Friday

Rick Stein's Padstow and a day of sea bass

I knew Rick Stein had a restaurant in Padstow, I also knew when in Cornwall I had to try it out. What I didn't know was that he also has another restaurant, patisserie, gift shop, cookery school as well as accommodation in the pretty town of Padstow. Let's just say, if Padstow had a President I reckon Rick Stein would have a good chance of being elected.

Padstow photo by modernbricabrac


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Tuesday

Stay in a castle in Cornwall - Tregenna Castle, St Ives

If like me you dream of a summer holiday by the sea, in a castle with spa facilities, then I've found the place for you. Possibly a little bit more niche is my love of everything eighteenth century, yet on this front it ticked that box too.

Tregenna Castle, St Ives, Cornwall photo by modernbricabrac

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Friday

Designer outlet hub in Hackney and checking out the FIX taster menu

Hackney is transforming. A new fashion hub has started to emerge where you can buy designer brands at huge discounts.

Anya Hindmarsh handbags, designer outlet, Hackney, London


Actually, this wasn't why I had jumped on the no 38 from Piccadilly to Hackney Central, but as I passed by and saw the name Anya Hindmarsh over the door and rows of beautiful looking bags inside, I had to go in. A sign on the table read 70% discounts. Nice, but I still couldn't buy a bag, so I asked if I could take a picture instead.

Next door were two more high-end stores, Pringle (think autumn cashmere) and Aquascutum (classic macs), you could literally smash a grand right there. Anyway, I didn't, I had come to see Anna and James' new restaurant FIX that had just opened around the corner and I was excited.

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