Deane’s at Queen’s Belfast! I feel like I’ve been hopping around a lot of late and I suspect this may well continue. For now the travels are mainly motivated by work with this latest trip to speak at a conference at the stylish Riddel Hall.Setting and menu The night before the event there was the …

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La Locanda I’ve reviewed La Locanda previously when it was trading as Locanda Marina and Cafe Marina before that. It’s a place I’ve generally viewed as a fairly reliable spot that was priced to reflect its touristy location.Soup Since those days, it has undergone a slick makeover and is now fairly squarely an Italian restaurant …

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The Market Pub An unexpected turn of events took me to Chesterfield on a chill Wednesday evening. With an hour or two to spare before my train back to Edinburgh arrived, I wandered through the town, admired the famously crooked spire, then took up station at the Market Pub on New Square.Exterior A pub in …

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Out and about in Nottingham After an enjoyable evening at Iberico, I had the small matter of dealing with the reason I was in Nottingham – a seminar at the Crowne Plaza where I was also staying. Hotel breakfast The day started with the traditional buffet breakfast in their restaurant. This offered the usual suspects …

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En Route 18, En Croute The Lothian Buses 18 is a bus I’d never previously stepped aboard so it was a complete magical mystery tour as I jumped on at Fort Kinnaird, where the service begins. Fort Kinnaird is a massive and pretty grim shopping complex which offers a range of drab chain options including …

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