Steampunk My lack of ability to get on a train to North Berwick to check out some of their cafes, bars and restaurants had reached embarrassing levels. Accordingly, when driving home from a splendid few days in the countryside of County Durham I took the opportunity to steer things towards a stop-off there for coffee …

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En Route 31, En Croute The 31 starts at Polton and quickly picks up the same route as the 49 to Bonnyrigg. I’d missed the Royal Oak, The Chase and Beetroot Bar & Grill on my previous trip along this route. In Bonnyrigg, I saw the Baguette Bar, the Anvil Inn, and Gloria’s chippy, as …

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Susan’s Snacks Regular readers will know that I have a soft spot for burger vans in out-of-the-way locations. Most recently I recall a trip to J&W Catering.Van Today I had the regularly mundane task of collecting a parcel from the Telferton industrial estate branch of Royal Mail’s sorting office network. This is something I usually …

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Crumbs of Portobello Ah, sunshine on Portobello. All of the nostalgia of childhood visits was flooding through my veins as I headed for the first truly warm stroll along the promenade of the season, bathed in sunshine with golden sands looking just splendid.Box I quickly came to Crumbs of Portobello, a long-standing coffee and snack …

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24 Royal Terrace When I was off on my jaunt to Gran Canaria, I missed a little launch event for the bar at the 24 Royal Terrace hotel. I’d popped in for a late drink shortly after my return and made a note to come and have a proper look at it in the daylight. …

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