The Brunette visits Twice Brewed Inn

A week or two ago I was visiting my family down in Hexam, on my drive down my friend and I decided to have a quick stop at Hadrian’s Wall (surprisingly neither of us had been before). After having a quick jaunt around the area and taking some very touristy photos, we were famished.
After being made aware of a lovely little Inn not too far away from where we were, we decided to have a drive and eat there.
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I decided on the Potato Skins with chilli and garlic mayo (which were ridiculously amazing, seriously I can’t stop thinking about the dips) and the Vegetable Quarter Pounder which came with some lovely homemade chips and some salad. Definitely what I needed after the very long drive down from Scotland.
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The Twice Brewed Inn is set in a lovely little location, very close to an area of the wall, which we then had a little look at after eating too! It’s such a traditional British location with lovely food. We were also told that the Inn has some lovely rooms which I think would be great if you wanted to stay and explore the area over a long-weekend.
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Have you visited Hadrian’s Wall before? What did you think?

One of the Blondes reviews The Boozy Cow, Edinburgh

So last week I was starving after work so decided to pop in to The Boozy Cow as I’d never been and had heard great things about it!

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Let me start by saying, straight off, that the burgers were outstanding, we had the red hot chilli burger and the chicken chipotle burger – both were absolutely fantastic!

And those chilli beef fries are magic, the best we’ve tried! I’ll be honest, I didn’t love the deep fried pickles -but I’m not a pickle lover so I’m sure they were actually wonderful!

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We tried the Mooberry Bluffin cocktails.. when I say ‘tried’ I mean I had four!

It was terribly busy but the staff and service was top notch. I’ll definitely be back, can sense some menu bingo happening here.

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Have you been to The Boozy Cow before? What would you recommend for our next visit?!

The Brunette and Blondes Reccommend Le Di-Vin

Le Di-Vin – Edinburgh’s most sophisticated wine bar is situated beside La P’tite Folie restaurant in the heart of the city’s West End.

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Proprietors Virginie and Ghislain have transformed the bar which was at one time Oratory of St Anne. A gloriously authentic ‘zinc’ and impressive wine display are the focal points and there is a range of convivial seating areas, a few intimate corners and a magnificent mezzanine floor in this classy, chic venue. Le Di-Vin offers a selection of food including platters of cheese, charcuterie, smoked fish, terrines, and salads. The wine bar also plays host to various wine tasting events held regularly throughout the year.

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They have a vast range of different styles of wine and most are sold by the glass. Their wine is sourced from a variety of countries including France, Italy, Spain, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Chile, Argentina and Patagonia USA as well as their specials and wine of the month.

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The Brunette and Two Blondes Recommend Where to Eat this Valentine’s Day in Scotland

 

1. Kyloe, Edinburgh

The name Kyloe, an old Scots word for Highland beef cattle, was chosen for the restaurant as it represents the strength and versatility of Scottish beef produce.

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2. Inchyra, Falkirk 

Passionate about great food, service, value and most of all, outstanding steak.  Simple ingredients, cooked to perfection by talented chefs.

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3. Taisteal, Edinburgh

Taisteal is the latest venture by Chef Gordon Craig. Meaning journey or travel, Taisteal presents dishes using the best local Scottish produce combined with elements from around the world.

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4. Forage & Chatter, Edinburgh 

Forage & Chatter is a new restaurant concept which opened in late 2016. The method behind the madness is to bring locally sourced Scottish cuisine from a 25-mile radius to the diners.

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5. The Barony, Biggar 

Situated in the heart of the busy Borders market town of Biggar, with excellent access from surrounding towns and villages and only 30 minutes drive from Edinburgh city centre “The Barony” is the ideal location to dine with family and friends for both visitors and locals alike.

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The Brunette and Two Blondes Recommend Valentine’s Stays

Are you looking for somewhere to take your Valentine/Pal-entine this February? We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 UK hotels we’re dying to be taken.

  1. The Witchery, Edinburgh

Hidden in a collection of historic buildings at the gates to Edinburgh Castle, James Thomson’s Witchery is the most spectacularly atmospheric dining destination in the city.46.jpg

2. Beech Hill Hotel & Spa, Lake District  

From the eastern bank of Windermere, the dramatic views across the lake to the Western Fells are nothing short of breathtaking. This constantly changing scene serves as a living picture postcard of this most beautiful countryside, an eloquent backdrop to the captivating charm that is the Beech Hill Hotel & Spa.

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3. The Wizard Chamber, London

Concealed behind a bookcase door, curious guests can enjoy venturing to the Wizard Chamber on the lower ground floor of our 19th century hotel. Pass through a portrait-lined passageway that is bathed in candle light that casts dancing shadows across the walls.

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4. The Four Seasons Hotel, St. Fillans 

The Four Seasons Hotel in Perthshire Scotland is situated in a picturesque setting on the banks of Loch Earn. The natural beauty of this location is the first delight for every visitor to St. Fillans, and the position of the Four Seasons, looking south-west down Loch Earn, is one of the most enviable settings in Scotland

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5. The Crazy Bear, Stadhampton

The original Crazy Bear has been entertaining guests since its creation in 1993.
Abundant gardens, eclectic design, award winning dining and inventive facilities, within eighty acres of working farmland all contribute to its distinctive personality.

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6. Newton Hall, Northumberland

Unique among boutique hotels Newcastle and Northumberland, Newton Hall is blessed with Italian style, retro cool, Oriental mystery, colonial splendour, loft-style living, French chic and more… and all of it marvellously, wonderfully and beautifully relaxing.

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7. Trigony House Hotel, Dumfries And Galloway

Trigony House Hotel and Garden Spa is definitely not a budget “chain” hotel and offers a truly relaxing, bespoke and unique ‘5 star’ country house hotel experience.

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8. Borthwick Castle, North Middleton 

The rooms are scattered throughout the Castle, mostly accessed by spiral staircases and secret doorways. Some are named after the historic figures who would have slept there in days gone by.

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9. Balbirnie House, Fife

Balbirnie House is an award-winning luxury country house hotel nestled within 400 acres of beautiful parkland in the heart of Fife.

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10. Chocolate Boutique Hotel, Bournemouth

Nestling in Bournemouth’s fashionable Soho quarter, the Chocolate Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to unwind. Here you’ll find a warm, friendly welcome, cosy chocolate-themed rooms and chocolate galore.

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Where are you desperate to go this Valentine’s Day?