I'm talodi from Darlington. I've been Qyping since 01-11-2008
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40 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1SX
We used Auld Reekie Apartments for a birthday weekend in Edinburgh and it was best decision we made! We opted for the Old Town Apartment just off the Royal Mile, and only 5 minutes from Waverley Station. It was brilliant.
The only negatives I had, which were VERY minor were that the flat was on the 3rd floor, without a lift, so take your heels off before you climb; and secondly the thermometer for the heating was bust, so we were permanently stuck at 26 degrees. Shouldn’t complain cos at least we warm! We could have called the landlady and I’m confident she would have sorted it out.
We had some problems with our car en route, and they were more than OK about the delay to our arrival, and just said to give them 20 minutes notice and they’d make sure they could meet us with the keys.
We’re looking to use them again and try and get a flat for the Festival!
Neasham Road, Darlington DL2 1SA
Formed in July 1883, and was based at the Feethams with the first pitch turf coming from the cricket club! The club has been through a whole series of financial problems seeing them rise and fallon a regular basis. In 1999 George Reynolds arrived and he invested large sums of money into the club, providing them with a brand new stadium in a new part of town. Of course Georgie boy didn’t last that long, took the club into administration in 2004, just three months after the new stadium opened. He was last seen being marched off to jail for a three year sentence for tax evasion after £500,000 was found in the boot of his car.
The club has since battled for promotion, and hasn’t quite made it. It’s had a series of good runs, spurring the fans on, and then letting them down at the last minute.
In 2008 (currently) they are having a good season so far being top of the league and having the support of the fans behind them. Their most recent game against Droylsden saw them lose 1-0 and crashing out of the FA cup. It does of course leave them able to focus solely on the league, and attempting that promotion once again!
Here’s hoping they might one day fill that largely empty stadium that George decided to build for them!
Staindrop, Darlington DL2 3AH
I love Raby Castle, no matter what the weather I can enjoy a day there. In the winter I love going over and picking out my Christmas Tree, spending some time in the gift shop and teh cafe, and just taking in the atmosphere.
Raby Castle is one of the largest and most impressive of medieval castles in County Durham.
It’s a beautiful castle with its towers, turrets, embattled walls, interiors and artworks from the Medieval, Regency and Victorian periods.
The parkland is full of deer roaming, and there’s a lovely rnamental garden, horse-drawn carriages, tearooms and a giftshop with both traditional and unusual gifts & souvenirs.
47 Dodds Street, Darlington DL3 6BE
A lovely little family run Chinese Take Away which has been serving the local area for as long as I can remember! There’s been no change of hands, and teh staff treat you like long lost friends when you walk in there. The menu hasn’t changed much over the years and they don’t deliver, but what they do is tasty, and cheap, and if you want something slightly different to what’s on the menu they’re always more than happy to oblige.
I went in last week after not actually being in there for a long while and it was like I’d only been there the week before. The staff are all smiles, recognise you and make you feel welcome.
48 Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Dublin
From the minute the door opens, until the bouncers kick yu out, this pub is heaving. You can’t move, you can’t breathe, but you can’t bring yourself to leave either. The staff are amazing, remembering your orders without you having to tell them, and the place is kept clean and tidy throughout the day and night.
There’s always live music, and it’s good. The atmosphere is bouncing, and the prices, while expensive, are not the worst Dublin has to offer.
2 Northumberland Street, Darlington DL3 7HJ
A fabulous little Italian eaterie. Doesn’t cater too well for vegetarians in my experience, but as a major carnivore I adore the place. The staff are wonderful, the food exquisite, and the prices just right.
Darlington DL2 2ST
A nice friendly hotel, which has been operating for a number of years. Very successful, and popular with the locals, for food, drink, and entertainment. Booked out well ahead, for parties, and wedding receptions. The bedrooms are all individually themed, and it’s set in a beautiful location opposite the river. Only 2 miles out of Darlington, the perfect place to stay if you want to be out of the hustle and bustle.
41-45 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7NR
THE place to get your fresh meat, and your pies. It’s always busy in there, and you can be waiting a while to be served, but there’s a reason for those queues.
Fantastic quality produce at fantastic prices. Good friendly staff, who somehow cope in their multitude in a very tight serving space.
63-64 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LL
Not the best Wetherspoon in town, but it makes up for it by being central to other bars, and sits bang in the middle of Skinnergate. Always busy, but the bar staff cope well on weekend, making sure you’re never kept waiting for long. The food service is lacking somewhat, and staff don’t always seem to be able to take an order correctly, or know what’s not available on the menu.
The Green, Darlington DL2 2QQ
The most amazing portions, and largest choice of food I’ve ever seen on one menu. Taking that into consideration, I’ve never felt that anything else suffered. The quality of the food is excellent, the speed of service is spot on, with just enough time to rest between courses, but not too long you wonder what’s happening.