips and don't expect too much. Clean-looking, and toilets well looked after.
Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 1
(updated on 13-06-2012)
Something of a well-kept
secret within the city, and ridiculously hard to locate the first time you
visit (head past the station, towards the new Leicester Mercury offices
and keep walking). The best one-stop cinema for all your slightly edgier, more
arty films. Bar prices in line with trendy local bars; and you can even take
alcohol into the screen with you – though only in plastic glasses. An extra 10%
discount on entry with a valid library card. So much cooler and much better
value than Cineworld. But it does always seem to be so warm in the screens.
A great beach for messing about with surfboards and bodyboards. Equipment can be hired two mins' walk away. Pay and display car park. Lifeguard patrol. Not a pretty little (former mining) village, but the view driving down the hill towards the sea is spectacular. Avoid beach after six, if dogs are not your thing.
Broad Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1
Tour cost about £7, and left from outside Trinity Gates on Broad Street. It took about 90 mins and visited several colleges: New, Lincoln, Exeter and Hertford. Was disappointed it didn't include a trip round the Bodleian, but Stuart was informative about college history and tradition.
Broad Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3BJ
Have stayed here several times, and recommend it to everyone! Great out of term-time B&B experience for about £40 pn. Rooms are basic, with shared bathrooms. Fantastic breakfast setting, in Great Hall, surrounded by portraits of Wycliffe, Asquith etc. Wonderful gardens; porters are so friendly, too, and always allow me to leave luggage with them.
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 8TL
The only cinema where I've ever had my bag searched before going into a screening. On another occasion when I had a holdall with me (heading for a train after the film), staff told me I could either hand over my bag for them to look after, or I would have to miss the film. Gets busy on Fri-Sat evening and weekend lunchtimes; but no worse than other chain cinema experiences, I suppose.